Found a New Home? Have a Home Inspector Look at the Trees and Shrubs Around the Property

Many families in the market for a new home may be drawn in by a property’s eye-popping trees and shrubbery, especially when the season’s right and they explode in spectacular color or verdant greenery. Healthy trees and vegetation can add a host of benefits to a home, from boosting value and controlling soil erosion to […]

Found the Perfect Home? Don’t Forget to Have a Home Inspector Check its Cooling System

There have been many heroes throughout the course of American history, but ask a homeowner in the midst of a summer heatwave to name the greatest of them all and there can be only one answer: Willis Carrier, the inventor of the first modern air conditioner. Carrier’s creation in 1902 changed the way we live. […]

Looking for a Home in Hot Weather? Don’t Forget to Have a Thorough Inspection of the Heating System

In some regions of the country, it’s popular for families to put their homes on the market in the spring and summer, when the property looks its best and warm breezes welcome in a parade of prospects. It’s no surprise that the busiest selling months for homes are May, June, July, and August, according to […]

Why Home-Shoppers Should Pay Attention to the Ventilation/Insulation Checkup in a Home Inspection

Proper ventilation and sufficient insulation may not top the list of things you’re looking for when checking out a home on the market, but any good home inspector will tell you that both of these elements are vital to the maintenance of the structure, your family’s well-being, and the health of your bank account. Critical […]

Let the Summer Sales Season Begin

While the weather heats up around the U.S., I wanted you to know that A-Pro is here to serve your clients as we all begin to move forward and look ahead to rising sales. In our last issue of From the Rafters, we focused on the steps our home inspection teams have taken to keep […]

Why It Pays to Have a Home Inspection Before Your Builder’s Warranty Expires

For many new homeowners, the first year of living in a newly built home can feel like an extended honeymoon. Everything looks shiny and showroom fresh: the gleaming appliances, finished attic, sparkling granite countertops, track lighting in the master bedroom, polished wood floors, and all the touches that turn a house into a home. Sipping […]

Building a New Home in Olympia? Consider the Value of a New Construction Phase Inspection

It’s no secret that building a new home is a huge investment of time and money, not to mention those sleepless nights worrying if the final product will fully meet expectations. While you may feel confident that you’ve chosen a trusted contractor for the project, wouldn’t it be nice if you had an independent professional […]

Hire a Home Inspector Who’s Spent Time in the Gutter

When checking out a potential new home, how many people look toward the roof and say, “Well, that certainly is a fine gutter system you’ve got there. I’m sold!” Our guess is “not nearly enough.” While hardly glamorous to a home-shopper who may be more interested in an “open kitchen design” and the latest ductless […]

Foundation

“It looks like there are some issues with the home’s foundation.” For a home-shopper who believes they have found their dream home or a seller who thinks they’re closing in on a final deal, these are words you definitely don’t want to hear. Foundation repairs rank at the top of most costly problems with a […]

The Water Heater Checkup: an Important Part of the Home Inspection

Anyone who has ever endured an early morning cold shower knows the value of a properly functioning water heater. If you’re in the market for a new home, be sure not to overlook the importance of having this critical piece of equipment checked by a professional home inspector for functionality and safety as part of […]