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Preparing Your Furnace for Cold Weather

With colder days starting to trickle in, it's that time of the season to start cranking up the thermostat. After chilly days spent at the pumpkin patch or the farmer's market, nothing beats returning to a lovely toasty home to warm up again. Before winter comes in full force, early Autumn is a great time to prep your furnace to make sure everything is working correctly.

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Home Inspections vs. Home Appraisals

One of the most common questions that new homebuyers have is: what is the difference between the real estate appraisal and the home inspection? While they are both critical steps of the home buying process, they each serve a different purpose.

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Home Upgrades: When to Splurge and When to Save

Home renovations can increase your home’s functionality. Also, many buyers are attracted to updated features. However, it’s essential to keep your budget in mind. Here are some tips to help you decide when to splurge or save.

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The Homebuyer's Guide to Energy Efficiency

Energy efficiency is a term to describe how a home reduces unnecessary or excessive energy consumption, cuts down on harmful greenhouse gas emissions, and reduces dependency on nonrenewable resources. While modern construction standards require newer homes to be built with greater energy efficiency, even older homes can implement upgrades to improve their energy efficiency.

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Lessons Learned

As I approach the end of my term as your ASHI President, I find myself thinking about what I have learned. I hope that future leaders, whether in ASHI or in home inspection businesses, find these thoughts helpful. I don’t claim that these thoughts are original, which leads to the first thought: be humble.

By: Bruce Barker Member Exclusive
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Energy-Efficient HVAC

What to Look for When You’re Inspecting

For home buyers, energy efficiency is an important factor when searching for a new house. It’s not easy to visually inspect a home to determine if it is energy-efficient without doing some additional testing.