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A-Pro Fall Newsletter 2021

A-Pro Home Inspection At Your Service Welcome to our fall edition of From the Rafters. As the weather begins to turn chilly and favorite sweatshirts start to occupy space in closets in many parts of the country, experts are expecting some turns in the real estate market as well. While it is likely to continue […]

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How Home Inspectors Use Their Nose to Sniff Out Trouble in a Home

As we discussed in last week’s blog post about how home inspectors employ their sense of hearing to discover potential problems in a home, today we’ll be exploring an inspector’s use of their olfactory system, or “sense of smell,” to determine if odors found during a comprehensive roof-to-foundation inspection are cause for concern or not. […]

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Home Inspectors Use Their Ears to Perform Complete Inspections

When home inspectors talk about inspections being “observational,” that may imply that the professional who checks out your home from roof to foundation only uses their sense of sight to assess the property. While reporting on defects that an inspector can see is a major part of a complete inspection (e.g., observing missing shingles, corroded […]

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Kitchen Home Inspection Checklist Part 2 Ovens, Ranges, and GFCIs

In last week’s home inspection checklist blog post, we began our exploration of the kitchen—one of the most well-used and problematic spots in a home. After covering plumbing, the kitchen exhaust system, and the dishwasher, today we’ll be addressing what your inspector will be looking out for when assessing the oven, range, and ground fault […]

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Mice, Raccoons, Bats, and Squirrels: A Home Inspection Checklist

It only takes a few minutes of browsing on social media to discover videos of acrobatic squirrels and other furry creatures doing all manner of adorable activities, like swatting at bubbles, taking a sudsy bath, or scampering around in doll’s clothes. Funny stuff for sure. But to any homeowner who has had to repair a […]

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What to Know Before Your Pre-Listing Inspection

Pre-Inspection Home Seller Checklist: Getting Ready for Your Certified Pre-Owned Home Inspection Over the last couple of weeks, our blog has explored the value of having A-Pro perform a Certified Pre-Owned Home Inspection before putting a property on the market—a great idea that can help you move the home faster, at a higher price, and […]

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6 Benefits of a Pre-Listing Home Inspection in Tacoma

A lot of work goes into preparing a home for sale, from basic property improvements to making sure every room looks perfect for upcoming open houses and home tours. However, there’s one big step many sellers overlook: a pre-listing home inspection. Typically sellers wait until a potential buyer makes an offer on their home, and […]

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Home Inspection Checklist in Tacoma: Freeze-Thaw Cycle Issues

As freezing temperatures grip most of the nation, homeowners and home inspectors alike are once again reminded of one of nature’s most destructive forces on a property: the freeze-thaw cycle. This occurs when water penetrates openings or gets absorbed into structures, freezes, melts, and freezes again. The expanding ice exerts an outward force that can […]

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Home Inspection Checklist in Tacoma: Garage Doors and Garage Door Openers

Nothing lasts forever. This adage is particularly true of components and structures in a house. Anyone who has ever had to replace an aging furnace on the coldest day of the winter or swap out a struggling A/C unit in the middle of July understands that time can be a home’s greatest enemy. While regular […]

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Check Out this Home Inspection Checklist in Tacoma of Installation Problems, Part 2

In last week’s blog, we looked at problems found during a home inspection that are the result of improper installation (roof coverings, roof flashings, skylights, exterior siding, and electrical). We’ve decided to continue in this direction by highlighting a few other areas in which poor workmanship, makeshift repairs, and use of incorrect materials are commonly […]

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