Information on the home inspection process, buying, selling or maintaining your home.

How to Build a Bookshelf

My wife asked me recently if I knew how to build a bookshelf that could hold all the books we had scattered about the house. Sure, I can do that, I replied. Now when I go to build a bookshelf, I build one that is solid, overbuilt and sturdy enough to support the roof. Her version of a bookshelf, well…

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How Do You Get Rid Of Fire Ants?

https://youtu.be/1ecDgxQLmiM How do you get rid of fire ants? That is the question that has been plaguing my wife and I since we moved into our current home over 5 years ago. You see we have kids who are very active! They love to play outside in the dirt and mud and grass. This makes the need to get rid…

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How Do You Choose The Right Water Filter?

Thanks to the Coronavirus, people have been raiding grocery stores and stocking up on food, water and other supplies. After going to multiple stores looking for bottled water and coming up empty, we decided to install a water filter in our kitchen. I have to say choosing a water filter has been a great decision.Not only did we end up…

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How to Install a Reverse Osmosis Water Filter

https://youtu.be/HNVOO-vLbvQWe recently installed an under sink reverse osmosis water filter system in our kitchen. We chose the APEC 6 stage reverse osmosis system because we wanted the alkaline filter to PH balance the water. The water filter has been great! We have a separate faucet for the filtered water right at the sink and it's so incredibly convenient that we…

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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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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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What Is Included In A Sprinkler System Inspection?

Your landscape sprinkler system is a huge contributor to the condition of your home over time. Did you know if damaged or deficient it can lead to deteriorating fences, rotting siding, mortar deterioration in your brick, foundation movement and much more. For all these reasons and more, you should expect a lot when it comes to this part of your…

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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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Help Your Home Weather The Winter

The weather is nothing if not unpredictable here in North Texas, especially in the winter. We can see anything from rain, to sleet, to snow and the dreaded black ice. Then there are days when it is clear and sunny and almost 80 degrees. Your home must endure all this to keep you comfortable, dry and safe all winter long.…

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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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