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Critter Proofing Your Home

Now that most of the leaves have fallen from the trees and freezing temperatures are becoming more frequent, mice, moles and similar vermin are seeking for a warm place to bunk down for the winter.  That means its a good time for you to critter proof your home. The first step in properly securing your […]

Holiday Safety

With the holidays in full swing, you’re lighting candles, fires in the fireplace, cooking and entertaining more. Fire safety should also be on your check list of things to do to ensure. Below are our recommendations on how to have a safe and enjoyable holiday season.   -First and foremost- Have Smoke and Carbon monoxide detectors […]

The Right Foundation for a Sale

Spring is here in Wisconsin, and that means more rain and stress on the foundations of your clients’ homes. Nothing can kill a sale faster than to see water damage, especially in or around the foundation of a home. It can take on many forms, like rust or water crystals on walls, damp floors, cracks, […]

Radon

  Radon is another hidden danger when selling a home. Frequently, sellers will have renovated their basement for added space or usage. The problem is, they probably have never had it tested for Radon. It’s a good business decision.Radon is a cancer-causing radioactive gas. In fact, it is one of the leading cause of lung […]

Leading the Charge on Lead-Based Paint

Protecting your family from lead hazards is critical if your home was built before 1978.  Chips and dust from lead paint can pose serious health hazards if not taken care of properly. If lead-based paint is in good condition, it is usually not an issue. However, when it is peeling, chipping, chalking, or cracking, it […]

We Could All Use an Energy Boost Home Energy Assessments

Energy costs continue to rise despite advances in technology. Whether you’re already settled into a home or are buying one, understanding its energy performance is more critical than ever. Getting an Energy Audit will improve your home’s use of energy, reduce costs, and increase your comfort and enjoyment of your home as well. NOTE: If […]

It’s Good to Vent… The Attic

Your home should be a respite of comfort, even during the most humid months in Wisconsin. However, that can be challenging when one of the most common problems homeowners face is inadequate attic ventilation. Poor attic ventilation can make your home unbearably warm and cause damage to the roof (e.g. fatigue the sheathing) when moisture gets […]

Stop Leaking Profits (Part 2)

The big ticket items are where the equity disappears.  One of the biggest is the roof.  Once a potential home owner sees water damage on the walls or ceilings; notices the old shingles or is alerted by their home inspector that there is a roofing problem that equity quickly vanishes. A pre-listing inspection can not only let a seller […]

Stop Leaking Profits (part 1)

It’s spring and the rain is here! Don’t allow the final home inspection to turn up problems in the basement.  Be aware of tell tale signs of basement leaks and be able to offer the home owner a few quick, inexpensive fixes Leaks come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Hidden leaks under the soil […]

Spring Window Care

As you open up your windows for spring; it’s important to look around for leaks, cracks, breaks, wear and every other conceivable problem that can develop over the winter.  As a Home Inspector I have found these are frequently overlooked places, but they can become big issues during the sales process. Make a repair list […]