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We want you to be an informed homebuyer, and each blog post is a question that we have answered for our friends and customers over the years. Hope they help you make a good choice for your next home.

  1. BulletClothes dryers produce and exhaust a tremendous amount of hot, moist air. Make sure the dryer duct isn’t damaged or clogged with lint, and verify that air is blowing out at the termination point.

  2. BulletCheck the caulking around the exterior doors and windows every four or five years, and repair any cracked or missing areas.

  3. BulletClean the gutters and downspouts each season, and keep them clear of debris. Downspouts should end at splash block or extensions that divert the water away from the base of the house.

  4. BulletPoke your head up into the attic at least once a year to look around with a flashlight and sniff the air for any suspicious smells.

  5. BulletAdjust away from the walls any irrigation sprinklers that are spraying onto the house.

  6. BulletKeep the condensate drain line from the air conditioning system flowing freely to a location away from the walls of the house. Flush the line at least once a year and check for any leaks at the pipe connections.

  7. BulletMake sure you know where the main water shut-off valve for your home is located, so you can turn off the water quickly in the event of a pipe leak.

   And when a water leak or spill does occur, clean it up promptly. Mold growth can begin with 48-hours on wet surfaces. For more on how mold and moisture can affect your home environment, click below to download the EPA guide for homeowners.


While we hope you find this series of articles about home inspection helpful, they should not be considered an alternative to an actual home inspection by a local inspector. Also, construction standards vary in different parts of the country and it is possible that important issues related to your area may not be covered here.
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