The Role of a Home Inspector: What They Do and How To Find a Good One

A home inspector plays a key role throughout every stage of the real estate journey, but especially the home buying portion. Those individuals that are purchasing without the help of a home inspector are taking a major risk. This article will lay out everything a home inspector does and will help you decide how to find one that is best suited to your needs. READ MORE

What is Radon and How is it Dangerous?

Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas caused by the breakdown elements like uranium, thorium, and radium. This gas is colorless, odorless and flavorless, making it impossible to detect without proper testing. When large amounts of radon are inhaled, the risk of developing lung cancer significantly increases. In fact, radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among nonsmokers and accounts for nearly 21,000 deaths each year. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), 1 in 15 homes in the U.S. have high levels of radon that need to be reduced. Luckily, there is a solution. Radon testing is available and should a high concentration of radon be found in your home, there are steps you can take to mitigate it. READ MORE

Home Maintenance Tips For Pet Owners

While pets are a source of immense joy, they can also sometimes be a source of mess. So if you have a pet, or if you are thinking of a four-legged addition to your family, pet-proofing your home is strongly recommended. And while you’re at it, some home maintenance tips will do the trick in keeping your home in tip-top shape even with the bundle of energy running around. READ MORE

Common Issues Found During a Home Inspection and How to Fix Them

When buying a new home, we always hope the home is perfect and there are no issues found during the home inspection, unfortunately, that is not the reality. In fact, 86% of homes will have issues found during a home inspection. This article will help you understand what issues to look out for and provide suggestions on how to fix them. READ MORE

Protecting your Home’s Systems and Structure Against Winter Weather

Winter weather can wreak havoc on your home’s systems and structures. Plummeting temperatures, extremely dry air, wind, snow and ice can speed up the wear and tear on your home resulting in costly repairs. However, it’s not too late to prepare your home and protect it from the harsh winter weather, reducing your risk of costly repairs. Use the following tips to prepare your home for winter and to reduce the risk of expensive repairs. READ MORE

The Difference Between a Home Inspection and Appraisal: Understanding the Purpose and Process

For first-time homebuyers or those new to real estate, the difference between a home inspection and a home appraisal can be somewhat confusing. Common questions homeowners, buyers, and sellers have include: Do I need both? What purpose do they serve? How do I go about scheduling a home inspection and appraisal? By the end of this article, we hope you’ll have a clear understanding of the difference between a home inspection and a home appraisal, along with some next steps to take. READ MORE

What Does a Good Neighborhood Look Like?

WDO Inspection: A Guide to Wood Destroying Organism Inspections

Termites can be harmful to a home, but they’re not the only wood destroying organism (WDO) that can cause issues. A WDO inspection by a trained professional can identify issues early and protect homeowners, buyers, and sellers from more costly repairs later. Here is everything you need to know about WDO Inspections, and when you should get one. READ MORE

Why the Dew Point Matters in a Home Inspection

Real Estate Agent Tips for Navigating the Home Inspection

How real estate agents can navigate the home inspection process to help their clients get the most out of the inspection, and provide peace of mind. READ MORE