Beating Back the August Heat

Hot enough for ya? Yeah, I'm sweating buckets too, as a home inspection company, we spend plenty of time outdoors, rain or shine, hot or cold, like it or not.  Here in North Texas, we are at the peak of our yearly heat wave.  I guess that is just the price we pay for enjoying relatively mild winters. If you have to…

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What is a Smart Home? – 2019-04-05

Podcast Transcription Brian: Welcome to House Fluent Inspections Radio, where we help you enjoy stress-free home buying, home selling, and home ownership. I’m your host, Brian Botch, owner of House Fluent Inspections. I’m joined today by Bill Beck. We are both licensed, professional inspectors here in the state of Texas and we inspect homes of all shapes and sizes. So…

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When Do You Mulch and What Do You Mulch?

Like me, you’ve probably already seen them ominously surrounding your local home improvement center. It seems that they appeared overnight; standing in silent rows and columns, and wearing drapes of plastic with an alphanumeric code spray painted across the front. Elsewhere, perhaps at your grocery store, pallets of bagged goods line the apron and sidewalk. Roving pickups pulling trailers, piled…

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Home Inspections For Selling Your Home 2019-03-05

Podcast Transcription [light-hearted music]Brian: Welcome to House Fluent Inspections Radio, where we help you enjoy stress-free home buying, home selling, and home ownership. I’m your host, Brian Botch, owner of House Fluent Inspections. I’m joined today by Bill Beck. We’re both licensed, professional inspectors here in the state of Texas, and we regularly inspect homes of all shapes and sizes.…

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Sprinkler Systems and Lawn Maintenance 2019-02-20

Podcast Transcription [light-hearted music] Brian: Welcome to House Fluent Inspections Radio, where we help you enjoy stress-free home-buying, home-selling, and homeownership. I’m your host, Brian Botch, owner of House Fluent Inspections, and I’m joined today by Bill Beck. We’re both licensed professional inspectors here in the state of Texas. So, Bill, it’s really hard to believe, but can you believe…

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Fireplace Maintenance and Safety

If you haven’t realized, here in North Texas, “WINTER” has officially arrived. It’s true. Go look, I’ll wait...I put the word in quotes because, really, if you’ve lived here for more than a few days, you know that the weather is always changing. It can be sunny and mild one day, only to be bitter cold and icy the next. …

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Shedding Water

We have seen record breaking rainfall recently in Texas and all that rain can play havoc with your yard and foundation if you're not properly maintaining the drainage system around your home. Your roof sheds more water than any other component in your home. The surface area of your roof acts like a giant tarp catching rain water then channeling…

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Swimming Pool Safety

The consumer product safety commission just released it’s 2018 submersion and entrapment report for pools and spas. While the statistics in it are pretty sobering, especially if you're a parent, the good news is that the numbers did not increase over last year’s levels. Still, on average, there were 351 fatal drownings in pools and spas among children younger than…

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