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  1. Is a kitchen required to have a range hood exhaust fan?

  2. The seller has to fix everything you find wrong with the house, right?

  3. Can I do my own home inspection?

  4. Are house numbers required by law in front of a house?

  5. Why is a strain relief clamp necessary for the cord connection to some electric appliances?

  6. What questions should I ask the home inspector during the inspection?

  7. Should I hire an engineer to inspect the house?

  8. Is a home inspection required?

  9. How can I tell if a house has insulation?

  10. Do you see similar problems with houses in the same neighborhood?

  11. What do I need to know about a condo inspection?

  12. Does the home inspector also check for termites?

  13. What is the best way to negotiate repairs after the home inspection?

  14. How do you inspect a dryer vent?

  15. What should I look for when buying a former rental house?

  16. What questions should I ask a home inspector I’m considering hiring?

  17. What tools do you use for a home inspection?

  18. How do sellers try to fool the home inspector?

  19. How much does a home inspection cost?

  20. What should I wear to a home inspection?

  21. What should I look for when buying a “flipper” house?

  22. Can I do my own wind mitigation inspection?

  23. What different types of specialized inspections can I get?

  24. What are the questions a home inspector won’t answer?

  25. What is the difference between a building inspector and a home inspector?

  26. What do I need to know about buying a 1950s house?

  27. Do you lift up the carpet to look for cracks in the floor?

  28. How can I know how much damage there is inside a wall if the inspector found termites in the baseboard?

  29. What are the common problems of different types of house foundations?

  30. What are the common problems to look for when buying a 1970’s house?

  31. What are the warning signs of a dangerous deck?

  32. What are the common problems to look for when buying a 1960s home?

  33. What are the common problems to look for when buying a 1980s house?

  34. What is the average lifespan of plywood siding?

  35. What is the difference between prescriptive and performance building codes?

  36. Is painted bathroom tile acceptable?

  37. What is a “cosmetic” defect in a home inspection?

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