Doherty Home Inspections

Fire Safety

Go Check RIght Now!

​Did you hear about the actress Anna Faris and her 12 family members who nearly died over Thanksgiving because of carbon monoxide poisoning? The vacation home they were renting had NO detectors. The furnace was leaking carbon monoxide into the home at over five times the recommended level. The safety feature of having working carbon

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Downspout Gutter Issues

Gutter Leaf Guards – Do They Work?

​What are your thoughts on gutter leaf guards? Did you know that even with leaf guards, your gutters still need to be monitored and cleared at least three times a year? It is especially important to check on your gutters in the fall – an October, early December, and April cleaning will help keep water

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Home Inspection Tips

What’s Wrong With This Picture?

This thermostat is in a brand new construction home and was working when I tested it at the beginning of the interior portion of the isnpection. At some point, however, I heard the HVAC switch off and when I checked the thermostat, it had gone completely blank and did not respond to any touch commands.

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Crawlspace

REALTOR Spotlight

REALTOR Spotlight: Kelly Alexander, Go Realty – Better Homes and Gardens. We have had the privilege of working with Kelly and her clients on many occasions and we have seen first-hand her dedication to the people she represents and her knowledge about the buying and selling process in the Triangle area. She is very responsive

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Dryer Vents

Any Guesses As To What This Is?

Any guesses? If you were to say “FIRE HAZARD” you would be correct! This is a dryer vent that exits outside of the home and it obviously has not been cleaned in a while. Old lint, dirt, leaves, and other debris have built up over time, slowly blocking the vent and preventing moisture, heat, and

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Crawlspace

EVERY LITTLE THING…

Our home inspections cover A LOT. Typically, we inspect every single room and component inside and outside of your home or prospective home (when accessible). Imagine buying a home and moving in and then realizing the oven doesn’t work, the exterior wood trim is decayed and letting water in, the crawl space lights don’t function,

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Dryer Vents

THink New Construction Means No Problems? Can You Spot These Issues?

In a perfect world, brand new homes and homes less than a year old would be flawless. Every nook and cranny carefully created and perfectly assembled. And mostly this is true – builders do really want you to have your perfect home. But important things DO get missed ALL THE TIME. I have never done

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End Of Warranty Inspections

End of Warranty Home Inspections

Did you buy a newly constructed home last fall? Did you know that you should absolutely get an End of Warranty home inspection and that many builders require that if you plan to get one, you must get it before the end of the 11th month in your new home? Builders typically want at least

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Electrical Safety Tips

FIRE HAZARD – Dangerous Electrical PanelS

IF YOUR HOME WAS BUILT IN THE 1960s-80s, CHECK TO SEE IF YOUR HOME HAS THIS ELECTRICAL PANEL:  Federal Pacific(FPE)/STAB-Lok electrical panels are panels that have been the subject of UL (Underwriters Laboratories) and consumer concerns related to inadequate safety protection. Consistent evidence has been presented that STAB-LOK breakers have a tendency to become loose

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