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By Edward & Celia Maddox, EXPERIENCE & INTEGRITY - WE TAKE THE HIGH ROAD
(The Celtic Connection Realty)
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The housing market in Phoenix is emerging from a historic slumber. Foreclosures are down, and new home sales are re-energizing the new home market -- up 20 percent from a year ago. If wide-open space is key and bumper-to-bumper traffic cramps your style, the private refuge of Encanterra in the So...

By Der Hous Inspector LLC, Certified Master Inspector CMI
(Der Hous Inspector)
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Benefits of Geothermal Energy: energy efficiency. GHPs require 25% to 50% less electricity than conventional heating and cooling systems. According to the EPA, geothermal heat pumps can reduce energy consumption - and corresponding emissions - up to 44%, compared to air-source heat pumps, and up ...

By Der Hous Inspector LLC, Certified Master Inspector CMI
(Der Hous Inspector)
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ChimneyOf course, one cannot inspect the interior of the chimney from the attic, but an inspector can note whether the structure itself is solid within the attic. That portion of the chimney that is not exposed to the elements can also weather and deteriorate, and this especially holds true for o...

By Der Hous Inspector LLC, Certified Master Inspector CMI
(Der Hous Inspector)
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Water DamageWater flows from the top down and rarely enters a home sideways. Inspectors will look for staining on the wood supports or on the walls which would provide evidence that water had leaked or is leaking through the roof somewhere. Condensation can form around pipes, which can cause wood...

By Der Hous Inspector LLC, Certified Master Inspector CMI
(Der Hous Inspector)
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Adequate Insulation Attics can be insulated in a number of ways, including blowing in insulation or laying fiberglass batts. Insulation is rated with an R factor, meaning the higher the R number, typically the higher the insulating factor. Ask your home inspector if the batts are facing the right...

By Der Hous Inspector LLC, Certified Master Inspector CMI
(Der Hous Inspector)
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Previous Fire DamageIf the rafters are any other color than natural wood, that could be a sign that the home was on fire. If the wood is black, scorched and sooty, that's almost a sure sign it had been burned in the past. However, if the wood is painted white, that could indicate that the smoke a...

By Der Hous Inspector LLC, Certified Master Inspector CMI
(Der Hous Inspector)
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 Although inspecting attics is rarely foremost on a buyer's mind, there are a lot of good reasons why buyers need to get into an attic or send their home inspector into the attic before completing a home inspection.  Attics should not be overlooked. An attic reflects the history of a home. It can...

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