How to Find a Qualified Home Inspector

by Lynn on November 19, 2014

A home is a very big purchase in your life and one of the most important things you can do before you buy your new home. It can be difficult to find a qualified home inspector. You will want to make sure to do your homework before paying for a home inspection. Here are some tips to help you get on the right track and finding the right home inspector.

Ask for opinions.
Ask your friends and your real estate agent who they recommend who have had an inspection recently. You can also ask the inspector for references. Word of mouth is always a great way to find a reliable professional.

Check with your lender
Some lenders or loan types require a certain type of inspection. You will want to make sure your inspector qualifies and you obtain the necessary type of inspection.

Ask what the inspection covers
No two home inspections are the same so you will want to be sure to know what you are paying for. Ask questions like:

  • What systems are covered in the home inspection?
  • Are there some services that require an extra fee?
  • Ask for an example or outline of the inspection report.
  • Ask for a resume or background questions

  • Where was the inspector trained?
  • Does he or she attend continuing education classes?
  • Does the inspector belong to a professional organization?
    If so, what are the requirements for membership? Entry should require more than just an application fee.
  • Does the inspector carry Errors & Omissions insurance? This type of malpractice insurance may come in handy if the inspector overlooks a major problem.
  • At the inspection
    A home inspection is not only a time to find the potential pitfalls it can also be a time to learn about your new home. Make sure to attend the inspection yourself. Witnessing problems first-hand will give you a better grasp of the home.



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    The Perfect Hard Boiled Egg

    by Lynn on November 12, 2014

    There is a science to making the perfect hard boiled egg. Whether it is for Easter or egg salad, or a protein packed breakfast a hard boiled egg makes a great meal.

    1. Put the eggs in a single layer in a saucepan, covered by an inch of cold water.

    2. Gently bring the eggs to a boil will help keep them from cracking.

    3. Add a tablespoon of vinegar to the water to keep the egg whites from running out of any eggs that happen to crack while cooking,

    4. Add a half teaspoon of salt to help both with the preventing of cracking and making the eggs easier to peel.

    5. When the water starts to boil, remove the pan from the heat for a few seconds.

    6. Remove the pan from the heat.

    7. Cover the pan and let sit for 12 minutes.

    8. Remove the eggs with a slotted spoon and place them into a bowl of ice water.

    9. Eat within 5 days.

    10. Enjoy!

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