GFCIs What are they & how to test

How to test a GFCI

GFCI Info from your Scottsdale Home Inspector GFCIs  or Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters have been around for years. and as a Scottsdale home Inspector, I test them. Most people do not pay attention to them until there is no power at an outlet, however these units fail on a regular basis, that is why they […]

Christmas is a Great Time for Crooks

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Tis the Season to be Taken You may not be thinking about criminals this Christmas season, but they’re thinking about you. The holidays present big opportunities for car prowlers, purse snatchers and other people that feel they deserve your belongings more than you do. The most important thing while shopping is for people to pay […]

Your Home Changes Like the Weather- tip of the week

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This weeks Home Inspector tip of the week is to remember it is cooler and some things need to change at your home. Reduce your Irrigation First of all remember to change the settings on your sprinkler and/or drip system. A little water can go a long way this time of year. Talk with a […]

Ceiling Fans

Phoenix Home Inspector checks Ceiling Fan

Ceiling Fans Tip of the week. I check the operation of ceiling fans during a Phoenix home inspection. But one thing I noticed is most people pay no attention to which direction the fan is spinning. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, ceiling fan users can bump up their thermostat by 4 degrees and […]

Check Smoke Detectors

Home inspectors check smoke detectors

Smoke Detectors Save Lives. As part of a Phoenix Home inspection I check smoke detectors. You should check yours once a month. Simply push the test button and see if the alarm sounds. If you have a home built in the last 10 years, hold the button for about 5 seconds and see if all […]

Home Maintenance Checklist Tip of the week

Home Maintenance Checklist from your Phoenix Home Inspector One of the biggest issues I see during my Phoenix Home Inspections is that homes are just not maintained like they should be. The sad truth is many people just do not know what needs to be done or how to do it. Each week I publish […]

Do Your Doors Bind? Tip of the week

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Frequently when performing a Home Inspection, I find doors that bind or are out of square. Check your interior doors including closets and see if they bind. Is the opening around the door the same size all the way around? Look at the opening between the door itself and the frame at the top and […]

Are Your Dollars Blowing away

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Your Home Inspector Tip of the week Air Sealing As a home inspector in AZ, I see peoples money blowing out the door on a daily basis. People just do not maintain their homes like they used to. Here are some helpful tips fro your AZ Home Inspector to assist you with your home maintenance. […]

Check your Irrigation System, Home Inspection Tip of the week

Sprinkler valves

When I perform home inspections in Gilbert AZ, I take a moment to look at the sprinkler valves, sometimes I can not locate them because they are buried and the box they are in is covered with vegetation. Take a moment and Check your irrigation system for leaky valves, exposed lines, and improperly-working sprinkler heads. […]

Lubricate all of your Doors, keyholes and hinges.

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Often when performing home inspections in the Scottsdale area I find doors that bind, don’t lock or squeak.
This is likely one of the easiest things you can do that never gets done. It only takes a moment to make sure the key continues to work and doesn’t break off when you are in a hurry. Use a penetrating oil in a small can with a spout or a spray like WD-40 with a small hose to direct the spray.
Be sure to have a rag handy to wipe away any grime and any oil residue.

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