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Celebrate Pride Month with Jo, Your Trusted Queer Home Inspector

  • 4 min read

These days, it can be hard enough to find qualified and licensed professionals to hire for work, without the added stress many members of the LGBT community experience of trying to decipher if that worker will allow you to feel safe and respected in your own home. As a woman in a trades business and a member of the LGBT community, Inspector Jo personally understands the daily struggle of trying to be respected and treated equally by the world around them. Let Jo’s expertise and inclusive approach make your home inspection experience exceptional.

The Essentials of a Condo or Townhouse Home Inspection

  • 10 min read

To ensure you’re choosing the right condo or townhouse that will continue to provide value to you and your family, it’s crucial to have a thorough home inspection to ensure you’re making an informed decision. A professional home inspector will meticulously evaluate various aspects of the whole condo or townhouse property, including all accessible communal areas, as well as a general evaluation of the buildings exterior to provide you with a comprehensive assessment or not only your new condo or townhome, but for the building as a whole. Knowing whether or not you are purchasing a property in a building with years of deferred maintenance and neglect can help save you down the line from financial stressors like: raised HOA fees, unexpected repairs inside your unit, or high priced association or building maintenance repair assessments. In truth, buying a condo or townhome without any assessment of the property’s condition or the building management’s future plans for restoration and repair can be incredibly expensive risk to your financial future. Here are some of the many reasons why a condo or townhome inspection can save you time, money and reduce potential future stress.

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Why a Pre-Listing Home Inspection Benefits Sellers

  • 3 min read

Hello, homeowners and potential sellers! If you’re considering putting your home on the market, you may be wondering how to streamline the selling process and maximize your property’s value. In this blog post, I, Inspector Jo, will explain why a pre-listing home inspection is a smart move for sellers. By understanding the benefits of a pre-listing inspection, you can gain a competitive edge in the market and increase your chances of a successful sale.

What We Don’t Inspect?

  • 9 min read

Although Jo observes and notes on hundreds of aspects of a home during an inspection there are some limits to the Standards of Practice (SOP) that either are not part of a General Home Inspection or cannot be observed visually at the time. Jo believes in honestly and clearly and wants everyone to be as prepared and aware of what to expect from and Inspection Report as possible. Below are some common areas people assume a Home Inspector might inspect that are actually outside of the SOP guidelines. 

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The Importance of a Home Inspection for Future Homebuyers

  • 6 min read

Buying a home is one of the most significant investments you’ll make in your life. As a home inspector, I know how tempting it can be to skip the home inspection to save a little money or time, especially in this high speed high cost current housing market. However, skipping a home inspection can be a risky move that can end up costing you much more in the long run.

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11th Month Home Inspection

  • 2 min read

The purpose of an 11th month inspection is to ensure that the home is in good condition and that any issues or defects that have occurred during the first year of occupancy are identified and addressed. It is crucial to schedule this inspection BEFORE the end date of the homes builder warranty. The inspector will typically check the same systems and components that were inspected during the original new home inspection, including the structure, electrical and plumbing systems, HVAC, appliances, and overall workmanship of the property.

New Construction Inspections

  • 2 min read

A new home inspection typically consists of an examination of the property’s structure, electrical and plumbing systems, HVAC, and overall workmanship of the property. The inspector will check for any issues or defects that may have occurred during the construction process, such as improper installation of electrical or plumbing systems, or structural issues. The inspector will also check and evaluate the overall quality of the construction.