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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.

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…

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…

Radon Testing In The Summer

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…

Septic Inspection Tips

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…

Water Heaters

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…

Asbestos in Homes

WHAT IS IT? Asbestos is a mineral fiber that 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…