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Should you have your home tested for Radon?

The United States Environmental and Protection Agency (EPA) recommends every home be tested for Radon during the purchase process.

Radon gas is a non-detectable, odorless, colorless, deadly gas that is the second-leading cause of lung cancer behind cigarettes. It is vital to complete prevention inspections/testing to ensure you and your family is safe.

Here are a few quick facts from the EPA about Radon:

Radon is a naturally occurring gas from the breakdown of Earth. It can seep through the soil into your home and become trapped causing an unsafe elevated level of this gas.

Nearly one out of fifteen homes is estimated to have unsafe levels of radon.

Testing using expensive equipment from a trained professional is the only way to find out if your home contains elevated radon levels. If your home does have a higher radon level, there are ways to remediate to ensure safety.

You can check out more information about radon gas directly from the EPA here.

If you have questions about Radon, you can contact our office directly here.

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What is a home inspection?

Not only are we going to cover what a home inspection is, but the importance. You might think the answer is, “so I know what is wrong with the house”, but there is more to a home inspection than just that.

A home inspection by definition is a: “limited, non-invasive examination of the condition of a home, often in connection with the sale of that home.”

With that knowledge we can dive a little deeper.

Home inspections are only visual inspections; although there are standards of practice, inspectors are not required to move objects in order to get to items or places they could not normally get to. This is typically due to liability issues. For instance, if an inspector moves a shelf to reach a water heater and the shelf scratches the wall, the inspector now has to pay for the repair. Accidents happen, and that is why the industry attempts to limit liability.

Now the home inspection report is delivered to you and you know what is wrong with the house, what makes the process so worth your while?

Quite simply, the home inspection report should be used for negotiations in order to save you money!

If an electrical panel or roof has to be replaced, you can request the seller to assist you in replacing the item. Therefore, you just made your return on investment with the home inspection report!

Some may say, an inspector that is too detailed is a bad thing, however, this is not the case in most instances. Home inspectors are there for your family’s safety and to save you money. They are third-party companies that have no interest in the transaction. Ultimately, a detailed inspector or inspection company is a GOOD THING!

In the sale of a home, a buyer should do their research on their home inspector to make sure he is detailed for reasons above. If you are not sure what to look for in a home inspector, you may find this article relevant.

Comment your questions or contact us! We are always happy to assist.

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What to do when something breaks after a home inspection…

Imagine moving into your dream home after going through the hassle moving ends. A week into the adjustment, your water heater breaks. Who’s responsible? Obviously not you right? You just moved in! The home inspector? Well, home inspectors’ cannot predict something breaking into the future unfortunately. So who is to pay?

These cases happen all too often in the real estate industry. At the end of the chain, it ends up being the new homeowner who starts off the ownership of their new home by paying for the repair.  But with the right home inspector, you can protect yourself even after the home inspection.

A new program offered by Honor Services gives you the protection after you move into a home backed by multi-national Amtrust Financial. The best part? It’s free with your home inspection and protects you for 90 days after the home inspection or 21 days after closing.

We call it Honorable Protection even after the inspection.

Not in our area? Contact us, we will be more than happy to connect you with a professional inspector in your area.

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