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The Real Cost of Radon

By Gloria Linnertz, Founder, Citizens for Radioactive Radon Reduction Lung cancer doesn’t play favorites. Lung cancer is the leading cancer killer in both men and women. It can happen despite your sex, age, race, religion, political affiliation, height, weight or skin tone. According to the American Lung Association, American Cancer Society, and Centers for Disease […]

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Understanding Ungrounded Electrical Receptacles

Grounding of electrical receptacles (which some laypeople refer to as outlets) is an important safety feature that has been required in new construction since 1962, as it minimizes the risk of electric shock and protects electrical equipment from damage. Modern, grounded 120-volt receptacles in the United States have a small, round ground slot centered below two […]

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Window Maintenance and Safety

Window Maintenance Condition: Window frames, sills and sashes should be monitored because the interior condition and hardware of windows change over time. Frame materials can include plastic, aluminum, steel, wood, plastic-clad wood, and metal-clad (steel or aluminum) wood. Window types include double-hung, single-hung, casement, horizontal sliding, projected out or awning, projected in, and fixed. In […]

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Air-Conditioning Systems – Homeowner Maintenance

A building’s central air-conditioning system must be periodically inspected and maintained in order to function properly. While an annual inspection performed by a trained professional is recommended, homeowners can do a lot of the work themselves by following the tips offered here! Clean the Exterior Condenser Unit and Components The exterior condenser unit is the large […]

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How a Seller Should Prepare for a Home Inspection

I’ve been asked this question in the past, and I don’t think it gets enough attention. I’ve been to too many homes that were not properly prepared for their inspection and, unfortunately, it had a negative effect on those properties. Most real estate professionals will tell you that preparing for a home inspection is much […]

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10 Easy Ways to Save Money & Energy in Your Home

10 Easy Ways to Save Money & Energy in Your Home. The international Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI) is a non-profit organization of the nation’s best real estate inspection professionals. NACHI.ORG helps a home inspector become certified. Source: 10 Easy Ways to Save Money & Energy in Your Home – InterNACHI

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8 Home Inspection Red Flags

Getty ImagesOur gallery of home inspection nightmares (below) is good for a laugh, but a home inspection is serious business. It’s the buyer’s opportunity Source: 8 Home Inspection Red Flags

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Proper Grading and Landscaping

Happy St. Patrick’s Day from Pinpoint Home Inspections! With Spring in East Tennessee comes the increased chance of heavy rains. Make sure your home and property are adequately suited to handle moisture by paying attention to grading and drainage. Property Drainage Making sure that your property is sloped to allow proper drainage can mean the […]

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Indoor Air Quality

  Indoor air quality is generally worse than most people believe, but there are things you can do about it.  Some Quick Facts: Indoor air quality can be worse than that of outdoor air. Problems can arise from moisture, insects, pets, appliances, radon, materials used in household products and furnishings, smoke, and other sources. Effects range […]

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New Home Doesn’t = Perfect

As a home inspector, I see many different deficiencies with homes. Some big, some small, and some, well, just plain preventable. A couple of weeks ago, I performed an inspection on a new construction home in North Knoxville. My inspection started on the exterior as usual and progressed around and inside the home. In general, the house was […]

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