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5 Home Maintenance Tips for Fall

5 Home Maintenance Tips for Fall You may be able to shave up to 30 percent off your energy bill this fall by conducting appropriate preparation measures on your home. For example, stripping and caulking the home to prevent drafts could be a major money saver. The...

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Around the House: Thwart mice, spiders and squirrels now

Around the House: Thwart mice, spiders and squirrels now Pests of every variety are apt to be more bothersome as the weather cools. Here are some ways to un-pest your place: Mice can sneak through the most amazingly small cracks, so seal perimeters near the ground....

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Home Inspectors Offer Top House Tips for Resale

Home Inspectors Offer Top House Tips for Resale Note: Summer is a busy time for home sales. In order to be prepared and get the most out of your sale, ASHI has provided tips that will give you an advantage. Home inspectors play an important role in the home buying...

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Give Potential Buyers a Home They Would Want

Give Potential Buyers a Home They Would Want April showers bring May flowers and June bugs — but with the changing of the seasons, and rising temperatures, we typically see a hotter real estate market. During the spring and summer months, there tend to be more...

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11 Lies You Can’t Tell When Selling Your Home

11 Lies You Can’t Tell When Selling Your Home Selling your house can be a high-stress undertaking. You want potential buyers to see your home at its best, so you might wonder whether you really need to disclose every little thing that’s wrong with it. Some material...

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Now Is the Time to Sell!

Now Is the Time to Sell! There are a few factors to consider ASAP if you’re thinking about selling your home. Indicators point toward a price slowdown in what sellers will be able to get for their homes—probably by end of 2018 and into 2019. Zillow predicts a buyers’...

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April Is National Home Inspection Month

April Is National Home Inspection Month YES, APRIL IS NATIONAL HOME INSPECTION MONTH, and it's also the start of a new, very busy season of buying, selling and renovating homes. Furthermore, given this winter's weather challenges, experienced home inspectors' services...

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Home Inspector’s Checklist for 2018

Home Inspector’s Checklist for 2018 If you are planning to buy a house or if you’re going to sell yours, there are certain things that you need to be aware of. A smart buyer/seller must ensure that the house they’re going to buy or sell is in good condition....

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Home inspection Detects Problems Before Purchase

Home inspection Detects Problems Before Purchase Fireplace? Check. Wood floors? Check. Finished basement? Yep. You’ve been searching for a while, and now you think you’ve found your dream home. But how can you be sure there aren’t hidden problems with the property...

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Holiday Safety Tips

Because we at RJ Home Inspection care about our customers, we’d like to say Happy Thanksgiving and share this list of holiday safety tips provided by the National Safety Council. Holiday Safety Tips Decorating Safety ™ • Never use lighted candles near trees, boughs,...

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What to Do if Your Home for Sale Suffers Water Damage

What to Do if Your Home for Sale Suffers Water Damage Water damage to a home up for sale could be catastrophic for the seller. If not taken care of right away, buyers could renege on the purchase and sale agreement and prospective new buyers wouldn’t be interested...

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About the House: Inheritance and Unexpected Consequences

About the House: Inheritance and Unexpected Consequences Unexpected consequences can be frustrating, or funny, or expensive. Take a few minutes and watch YouTube videos of people caught in an action they hadn’t foreseen and you will have a good laugh. There are all...

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A Closer Look: Advice to Prepare Your House for Winter

A Closer Look: Advice to Prepare Your House for Winter When it comes to home maintenance, homeowners typically perform different tasks depending on the season. The winter is usually reserved for those indoor chores such as painting/redecorating, minor...

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Prep Your Home for Winter With These 16 Low-Cost Tricks

Prep Your Home for Winter With These 16 Low-Cost Tricks Using these tips to fix gaps, cracks and inefficiencies will make your home cozier and more affordable in cold weather. Heating costs can throw a wrench into your winter budget — and the cold can make you cranky....

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Prepare Your Home for Thunderstorms, Lightning

Prepare Your Home for Thunderstorms, Lightning Hurricanes often make more headlines during the summer and fall, but the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety cautions homeowners to not underestimate the destructive and deadly force of thunderstorms. Such...

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Problems to Look For When Buying an Old House

Problems to Look For When Buying an Old House Common Issues With Older Homes Buying an old home may allow you to live in a stylish, affordable piece of history. Unfortunately, it can also bring with it a lot of issues that you may not be prepared for. What seems like...

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Even New Homes Are Not Perfect

Even New Homes Are Not Perfect       Q. We just opened escrow on a new-construction home and were advised against ordering a home inspection, simply because the house is new and was approved by the building department. This seems reasonable to us,...

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A Closer Look: Check heaters, barbecues, lamps, pits

A Closer Look: Check heaters, barbecues, lamps, pits         With summer-like temperatures and beautiful weather here at last, many of us have started to enjoy outdoor entertaining with friends and family in our backyards. Gas fired outdoor...

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14 Mistakes You Must Avoid As a First-Time Homebuyer

14 Mistakes You Must Avoid As a First-Time Homebuyer         What mistakes do I need to avoid when buying a home — and is there anything distinctive a first time homebuyer needs to consider? I love homes. I really do. I love to walk a home...

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Get a Much Better Comprehension of Buying Property

Summer is almost here and the home market is HOT! Now is the time for sellers to get their homes inspected before the sale—and for buyers to have an inspection before they sign. Read this helpful article to prepare. Get a Much Better Comprehension of Buying Property...

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Common Issues to Fix Before You Move Into the House

Common Issues to Fix Before You Move Into the House A home inspection is extremely important before you buy a house, or you will spend a lot of money on fixing problems you could have identified before. Some of the most common problems are plumbing issues. On the...

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Mold: What You Need to know About Your Home

Mold: What You Need to know About Your Home Mold is a serious and costly problem to correct. Some states require sellers to disclose any known mold problems. But keep in mind that they only have to disclose what they know about and not all states even have this...

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Need 12 of these skillet chicken pot pies 🍗🥧 @buzzfeedtasty #TryThisThursday #RJHomeInspections Ingredients: 2 ½ tablespoons butter, 3 tablespoons flour, 1 ½ cups milk, 2 rotisserie chicken breasts, shredded, ½ cup frozen peas, ½ cup frozen carrot, salt, to taste, pepper, to taste, 1 small potato, peeled and chopped, ½ cup cream, 1 premade pie crust

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 400ºF (200ºC).
2. Debone, remove skin, and shred rotisserie chicken.
3. Melt butter in a cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat.
4. Add in the flour and stir until bubbling.
5. Whisk in the milk until smooth, then add chicken, frozen peas and carrots, potato, and cream. Stir until fully mixed and bubbling.
6. Drape pie crust over the top of the skillet and cut 4 venting holes in the center.
7. Bake for 30-35 min, or until crust is golden brown. Carefully remove from the oven.
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If you’re selling your house, please clean before the inspection 😬 #WhatNotToDoWednesday #RJHomeInspections ...

New season, new doormat! As we start to get into the colder months, it’s never a bad idea to replace your current doormat with a heavy, more durable mat (that’s ready to take on the snow❄️) #HomeTipTuesday #RJHomeInspections ...

Happy Monday everyone! Hopefully you’re all jumping into the week a little better than this! #MondayFunday #RJHomeInspections ...

If you’re looking for an easy fall dinner, try this chicken noodle soup from @buzzfeedtasty 🍗🥕🍜 #TryThisThursday #RJHomeInspections Ingredients: 2 tablespoons butter, 1 cup onion, diced, 2 cloves garlic, minced, 1 cup celery, diced, 1 cup carrot, diced, ½ lb cooked chicken, shredded,4 cans chicken broth, 2 cups egg noodle,1 teaspoon salt,1 teaspoon pepper, 2 leaves dried bay leaf

Directions:
1. In a large pot, melt butter and add onions and garlic. Cook until onions have begun to soften.
2. Add celery, carrots, and cooked shredded chicken.
3. Add the chicken broth, egg noodles, salt, pepper and bay leaves.
4. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat, cover and simmer for 20 minutes.
5. Remove bay leaves from the soup.
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Didn’t want to open the dishwasher all the way anyways 🍽 #WhatNotToDoWednesday #RJHomeInspections ...

Make sure your lawn furniture doesn’t get ruined so you can use again next year.....Sheds and garages are great places to store, or you can use a waterproof cover! 🛋☀️ #HomeTipTuesday #RJHomeInspections ...

Happy Monday everyone! Hopefully this week didn’t hit you this hard 🏀 #MondayFunday #RJHomeInspections ...

It’s not every day that you see leeches on the wall during an inspection 🪳 #FieldPicFriday #RJHomeInspections ...

If you’re looking for grilled cheese with a kick, try this ultimate spicy grilled cheese 🧀🔥 @buzzfeedtasty #TryThisThursday #RJHomeInspections Ingredients:2 slices sourdough bread, 4 slices jalapeño, to taste, 1 ¼ cups shredded Cabot Pepper Jack Cheese, divided, 2 tablespoons jalapeño, finely chopped, ½ tablespoon habanero pepper, optional, finely chopped, 1 tablespoon green onion, finely chopped, 6 jalapeño-flavored potato chips, lightly crushed

Directions:
1. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Hold a slice of bread over the skillet to measure the space for the cheese crust. Place 2–4 jalapeño slices in the skillet where the bread will go, then top with ¼ cup Cabot Pepper Jack Cheese roughly the shape and size of the slice of bread. Place the bread on top of the cheese and press down lightly so the melting cheese sticks to the bread.
2. Top the bread with ¾ cup Cabot Pepper Jack Cheese, the chopped jalapeño, habanero (if using), green onions, and potato chips. Cover with the other slice of bread. Cook for 2–3 minutes, or until the cheese on the bottom forms a browned crust.
3. Using a spatula, lift the sandwich out of the pan and layer the remaining jalapeño slices and Cabot Pepper Jack Cheese in the skillet. Place the sandwich on top of the cheese in the pan, cheese-crust side up, and press down lightly to adhere. Cook for 3–5 minutes, or until the cheese crust is well browned and the cheese in the middle of the sandwich is completely melted. Let the sandwich rest for 1 minute before slicing.
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Please don’t leave your house like this for an inspection 🤨 #WhatNotToDoWednesday #RJHomeInspections ...

Some safety tips and reminders for your home this Halloween as you start to decorate! 🎃👻 #HomeTipTuesday #RJHomeInspections ...

Hopefully you’re swinging into Monday better than this! Have a great week everyone! #MondayFunday #RJHomeInspections ...

An old railroad track used as a beam 🚂Unconventional but can't argue the strength! #FieldPicFriday #RJHomeInspections ...

Happy first Thursday of Fall! 🍂 if you’re looking for a new recipe, try this slow cooker butternut squash soup 🥣 @buzzfeedtasty #TryThisThursday #RJHomeInspections Ingredients: 2 lb medium butternut squash, peeled, seeded, roughly chopped,1 medium yellow onion, roughly chopped, 4 cloves garlic, olive oil, to taste, 3 cups vegetable broth, ½ teaspoon ground ginger, ½ teaspoon ground cumin, ½ teaspoon ground coriander, ½ teaspoon paprika, ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper, 1 ½ teaspoons sea salt, ¼ teaspoon black pepper, ½ teaspoon fresh thyme, ¼ cup coconut milk

Directions:
1. Add the butternut squash, onion, and garlic to a slow cooker. Drizzle with olive oil and add vegetable broth, ginger, cumin, coriander, paprika, cayenne, salt, and pepper.
2. Cover and cook on high heat for 4 hours.
3. Using a hand blender, blend the ingredients until smooth, or transfer to a standard blender or food processor and carefully puree.
4. Add the thyme and coconut milk and blend to incorporate.
5. Garnish with pumpkin seeds and chives, if desired.
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I guess if you tilt your head to the right the toilet kind of looks straight? If you’re finishing a DIY project at home, make sure to install everything the proper way or else you could end up with something like this 🚽🚫 #WhatNotToDoWednesday #RJHomeInspections ...

Happy (almost) Fall! 🍂🍁 Double check and make sure you have all of your raking tools ready to go including leaf blowers, rakes, tarps or bags, and gloves! 🍃 #HomeTipTuesday #RJHomeInspections ...

Happy Monday everyone! Hopefully you’re headed into the week smoother than this #MondayFunday #RJHomeInspections ...

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RJ Inspections did a wonderful job recently with our home inspection. Graham was personable, timely, and a great teacher in the ways of home care, which is one of the most important aspects of a home inspection. He, and the whole team from RJ, took their time to ensure everything was done correctly from information intake to the actual inspection and we couldn’t be happier with the results. Graham also let us hang behind him for the entire inspection and welcomed questions, explained issues, and also took the time to explain how things are going to look on the report.

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