Reuben's Home Inspection Blog

How to Inspect Your Own House, Part 8: The Furnace

To inspect your furnace, start by taking a look at the filter and replace it if it's dirty. [...]

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How To Inspect Your Own House, Part 7: Protect Your Water by Preventing Cross-Connections

A large section of the plumbing code is dedicated to protecting our potable water supply, so it's a good idea to check your own home for some of the most obvious violations and fix them.[...]

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Star Tribune Article from 6/18/2000 featuring Barry Eliason

Barry Eliason, owner of Stucco Pro, a St. Paul company that tests for water problems in stucco houses, said he hasn't seen "a single home that is less than 20 years old that doesn't have a significant area of moisture[...]

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How to Inspect Your Own House, Part 6: Plumbing

Today I'm going to share some home inspection tips and tricks that homeowners can use to identify plumbing problems. You'll want to use a good flashlight for your plumbing inspection, as a lot of this work involves looking underneath[...]

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How To Inspect Your Own House, Part 5: Electrical

Today I'm going to cover electrical. There is a ridiculous amount of stuff that could be covered with this topic, and a lot of it takes a lot of explaining. I'm going to cover the stuff that takes[...]

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Fall Maintenance Checklist for Minnesota Homeowners

Fall is officially here. It's time to get started on your fall maintenance list. It's much easier to get this stuff done while it's still pleasant outside, so don't put these projects off until we have snow in[...]

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Why Home Inspectors Should Know Building Codes

Even though home inspectors should be familiar with current building codes, this doesn't mean that home inspectors should report code violations.[...]

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Attention Minnesota Home Inspectors: ASHI Heartland Chapter is Back

The local chapter of the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI), called the Heartland Chapter, has been largely defunct for the last couple of years. I have volunteered to take the position of president, and the board members made[...]

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Radon Testing: Should You Rely on The Seller’s Test?

"Two months ago the seller had another buyer inspect the home. The radon test came back at 1.8. Does this need to be done again? Thanks!"[...]

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A Home Inspector’s Review of the Flir One Infrared Camera for the iPhone

My biggest question was whether the Flir One infrared camera would be a viable alternative to a traditional infrared camera for home inspectors. As soon as the camera became available for order, I ordered one. It just showed[...]

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Roof Replacement Part 1: Should Contractors Use GAF, Owens Corning, or IKO?

When it comes to these roofing product lines, it matters very little which one of these three you choose; picking the contractor is WAY more important. [...]

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How To Inspect Your Own House, Part 4: The Rest of the Exterior

This post will cover the inspection of exterior items such items as foundation walls, vegetation, windows and doors, and vent terminals.[...]

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