Costly Home Inspection Errors

Home inspection errors that cost home buyers money.

Inflation Remains Low – Market Update

I hope everyone enjoyed Father’s Day with your kids or your dad! It would’ve been nice to see my baseball team put up a fight, but the golf was something to see yesterday. This week, we’ve got

New construction inspection: trust, but verify.

Should you get a home inspection on a new construction home? When a home is new, everything should be perfect, right? The builder will follow all of the manufacturer’s instructions, right? All of t

11 First-Time Home Buyer Programs

As a first-time home buyer, there are a variety of programs and assistance options available to help you achieve homeownership. Let’s run through some of them! The post 11 First-Time Home Buyer Pro

A Graduation Gift Guide for Every Budget

As you go from party to party, you may be wondering what to get for the graduates in your life. You can always give cash – no graduate will turn that down – but what do you give when you want to

What is a Reverse Mortgage, How Does it Work, and What are the Pros and Cons?

A reverse mortgage enables clients to utilize their home equity as part of their retirement strategy. Read on to find out more about how it works. The post What is a Reverse Mortgage, How Does it Wor

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Garage Sale Tips: How To Have a Successful Garage Sale

Hosting a yard or garage sale is a great way to get rid of any items in your home you don’t need anymore and make a bit of cash at the same time. The post Garage Sale Tips: How To Have a Successful

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How to Budget in the Gig Economy

For many, creating a spending plan is a mildly pleasant chore at best and a painful, tedious necessity at worst. Unless you are a spreadsheets ninja or hardcore money nerd, chances are budgeting does

How to Get Back on Track if You Fall Behind on Your Mortgage

Being behind on a mortgage payment is a frightening situation. For most people, a mortgage is the largest financial transaction they will make and therefore be the largest payment in their expenses.

Appraised Values Decline, but Perceptions Are More Realistic

Home values fell 1.1% in May based on appraisals, according to data released by Quicken Loans®. Values are still up 3.5% year-over-year. The good news is that homeowner perceptions are a little more

Nine ways for water to enter your basement or crawl space

This is a guest blog post by Silas Murphy-Ellis, owner of Murphy Home Inspection in Portland Oregon. Water in the crawlspace is an issue we see in homes all too often.    To the home buyer, it can

Mortgage Rates Drop and Stock Market Rises – Market Update

The older I get, the harder it is to get out of bed and get going on Monday morning. It seems like the weekend is never long enough. However, now that we’re here, we might as well make it a… The

How to Invest in Real Estate

Let's talk about the different ways you can invest, how you can get started as a real estate investor and some of the tax implications. The post How to Invest in Real Estate appeared first on ZING Bl

Reuben’s Recommended Reading

I spend a lot of time listening to audiobooks via Audible, and I find myself recommending books to people almost daily, none of which have anything to do with home inspections. When I meet with big-t

Decks attached through brick veneer

When a deck is attached to brick veneer, something probably went wrong. Not necessarily, not 100% of the time, but probably. As home inspectors, this is definitely something that we at Structure Tech

Non-contact voltage testers: tips and tricks for home inspectors

Voltage tester, tick-tracer, glow-tip, non-contact voltage tester… whatever. Same thing. I call it a voltage sniffer, but the technical name for this device is a capacitive voltage sensor. That’s

Introducing the Sense Home Energy Monitor

The Sense home energy monitor is possibly the coolest tool ever invented to track home energy usage. One of the inspectors in my company, Joe, told me about this device a few months ago. He installed

Home inspections for first-time home buyers (video post)

I’ve helped teach dozens of first-time home buyer seminars over the years, and it’s typically the same stuff covered during every seminar. What’s a home inspection, when does it happen, what do

Hazards with aluminum wiring

Buying a home with aluminum wiring? The seller will probably tell you it’s perfectly fine, has never been a problem, and there’s nothing to worry about. We’ve heard this story many times. I blo

How to replace a hardwired smoke alarm

Replacing a hardwired smoke alarm is a piece of cake. If you purchase a smoke alarm from the same manufacturer, you might be able to use the same wiring harness. You simply disconnect the existing s

Which smoke alarm to buy

Shopping for a new smoke alarm? Stop. Don’t even go to the store until you know exactly which smoke alarm you want. I know the ins and outs of smoke and CO alarms, and I’m still overwhelmed by th

The Importance of Hiring a Certified and Experienced Home Inspector

It is true, that purchasing a home or business is one of the biggest investments we make during our lifetime. It can be emotional, stressful and overwhelming at times. The good news is – you don’t

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