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Home Inspection Checklist: Problems Homebuyers Miss without a Home Inspection

Despite all the warnings and more horror stories than we could mention in one blog post, there are still individuals who decide not to have a home inspection before purchasing a house—likely the biggest investment they will ever make. These people often fall into two extreme categories: Those who know very little about a house’s […]

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Home Inspection Checklist in Austin: Water in the Basement

In last week’s blog, we addressed damage to structures that result from the freeze-thaw cycle. That’s the process of water getting into porous materials (brick, concrete, etc.), freezing, thawing, and freezing again. Today, as spring rapidly approaches, we look at what happens to water when the freezing stops and warmer temperatures leave homeowners with the […]

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Home Inspection Checklist in Austin: Freeze-Thaw Cycle Issues

As freezing temperatures grip most of the nation, homeowners and home inspectors alike are once again reminded of one of nature’s most destructive forces on a property: the freeze-thaw cycle. This occurs when water penetrates openings or gets absorbed into structures, freezes, melts, and freezes again. The expanding ice exerts an outward force that can […]

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Home Inspection Checklist in Austin: Assessing the Ductwork System

When searching for the perfect new home, it is unlikely that many home-shoppers put a high priority on ductwork. While a well-built wraparound porch may garner oohs and aahs, a properly functioning system of heating and cooling ducts is more prone to elicit a shoulder shrug. Simply put, ducts are one of the hundreds of […]

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Home Inspection Checklist in Austin: Garage Doors and Garage Door Openers

Nothing lasts forever. This adage is particularly true of components and structures in a house. Anyone who has ever had to replace an aging furnace on the coldest day of the winter or swap out a struggling A/C unit in the middle of July understands that time can be a home’s greatest enemy. While regular […]

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