The Home Inspector
Reuben Saltzman is a second-generation home inspector with a passion for his work. Naturally, this blog is all about home inspections and home-related topics in the Twin Cities metro area. In addition to working at Structure Tech, he is also a licensed Truth-In-Sale of Housing Evaluator in Minneapolis, Saint Paul and several other cities.
I started listening to The Obstacle is the Way for the second time last week. That book was written for times like these, and I recommend this book to anyone who has had their business negatively impacted by COVID-19.
I'm sorry for turning my home inspection blog into a newsreel update or online journal on the status of home inspections in Minnesota, but that seems to be what people care about right now.
Things are crazy and unprecedented in the home inspection world. Last week brought some major changes to our everyday lives, and I expect to see more changes this week. To answer the #1 question that our client care coordinators are being asked, the answer is YES. We're still open for business, we're still inspecting houses.
Everyone knows that you need a closet in a bedroom to call it a bedroom, right? While this is a universally accepted de facto standard, good luck finding any type of authority that will back this up.
Stucco-covered chimneys make me nervous. This all started about five years ago when one of our past clients asked us to buy him a new $20k chimney, claiming we had missed a major issue with the chimney
What's the problem with two-prong outlets? Nothing. Lots of old homes have two-prong outlets, and this isn't a defect.
The most notorious electric panel is the Federal Pacific Electric Stab-Lok panel, also known as an FPE panel, Federal Pacific panel, or Stab-Lok.
The confusion and foot-dragging matters, and the fact that it is taking so long to get available technology in place is nothing but a shame.
Every home should be equipped with a ducted kitchen range hood. I recently read a great 31-page white paper on ducted range hoods, and this blog post is the CliffNotes version of that information.
Walking a wet asphalt shingle roof isn't any more dangerous than walking a dry roof, provided it's clean. Yep, you read that right. I said it.
Everyone has seen moldy bathroom caulk before, and if you've tried cleaning this stuff, you know it's impossible. Until now.
As a home inspector, I don't specifically look for mold, but when I find stuff that looks like mold, I report it as such. A mold issue is a moisture issue.
Are double-keyed deadbolts legal? Are they safer? More secure? Great questions. Let's dig into all of them.
Here are 20 photos featuring the wackiest things home inspectors saw this year.
It's official, Minneapolis is implementing a Time of Sale Energy Disclosure program, which takes effect on January 15, 2020.
I bought a 200 CFM fan, filled a bunch of dryer transition ducts with shredded paper, then started them on fire. Check out the video below to see the results.
Foil dryer transition ducts are allowed by code and by some clothes dryer manufacturers.
Shortly after posting our fall maintenance checklist this year, I had a reader contact me to let me know that I may have missed an important fall maintenance item.
Welcome to the final entry in my three-part series on ice dam prevention and heat cables.
Heat cable has a dubious reputation in the ice dam prevention world. It's a topic few understand in-depth, both in terms of functionality and installation.