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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 [...]

31 07, 2014

Building Code vs. Recommendations for Home Inspectors

July 31st, 2014|

Building Code vs Recommendations for Home Inspections? We are often asked during a home inspection whether something meets building code.  For example, are GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter) outlets required by code?  What kind of railing is required for decks?” The answer: it depends on whom you are asking, and when the house was built. [...]

18 07, 2014

Selling Your Home While on Vacation

July 18th, 2014|

Tips For Selling Your Home While On Vacation Tips for selling your home while on vacation Just because you are selling your home does not mean you can’t enjoy getting away for some summer fun.  If you are going to go away for a week or two, we recommend the following tips: Make sure all [...]

15 07, 2014

Radon Testing In The Summer

July 15th, 2014|

Buying or selling a home is challenging, and can create stress.  Add in summer heat, and tempers will rise with the temperatures. Here is good information regarding radon testing during the summer months.  How complicated can radon testing be? The following testing protocol will simplify the challenging requirements during hot summer months, especially for a home [...]

13 06, 2014

Septic Inspection Tips

June 13th, 2014|

Septic Inspection Tips Tips for Septic Inspections ‘The grass may be greener over the septic tank’ as the saying goes, but it’s what’s under the green that everyone buying a home with a septic system should be concerned about.  We have some recommendations we would like to pass on regarding septic system inspections. Get The [...]

18 03, 2014

Water Heaters

March 18th, 2014|

Tankless or on-demand Water Heaters vs. Conventional Storage Tank Water heaters Green technology is very much in our consciousness as energy prices continue to rise.  As home inspectors in Connecticut, we have observed two major reasons home owners consider energy saving systems for their home: 1.       Conserving the limited resources our planet can produce. 2.       [...]

27 02, 2014


February 27th, 2014|

Asbestos in Homes WHAT IS IT? Asbestos is a mineral fiber which was once manufactured to be added to a variety of products. Its purpose was to strengthen them or to provide heat insulation or fire resistance. The only way to positively identify asbestos is with a special microscope by professionally trained and licensed experts. [...]