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What to Expect From a Home Inspection

Buying or selling a home, particularly for first-timers, can be an eye-opening experience. If you’re shopping around for your dream house—arguably, the most fun part of the home buying process—you’re going to tour homes in great condition, lousy condition, and everywhere in between.

By: Susan Doktor read full article

Waiving A Home Inspection: Good Idea or Bad Idea?

2020 was challenging for many homebuyers, with 2021 being much of the same. In almost every metropolitan market, competition among buyers is fierce.

By: Kevin Vitali read full article

Top Spring Cleaning Tasks to Get Your Home Ready to Sell

The end of spring and the beginning of summer are the best times to put your home on the market. It is difficult to place a value on the memories you made in a house, and when it is time to set a number, you want to ensure potential buyers perceive that worth.

By: Rose Morrison read full article

Why Inspectors Offer Drone Inspections

Unlike other ancillary services, drone inspection services are not a means of providing substantial additional income to your home inspection business. In fact, the inspectors we interviewed rarely charge for drone inspections, if they charge at all, and most of our interviewees use their drones during 15 percent of their home inspections or less.

By: Stephanie Jaynes Member Exclusive

Inspecting Pre-20th Century Masonry

The masonry that we home inspectors scrutinize generally falls into one of two broad categories: pre- and post-20th century. The transition point centers around the introduction of Portland cement–based masonry mortar, which began to replace lime mortar around 1920. The conditions we observe and document between earlier and modern masonry are often starkly different because Portland cement–based mortar transitioned masonry to a near maintenance-free system.

By: Michael G. Bryan Member Exclusive
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Inspecting Pre-20th Century Masonry

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The masonry that we home inspectors scrutinize generally falls into one of two broad categories: pre- and post-20th century. The transition point centers around the introduction of Portland cement–based masonry mortar, which began to replace lime mortar around 1920. The conditions we observe and document between earlier and modern masonry are often starkly different because Portland cement–based mortar transitioned masonry to a near maintenance-free system.