Attention Minnesota Home Inspectors: ASHI Heartland Chapter is Back

- ”.  Steve is a guest author on my blog (Unintended Consequences of Adding Insulation), and had an excellent article published in the latest issue of the Journal of Light Construction, titled “Project Overcoat: Exterior insulation and air sealing for a story-and-a-half. I have scheduled Steve Schirber at Cocoon to teach a class on building science and solutions for insulating / retrofitting existing houses. ..More

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A Home Inspector’s Review of the Flir One Infrared Camera for the iPhone

- . While I don’t find that the exact temperature reading is all that important, it was reassuring to see that the spot temperature readings of the E6 and Flir One were basically identical.  In the images above, you’ll notice that both cameras identified the temperature of the circuit breaker at 114 degrees F ..More

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Home Improvement Financing- Many Options, Even If You’re Underwater

-   There is also an unsecured option at 6. . MHFA and CEE If you need improvements done on your house, you should get to know these initials well. 99% up to $15,000. The MHFA also is involved with many other programs, such as first-time home buyer loans. They show a list of lenders that administrate their loans, so there is always one close to your area. 99% interest rate for households with less than $96,500 of yearly income. The MHFA (Minnesota Housing Finance Agency) and CEE (Center for Energy and Environment) are great places to look for home improvement financing. They work with the Fix Up Fund, which allows loans of up to $50,000 at 5 ..More

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Top “Feel-Good” Home Inspection Pics from 2014

- . Drain under walkway – I’ve complained blogged about home builders not providing any method for water to drain away from the home, but this builder got it right!  They installed a $5 section of corrugated drain in the yard before the walkway was poured.  Nice detail ..More

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Why Home Inspectors Should Know Building Codes

- . The problem with this type of reporting is that it tells the client that this is a problem because the installation does not meet code… and that’s about all.  It doesn’t give the reasoning or explanation as to the nature of this deficiency ..More

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