Same house, second inspection… what now?

This week’s question comes from a thousand other home inspectors, including just about everyone in my company. What happens when we get a request to inspect a house a second time? The most common scenario that triggers this situation is where someone from my company inspects a home and the deal falls apart, then we get.

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Sellers, turn on your lights!

If you have a home for sale right now don’t miss this seasonal opportunity to help a buyer fall in love with your house!  When you are lucky enough to have a showing after sundown, turn on all your lights inside and out. Having all the lights on can create an almost magical glow and an.

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Are you thinking about a new home next year?

It’s November, almost December, no one wants to move during the holidays right? But maybe next spring? Are you thinking about buying a home next year? If so, make sure you are ready to go. Get your finances in order now, so that when you are ready to buy there won’t be anything stopping you!.

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Homemade Pumpkin Pie… and better than homemade canned pumpkin

“Pie makes everybody happy.” ~ Laurie Halse Anderson NOTE: I spend my Wednesdays Unplugged from appointments. It’s my day to stay home, enjoy cooking and welcome our kids and grandkids for dinner in the evening. We end our meal with quotes from the Norwegian ‘Quote Cup’ passed on to me from my grandmother. I share a quote.

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FLIR ONE Pro: a home inspector’s review

I had a chance to test out the FLIR ONE Pro Thermal Camera, which is a $399 mobile phone accessory. Just plug it into the USB port on your phone and you now have an infrared camera with the same resolution as the FLIR E6, which is my camera of choice. I reviewed FLIR’s first mobile.

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What do all those REALTOR letters and logos mean after your name?

There are so many different logos and acronyms and names for different real estate designations that you can get lost in the sea of them… even I have a hard time remembering what all of them mean! Bottom line is, it means course work has been completed in certain areas of specialization… some awards have.

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VA loans

Since this Saturday is Veteran’s Day, what a perfect time to thank our vets and remind them that a VA loan can be a great way to purchase a new home! VA loans are one of two zero down loans left, the other is a USDA rural development loan. VA loans are available to those.

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Wednesdays Unplugged – Best Creamed Spinach

“Just play. Have fun. Enjoy the game.” ~ LeBron James NOTE: I spend my Wednesdays Unplugged from appointments. It’s my day to stay home, enjoy cooking and welcome our kids and grandkids for dinner in the evening. We end our meal with quotes from the Norwegian ‘Quote Cup’ passed on to me from my grandmother. I share.

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Can I join ABS to PVC?

It’s possible to join ABS to PVC, but it’s only supposed to be done with a mechanical coupling, not glued. If you just came here for the answer, you can stop reading… but I think you want the whole story. Here goes. Today, there are two commonly used plastics for drain, waste, and vent pipes.

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Why going to open houses can be a good idea

Visitors at recent open houses reminded me of why open houses can be more beneficial than many people think… for the seller and current buyers… as well as for potential buyers and sellers. The benefit of an open house to the seller should be pretty obvious… to sell the house! While most properties don’t sell.

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Top 10 lists why Minneapolis-St. Paul is a top place to live and visit

Wall Street Journal recently ranked Minneapolis #4 on its international top 10 list of “hot destinations for adventurous sophisticates, curious foodies and deep-pocketed beach bums”… the only one on the list that is in the United States!  The primary reason for this ranking is because of our ‘foodie’ scene… Minneapolis had 13 James Beard Award.

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