Maintaining Your Home

You should maintain your home for the same reason that you maintain your car. Without regular maintenance both your car and your home are headed for costly repairs down the road. Often these repairs can be prevented with routine maintenance.

The choice is yours… spend a little to maintain your home now, or spend a lot more on costly repairs and resulting damage down the road.

Reasons to Maintain Your Home

  • Pride in ownership and to have a beautiful, well maintained home.
  • Protect the value of one of your largest, most important, lifetime investments.
  • Reduce family safety and health risks.
  • Improve your home’s appearance and appeal.
  • Peace of mind knowing all systems, equipment, and components are in good working order.
  • Maximize your home’s sales potential; avoid being surprised by Home Inspection problems when you go to sell your home.
  • Everything works as designed.
  • Recommended by appliance, equipment, and system manufacturers; warranty protection.


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10 Easy Ways To Save Energy In Your Home

15 Tools Every Homeowner Should Own


Advantages of Solar Energy

Aging In Place

Aluminum Wiring

Ant Inspection

Anti-Scald Valves

Arc-Fault Circuit Interupters (AFCIs)


Attached Garage Fire Hazards

Attic Pull-Down Ladders



Backflow Prevention

Baghouse Inspection

Barbeque Safety

Barn Inspection

Basic Waterproofing For Basements

Building Supply & Return Ducts

Building Orientation For Optimum Energy

Building Permits

Bump Keys & What Homeowners Should Know About Them

Burgler Resistant Homes

Buying A Foreclosed Home

Building A New Home

Bug Zappers

Biological Pollutants In The Home


Carbon Monoxide Poisoning & Detectors

Carcinogens On The Job

Carpet Beetles

Carpet Mold: Identification, Prevention, & Removal

Carpeted Bathrooms

Cement Substitutes

Central Air-Condition System Inspection

Central Humidifiers

Central Vacuum Systems

Ceramic Tile & Stone Inspection

Childproofing Windows & Stairs

Childproofing Your Home: 12 Safety Devices to Protect Your Children

Chimney Inspection: Preventing Collapse

Chinese Drywall

Choosing A Manufactured Home

Choosing The Right Home Inspector


Closing Costs

Closet Lighting

Clothes Moths

C.L.U.E. Reports

Collar Ties Vs. Rafter Ties

Commercial Office Checklist

Commercial Property: Buy Or Rent

Commercial Real Estate Terms

Commercial Water Towers

Common Electrical Conductor Types

Compost Pile Hazards

Composting Toilets

Concrete Admixtures

Concrete For Exterior & Structural Walls

Condensation In Double-Paned Windows

Condensation In The Home

Constituent Materials Of Concrete

Construction Methods & Materials For Noise Control

"Cool" Energy Efficient Roofs

Cork Floors

Cost Segregation Studies for Commercial Properties

Crawlspace Hazards

Credit Reports

Crib Safety & Inspection


Daylight Saving Time

Inspecting A Deck

Deck Recepticles

Deep Fryer Inspection

Defensible Space

Defrost Cycle Of A Heat Pump

Depreciation of Investment Property

Detecting Corrosion In Concrete Encased Steel

Disadvantages Of Solar Energy

Doing Damage During An Inspection

Drones And Inspections

Dry Cleaners for Commercial Inspectors

Dryer Vent Safety

Dust Inspection

Dust Mite Inspection


Eco-Friendly Relocation

Edison's Early Accident

Efflorescence In Concrete

Home Safety For The Elderly

Electrical Fence Inspection

Electrical Safety

Electrical Service Panels

Electrical Terminology

Electrictiy: Origins, Consumption, & Costs

EMF's In The Home (Electromagnetic Fields)

Emergency Preparedness

Eminent Domain

Conserve Energy & Save Money

Elements Of An Energy Efficient Home

Energy Efficient Mortgages

Energy-Efficient Space Heaters

ENERGY STAR Program Criticized

Engineered Wood Flooring

Enhancing Energy Efficiency in Historic Buildings

Estimating The Lifespan Of A Water Heater

Evaluating Structural Framing

Evaporative Coolers

Exercise Equipment Dangers

Exterior Design Features

Eyebrow Dormers


Factory-Built Fireplaces

Fall-Arrest Systems

FHA Loan Basics

Fiberglass Insulation: History, Hazards & Alternatives

Fire Alarm Systems

Fire Extinguisher Maintenance & Inspection

Fire Safety For The Home

Fireplace Fuel



Flood-Damaged Buildings

Evaluating Problems With Fasteners

For Sale By Owner: Pros & Pitfalls

Foreclosure Inspections: Trust Your Gut


Residential Foundation Insulation

French Drain Inspection

Furnace Efficiency

Furniture & TV Tip-Over Hazards


Galvanic Corrosion

Garage Doors & Openers

Garbage Disposals

Generator Hazards & Inspection

Geothermal Heating & Cooling Systems


Gravity Furnace Inspection

Grease Trap Inspection

Green Roof Inspection

Green Lumber

Greenhouse Inspection

Grinder Pumps

Ground-Fault Circuit Interupters (GFCI's)

Greywater Inspection

Grounding Electrodes For Home Service



Hand-Dug Well Inspection

Hantavirus Danger In Homes

Hard Water

Hearths & Hearth Extensions

High-Performance Buildings

Holiday Home Safety Tips

Home Equity Loans & Lines Of Credit

Home Heating Oil Tanks

Home Insurance Tips

Home Repair Rip-Offs

Home Winterization

Homeowner Maintenance: Changing The HVAC Filter

Homeowners Associations Vs. The Green Homeowner

Hot Water Recirculating Systems


House Numbers

House Raising

Household & Environmental Hazards

Housewrap Inspection

How to Buy Commercial Property Without Using Your Own Money

How To Choose The Right Real Estate Pro

How To Be A Successful Landlord

How To Determine The Age Of A Building

How To Inspect A Refrigerator

Hydrophonics Inspection


Ice Dams

ICF (Insulated Concrete Forms) Inspections & Termites

Identifying & Describing Heating Systems

Increasing Home Energy Efficiency

Indoor Air: Air Quality In The Home

Inspecting Slip Resistant Flooring

Inspectors and Commerical Leases

Installing Attic Insulation

Insulation R-Value



Kerosene Heater Inspection

Kickout Flashing

Kitec® Fittings

Knob & Tube Wiring


Ladder Safety

Laminate Floor Inspection

Landscape Shading

Lead Facts

Lead Facts For Inspectors

Life Expectancy Chart For Home Owners

Lighting Quality


Linoleum Inspection

Lock Boxes

Log Home Basics

Low-E Windows

Lumber Grade Stamps



Manufactured Housing & Standards

Marijuana Grow Operations

McMansions & Energy Inefficiency

Measuring Roof Slope & Pitch

Meth Labs

Modular Vs Manufactured Homes

Moisture Intrusion

Moisture Meters For Inspections

Mold, Moisture & Your Home

Mortar Joints



Net Metering


Noise Mitigation

Non-Conforming Bedrooms


Occupancy Load Signs

Organic Solar Concentrators

OSB Vs. Plywood

Outhouse Inspection

Over-Occupancy Rental Laws

Ozone Generator Hazards


Paperless Drywall

Paying A Little More For An InterNACHI Inspector Pays Off

Passive Solar Building Design

Pellet Stoves


Permanent Wood Foundations

Personal Safety at a Commercial Property

Pest Birds


Pet Allergens

Pilot Lights

Pine Beetles

Pipe Specifications - Humor

Plants & Indoor Air Quality

Playground Equipment Hazards and Inspection

Plumbing Terms

Poison Ivy, Oak, Sumac


Polyurethane Spray Foam Insulation

Pool Alarms

Pool Drain Hazards Inspection

Pool Safety Guidlines

Pool Water Pathogens

Power Strips - Uses & Hazards

Pressure Assist Toilets

Private Water Wells

Property Appraisals

PVC Health Hazards



Radiant Heating Systems


Rainwater Catchment Systems


Rehab A Home

Remodeling Is A Poor Investment Strategy

Rent-To-Own Home Lease

Renters Insurance

Reserve Studies

Residential Fire Sprinklers

Reverse Mortgages


Rodent Inspection


Roofing Underlayment Types

Rubber Flooring Inspection

Rust Inspection & Prevention


Safe Rooms

Safety Glass

Salvage Building Materials Inspection

Sauna Inspection

Scaffold Inspection

Seller's Pre-Listing Inspection

Septic System Inspections

Septic Systems

Settlement Information

Sewer Gases In The Home

Sheet Vinyl Flooring

Short Sales

Shrinkage Cracks In Concrete


Slash Piles

Smoke Alarm Inspection

Snow Guard Inspection

Soil Contamination Inspection

Soils & Settlement

Solar Gardens

Solar Heat-Gain Coefficient Ratings for Windows

Solar Panel Fires and Electrical Hazards

Solar Panel Rentals

Solar Theft

Solar Water Heater Inspection

Solid Brick Vs. Brick Veneer

Soy-Based Insulation

Spill Switch Inspection

Stairway Inspection


Static Electricity

Steel Homes

Steel Siding Inspection

Straw Bale Home Basics

Straw Bale House Inspection

Structural Connection Design For The Home Inspector

Structural Design Basics Of Residential Construction

Structural Design Concepts

Structural Design Loads

Structural Design Of Foundations

Structural Design of Lateral Resistance to Wind and Earthquake

Structural Design of Wood Framing


Styrofoam Homes

Sump Pump Operation and Inspection Guide

Surge Protectors

Swimming Pool Barriers


Tamper-Resistant Receptacles

Tape Sampling for Mold Inspections

Ten Tips To Speed Up Your Home Inspection

Termite Baits

Termite Control In The Home

The Dark Side Of Homeowners Association

The Duty to Warn: A Home Inspector's and Home Seller's Guide to Immediate Hazards

The History Of Concrete

The Limitations Of A Home Inspection

The Potential For A Water Crisis

The Small House Movement

The 10 Best Places To Hide Your Valuables In Your Home

Thermal Imaging Reports


Three Deadly Mistakes Every Home Buyer Should Avoid

Tie-Downs For Manufactured Homes

To Buy Or Rent?

To Exceed Or Not To Exceed: That Is The Question

Tobacco Order Removal

Toilet Inspections

Tornado Safety & Inspection

TPR Valves & Discharge Piping

Trampoline Safety & Inspection

Tree Dangers

Tree Swing Inspection

Treehosue Inspection

Trombe Walls

Type B and Type L Vent Inspection



U-Factory Ratings For Windows

UFFI Insulation Inspection

Ultrasonic Pest Repellers: Solution or Scam

Underground Fuel Storage Tank Hazards and Inspection

Ungrounded Electrical Receptacles

Unvented Roof Assemblies

USDA Loans


VA Loan Basics

Vapor Barriers

Venomous Pests

Ventless Fireplace Inspection


Vinyl Siding Inspection

Visual Inspection of Concrete


Wallpaper Inspection

Water Damage - Protect Your Property

Water Damage & EIFS

Water Heater Dating Chart

Water Heater Expansion Tanks

Water Heater Maintenance

Water Quality

Water Stoves

What Is A Green Home Inspection?

Wildfire Mitigation Strategies and Inspection

Wildlife Control At Home

Wind Mitigation

Wind Turbines

Wind Turbines & Lightning


Window Bars

Window Falls

Window Films

Window Gas Fills

Window Well Inspection

Wood-Burning Stoves

Wood Decay

Wood Siding Inspection

Woodpecker Damage & Prevention




Zoning Ordinances


We will add more as we produce them.