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Seller's Disclosure Sheets- Not a pair of pom-poms!

Published on 10/10/2017 8:50 AM

While not necessarily a home inspection item, a Seller’s Disclosure Sheet is one of the items that a seller of a property usually includes in the paperwork that is provided to potential buyers. As a home inspector, I get to witness first hand the damaging results of incorrectly disclosed detai... Read More

Why is there mold in my attic?

Published on 05/30/2017 11:02 AM

Why is there mold in my attic?? Let's face it! It's a pretty rare occasion nowadays that people find themselves in their attics. In fact, it's not unusual to hear a seller of a property they have owned for 20 years state that they've never even peeked up there! During the heydays... Read More

Rats and Cancer - A Tale From My Childhood

Published on 05/19/2017 2:22 PM

Always ask the question The year was 1969. I stood there at the exit door of Gannon's Silver Star market in Syracuse's Valley area, trying my best to contemplate what seemed to be obvious to everyone else. Let's back up a bit. For a period of time during my childhood, my father wou... Read More

Checklist Charlie v. The Narrative Guy- Understanding Home Inspection Reports

Published on 06/09/2016 9:00 AM

Check yes or no! He: Do you like me? Yes or no. She: Yes He: Do you like me-like me? Yes or no She: No He: So you don’t not like me? Yes or no She: Yes He: But you just don’t like me-like me? Yes or no She: No Me: I’m confused. Sometimes that’s what it f... Read More

Tips for preparing your house for a Home Inspection

Published on 05/12/2016 9:00 AM

Seeing as how most people will come in contact with a professional home inspector only a handful of times in their lives, it is not surprising that we work in an oftentimes misunderstood occupation; even maligned on occasion I might add. When someone is selling their house, the inspection part of th... Read More

Radon Testing Closed House Conditions-What the heck??

Published on 04/25/2016 9:00 AM

When testing for radon, what exactly are “closed house conditions” anyway? Since the dawn of radon testing in my world we, as a NYS ELAP Certified Radon Testing Laboratory have been performing radon tests in houses. And even before that time right up through today, the same confusion pe... Read More

How your garage can make you sick

Published on 04/18/2016 9:00 AM

 Most of the houses that I inspect have attached garages. Having grown up in one such house, it never occurred to me, at least until I became a home inspector, that there are ugly things hanging out in garages and some of these things are silently trying to do us in. Quite frankly, growing up I... Read More

Why a Pre-listing inspection makes perfect sense.

Published on 04/12/2016 9:00 AM

So you’ve decided to sell your house! You (hopefully) clean the joint up, hire a Realtor who helps you set an asking price, and now you’re off to the races. By and by, someone stops in, looks it over and decides, “Hey, I want to make this place mine!” Maybe you dicker back... Read More

Water, water, everywhere!

Published on 04/04/2016 9:00 AM

Poor exterior grading Probably the most frequent negative condition we inspectors find in homes during an inspection is a history of ground water seepage into a basement (or crawl space). Let’s face it, we dig a hole and set part of a building into the bottom of it, water immediately wants... Read More