Life expectancy of cedar roofs in Minnesota

- In that time I’ve seen just about every conceivable type of wood roof and the variables that factor into how long they last. . In the past 25 years I’ve inspected somewhere in the neighborhood of 9,000 cedar roofs in the Minneapolis area. This post discusses the basic components of a cedar roof, the different material options available and what sort of lifespan one can realistically expect from each ..More

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What is a Home Inspection?

- But technology advances make reporting easier and much more efficient, which means inspectors can use their time better. . Until recent years, reporting was often done longhand using a clipboard, hard-copy form and pen. It also means the customer can have a comprehensive report in hand shortly after the inspection is complete ..More

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Pre-Listing Inspections: How One Inspection Could Have Saved Over $13,000

- I’ve given many anecdotes of how home inspections done for sellers can help the whole transaction go smoothly, but I recently had a real estate agent share a story with me that tops ’em all. . This agent was an investor in this deal, and he tells the story in his own words: ..More

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CSST Bonding Update

- The bottom line is that if you have a home with CSST, you should make sure it’s properly bonded to today’s standards, regardless of whether the installation ‘met code’ when it was originally installed. .  Also, if your electrician tells you that bonding the CSST may increase the risk of a lightning strike or is safe because it meets code, simply thank them for their time and call a different electrician ..More

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How to Inspect Your Own House, Part 9: The Air Conditioner

- Most single family homes in Minnesota have a split system air conditioner. .  This consists of a big boxy-looking thing with a fan that sits outside the house, which is connected to a box that sits on top of the furnace through two refrigerant lines; one line is small and runs warm, while the other is larger, insulated, and runs cold ..More

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