Reuben's Home Inspection Blog

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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Zinc Strips on Mossy Roof, Four Years Later

Starting in 2010 I began conducting fairly long-term experiment by installing zinc strips on a moss-covered garage roof, and showed before and after photos after the zinc had 16 months to work its magic. Here's a follow-up photo.[...]

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Don’t Vent Your Clothes Dryer Through the Roof

As soon as I'm in charge, there will be no more venting of clothes dryers through the roof. Clothes dryers should be vented out the side of the house, preferably at ground level, as God intended.[...]

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