Advice From Your Local Home Inspector

Today we are bringing you the “Dear Abby” of Home Inspections. This report is the one thing standing between you and your next home. It is the single document that can terminate the sale or seal the deal.

Chinese Drywall

Amidst a wave of Chinese import scares, ranging from toxic toys to tainted pet food, reports of contaminated drywall from that country have been popping up across the American Southeast. Chinese companies use unrefined “fly ash,” a coal residue found in smokestacks in coal-fired power plants in their manufacturing process. Fly ash contains strontium sulfide, …

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Exterior Design Features

Decks, porches, balconies, verandas, and patios are outdoor architectural elements that are often confused with one another. An explanation of their intended use, history and design allow for useful distinctions, although a certain degree of exception and overlap is unavoidable.

Three Deadly Mistakes Every Home Buyer Should Avoid

When you buy a home, you pay for things you don’t have to pay for as a renter: loan interest, property taxes, insurance, and even maintenance and repair costs. … The cost of housing in your area: In most cases, people rent because houses are just too expensive, but it all depends on the market in your area. Deadly Mistake #1: Thinking …

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