“You’re wasting your money on a home inspection, and we’re not going to fix anything.”

-  I didn’t find a ton of defects at the new construction house I mentioned at the beginning of this blog. Back to my original story.  It was all stuff that could probably be corrected in one day – a kitchen cabinet drawer that wouldn’t open because it was in a terrible location, a back-pitched plumbing vent, improper flashing above windows… stuff like that.  The buyer asked to builder to repair everything on my report, and wouldn’t you know it?  The builder was happy to fix everything.  I’m sure everyone will live happily ever after. ..More

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Two Ways To Correct An Improper Faucet On An Old Clawfoot Bathtub

-  The TISH handout from the City of Minneapolis specifically says that a faucet replacement does not require a permit, but if you talk to any of their plumbing inspectors or you call 311, they’ll tell you otherwise. Note:  If you live in Minneapolis and you choose to undertake either one of these projects, you’re supposed to pull a plumbing permit.  If you’re looking for a better handout, click here Most Common Repairs For Minneapolis. ..More

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Whirlpool Maintenance

-  If a bunch of black gunk comes out of the jets when the home inspector tests the system in front of the buyers, they’re really going to be grossed out with your bathroom. If you’re planning to sell your home and you have a whirlpool tub, take the time to clean the system out, especially if you never use it. ..More

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This year, I’m thankful for closed-cell foam insulation. Yeah, that’s right.

-  The only type of insulation that gets used on new construction homes in Minnesota is closed cell spray foam insulation; we’ll come back to that in a minute.  This is why fiberglass insulation should never be used here. Fiberglass should never be used at rim spaces. .  On new homes, it never is.  The rim space is the area between the floors of a house; this is an area where it’s nearly impossible to install a proper vapor barrier.  Without a vapor barrier, condensation can occur at the rim space, creating mold growth or eventually rotting out the rim space ..More

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My search for an out-of-state home inspector

-  You’d think I was asking for social security numbers. Unfortunately, many of the inspectors that I decided were the most qualified didn’t even have sample inspection reports on their web site. .   If I had found a home inspector with a good inspection report, I would have recommended them, but I couldn’t find one.  I got a few referrals from the ASHI online discussion forums, so I contacted the inspectors that were referred, asking for sample inspection reports ..More

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