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The severe weather most of the country has experienced the past couple of months has demonstrated to many of us what bad things can happen to a house buried under heavy snow.  Home inspectors recognize the obvious risk of collapsing roofs but most of us living in the comfy, cozy south are unfami...
02/11/2011
The foundation of every building supports the floor, wall and roof framing.  It helps keep floors level and windows and doors working smoothly.   There are a number of ways to check for deficiencies, all of them easy. FOUNDATION SHIFTS When a foundation shifts, the doors and windows often begin ...
01/11/2011
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I hate crawl spaces! They are my least favorite place to go. Dark, dirty, often wet, sometimes so dry you can't breathe for the dust clouds.  And they're usually filled with ducts, pipes, fallen insulation and electrical wires that I have to crawl over, under or around.  At the same time they are...
11/11/2010
There's more than a passing resemblance between you and your home.  No, I don't mean like people and their dogs looking alike.  I mean in their physical and internal structures.  Think about it - people and homes both get hot, cold, wet and dry.  They both get older, expand, contract and move aro...
11/07/2010
 I've been performing full blown home and commercial inspections for a long time.  A few years ago I was asked by a well known national developer to start giving their new homes a visual quality inspection (QI) when they were finished.  My job was to use a check list to go through each house abou...
08/31/2010
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How Can I Help You?  I've done over 3,000 home, light commercial and idustrial inspections but always worry that I'm not providing the information expected by Realtors and buyers.  If we were to sit down face to face, what questions would you ask me? If you were hiring me as a home inspector, wha...
01/16/2010
Is your stove in danger of tipping over? There is an extremely important safety device that very few people know about.  It is very easy and inexpensive to install and can prevent serious injury or even death to small children. When I am doing a home inspection, there is one very important safety...
01/08/2010
LPM Home Inspections quality inspections (QI's) for home buyers gets into a lot of stuff that's important before you buy your home.  We've already covered ceilings, so let's change directions and look at the floor.  You know, that's the big expanse you're standing on.  Floors come in all shapes a...
11/23/2009
As mentioned earlier, I'll be giving you a few tips on what to look for when performing the final walk through of a house or condo before you go to closing.  Remember, you only have a little while to examine the house and make a punch list of needed fixes during the walk through.  Once you move i...
11/20/2009
LPM HOME INSPECTION TIPS Routine maintenance includes one of the most important parts of your house, the exterior cladding that acts as its skin.  Like us, it can get scratched, bent, broken, wrinkled and dented.  And, like us, it needs to heal, to be straightened, smoothed and bandaged when it's...
11/12/2009
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