The Secret Places Pests Are Hiding in Your Home

Posted on: April 16, 2018 by in Blog
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The secret places pests are hiding in your home - pest and termite inspection

Pests can be hiding just about everywhere — whether you can see them or not. When you know where to look, there are preventative measures you can take to help avoid a pest infestation problem in your home. Terminix shares details on the unexpected, “secret” places pests can be hiding. Sinks and drains One often overlooked area is the kitchen sink. When not properly sanitized, drains can become a breeding ground for pests like cockroaches, drain beetles and fruit flies. Cockroaches are Continue Reading ...

4 Ways Hardscapes Can Add Value to Your Home

Posted on: April 10, 2018 by in Blog
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4 Ways Hardscapes Can Add Value to Your Home - Home Inspections

Outdoor hardscape projects add resale value to a home as well as bring extra enjoyment to homeowners while they are living in the home, according to the “Remodeling Impact Report: Outdoor Features” by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) and the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP). The report confirms that investing in landscaping and hardscaping is a win-win, whether you plan to stay in your home or prepare it for market. “This report validates that outdoor Continue Reading ...

Silent Destroyers: Tips to Spot Termites and Prevent Infestation

Posted on: March 22, 2018 by in Blog
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termite tips - termite inspection

There are many reasons that termites have gained the nickname "silent destroyers." Five billion reasons, in fact. Termites cause more than $5 billion in property damage in the U.S. each year. If left unchecked, they can silently chew through the structural stability of a home, eating away at wood, flooring and even wallpaper. To make matters worse, the damage they leave behind is not typically covered by most homeowners’ insurance policies. How to spot termites (Termite Continue Reading ...

What Should Sellers Expect?

Posted on: March 14, 2018 by in Blog
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Sellers need to be aware of the importance of a home inspection. They should be well prepared for their home inspection. They should start preparing for it even before putting the house under listings for sale. Sometimes, it is required by the government that the inspector provides a positive report to sell the house. If the report goes wrong, then the chances of selling the house decrease. Here is what sellers should take care of: 1. Clean up the house thoroughly. It should look good Continue Reading ...

High-tech Bathroom Trends for 2018

Posted on: March 4, 2018 by in Blog
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High-tech Bathroom Trends for 2018

Technology is trending in home design and decor this year, and some of the most dramatic, futuristic and fun tech trends are showing up in the bathroom. From glass doors and windows changing from clear to opaque with the touch of a button to toilets transforming the whole experience of going to the loo, it's all about high-tech tricking out your oasis. Here are four tech trends that will take your bathroom into hyperspace. 1. Privacy glass Glass blocks are opaque but let in some filtered Continue Reading ...

Are Hidden Leaks Damaging Your Home, Boosting Water Bills and Harming the Environment?

Posted on: February 26, 2018 by in Blog
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Home water leaks waste 1 trillion gallons of water per year, and 10 percent of American homes have leaks that waste 90 gallons of water a day, according to the EPA

Home water leaks waste 1 trillion gallons of water per year, and 10 percent of American homes have leaks that waste 90 gallons of water a day, according to the EPA. Fixing easily detectable leaks like dripping faucets and malfunctioning toilets can reduce water bills and water waste. But what do you do about the leaks you can’t see? Hidden leaks can be dangerous. Leaking pipes within walls can cause mold. Dripping faucets behind appliances can be a fire hazard. Leaking irrigation can Continue Reading ...

Do the Math: Homebuying Now May Save a Lot

Posted on: February 19, 2018 by in Blog
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Homebuyer tips by Right Home inspection

It is a common misconception that a 20 percent down payment is required to buy a home. Advice to wait and save a large down payment is often based on the theory that the cost of mortgage insurance (MI), which is required when you buy with a smaller down payment, should be avoided. This may not be the best advice and is, in fact, not in line with market trends, considering 60 percent of homebuyers buy with a down payment of 6 percent or less, according to the National Association of Continue Reading ...

4 Tips for Protecting Your Home This Season and Beyond

Posted on: February 12, 2018 by in Blog
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If your home feels drafty after you’ve turned the heat on, it may be time to upgrade to energy-efficient windows - home inspection checklist

Winter is in full swing and extremely cold temperatures continue to grip much of the U.S.; which mean hats, gloves, and high home maintenance bills could be in your future. According to recent data from the Insurance Information Institute, in 2016 severe winter weather cost homeowners more than $1.7 billion in property damages. While the seasonal shift can be a challenge for homeowners, taking these four steps today could ease home maintenance burdens this season and all year-round. 1. Take a Continue Reading ...

Creating a Dream Home with Cypress

Posted on: February 5, 2018 by in Blog
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Creating a dream home with cypress - Minnesota home inspections

Transforming the unremarkable into the extraordinary need not be an impossible task. More and more homeowners are finding that lavish looks are both attainable and affordable. Their imaginative design professionals are making it happen, using cypress to create their clients’ dream homes. “Wood is a classic and timeless building material,” says Stephen Logue of the Southern Cypress Manufacturers Association. “And many people are discovering that the inherent beauty of cypress, a Continue Reading ...

2018 Remodeling Trends That Boost Your Home’s Value

Posted on: January 31, 2018 by in Blog
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A strong housing market is giving homeowners the confidence to invest in remodeling. In fact, homeowner spending on improvements and repairs will approach $340 billion in 2018, an increase of 7.5 percent from estimated 2017 spending, according to the Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity (LIRA) from the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University. Remodeling can add value to your home while also making it more livable, but not all remodeling projects are created equal. While Continue Reading ...