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How To Tell if a House Has Structural Wood Damage

Does this House Have Structural Wood Damage? Houses are usually made of masonry and wood. Both the masonry and the wood can be structurally damaged. This is a big topic, so let's start with taking a look what sound wood structure looks like, and what structural wood...

Inspecting Central Air Conditioning

Inspecting a Central Air Conditioning SystemThe Air HandlerThe inspector was told that the Central A/C was brand new. Here we have a pair of Daikin direct vent units. They do look like they were recently installed. The house is about 100 years old, in the...

How to Evaluate a Residential Flat Roof

A Good Flat Re Roofing JobHow to Spot a Good Overall JobIt is important to learn how to evaluate a residential flat roof. Here is what is important to note: The above photo shows re roofing, which means the new roof covering was laid over an existing roof....

The Average Cost of a Home Inspection in Philadelphia

In Philadelphia, the average cost of a home inspection is between $375 and $425. The exact price depends on a number of factors. The most important factor is the house size, in square feet. In addition, it costs more to inspect a duplex or triplex than a...

Learn Why and How to Weather Seal a House

 Do you want to be more comfortable at home winter and summer? Would you like to reduce your heating and cooling bills? Learn how to weather seal a house to increase comfort and reduce energy costs. Older HomesSo, in Philly, many of us live in older homes....

How to Understand Knob and Tube Wiring

Always use only licensed electricians and always have them pull a permit, please. Knob and tube is an outdated system of wiring that was installed until the 1940’s. It is a system of separate single hot and neutral conductors with no ground.  Because of the porcelain...

Why You Should Know Your Roof

During the construction or major renovation of a home, it is always a relief for the builder to “get the house under roof.” The reason for this is simple. Without a good roof, anything and everything in your house slowly gets ruined. The value of your house goes...

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