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Home Buyer’s Guide to Mould

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One of the most common questions I receive from buyers is, “Does my new home have mould?” They’re always surprised when I reply that it most likely does. The fact is that almost all homes have some mould. If a home has ever had leaks that were to do with plumbing, the basement, a shower enclosure, or the roof, mould may be present. A better question would be, “Is there significant mould in the home which is adversely affecting the house air quality?” This is a more difficult question to answer. Tracking down and removing mould The best method to…

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Buying Like a Home Inspector

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It might not surprise you that I look at homes a little differently than a typical person.  While home buyers are looking for items like granite countertops, high ceilings, hardwood floors and stainless steel appliances; Home Inspectors are focused on maintenance, performance, and deficiencies in the home.  I believe buyers can benefit by looking at their future investment a little more like a Home Inspector.  After you have found the property you are interested in, schedule a walk-through with your realtor to give it a basic examination.  If you are not handy, bring along a friend or family member who…

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Kitec Plumbing | A home-inspector’s thoughts

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If you are buying a home or condo built between 1995 and 2007 it may have Kitec plumbing. Kitec was recalled in 2005 due to a tendency to fail at an accelerated rate. This resulted in a large class action lawsuit against the manufacture which concluded in 2011. A settlement fund has been established with $100 million set aside for claimants and $25 million for the lawyers. Kitec was installed for both supply plumbing to fixtures and in boiler heating systems as distribution piping. It was popular with contractors and builders because it was both less expensive and faster to…

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Century homes | A home inspector’s thoughts

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Living in a century home is a romantic proposition: The high ceilings, hardwood trim, large fireplaces, plaster walls, and decorative ceilings are all features that are rare in a more modern home.  Anyone who appreciates antiques or old cars knows that there is something special about the old designs. These homes are also commonly located near downtowns and are in very established neighborhoods with large trees and expansive parks. Who wouldn’t want to live in an old home? Century homes certainly have their charm, but it is not all roses owning one. Before you purchase a century home it is important…

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