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Preventing Slips, Trips, and Falls: Lifesaving Reasons to Hire a Home Inspector in Billings Before You Buy

For home-shoppers who are making a life-changing decision about whether or not to purchase a home, one of the most important reasons to hire a certified home inspector is to learn about hazards that may be lurking inside and out. This includes reporting on everything from potentially fatal electrical shock and fire hazards (e.g., sagging […]

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Looking for a New Home? Make Sure You’re Covered with a Roof Inspection

When it comes to roof coverings, the old adage applies: You get what you pay for. This is particularly true when considering their lifespans, ranging from inexpensive roll roofing with a projected lifespan of fewer than 10 years to pricier slate roofs, which, if impeccably maintained, could outlive several owners at up to 150 years. […]

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Roof Trouble Spots: What Your Inspector Looks for on Five Types of Roofs

Savvy home-shoppers understand the importance of a well-built, properly maintained roof. These are the folks who aren’t shy about asking the tough questions when viewing a house: How old is the roof? Who installed it—a reputable company or your cousin who doesn’t know a shingle from Shinola? When was the last time it was inspected? […]

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Getting a Home Inspection? Make Sure the Exterior Siding Gets a Thorough Checkup

Back in the day, homeowners weren’t blessed with unlimited options when it came to house siding. You could pretty much choose from stone, brick, or wood—all solid, durable selections that are still in use, although they’re not nearly as popular as some of the latest alternatives. Aluminum ushered in the modern age of siding, becoming […]

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Paint, Wallpaper, and Carpeting—More Than Cosmetic Concerns to a Certified Home Inspector

As we’ve mentioned in other blogs, your home inspector is not concerned about whether the house under review is filled with outdated orange shag carpet or if the paint covering the downstairs bathroom is shocking pink. Judgments about the aesthetics of a home are left to the potential buyer, who must make the determination if […]

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Address Issues with Your Newly Built Home Before the Drywall is Hung

We’ve written before about the importance of having an inspection performed while a home is being built. There’s a good reason why we’re returning to this topic. If you’re a family making a huge investment in a home, New Construction Phase Inspections can save you money and provide peace of mind—from an unbiased and certified […]

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Home Inspection Report: When Home Shopping, There’s More to a Garage Than Just How Big It Is

For many families in the market for a home, a garage large enough to easily hold at least two vehicles and all the extras (lawnmower, patio furniture, maybe a couple of kayaks) is a very big deal. Anyone who has ever been running late for work and had to frantically scrape ice off their car’s […]

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Found a New Home? Have a Home Inspector Look at the Trees and Shrubs Around the Property

Many families in the market for a new home may be drawn in by a property’s eye-popping trees and shrubbery, especially when the season’s right and they explode in spectacular color or verdant greenery. Healthy trees and vegetation can add a host of benefits to a home, from boosting value and controlling soil erosion to […]

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Found the Perfect Home? Don’t Forget to Have a Home Inspector Check its Cooling System

There have been many heroes throughout the course of American history, but ask a homeowner in the midst of a summer heatwave to name the greatest of them all and there can be only one answer: Willis Carrier, the inventor of the first modern air conditioner. Carrier’s creation in 1902 changed the way we live. […]

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Looking for a Home in Hot Weather? Don’t Forget to Have a Thorough Inspection of the Heating System

In some regions of the country, it’s popular for families to put their homes on the market in the spring and summer, when the property looks its best and warm breezes welcome in a parade of prospects. It’s no surprise that the busiest selling months for homes are May, June, July, and August, according to […]

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