Is it Mold or is it Memorex?

You might be older if you remember the Memorex cassette tape commercial. No, I am not going into a history of hi-fi stereo but do you have a history of allergies? With Spring quickly approaching, the weather warms up, snow melts, and the rains start. Mold in your home may be on its way. What is […]

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Infrared and Your Home: Part 2

Did you read our previous blog on Infrared and Your Home?  If not, take a few minutes to read our last blog to get a basic idea of what infrared (IR) or thermal imaging is. This past December, three of our inspectors took a 16 hour class on infrared. We learned a lot and we […]

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Infrared and Your Home

What is infrared and how can it help your home? Our inspection team has taken an infrared course through Monroe Infrared. Offering infrared scans helps alleviate fears of the unknown for our clients regarding issues of moisture and water leaks. Why should you consider having infrared scans added to your inspection? Here’s a few questions […]

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Building a New Home

What a season it is! Building a new home or a seasoned home? In the Des Moines area alone, housing sales in January of this year were up over 20% according to the Des Moines Area Association of Realtors, and homes sold in an average of 44 days. That’s compared to an average of 64 […]

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Spring Cleaning

Spring cleaning – it’s a “dirty word” around our home. Well, not really, but my wife remembers spending several weekends every year doing spring cleaning; and it’s something we still do! Wash the windows and screens. (Lots of windows? Might we suggest hiring it out since an average size home costs minimal. I can do […]

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Cold Temp Home Issues

My wife and I recently have had the opportunity to spend a few weeks in warmer weather. It’s always fascinating to see the difference in homes in the Southwest. It’s a construction hazard – no matter where I go yes, I go over everything in the homes we’re staying with a fine tooth comb! My […]

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Can You ZOOM My Inpection?

It’s no surprise. Nearly everything has changed in this COVID-19 world.  I’ve learned how to use Zoom with our financial planner, a family meeting with my daughter who lives overseas, and how to watch our worship services online. I’ve not been asked if I would perform a home inspection via Zoom. anything may be possible in […]

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Do you have a wood burning fireplace?

Don’t you love your wood burning fireplace on a cold blustery winter day? But are you aware that it may need some TLC? Before you settle in to using it while everyone’s home for Christmas vacation, here are a few tips: When using a wood burning fireplace, make sure the wood you’re using is cured […]

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Are You Winter Ready?

What comes after Fall? Winter and colder temperatures. I don’t know about you but sweaters are out, warm fuzzy throws are everywhere (at least where my wife sits) and now with an elderly parent living with us, our thermostat is bumped up about 8 degrees! You can’t wrap your house in a parka or a […]

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There’s a Crack in My Driveway!

There’s a crack in my driveway and it can be a trip hazard and can lead to other problems with your home. Guess what comes after Fall? Winter! Yikes, here in Des Moines we’ve already had an early taste of it with the “squall” in mid October. 2020 seems to be the year of new […]

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