How to Be a Good Landlord

Good advice from one of the most experience property inspectors around, Nick Gromicko.

Three Mistakes When Buying a Home

Here are three mistakes to avoid when buying your next home.

Clean Thy Gutters

From IG:

Basement Bedroom Egress

Here’s a little post we did about basement bedrooms:

Allergens in the Home

We often tell clients and trainees, “Trust your nose.” If you like being in a home, it’s more likely to be safe. If you can’t stand the smell, it’s likely worth finding out why.

Allergens can be hidden, but often our sneezer finds them quickly. Those suffering from asthma also can sense air quality issues.

Certified-Indoor-Air-Quality-Inspector

Certified home inspectors and other indoor air quality consultants can help you determine if you need testing and/or repairs in your home.

Moisture Makers in the Home

Controlling moisture is the only way to control indoor mold growth, and controlling it also helps with pests and other issues.

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You may not know that the following activities and appliances add moisture to indoor air:

  • Running dishwasher
  • Drying firewood indoors
  • Standing water in the foundation/crawlspace area
  • Showering and running the tub
  • Humidifier use
  • Venting clothes dryer indoors

By watching your in-home use of these items, you can better monitor your indoor moisture.

Mold in Your Home?

Often clients are bewildered by the presence of mold. “How could this happen?!?” But truly, when we understand how mold grows, it actually happens very easily.

Mold in Bathroom

Our partner organization, InterNACHI, has a helpful paper on indoor mold. They explain:

It is impossible to get rid of all mold and mold spores indoors. Some mold spores will be found floating through the air and in house dust. Mold spores will not grow if moisture is not present.

InterNACHI – Mold Moisture and Your Home.

Kickout Flashing

Though we don’t see much stucco in this area, here is a helpful diagram of the proper step and kickout flashings for a roof intersecting a side wall:

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