Reuben's Home Inspection Blog

Beware of Cheap AC Tune-Ups

I told them about the time back when I had one of the HVAC companies with billboards all over the Twin Cities come out to my house to do a $29 AC tune-up.[...]

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Roof Replacement Part 2: Is Metal Roofing Worth the Extra Cost?

Asphalt roofing shingles dominate our market, yet another kind of roof has been slowly gaining steam over the past several years - metal.[...]

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Exposed light bulbs in closets

Replacing a light has always required special training and electrical knowledge, but there's a new product available that installs with as much effort as replacing a light bulb, called an Easy Light.[...]

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When HRVs suck on both sides, it’s a safety hazard

I recently stumbled upon a fairly odd safety hazard with newer homes, and I want to make other folks aware of this issue.[...]

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Who to trust: your home inspector or the seller

home inspection negotiations, trust home inspector, home inspection[...]

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How to organize spare cords

A big box of random phone, computer, and audio cords all tangled together is the worst. Here's how to fix it.[...]

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Q&A: Why is there a lock on my circuit breaker?

I recently had someone send me an email, asking why their circuit breaker had a lock on it, preventing the breaker from being turned off, or tripping.[...]

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Do you have photoelectric smoke alarms in your home?

Get photoelectric smoke alarms if you don't already have them. There are two types of smoke alarms available, ionization and photoelectric, and there is a huge difference between the two.[...]

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47 Home Inspection Issues in Under 3 Minutes, Explained

I put together a short little video compilation showing a bunch of video clips of various defects that we've captured during home inspections.[...]

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Minnesota Radon Licensing Act

I received an email this morning with an update on the Minnesota Radon Licensing Act. This is a real thing, and it sounds like the effective date will be October 1st, 2017. Here's the email:[...]

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New Radon Rules for Minnesota

More updates to the new Minnesota State Building Code that was updated in January of this year. These are the first major updates to our code since 2007, so there's a lot of stuff to discuss.[...]

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New building code rules for decks in Minnesota

As I mentioned in a blog post at the beginning of this year, Minnesota adopted a new building code on January 24th.  I covered a few of the most significant changes, but one of the bigger changes that I never[...]

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