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We haven't yet cornered a ghost or a vampire, but we do witness all kinds of crazy bats and critters when we're inspecting.  In the spirit of Halloween, we decided to share just a few real-world photos from actual inspections over the last couple of years. This Really Is A Bat In Your Belfry No one wants a bat in the attic. Bats are health concerns, primarily because of their excrement. B...

When customers ask about mold, are you able to answer their questions? We’ve put this article together to help you answer your client’s questions with confidence!

What is Mold?

Molds are microscopic organisms present everywhere, both indoors and outdoors. Molds are fungi which break down dead material and recycle nutrients in the environment. Molds need moisture and an organic food source (e.g., wood, paper) to grow. Molds gradually destroy whatever surface they grow on. Visible mold growth is typically discolored green, gray, brown, or black.

Why is Mold a Problem?

Mold is bad for your health.  Molds release tiny, lightweight spores which travel through the air.  Indoor mold growth is undesirable and potentially dangerous, and can cause: inflammation, rash, allergy, congestion, headaches, and infection.

When to Test for Mold?

Mold often is caused or accelerated by moisture.  Therefore, many people test for mold after a water-related issue, e.g., heavy rain causes water in the basement, dishwasher floods the kitchen, washing machine floods the laundry room, etc.  People also test for mold when they smell an unusual odor, see discolored spots, or become sick for no apparent reason.

What’s the Best Way to Assess Mold?

Mold testing, combined with infrared scans and visual inspection methods, is the best non-invasive method to assess the extent and types of mold in a home.

Our Mold Assessment, offered in select markets, delivers a comprehensive understanding of the types and extent of mold in a home.  We conduct a visual examination, air sampling, infrared inspection, and in some cases, surface sampling. We ship samples to a qualified lab for results and analysis and our hygienist reviews results. If we identify issues, we provide you with specific recommendations and next steps.

Did you know that ASHI doesn't require inspection of fire suppression systems as part of a standard residential home inspection? Because more and more homes have fire suppression systems, and because fire suppression systems are important safety systems, your clients increasingly will ask you about fire suppression systems. Most homeowners likely are not familiar with residential fire suppressi...

Whether you cater to buyers or sellers, chances are you cross paths every day with first-time homebuyers, who require very different sales approaches by Realtors. What do you know about first-time customers? What % of customers are first-time homebuyers? Of 5+ million homes sold annually, about 1/3 are to first-time homebuyers. That's a lot of home sales - about 1.6M homes annually.  No matt...

Are you an experienced home buyer?  Is this your first home?  What about COVID?  What happens if you can't attend? If you're an experienced home buyer... Join us for the last half hour.  If your home inspection starts at 1:00 PM, arrive at about 2:30 PM. You’re welcome to attend the entire inspection, but it's not critical. Our report is amazing and our inspector will brief you on how to ope...

About 95% of all real estate transactions reach a successful close. The NAR's Realtors Confidence Index Survey data varies from month to month but, generally speaking... 75% of total contracts sail through without delays 20% of total contracts have delay hiccups 5% of total contracts fall by the wayside Why Do Real Estate Transactions Fall by the Wayside? This is where the data g...

A cloudy day is no match for a sunny disposition – William Arthur Ward. But what happens when your windows are cloudy? You might think your cloudy window is just a cosmetic issue. Unfortunately, cloudy windows are not just cosmetic issues – cloudy windows are defective windows. Clouds are just symptoms of an underlying defect, the result of which is that the window no longer provides its...

Should you have a new home inspected just before closing? No – You should have a new home inspected at least four times. Here are the milestones: Foundation – Inspect after forms have been removed and prior to back-filling soil against the foundation walls. Minimizes potential long-term problems that otherwise may occur if not identified early and corrected by the builder. Pre-Dr...

Yes! Dirty and clogged air filters waste money on energy costs and cause damage to your HVAC system. #1 reason for HVAC system failure? Dirty air filters. #1 reason for dirty air filters? YOU! Despite our best intentions, calendar reminders, or strings we tie to our finger, we generally forget to change the filters. What's the Big Deal with a Dirty Air Filter? A dirty filter r...

Many homeowners have homes with asphalt shingle roof coverings with streaks- i.e., lighter here, darker there. Take a peek at the photo and guess which areas are stained - lighter or darker? We hope it's obvious but if it's not, the darker areas are actually stained brown or black from algae. Don't worry if you got the wrong answer, lighter areas often are misdiagnosed as stains when, in...