Home Inspection Tips

Crawl Space Tips

Did you know that having an adequate vapor barrier in your crawl space (one that reaches each corner of the crawl) is one of the easiest and best ways to reduce moisture in the crawl? It literally says it in the name – vapor BARRIER. You want a nice dry crawl space so that your …

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Crawl Space Challenges in the Triangle

   We see this so often in crawl spaces in North Carolina. Why? Well, we have a very humid climate, which is exactly what mold likes. There’s not much we can do about southern summers. HOWEVER – there is A LOT we can do to combat moisture intrusion, organic growth, and wood rot found in …

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Home Inspection Checklist: NC Edition

It’s essential to understand what a home inspection is and what it’s not. We hope this post clears up any lingering questions you may have about what a North Carolina home inspection checklist includes. “According to North Carolina state law, home inspectors must visually examine structural components, such as the foundation, floors, walls, ceilings, and …

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What’s Included in a Home Inspection?

A home inspection examines a home’s condition, completed by a licensed home inspector who will use hands-off methods to acquire information about its safety and functionality. A home inspection is non-invasive, which means that home inspectors cannot damage the home. For example, when a plumber looks for a leak, she may need to open walls or …

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Dear Triangle Realtors

Realtors, let’s work together this new year! As small business owners, we understand the importance of networking, meeting new vendors, finding accountability partners. We decided to ask YOU how we could better serve the community. We’ve discovered something that works and is mutually beneficial… We want to invite any local Realtors in The Triangle area …

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Dear Realtors

Here Are 5 Things You Should Do Before Listing Your Home

  If you’re thinking about listing your home…you may want to grab a pen and paper. You don’t want to miss this. 📝 When it comes to preparing a house for listing, we always recommend getting a proper inspection. Think about it this way: if the pre-listing inspection has not been taken care of then the buyers are …

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Here Are 5 Things You Should Do Before Listing Your Home

Tools That Help Us Help You

If your home has an attic and/or crawl space, there is a good chance that you don’t regularly go into these areas to check for concerns like water intrusion, leaks, or high humidity/moisture. But we do! This is a critical component to every home inspection and discovering these kinds of issues can save you thousands …

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New Construction Home Inspections

    Even in New Construction homes like this one, water intrusion and high moisture levels can quickly create organic growth (e.g., mold) on surrounding materials. In this case, we noted suspected mold on support beams which was verified by mold swab tests. Since this area is also going to be partially finished, an indoor …

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The Value of a Home Inspection

Why is this photograph concerning? Water intrusion into the crawl space is never a good thing because 1) it can introduce organic growth/mold that can impact air quality in the home, and 2) it can cause wood rot or other damage to the home’s support structure. You should never skip or waive a home inspection, …

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Crawl Space Water Intrusion Doherty Home Inspections

Crawl Space Captain

Homes with crawl spaces need extra TLC. Water is the #1 enemy to your home and the entire structure is designed to shed water away from it. When water gets into your crawl, bad things can happen (think rotting support beams, mold entering into your living space). Crawls are dark, dirty, cramped – not a …

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