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Patios: An Important Element of an Exterior Home Inspection

For those who like backyard barbecues and tailgate parties without fighting the hordes of fans at the stadium, a patio is an excellent perk when shopping for the perfect home. They come in an ever-increasing variety of materials, from poured and stamped concrete to flagstone, clay brick to cut stone, and asphalt to sand, among […]

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A-Pro Fall Newsletter 2021

A-Pro Home Inspection At Your Service Welcome to our fall edition of From the Rafters. As the weather begins to turn chilly and favorite sweatshirts start to occupy space in closets in many parts of the country, experts are expecting some turns in the real estate market as well. While it is likely to continue […]

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Fiber Cement Siding: Common Problems Found by the Home Inspector

In our continuing series on exterior siding, today we’ll be digging into another option that has grown in popularity due its durability and ability to mimic the “real thing”(in this case, wood) without taking a hammer to your bank account. Since the early 2000s, fiber cement planks have become an increasingly frequent choice among builders […]

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Brick Veneer Siding: Common Problems Found by the Home Inspector

In our ongoing exploration of house exteriors, today we’ll be taking a hard look (pun intended) at brick veneer—an option that offers durability, exceptional curb appeal, resistance to insects, stellar fire protection, and low maintenance compared to wood surfaces, as we noted in our previous blog post about cedar shake or shingle siding. While properly […]

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Hire a Home Inspector Who Knows the Tools of the Trade

The last few weeks we’ve focused on how home inspectors use their different senses to detect potential problems in a home: sight, hearing, smell, and touch. That leaves us with taste, which doesn’t really apply here, unless you’re a home seller who offers the inspector some rather tasty lemonade on a hot day (this, of […]

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Hiring a Home Inspector in Billings? Find One with Just the Right Touch

In the last couple of blogs we looked at how home inspectors use their senses of smell and hearing to detect problems in a home. Today we turn our attention to another invaluable tool in the inspector’s arsenal—the sense of touch. As we’ve discussed, sometimes a visual evaluation alone doesn’t provide concrete evidence of a […]

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Home Inspectors Use Their Ears to Perform Complete Inspections

When home inspectors talk about inspections being “observational,” that may imply that the professional who checks out your home from roof to foundation only uses their sense of sight to assess the property. While reporting on defects that an inspector can see is a major part of a complete inspection (e.g., observing missing shingles, corroded […]

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Inspecting Roof Coverings Checklist Part 4: Metal Roofs

In this next installment in our series about roof coverings and common problems, we’ll be checking out some of the things your home inspector will be looking for when assessing a metal roof—an option that is enjoying greater popularity in neighborhoods throughout the U.S., although it still has a long way to go to catch […]

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Kitchen Home Inspection Checklist

Statistically, the kitchen is one of the most used rooms in a home. In a typical house—especially one with a couple of teenagers—you can expect a steady parade of hungry snackers opening and closing the fridge; a dishwasher cleaning dirty plates; an oven, range, and microwave performing their morning, noon, and evening functions; and a […]

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Selling or Buying a Home? Check Out this Home Inspection Exterior Door Problem Checklist

In past blog posts, we’ve taken a close look at interior and garage doors. Today, we open up a conversation about some of the issues home inspectors find when examining and operating exterior doors—a critical checkup in terms of safety, comfort, and energy efficiency. As with our recent discussion of inspecting windows, exterior doors can […]

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