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05
OCT
2014

YOUR ROOF

According to a recent national data from the American Society of Home Inspectors, the most common problem area uncovered by inspectors is roofing. Roof problems are 3 times more prevalent on inspection reports than the second most frequent problem, electrical. The most common...
06
SEP
2014

YOUR CHIMNEY

Let’s spend a few minutes this month talking about your fireplace and chimney. It’s a rare one that doesn’t need something done to it… If your home is more than 10 years old and has a masonry chimney the mortar at the very top is probably worn and needs touching up. At the very...
02
AUG
2014

WHY ARE YOU THROWING MONEY AWAY?

I am constantly amazed at what people tell me they paid to have certain repairs done so this month we’ll talk about saving BIG BUCKS. We will talk about HVAC, water heaters and roofing as these are 3 of the largest expenses a homeowner will incur. Let’s start off with something...
04
JUL
2014

WHAT’S WRONG WITH YOUR HOME?

I have to chuckle whenever I enter a home for an inspection and either the agent or owner informs me that, “this home is in excellent condition, so we doubt you’ll find anything wrong”. My advice on these type of comments is: 1. NEVER say this to an inspector (he’ll only look...
11
JUN
2014

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE MISS SOMETHING?

What happens when an inspector misses something during an inspection? Many parties to the real estate transaction think that inspectors, like many other professionals, carry some sort of insurance for any oversights made in the course of their work. This was not the case until...
02
MAY
2014

WEIRD ELECTRICAL STUFF YOU’VE NEVER HEARD OF

THIS month let’s talk about 3 items you don’t have, but NEED. The first is a whole house surge protector. Most of you have those little surge strips that you plug your expensive electronic stuff into right? Well, those of “in the know” don’t use those. We use a WHOLE HOUSE surge...
03
APR
2014

WATER HEATER SAFETY

The temperature & pressure (T&P) relief valve is found on all water heaters and is critical to personal safety. The T&P valve is a safety valve which allows for the release of excessive pressure that may build up inside your water heater. The most common cause for...
01
MAR
2014

WATER DAMAGE

The most damaging substance to buildings of all types is WATER. Whether it’s from rain or your plumbing system, water getting into the wrong places can cause havoc, and quickly. Today we’ll discuss how your plumbing system can be your biggest enemy. Awhile back I asked my...
05
FEB
2014

THE GROWTH OF ROUND ROCK

Over the past three decades, Round Rock has emerged from its former status as a quiet bedroom community to become somewhat of a super-suburb, due to the presence of Dell and the addition of a number of major retailers. In a city of over 100,000 people, there is a robust real...
07
JAN
2014

TERMITES

It’s been a while since we had an article on these pesky bugs and a lot has changed since then. First, a comment on “conducive conditions”. The pest control operators find these as much as a nuisance as the Realtors however we are required by our licensing act to inform the...