Reuben's Home Inspection Blog

Pre-Listing Inspections: How One Inspection Could Have Saved Over $13,000

Planning to sell your home? Hire your own home inspector to inspect it before you put it on the market. Having your home inspected before it’s listed for sale will greatly reduce the potential for surprises that may crop[...]

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Minnesota Home Builder Won’t Allow Attic Inspections, My Two Cents on the Matter

I'm writing this post as somewhat of a rebuttal to that document because while many of the points made by the builder are valid, many of them aren't.[...]

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Troubleshooting Furnaces: A Short Video Primer

In this video I cover the most basic things to check when troubleshooting a furnace that has stopped working, and I discuss some common error codes that furnaces may give.[...]

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Upcoming Changes to the Minnesota State Building Code

Minnesota will be adopting the 2012 International Residential Code (IRC) on January 24th, 2015. I've put together a list of the most notable changes from the 2007 code.[...]

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Radon Testing Clowns

The Minnesota Radon Awareness Act went into effect on January 1st of 2014. This required home sellers to provide a lot of information about radon and radon testing to potential home buyers, making it basically impossible to buy a home in[...]

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Top 20 Home Inspection Photos from 2014

These are the Top 20 home inspection photos from 2014, all of which we've shared on our Facebook and Google+ pages.[...]

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Top “Feel-Good” Home Inspection Pics from 2014

We don't find nearly as much good or interesting stuff as we do bad stuff, but we like to share it when we come across it.[...]

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Seek Thermal Infrared Camera: A $199 IR Camera for Androids and iPhones

Seek Thermal has come up with a $199 infrared camera that works with several models of iPhones and Android phones. I tested this camera with my Samsung Galaxy S4.[...]

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Water Heater Backdrafting: What if you can’t reproduce the problem?

"No matter what conditions I produce in the house for fans, vents, open doors, hot water running, furnace on, etc. I can't produce conditions that create a backdraft. Do you have any advice?"[...]

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Q&A: Heat Exchanger Cracks and Carbon Monoxide Myths

Reader: "I personally think that the HVAC businesses have a great scam going by locking-out people's furnaces without any measurable evidence that the CO levels are above normal."[...]

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Window Replacement Part 4: (Vinyl) Lindsay, Alside, Simonton, Soft-Lite

This is a guest blog post by Ryan Carey, of My 3 Quotes. The cost of window replacement can be quite a shock to homeowners. It is a huge business in the Twin Cities with the extreme weather we have,[...]

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Forgot to Winterize Your Outside Faucet(s)? Here’s what to do.

Did you forget to winterize your outside faucets this year?  I did.  It doesn’t matter that I posted a Fall Maintenance Checklist reminding homeowners to shut off water to their outside faucets nearly two months ago… I still forgot. It’s not[...]

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