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New Inspection Options

by Steve Vacha Like many, the home inspection industry was caught off guard by the pandemic and all that has transpired because of it. We …

Jessie explains how he finds a plumbing leak

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Reason #148 to Get a Home Inspection – Bats! By Jon Vacha

The type of bats we find in attics used to migrate to warmer climates in the winter, but ever since we humans started building all …

Home Energy Score

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Inspector Spotlight – Forrest Ruel

Forrest has been with Home Standards since 2017 and has quickly become one our most requested inspectors. We asked Forrest some questions: Tell us about …

Safety Precautions for Children

A Direct fireplace fronts get hot. A barrier around the fireplace is a good idea. Secure large furniture. Never leave a gas key for a …

Safety is First!

Had a seller call us to let us know she really appreciated the way we are diligent in keeping all parties safe during this time …

Inspector Spotlight: Paul Pachunka

Paul has been with Home Standards since 2016 and has quickly become a highly requested inspector. We asked Paul some questions – Tell us about …

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Home Inspection Procedures

As we adapt and respond to calls by local and national governing bodies to curtail the spread of COVID -19 we are now adopting the …

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Lincoln Real Producers Article

Thanks to Stacy Seim-Penrod

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ASHI Training on Decks

Weekly meeting with the local ASHI group: meeting discussed how decks put together with lag bolts and deck screws are sometimes never tightened.

A/C Maintenance Tips

Air Conditioners last longer and run more efficiently if they are properly maintained and cared for. We recommend having a professional HVAC company service the …

Information Only Inspection

Light vs darkness – it is a theme repeated often.  If sales are about building relationships, guiding a client to make informed decisions is key. …

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Flat Tires and Foundation Repair

If you have a leaky tire, you might go to an auto-mechanic to get a repair. If that mechanic’s recommendation for repair is a new …

Expectations are Everything

Many moons ago when I was a high school educator, a popular expression with us teachers was, “They will walk through the doors of your …

Attic Insulation

Many homeowners are increasingly conscious of the benefits of improving the thermal rating of their homes. Recently at the GO-ASHI meeting, Todd from USA Insulation …

Do You See What I See?

I recently went an entire half of a work day not realizing my phone was still on airplane mode. I finished my inspection 20 minutes …

What is Not Seen

Most buyers tend to spend most of their time looking at the interior of a house during a showing. Interior finishes and floorplans are most …

Inspectors with Knowledge

At Home Standards Inspection Services our goal is to provide the training to enable our inspectors to be the best in the area. This starts …

Mold on Drywall- Tim Krof

On a 12-year-old house, this is the top of the drywall in the garage as seen from the attic getting condensation from the nail heads, …

New Construction Inspections

Tim Krof Prior to becoming a home inspector I spent over 10 years working as a project manager for new construction homes. I know the …

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Electrical Surges in Homes

by Steve Vacha President Email Steve   It is estimated that a normal house receives up to 4,000 electrical surges every year. Ever wonder why …

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Forrest Ruel Checking Air Handler in an 86,000 Sq Ft Commercial Inspection

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A Clean Chimney is a Safe Chimney

  by Tim Krof Home Standards Inspection Services Email Tim   What a great Holiday Season! I hope everyone enjoyed good times with family and …

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Question- Can a lightbulb start a fire? Answer- YES!- Steve Vacha

Return on Investment

When purchasing a home there are certain expenses that are of great value to the home buyer. Appraisals help banks to be confident they can …

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Cast Iron Sewer Lines- Dave Six

While inspecting a 127 yr old commercial building in Missouri Valley I saw some real “artwork”. We still see a lot of cast iron sewer lines, …

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Downspouts that Drain onto Sidewalks- Steve Vacha

Downspouts that drain onto service walks can create hazardous conditions.   There are solutions for this.

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Inspection Limited by Personal Possessions- Dave Six

This inspection was seriously limited by personal possessions!

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The Benefits of a Pre-Listing Inspection

By Jon Vacha Vice President, Home Standards Inspection Services EMAIL JON By being proactive and investing in a pre-listing inspection a seller can enjoy many …