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Here, we share valuable insights and expert advice to help you make informed decisions about your home. Whether you're a homeowner, buyer, or seller, our blog covers a wide range of topics related to home inspections, maintenance, and improvement. Explore our articles to gain a deeper understanding of your home's condition, learn about potential issues to watch out for, and discover practical tips to enhance your living space. Trust Schaefer to be your go-to resource for all things home inspection.

Radon Testing Tips

Keep Your Home and Family Safe with Radon Testing Your fire extinguisher is filled and ready. You’re diligent about testing and replacing the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, right on schedule (a quick test once a month…

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…

Choosing a Smoke Detector

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…

There’s an App For That! A Realtors Guide

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…

Air Conditioning Maintenance

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…

Mold Testing – Good Idea?

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…

Aluminum Wire Corrections In Homes

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…

Building Code vs. Recommendations for Home Inspectors

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…