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Getting a Home Inspection? Find a Professional Who Looks at the Small Picture Too—Fasteners

Families in the market for a new home are often very good at looking at the big picture—characteristics of a property that rank high on their wish list. These might include perks like a big backyard, a fully- equipped open design kitchen, an enclosed wraparound porch, two-and-a-half bathrooms, or a finished basement. Big picture items […]

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Found the Perfect Home? Don’t Forget to Have a Home Inspector Check its Cooling System

There have been many heroes throughout the course of American history, but ask a homeowner in the midst of a summer heatwave to name the greatest of them all and there can be only one answer: Willis Carrier, the inventor of the first modern air conditioner. Carrier’s creation in 1902 changed the way we live. […]

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Looking for a Home in Hot Weather? Don’t Forget to Have a Thorough Inspection of the Heating System

In some regions of the country, it’s popular for families to put their homes on the market in the spring and summer, when the property looks its best and warm breezes welcome in a parade of prospects. It’s no surprise that the busiest selling months for homes are May, June, July, and August, according to […]

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Why Home-Shoppers Should Pay Attention to the Ventilation/Insulation Checkup in a Home Inspection

Proper ventilation and sufficient insulation may not top the list of things you’re looking for when checking out a home on the market, but any good home inspector will tell you that both of these elements are vital to the maintenance of the structure, your family’s well-being, and the health of your bank account. Critical […]

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Let the Summer Sales Season Begin

While the weather heats up around the U.S., I wanted you to know that A-Pro is here to serve your clients as we all begin to move forward and look ahead to rising sales. In our last issue of From the Rafters, we focused on the steps our home inspection teams have taken to keep […]

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Sometimes the Smallest Threats Cause the Biggest Problems in a Home Why Consider a Wood-Destroying Insect Inspection

A home can be vulnerable to a number of dangers of catastrophic proportions—large trees crashing through the roof, major windstorms, flash flooding, and five-alarm fires that can light up the night sky. But perhaps the greatest threat measures a mere quarter of an inch and works in total silence, devouring “your castle” from the inside, […]

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Why It Pays to Have a Home Inspection Before Your Builder’s Warranty Expires

For many new homeowners, the first year of living in a newly built home can feel like an extended honeymoon. Everything looks shiny and showroom fresh: the gleaming appliances, finished attic, sparkling granite countertops, track lighting in the master bedroom, polished wood floors, and all the touches that turn a house into a home. Sipping […]

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Building a New Home in Tacoma? Consider the Value of a New Construction Phase Inspection

It’s no secret that building a new home is a huge investment of time and money, not to mention those sleepless nights worrying if the final product will fully meet expectations. While you may feel confident that you’ve chosen a trusted contractor for the project, wouldn’t it be nice if you had an independent professional […]

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Dormers Can Increase a Home’s Value but Also Increase a Homeowner’s Headaches. Let a Home Inspector Check Them Out.

For many home-shoppers, dormers protruding through the roof of a home are a welcome sight, adding a great deal of character and functionality to the structure. Some styles, such as uniquely wavy “eyebrow dormers,” can make it appear as if the house is actually staring back at you, begging you to become the next owner. […]

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Hire a Home Inspector Who’s Spent Time in the Gutter

When checking out a potential new home, how many people look toward the roof and say, “Well, that certainly is a fine gutter system you’ve got there. I’m sold!” Our guess is “not nearly enough.” While hardly glamorous to a home-shopper who may be more interested in an “open kitchen design” and the latest ductless […]

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