Closing Costs

When a home is sold, there is a point in the transaction known as the closing, when the title to the property is transferred to the new owner. The buyer and/or seller commonly Closing costs can be substantialincur miscellaneous fees, which are collectively known as closing costs. These fees can be significant, averaging approximately 2% […]

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Carpet Mold: Identification, Prevention and Removal

The Dangers of Mold Molds produce allergens, which are substances that can cause allergic reactions, as well as irritants and, in some cases, potentially toxic substances known as mycotoxins.  Inhaling or touching mold or mold spores may cause allergic reactions in sensitive individuals.  Allergic responses include hay fever-type symptoms, such as sneezing, runny nose, red […]

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Central Humidifiers

Humidifiers are devices that humidify air so that building occupants are comfortable. Central humidifiers are hard-wired into a house’s plumbing and forced-air heating systems. What is humidity? Humidity refers to the amount of moisture in the air. “Relative humidity” signifies the amount of moisture in the air relative to the maximum amount of water the […]

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Soy-Based Insulation

Homeowners now have the option to insulate their homes with insulation made from soybean oil, known as soy-based insulation. While more expensive than traditional insulation, soy offers a “green” and functionally superior alternative. Consider the following advantages offered by soy-based insulation: It is safer than most traditional insulation because it contains no formaldehyde or urea. Soy-based […]

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Stairway Inspection

Stairways, due to their inherent dangers, as well as unsafe patterns of use by homeowners, are the sites of a surprising number of injuries. A careful assessment of the risks posed by stairways can prevent unnecessary injuries. Facts and Figures 1,638 people died from falls on steps and stairs in the United States in 2004. […]

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The History of Concrete

The time period during which concrete was first invented depends on how one interprets the term “concrete.”  Ancient materials were crude cements made by crushing and burning gypsum or limestone. Lime also refers to crushed, burned limestone. When sand and water were added to these cements, they became mortar, which was a plaster-like material used […]

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Tie-Downs for Manufactured Homes

Tie-downs are systems of heavy-duty straps and anchors designed to stabilize manufactured homes (also known as mobile homes) during high winds. Failure to properly install and maintain tie-downs results in reduced capacity to resist sliding and overturning. Manufactured homes are more easily flipped or damaged during windstorms than site-built homes and they require tie-downs to remain […]

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Treehouse Inspection

 Treehouses are great fun for kids, but danger is inherent when you let children play in trees.   Inspectors should be aware of a treehouse on a property and warn the owners of their potential hazards. Power Lines Despite what we know about power line dangers for residential homes and commercial structures, homeowners sometimes build treehouses […]

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