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You’ve been there, right? Open the pantry, untie the bread bag, drop a slice on the counter, slather liberally with Nutella, commence to munch, and then...upon closer observation...realize that the treasured white slice has various shades of green and gray!  Suppressing the urge to vomit, you wonder what fatal fungi you just consumed. (OK, that’s not really the mold to which we refer, but we li...

It's time to hack your home organization. Here are some GENIUS home organization hacks that you have to try! 1. Drawer Organization At just about $1.50 each, craft board from your local big box home store could be the answer to your drawer dilemmas. Just cut to size and paint and you'll have a custom drawer organizer. Source: KevinAndAmanda.com. We also love the idea we found on Pinterest.com to...

According to realtor.com, summertime ranks a quiet third when it comes to the best and most popular times to sell (Number 1 and 2 being spring and fall). However, there are some perks to the season of which you can take advantage - foliage is in full bloom, light pours through your home highlighting its features, and many people are simply smitten with the sunshine and are eager to call your place...

Question What are those black flakes in my whirlpool tub? Answer Hold your stomach... The black flakes are mold and mildew, bacteria from human skin, oils, soaps, and other junk (use your imagination) that have been allowed to spawn in residual water left behind within the piping from the last time the unit was used. Whirlpool tubs don't drain completely after use; water remains in t...

Since we are currently "enjoying" a cold winter day (week), I thought it fitting to write a couple of posts on "winterization". It is always interesting when I arrive at an inspection to find signs on the windows and doors, as well as the water heater and all of the plumbing fixtures, proclaiming the house to be "winterized." So, what is winterizing, why is it done, and when should it be don...

All across the country it seems to be that time of year--back to school time! Backpacks and notebooks are lining the shelves of our neighborhood retail stores and school buses are busy on the streets. September is a great time to address grading issues before fall and winter (when you might not be so enthused about spending time in the chilly air remedying water control issues). What is grading? ...

This weekend the USA will commemorate Memorial Day. Yes, it's a day that many of us view as the official beginning of summer, marked by picnics, BBQs, and relaxing with friends and family. But Memorial Day is a very important holiday established to give us a time to honor and remember the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. In addition to picnics and BBQs, here are fi...

The milder temperatures of spring can make it increasingly difficult to obtain a valid radon test for your prospective home, unless everyone is clear about proper testing procedures and conditions, mainly, that you cannot open windows and doors, no matter how pretty it happens to be that day. Wait, what?! Did you know that opening your windows during a radon test, even for a short period time, ...

The rain can tell you a lot about how affective the drainage is around your home and if the grading around your property is effectively directing water AWAY from your foundation. So, how does it work? Simple. Just wait for a nice steady rain and observe how water flows around your home. See the guide at the right for step-by-step instructions. During a heavy rain, is actually the perfect time...

If you're planning to list your home for sale, now is the perfect time to fix odds and ends. Over the last 30 years, our inspectors have witnessed just about everything, whether representing buyers with our Home Inspection or sellers with our Pre-Listing Inspection. We've learned that there are specific issues that must be fixed before listing because buyers not only will not like the proble...