Home Inspections Articles

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What is a Home Inspection?

Originally published November 2020 Purchasing a home can be a complex and stressful process, but professional agents and other key players can help smooth the path and...
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Decks Top List of Most Overlooked Home Maintenance Item

Article originally written in September 2021. Someone recently asked me for my thoughts on the top maintenance items most often overlooked by homeowners. Rather than repeat...
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30 Years of Home Inspection Experience Now Part of Cingo Family

Interview conducted in February 2022In 2019, two of Atlanta's largest multi-inspector firms, the Cornerstone Group and Building Knowledge LLC, merged under the umbrella of...
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How to measure household water pressure

Everyone talks about wanting high water pressure, but the truth is… you really don't.Household water pressure above 80 psi can damage some plumbing lines and void warranties...
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What to expect from a roof inspection

For most of my inspection career I drove a small hatchback. It was sporty and versatile, got great gas mileage, and all my tools (including two ladders) fit neatly in the back....
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Chimneys and Wildlife

Author: Mandy Garnto
Up on the housetop reindeer pause Out jumps good ol' Santa Claus Down through the chimney with lots of toys All for the little ones' Christmas joysNow that the holidays are...
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Moisture in a Crawl Space

Author: Mandy Garnto
The key to dealing with moisture issues in a crawl space is finding the source of the problem. Typically, this falls to one or a combination of three things: An active...
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Potentially Dire Consequences of Skipping A Home Inspection

I was recently hired to conduct an inspection at a home that was purchased without an inspection or an appraisal. My clients had finally caved to their agent's urging. Upon...
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Understanding a Home Inspection Report

Author: Joy Stanton-Hirst
We understand that the homebuying process can be overwhelming and the tasks feel never-ending. Home inspections can often be more troublesome than helpful, especially when...
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Home safety concerns: electrical wiring

Author: Mandy Garnto
There are many reasons why potential buyers need to have a home inspection, but at the top of that list should be safety concerns. A thorough home inspection can identify...
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Protect Your Home From its Biggest Threat

Author: Joy Stanton-Hirst
Originally published on April 4, 2020. This article has been updated with more relevant content. The biggest threat to your home may surprise you. Whether you're...
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Hurdles that slow down closing

Author: Mandy Garnto
There's not much worse than receiving the news that your clients' closing date has to be postponed. However, the most common hurdles on the way to closing can be cleared...
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Staying Ahead of the Swarm

Author: Mandy Garnto
Now that temperatures are creeping up, termite swarms are on the rise. Each year, swarms occur when a colony has reached its maximum capacity and needs to create satellite...
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Baby, it's cold outside...for the mice.

Author: Mandy Garnto
When the temperature drops, we like to snuggle up inside our homes, all warm and cozy. The same goes for little critters, specifically mice. During the colder months, it's not...
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Buying "As Is"

Short Due Diligence? Buying "As Is"? Don't be tempted to skip the home inspection.The Due diligence period refers to the time after the signing of a contract that a home buyer...
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Radon - what is it and who should test for it?

Radon - what is it and who should test for it?Radon is a by-product of the breakdown of granite bedrock. It is a radioactive gas, a known carcinogen, and an element that can...
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Airborne Mold Testing

Airborne Mold Testing: Who should test and why. As an inspector, I often get asked by my clients if they should test for mold. Since this is a discussion I frequently...
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Protect Your Castle

Author: Joy Stanton-Hirst
Your home is your castle, protecting you and your family. It is one of the most important purchases you will ever make, but maintaining the protection of your home without the...
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3 Tools for Homeowners to Stay Ahead

Author: Joy Stanton-Hirst
Your family and home deserve the utmost protection, but it can be a daunting task for those missing the proper tools. It takes a lot to juggle all the homeowner...
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Red Flags for Homeowners

Author: Joy Stanton-Hirst
Issues in your home are always best when caught early. The best way to spot the red flags of a potential problem is to rely on your senses and be alert. Always be equipped by...
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Cingo Reinforces Commitment to Homeowners: Building Knowledge

Author: Team CMC
Updated on August 26th, 2021. Original title: Cingo Reinforces Commitment to Homeowners With Addition of Second Home Inspection Company Cingo, one of the...
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Cingo, Cornerstone merger creates largest home inspection company in Georgia

Author: Team CMC
The merger of Cingo and The Cornerstone Inspection Group brings together nearly 70 years of experience to create a powerful new way to provide protection services required by...