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We’ve amassed a collection of articles related to all things home inspection-related—honestly, it’s just a bunch of stuff that makes us geek out. Hopefully, you can glean some good information out of these. You can search for specific topics below or use the subheader to filter by category. Feel free to contribute via the comments, but please keep it PG-rated for the kids. Enjoy!

Aging in Place

“Aging in place” is the phenomenon describing senior citizens’ ability to live independently in their homes for as long as possible. Those who age in place will not have to move from their present residence in order to secure necessary support services in response to their changing needs. The Baby Boomers As the baby boomers […]

Dead Valleys on your Roof

“Dead valleys”, sound ominous, don’t they?  Well, when it comes to your roof, dead valleys are kind of subjective.  I will try to explain my perspective.  One thing to keep in mind is that I don’t call out dead valleys as a deficiency in a home inspection report.  Why?  Simply stated, a dead valley is […]

Receptacles: Bootleg Grounds

All about bootleg grounds The outlets in our homes are a necessary component of modern living.  Our culture is dependent on readily available access to power.  Ever since we harnessed electricity, we have witnessed the ongoing evolution for safety.  Safety, it would seem, does come without a price.  And bootleg grounds, unfortunately, are one way […]

Pre-Drywall Inspections

One way to ensure that a house is built according to its specifications is by performing a pre-drywall inspection. “Pre-drywall” refers to a phase during the homebuilding process just after the installation of certain elements – such as the doors, windows, foundation, flooring, wall and roof components, plumbing, and electrical rough-in – and right before […]

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AFCI – Arc Fault Circuit Interrupters

by Nick Gromicko, CMI®, Kenton Shepard, and Joe Boos, CPI Arc-fault circuit interrupters (AFCI) are particular types of electrical receptacles or overcurrent protection devices designed to detect and respond to potentially dangerous electrical arcs in home branch wiring.   AFCI, how do they work? AFCI function by monitoring the electrical waveform and promptly opening (interrupting) […]

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Smoke Detector Types, Which One to Use?

If you didn’t already know, the two most commonly recognized smoke detector types are ionization smoke detection and photoelectric smoke detection.  Oh, and just an FYI, do not confuse “photoelectric” with “photochemical” as I did.  They are not the same.  The latter is the technology used in Carbon Monoxide (CO) detectors… which I’ll save for another post. […]

Choosing the Right Home Inspector

Buying a home? It’s probably the most expensive purchase you’ll ever make. This is no time to shop for a cheap inspection. The cost of a home inspection is very small relative to the value of the home being inspected. The additional cost of hiring an InterNACHI-Certified Professional Inspector® is almost insignificant. You have recently […]

10 Easy Ways to Save Money & Energy in Your Home

Original article was written by Nick Gromicko, CMI®, Ben Gromicko, and Kenton Shepard.  Updated and revised by Joe Boos, CPI Most people don’t know how easy it is to make their homes run on less energy, and here at InterNACHI, we want to change that.  Homeowners can make drastic reductions in heating, cooling, and electricity […]

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