How to maintain the filters in your home

Maintaining a healthy and clean home environment goes beyond dusting and vacuuming; it involves paying attention to the various filters in your home that play a crucial role in the air and water quality within your living space. From HVAC systems to kitchen appliances, washing machines, and tumble dryers, here’s a comprehensive guide on how […]

The Importance of Spring Maintenance for Your Home

As the winter chill slowly gives way to the warmth of spring, homeowners in Connecticut find themselves at a crucial juncture—spring maintenance. Beyond the joy of blossoming flowers and longer days, this season brings the perfect opportunity to ensure that your home is ready for the months ahead. Let’s explore why investing time and effort […]

203K HUD Inspections vs. Standard Home Inspections

One question that commonly comes up when a buyer is attempting to purchase a home with a FHA 203k loan is whether a 203K inspection takes the place of a standard inspection. Simply put, it doesn’t. In order to better understand why it does not, it is important to first understand what each inspection entails.  203K Inspections:  […]

Revisiting Building Code vs. Home Inspections

Code is a 4-letter word Building code is a set of minimum requirements for building design, construction, and operation to protect public health, safety and the natural resources that sustain us. Structures are built in compliance with laws and regulations established by the state, according to the specific codes of the location and time period […]

The Home Inspection: Before and After

Before: How to Prepare If you are a home buyer, the process of finding and purchasing a house can be stressful. You’ve found the perfect home, great location, amazing kitchen, you make an offer and it’s accepted. Now you can schedule your inspection. We try to make the inspection part of the purchase process as […]

New Construction, Same Inspection?

Congratulations, your new home construction has just finished and you’re ready to move in, right? Well maybe not! Your house might be new, but it still needs an inspection. It is natural to think that a new home means a perfect home, but that is not always the case. The home may not already show […]

Water Intrusion: How to See it, How to Stop it

Could your home be at risk for water damage? Soil Grading The slope of the land (grade) around your house controls which direction rainwater flows. Ground that slopes away from the house is best for avoiding excess water nearing the foundation. Luckily, soil that slopes toward the house is not too difficult to fix. If […]

What are the benefits for a 203k loan?

Do shows like Fixer Upper and Flip or Flop have you daydreaming of renovating a home? Did you know there are renovation loan options to do just that? A 203k loan allows homebuyers to finance both the purchase of a home and the cost of repairs into one single mortgage. Homeowners can also finance the […]

Preventative Home Maintenance: Fall Edition

We have all been told it is better to be safe than sorry. Schaefer Inspection Service wants to help you prepare your home for the fall. Our goal is to provide you with timely, accurate, and reliable information, even outside of our inspections. We have created a monthly check-list that will help you keep up, […]

#NationalSafetyMonth Home Safety: Child Edition

As we’re reminded of summer by the sun shining, birds chirping, and bees buzzing; Schaefer Inspection is reminding you its national safety month. Schaefer Inspection understands your family comes first and your home comes second. We’ve created a safety checklist for your home so the only thing you need to worry about is reapplying sunscreen […]