House-Flipper Guide – Part II: The Roof

Continuing with our informational series, “A Home Inspector’s Guide to House-Flipping,” we will now transition from site drainage upward, literally and metaphorically, to the roof. It is an excellent selling point to have “NEW ROOF” among the listed features on all of your color flyers and home-for-sale listings on Trulia and Zillow. But a new

House-Flipper Guide – Part I: Drainage

Drainage, better known to house flippers as landscaping, is the first in our series of articles to help guide DIY real estate moguls away from the “function follows form” model of home renovation. We understand that there is confusion between drainage and landscaping; it’s hard not to notice the lush foliage on the cover photos

I let My Reputation get ahead of Me

Some home inspection reports right themselves. Two-bedroom one-bath houses built in the 1940s could practically have a one-size-fits-all home inspection report. I have inspected thousands of homes that fit this description and I have learned that there are rarely any surprises. It doesn’t matter if the home is completely original or if it has had

DIY and the Home Inspector’s Job Security

I could write a song, “Ode to DIY”. We home inspectors owe much of our existence to the home improvement Do-It-Yourself centers, books, and the home-owner advice blogosphere. Without these immeasurable encyclopedias of advice unfollowed, and building supplies and tools misused, our profession, our job, would be as mundane as mowing the lawn. All of

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