Reuben's Home Inspection Blog

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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How to Inspect Your Own House, Part 3: Siding

Today the focus will be on inspecting your own siding, broken down by the most popular types of siding in the Twin Cities.[...]

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How to Inspect Your Own House, Part 2: Exterior Water Management

Roof water management is HUGE. Experienced home inspectors can drive up to a house and instantly know where there will be water problems, just by paying attention to where water gets directed from the roof when it rains. [...]

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How to Inspect Your Own House, Part 1: Roof and Chimney

While a professional home inspector will provide the most thorough and accurate home inspection, there are a number of things that homeowners can look for themselves as part of regular maintenance inspections.[...]

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Bath Fan Terminal Inspections

While the knee-jerk reaction that most homeowners have is to call a roofer when a stain shows up at the ceiling fan, this type of staining is rarely the result of a roof leak. This is typically the result of[...]

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