Moisture Testing Homes with Vinyl Siding

- Post Update 11/10/14: I took a few more photos of the wall mid-repair.  These photos show the window removed and part of the rim board replaced. ..More

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Top 20 Home Inspection Photos from 2014

-  Other times, the defects are quite obvious. We share our favorite home inspection photos on our Facebook page and our Google+ Page with a feature we started back in 2009, called the Photo of the Day.  I’ve poured over all of our photos from the past year, and I’ve put together the Top 20 home inspection photos from the past year.   Sometimes we make a game out of the photos, asking what’s wrong in the photo.  Enjoy!. ..More

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How To Inspect Your Own House, Part 5: Electrical

-  I’m going to cover the stuff that takes the least amount of explaining and makes the biggest impact on safety. Today I’m going to cover electrical. .  There is a ridiculous amount of stuff that could be covered with this topic, and a lot of it takes a lot of explaining ..More

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Attention Minnesota Home Inspectors: ASHI Heartland Chapter is Back

-  I have volunteered to take the position of president, and the board members made it official this summer. The local chapter of the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI), called the Heartland Chapter, has been largely defunct for the last couple of years. .  I’ve been a member of ASHI for a little over ten years now, and I’m looking to get the local ASHI chapter back up and running ..More

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Window Replacement Part 3: Marvin, Andersen, Pella

- The problem is it doesn’t have the typical tilt-out feature for cleaning; it has a metal peg that you flip out before lifting the sash up. The one caveat is their single-hung; that thing is a nightmare. When the sash goes up, the peg should push the sash out of the frame for cleaning but many times the peg flies out instead. However, if white on the inside is OK by you, this is the absolute best opportunity to get a big name window at a no-name window price. The only option is a white interior, so that takes some people out of the mix right off the bat. If you do, stick with the sliders and casements and you’ll get a great value. That’s not the problem. Since the top sash is stationary, it is called a single hung (not a double hung). Andersen 100 series is a very intriguing window line. I love their sliders and casements. . Some call it “Renewal Lite” since it is also made of Fibrex. If you don’t need to clean from the inside, then don’t worry about it ..More

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