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While the bulk of construction standards are pretty well established, things do change rapidly because the materials and methods used in the field are ever evolving. Here are some snippets of things we see and just some good ole tips and oddities we’ve encountered in the field.

Rooftop Decks

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Hi Ken, I have a question: would you happen to have a picture of what a good roof deck looks like? One that you can properly assess?We really want a place with a rooftop deck, but we can't tell a make-shift bad one, ...

Poured Concrete Foundation Wall Cracks – What You Should Know (Simplified)

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Reinforced poured concrete foundations fundamentally changed the way humanity builds. Today, slab-on-grade, basement, and crawlspace foundations are most common. Chances are, your home has a poured concrete ...

Buying your First Condo? Read this Blog!

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Buying a condo is insane. Buying a condo in Chicago is even crazier because (a) there are thousands of them. And (b), there's a lot of merde.There're the hoops one must jump through. ...the time-suck, the money, the ...

Damn Ice Dams

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It's wintertime in Chicago! Yay! The annual test of our mettle is at hand. All the fun in the snow we have to look forward to. ... unplowed side streets and alleys, shoveling buried cars, shoveling walks, sub-zero ...

Something Old/Something New: Residential Forced Air Ducted Heating and Cooling: Part One

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I've been doing some research about Indoor Environment Comfort (IEC) and HVAC systems. For those that don't know, the acronym stands for Heating, Ventilation, Air-Conditioning. Bear with me as this will be a ...

Tips for Growing Your Inspection Business

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Cbi tips for growing your inspection business

Whether you’re new to the game or you’re looking to grow your inspection business, there are some seriously great opportunities a lot of home inspectors miss when it comes to networking. Unfortunately, your friends ...

Need A Building Inspection? Why You Should Hire A Pro

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Cbi need a building inspection why you should hire

Landlords and building managers have a huge responsibility to ensure their property is in tip-top shape and is safe for tenants, visitors, etc. There are some common and expected issues like watermarks or cracked ...

Common Building Materials Containing Asbestos

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Cbi common building materials with asbestos

When investing in a property, you’re likely focused more on the potential of making money rather than your health and wellbeing. But a property can absolutely have an impact on our wellness. You must consider ...

Find The Right Building Inspector

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Cbi find the right building inspector

When it comes to making your building look great, work well, and ensuring it’s performing optimally, you don’t want to leave the task to just anybody. You wouldn’t hire just anyone to service your AC or paint your ...

Attract More Customers With Marketing Videos

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Cbi attract more customers with marketing videos

We’re living in the Digital Age, and if you want to grow your home inspection business, you have more resources than ever before to make it happen! With more and more consumers looking online for reviews, resources, ...

Inspectors: Provide A Successful Inspection in Winter

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Cbi inspectors provide a successful inspection in winter

Home inspectors — Just because the temperature dropped (a lot) doesn’t mean our work is done! If you’re from Chicago or anywhere with a similar climate, then you’re certainly accustomed to doing jobs in less than ...

Handling Difficult Home Inspection Clients

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Cbi handling difficult home inspection clients

As home inspectors, we face complicated issues around every corner — safety concerns, managing expectations, and sometimes the most unfortunate issue of them all, a complicated client. It doesn’t matter how many ...

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