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Basic Waterproofing for Basements

With all the snow this winter generously provided, expect to see water in basements to happen this spring... The snow melts, the water, in many cases, has no where to go, and the ground can get super saturated. Basements are typically the area of a structure most at risk for water damage because they are located below [...]

6 Ways to Use a Home Inspection Report

How to best use your home inspection report- Six Great Uses We have 6 ways to best utilize your home inspection report. I recommend taking advantage of the knowledge gained in your home inspection, and using the report for your maximum benefit.   1. Buyers should use the conditions reported, as well as the estimated [...]

Holiday Safety Tips

Holiday Home Safety Tips The winter holidays are a time for celebration, and that means more cooking, home decorating, entertaining, and an increased risk of fire and accidents. I recommend that you follow these guidelines to help make your holiday season safer and more enjoyable. Holiday Lighting Use caution with holiday decorations and, whenever possible, choose those made [...]

Asbestos in the home

Asbestos is often found in Rhode Island homes. This find during a home inspection often has varied opinions, concerns, and certainly loads of questions. I figured I'd put together some things to help explain, identify and inform you on the remedies for deficient conditions. Asbestos Facts: Asbestos was used in residential applications until 1978. Airborne [...]

Mold in Your Home

Mold, Moisture and Your Home Friends, I get asked about mold all the time. I though I'd share the article below with you as a basic mold education. Enjoy.   Mold Basics The key to mold control is moisture control. If mold is a problem in your home, you should clean up the mold promptly [...]

BBQ Safety

The other day, I witnessed my neighbor “grilling” food. It looked as if he was simply turning good food into charcoal, so I figured I’d put some safety items down for my friends to read. Its prime Barbecue season here in Rhode Island, so here goes... With barbeque season already here, homeowners should heed the [...]

Selling a home is business

Most people hear the word “Home Inspector” and an image of a technically competent professional working for a home buyer. They think of a guy making sure the buyer isn’t moving into a financial disaster. They think of a guy looking out for the safety of the new home owner and their family. Some folks [...]

Pool Safety

Safety Guidelines for Home Pools Memorial Day is approaching, it signals the beginning of summer, and opening of pools. Weather you own a pool or a friend owns one, this is good information. share it with friends and family members who have pools. Swimming pools should always be happy places. Unfortunately, each year thousands of [...]

Knob and Tube Wiring

 In Rhode Island, we have many old homes. I often see Knob and Tube Wiring, and am typically asked about it. Here's some information about knob and tube wiring that should address all your concerns and answer your questions. Knob-and-tube (K&T) wiring was an early standardized method of electrical wiring in buildings, in common use [...]