RAI Home Inspections


How to Prepare Your Home for Inspection

Having a home inspection is usually associated with having a problem like mold growth or termites. But it’s actually recommended that you have an inspection each year. And if you’re looking to sell your property, a home inspection is highly recommended, if not necessary. If you’re new to the home inspection game, these tips will help you figure out how to prepare your property when the inspection takes place.

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4 Things that May be Compromising Your Indoor Air Quality

Allergies run rampant in spring and early summer. But what if your allergies aren’t a direct result of the pollen you face outside? Your home’s indoor air quality could be the source of your allergy woes. And while concerns like carbon monoxide exposure are easy to test  simply by adding a detector to your home, other pollutants are more difficult to find and originate in places that you might not think to check.

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Radon: The Invisible Menace

Radon is a radioactive gas produced during the natural breakdown of uranium in soil, rock, and water. In addition to these locations, radon can also be found in homes all over the United States. Radon moves upward, entering your home through cracks and holes in the foundation with potential of reaching toxic levels if left trapped inside. Testing is the only way to know whether you and your family are at risk for radon, thus the EPA and the Surgeon General recommend testing all homes below the third floor. Being well informed is an essential first step, and we believe the following information will help.

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Termites: Litters of Critters

When you become a homeowner, spring suddenly becomes a little more ominous. As the warmer weather rolls in so do a swarm of household pests, including the most destructive of all— termites. Fortunately, there are several practices you can utilize in order to detect termite damage and prevent further infestations.

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Water Damage: Soggy Frustration

Water damage is one of the most frequent and costly aggravations affecting U.S. residences as a whole, being single-handedly responsible for annual losses measuring in the billions of dollars for homeowners and renters. Standard homeowner’s and renter’s insurance provides substantial coverage for basic water damage such as burst pipes, rain damage, and damage from ice dams on your roof, and there are often opportunities to purchase a sewer backup rider to your policy for around $50 per year. Additional insurance is required for water coming from the bottom up (e.g., sewer issues and river flooding), but proper maintenance of your home is still one of the best ways to prevent water damage. Here are some of the most effective ways to keep your home dry.

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Mold: The Danger in Your Walls

Oftentimes, the biggest threat to safety in your home is not an intruder or natural disaster but rather toxins growing from within. The possibility of mold in your home can be scary. It’s difficult to know the best approach to treatment and removal of mold in your home without a professional opinion, but staying well-informed about the best ways to identify, prevent, and eradicate mold is vital in protecting your home against this dangerous infestation. Your health and home may hang in the balance.

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