Jack of All Trades VS Certified Home Inspector

We all have them, well-meaning, a jack of all trades, a relative or close friend that is as excited as you are to beHome Inspection Warranty Brainerd, Home Inspection Brainerd, Certified Home Inspector St. Michael, Home Inspection for Sellers St. Michael buying a home and they want to do your home inspection.  Home Detective doesn’t mind if they come with you, but for peace of mind, it (is better to hire a professional to conduct your home inspection.

Home Detective is certified by over 4 leading trade organizations as a home inspection expert, with rigorous knowledge and experience requirements that a jack of all trades can’t possibly offer, such as Midwest Association of Home Inspectors (MAHI)American Home Inspection Training (AHIT)American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI), and the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI).  These certifications along with years of experience will ensure you have peace of mind after you purchase your home.  In addition to our credentials, Home Detective offers a Free 90 Day Warranty for all the home inspections we do with the option for an 18 month extended warranty.

To schedule a home inspection, contact Reed today online or call (763) 434-3155.  All of our homes inspections come with a 90 Day Warranty with very affordable options for an 18 month extended warranty.  Home Inspection Warranty Brainerd | Home Inspection Brainerd | Certified Home Inspector St. Michael | Home Inspection for Sellers St. Michael |Pre-listing Home Inspection St. Michael | Buyers Home Inspection St. Michael | Certified Home Inspector Brainerd | Home Inspection for Sellers Brainerd | Pre-listing Home Inspection Brainerd | Buyers Home Inspection Brainerd | Home Inspection Warranty St. Michael | Home Inspection St. Michael

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Need a Back Up Home Inspector this Week?

Free 90 Day Home Inspection Warranty.  Call Home Detective if your “go to” home inspector is booked up or not Pre-listing Home Inspection Brainerd, Buyers Home Inspection Brainerd, Home Inspection Warranty St. Michael, Home Inspection St. Michaelexceeding your expectations.  Short notice requests are welcome!  We are veteran owned and certified home inspectors by the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI) and are members of the Midwest Association of Home Inspectors (MAHI).

To schedule a home inspection, contact Reed today online or call (763) 434-3155.  All of our homes inspections come with a 90 Day Warranty with very affordable options for an 18 month extended warranty.  Home Inspection Warranty Brainerd | Home Inspection Brainerd | Certified Home Inspector St. Michael | Home Inspection for Sellers St. Michael |Pre-listing Home Inspection St. Michael | Buyers Home Inspection St. Michael | Certified Home Inspector Brainerd | Home Inspection for Sellers Brainerd | Pre-listing Home Inspection Brainerd | Buyers Home Inspection Brainerd | Home Inspection Warranty St. Michael | Home Inspection St. Michael

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Need a Back Up Home Inspector this Week?

Free 90 Day Home Inspection Warranty.  Call Home Detective if your “go to” home inspector is booked up or not Pre-listing Home Inspection St. Michael, Buyers Home Inspection St. Michael, Certified Home Inspector Brainerd, Home Inspection for Sellers Brainerdexceeding your expectations.  Short notice requests are welcome!  We are veteran owned and certified home inspectors by the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI) and are members of the Midwest Association of Home Inspectors (MAHI).

To schedule a home inspection, contact Reed today online or call (763) 434-3155.  All of our homes inspections come with a 90 Day Warranty with very affordable options for an 18 month extended warranty.  Home Inspection Warranty Brainerd | Home Inspection Brainerd | Certified Home Inspector St. Michael | Home Inspection for Sellers St. Michael |Pre-listing Home Inspection St. Michael | Buyers Home Inspection St. Michael | Certified Home Inspector Brainerd | Home Inspection for Sellers Brainerd | Pre-listing Home Inspection Brainerd | Buyers Home Inspection Brainerd | Home Inspection Warranty St. Michael | Home Inspection St. Michael

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Garden Gutters-Wacky Home Inspection Finds #2

Wacky Home Inspection Finds #2

Every week we stumble upon some interesting discoveries.  In this picture, the homeowner didn’t clean out the Pre-listing Home Inspection Brainerd, Buyers Home Inspection Brainerd, Home Inspection Warranty St. Michael, Home Inspection St. Michaelgutters for a long time.  As a result, flowers and plants were growing in them.  Excess rain could not find a place to go other than puddle up and leak into the basement foundation, putting too much stress on the sump pump.

We can help buyers uncover these kinds of hazards and help sellers with a pre-listing home inspection.  We are all Do-it-Yourselfers in some sense, otherwise, there would be no use for hardware stores.  But, DIY’ers often overlook code requirements for the practical.  We get it and can help both buyers with peace of mind and sellers identify inspection obstacles to a smooth closing.

To schedule a home inspection, contact Reed today online or call (763) 434-3155.  All of our homes inspections come with a 90 Day Warranty.  Home Inspection Warranty Brainerd | Home Inspection Brainerd | Certified Home Inspector St. Michael | Home Inspection for Sellers St. Michael |Pre-listing Home Inspection St. Michael | Buyers Home Inspection St. Michael | Certified Home Inspector Brainerd | Home Inspection for Sellers Brainerd | Pre-listing Home Inspection Brainerd | Buyers Home Inspection Brainerd | Home Inspection Warranty St. Michael | Home Inspection St. Michael

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Allergy Proof Your Home-21 Tips in 3 Minutes

If someone in your family suffers from allergies or asthma, you will want to take steps to eliminate the triggers in

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your home environment that make them miserable.

  1. If you’re short on time, the most important room to target for improving your home’s allergy environment is the bedroom. It’s where you spend a large part of your time, and sleep is a good recovery time for allergy sufferers.
  2. Microscopic dust mites are a strong allergen and they feed on dead skin flakes. This is why it is so important to encase and regularly clean your bedding to protect against dust mite allergens.

  3. Use breathable allergen and mite-proof covers for your mattresses, box-springs, pillows, and comforters, and you should wash these regularly (see types, costs, and reviews of mattress covers).
  4. Vacuum your mattresses regularly with a HEPA equipped filter to remove microscopic dust mites and other allergens.
  5. At least once a week, wash pillowcases, sheets, and blankets in very hot water (at least 130 degrees F) and dry them in a hot dryer to kill dust mites.
  6. If you have fur-bearing pets, you should keep them out of your bedrooms, and consider either getting a whole-house or a portable HEPA air filtration system to help reduce the increased dander and allergens that are circulated by these pets.
  7. Remove carpeting and rugs from your bedrooms. Or if this is not practical, then vacuum them once or twice a week.
  8. Carpeting and rugs are a haven for dust mites, mold spores, and pet dander. Carpeting also absorbs fumes from household cleaning products, kitchen grease, insecticides, and cigarette smoke. This is why it is so important to routinely vacuum and clean carpets and rugs throughout your home.
  9. Have your carpets professionally cleaned every six months, either by vapor steam cleaning (not hot water steam cleaning) or by dry cleaning.
  10. Regularly vacuum your upholstered furniture to remove dust and allergens, and the remnants of dust mites.
  11. Both mold and dust mites spread rapidly if your home is above 50% relative humidity. Running your AC will lower your home’s humidity. But if areas of your home are still above 50%, you should consider getting a dehumidifier (see types, costs, and reviews of dehumidifiers).
  12. Use a humidity gauge (a “hygrometer”) to monitor the relative humidity in areas throughout your house to ensure that they all stay below 50% to reduce dust mites and mold growth (see types, costs, and reviews of hygrometers).
  13. Immediately fix water leaks and improve ventilation to eliminate any damp areas around your home. Damp areas will become a breeding ground for molds, pests, and allergens.
  14. Air purifiers, while very helpful, are alone not enough to remove allergens from your home. They need to be combined with a rigorous routine cleaning and vacuuming regime.
  15. Use a vacuum cleaner that has a HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Arrestance) filter. Allergists recommend HEPA-filter vacuums because they can trap microscopic dust mites and other small allergen particles (see types, costs, and reviews of HEPA filters).
  16. Use filters with the highest MERV rating that is recommended for your AC and heating system. The higher the MERV rating the smaller the allergen that it can filter out. But do not use filters with MERV ratings lower than “8” if someone in your home has allergies.
  17. When dusting, use only microfiber dusting cloths that capture dust and allergens, rather than allowing them to be kicked back up into the air (see types, costs, and reviews of microfiber dusters).
  18. Wear a respirator mask when cleaning, vacuuming, dusting, or painting is being done around your home (see types, costs, and reviews of respirator masks).
  19. Don’t store clothing or cardboard items in the basement, as they attract moisture which can lead to mold and pest infestations.
  20. Avoid keeping magazines or other reading materials in your bathroom, as they can attract mold in the humid bathroom environment. If you do keep reading materials in a bathroom, then try to at least change them out frequently. And finally,
  21. Keep the floorboards of your car clean and dry, otherwise, these areas can begin building mold and allergens, which you’ll breathe when driving, and can track into your home when you walk in.

SUMMARY

We hope these 21 tips have given you some helpful ideas for how to allergy-proof your home.

To schedule a home inspection, contact Reed today online or call (763) 434-3155.  All of our homes inspections come with a 90 Day Warranty.  Home Inspection Warranty Brainerd | Home Inspection Brainerd, Certified Home Inspector St. Michael | Home Inspection for Sellers St. Michael | Pre-listing Home Inspection St. Michael | Buyers Home Inspection St. Michael | Certified Home Inspector Brainerd | Home Inspection for Sellers Brainerd | Pre-listing Home Inspection Brainerd | Buyers Home Inspection Brainerd | Home Inspection Warranty St. Michael | Home Inspection St. Michael

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Starkist Tuna Can for Junction Box

Wacky Home Inspection Finds #1

Every week we stumble upon some interesting discoveries.  In this picture, the homeowner used a Starkist Tuna as a junction box of sorts.

We can help buyers uncover these kinds of hazards and help sellers with a pre-listing home inspection.  We are all Do-it-Yourselfers in some sense, otherwise there would be no use for hardware stores.  But, DIY’ers often overlook code requirements for the practical.  We get it and can help both buyers with peace of mind and sellers identify inspection obstacles to a smooth closing.

To schedule a home inspection, contact Reed today online or call (763) 434-3155.  All of our homes inspections come with a 90 Day Warranty.  Buyers Home Inspection Brainerd | Certified Home Inspector Otsego | Pre-Listing Home Inspection Garrison | Home Inspection for Sellers Maple Grove

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Starkist Tuna Can for Junction Box

Wacky Home Inspection Finds #1

Every week we stumble upon some interesting discoveries.  In this picture the home owner used a Starkist Tuna as a junction box of sorts.

We can help buyers uncover these kinds of hazards and help sellers with a pre-listing home inspection.  We are all Do-it-Yourselfers in some sense, otherwise there would be no use for hardware stores.  But, DIY’ers often overlook code requirements for the practical.  We get it and can help both buyers with peace of mind and sellers identify inspection obstacles to a smooth closing.

To schedule a home inspection, contact Reed today online or call (763) 434-3155.  All of our homes inspections come with a 90 Day Warranty.  Buyers Home Inspection Brainerd | Certified Home Inspector Otsego | Pre-Listing Home Inspection Garrison | Home Inspection for Sellers Maple Grove

 

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Relatives are Often Not Good Home Inspectors

We all have them, well-meaning, a jack of all trades, a relative or close friend that is as excited as you are to be buying a home and they want to do your home inspection.  Home Detective doesn’t mind if they come with you, but for peace of mind, it is better to hire a professional to conduct your home inspection.  Home Detective is certified by

over 4 leading trade organizations as a home inspection expert, with rigorous knowledge and experience requirements that a jack of all trades can’t possibly offer, such as:

Midwest Association of Home Inspectors (MAHI)American Home Inspection Training (AHIT)American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI), and the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI).  These certifications along with years of experience will ensure you have peace of mind after you purchase your home.  In addition to our credentials, Home Detective offers a Free 90 Day Warranty for all the home inspections we do with the option for an 18 month extended warranty.

To schedule your home inspection today or for more information, contact Reed at (763) 434-3155.  

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This Old House: 18 Month Extended Home Warranty

With a Home Detective home inspection, you already get a FREE 90 Day Home Warranty, but for added peace of mind you can extended it for 18 months.  Seller’s selling old homes, buyers buying old homes love this option.  It often makes deals happen that seemed lost.  The extra warranty protection is offered based on square footage, so a less than 1500 sq. ft. would cost just $395.   See sq. ft. chart below:

Less Than 1,500 sq ft ($395)
1,501  –  2,500 sq ft ($475)
2,501  –  3,000 sq ft ($515)
3,001  –  4,000 sq ft ($560)
4,001  –  5,000 sq ft ($755)
5,001  –  6,000 sq ft ($965)
6,001  –  9,999 sq ft (0.16 per sq ft)
More Than 10,000 sq ft (0.19 per sq ft)

To learn more about our 18 month extended home program details, click here.

To schedule your home inspection today or for more information, contact Reed at (763) 434-3155.

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Pre-Listing Home Inspection with Free 90 Day Warranty

Attention Sellers:  Help Facilitate a Quick Sale by Removing Buyer’s Concerns.

Sellers have control by simply taking a buyer’s concerns off the table with a pre-listing home inspection.   Home Detective takes this a step further and offers a Free 90 Day Warranty with every home inspection we do.  In this sellers’ market, we have heard from agents that pre-listing home inspections often help generate multiple offers, especially if you are selling an older home.  We have also heard multiple offers often leads to sales above the listing price.

To schedule your pre-listing home inspection today or for more information, contact Reed at (763) 434-3155.

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