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How to Inspect a Crib for Child Safety

Defective cribs, especially hand-me-down and homemade models, can pose serious hazards to young children, including strangulation, entrapment and overheating. Government manufacturing standards set in 1973 have greatly improved crib safety, yet defective cribs continue to be responsible for the highest child injury rates of any nursery item. In fact, approximately 50 infants each year are […]

15 Tools Every Homeowner Should Own

The following items are essential tools, but this list is by no means exhaustive. Feel free to ask your inspector during your next inspection about other tools that you might find useful.  1. Plunger-A clogged sink or toilet is one of the most inconvenient household problems that you will face. With a plunger on hand, […]

10 Easy Ways to Save Energy in Your Home

Why make your home more energy efficient? Here are a few good reasons: Federal, state, utility and local jurisdictions’ financial incentives, such as tax breaks, are very advantageous for homeowners in most parts of the U.S. It saves money. It costs less to power a home that has been converted to be more energy-efficient. It increases […]

Are Home Inspections a waste of money?

There is a lot of negativity in the real estate world about home inspections. Why would you pay upwards of 300 dollars for an inspection that you could perform yourself?Why do the reports always recommend a qualified professional to evaluate noted discrepancies?Why aren’t home inspectors capable of fixing the problems find?This article is written to answer […]

How to Maintain and Flush Your Water Heater

Many homeowners unfortunately assume that their water heater is maintenance free. The thought of flushing their water heater every year has never occurred to most homeowners. However, flushing your water heater regularly will reduce sediment and other contaminants, maintain its efficiency, and increase its life expectancy.You only need to drain your water heater once to […]

Gutters-Why You Need Them

The other day I inspected a home in Chesterfield, VA.It was in a private community where all the homes appeared to be at least 5000 sq ft.I always show up to an inspection about 30 minutes early and this inspection was no different.I knocked on the door but no one was home.I decided to start […]

Dryer Vent Safety

I recently Inspected a home in Richmond, VA. Occasionally, I will see a plastic dryer vent in the house and I write it up as a defect and explain to the buyers the safety hazard. A few times I have seen a flexible metal vent going through the crawl space which is also not a […]