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Miss Karen's Coffee Table

Published on 06/25/2018 2:58 PM

  There it sat in the middle of the otherwise empty garage, like a lone honor guard standing watch at the gateway leading to the rest of the house. I noticed it one afternoon while I was walking up our shared driveway after getting the mail. Occasionally over the past few weeks, Miss Karen&r... Read More

Everything I Really Needed to Know I Learned In The Marines

Published on 04/14/2018 5:15 PM

Everything I really needed to know I learned in the Marines Back in 1988 Robert Fulgham authored a self-improvement book titled “All I Really Needed To Know I Learned in Kindergarten”. This was a book that referenced some of the simple life lessons that were being taught to young... Read More

The Chimney

Published on 03/13/2018 9:00 AM

The Chimney, as we came to know it, was a mile-or-so hike, up through the hilled forest that was situated behind St. Pauls Methodist church. Growing up in the Valley area of Syracuse NY during the 60s, the Chimney was one of the many spots that we all seemed to know about, and regularly frequented.... Read More

Buying a House- A Slow Motion Movie With a Sprint at the Finish!

Published on 01/22/2018 9:56 AM

Let's face it, if you're one of the lucky ones, you've just spent a couple of weeks engaged in "leisure-interruptus", wandering through countless homes looking for that needle in a haystack which you believe you can make your own. Far too often, corralling escape-artist cats on... Read More

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