Home Inspection Blog

20 12, 2016

Get Toasty! Fireplace and Chimney Cleaning and Safety Tips

December 20th, 2016|

Expert Advice for Safe, Cozy Winter Nights by the Fire One of the best things about winter is cozying up by a warm fireplace and enjoying the woodsy, slightly spicy scent that envelopes your home. What’s not so wonderful is a malfunctioning fireplace or chimney that causes an dangerous fire and makes your home smell [...]

13 12, 2016

Schaefer’s 2016 Holiday Gift Guide for the New Homeowner

December 13th, 2016|

Making your list and checking it twice? If you have a friend or relative who just moved into a new house or apartment, consider an item or two off our Home Inspector-approved gift guide. While none of these items may seem outrightly exciting, when they are needed, your recipient will be very grateful for your [...]

8 12, 2016

10 Most Frequently Asked Questions About Home Inspections

December 8th, 2016|

For more than 35 years, the team at Schaefer Inspection Services has been performing home inspections, checking out houses in Connecticut from top to bottom, inside and out, making sure every nook and cranny is accounted for. And for almost that entire 35 years, we’ve been getting asked the same round of questions regarding home inspections and what to expect. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions our clients have. […]

9 03, 2016

National Ground Water Awareness Week

March 9th, 2016|

National Ground Water Awareness Week March 6-12, 2016 is National Ground Water Awareness Week. These days it seems that everyday is “National Something Week or Day.” Some may just be for fun, like National Ice Cream Day (7/17/16), but recognizing the importance of ground water is not frivilous or just for fun. Clean, safe water [...]

16 12, 2015

Choosing a Smoke Detector

December 16th, 2015|

Choosing a Smoke Detector According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), there were 2,755 civilian deaths and 12,200 civilian injuries from fires in the United States in 2013. The US Fire Administration represents that 3 out of 5 home fire deaths are in homes without smoke alarms  Smoke alarms can be easily added to [...]

27 10, 2015

There’s an App For That! A Realtors Guide

October 27th, 2015|

Realtor Apps While many realtors currently use their phones as a means to connect with their clients through email and/or social media, many are still not taking advantage of the huge resource of applications that exist to help streamline their productivity. Many realtors spend more time in their cars or in stranger’s homes than they [...]

8 07, 2015

Air Conditioning Maintenance

July 8th, 2015|

Maintaining Your Air Conditioner: One of the most often neglected systems a home inspector must evaluate in a home is the central air-conditioning system. Most central air-conditioning systems are split systems, meaning that part of the equipment is found outside the home and part is inside. There is an exterior component called the condenser (compressor) [...]

3 02, 2015

Mold Testing – Good Idea?

February 3rd, 2015|

Should Mold Testing be included with a Home Inspection? Should mold testing be included with a home inspection? Before you spend your money on mold testing, you may find the following information helpful. MOLD is a concern for many homebuyers and they bring that concern to their home inspection. There are four issues for most [...]

18 11, 2014

Lead In Water Testing Requirements For Government Home Loans

November 18th, 2014|

Lead In Water Requirements For Government Home Loans Recently Schaefer Inspection Service performed a home inspection inspection for a client on a home with municipal water. Her intended financing was CFHA and she told us that she was required to have the water tested for lead. It has been more common lately to find that [...]

28 10, 2014

Aluminum Wire Corrections In Homes

October 28th, 2014|

Aluminum Wire Corrections Now and then we come across homes or condos that have single strand aluminum wire. Aluminum wire was installed in the 1960s and 1970s in many homes. Many of these homes need repairs for safety. The problem with aluminum wire is the risk of fire when the wire at the connections becomes [...]