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Home Inspector - Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area - InterNACHI 10041206
Gutter downspouts... if you have gutters, you have them. Or.... maybe not! I see all sorts of downspout configurations. The one I seen the other day though took the cake, the prize, the Oscar! See, this guy was really tired of his side yard flooding whenever it rained.He was sooo smart, he figure...
Happy Thanksgiving to all from Superior Home Inspections!! May you all enjoy your family and friends today on this beautiful day!!!!! 
As Home Inspectors, it is our job to tell the condition of the home we are inspecting, on that particular day of the inspection. It is not our job to tell them to buy or not to buy, although sometimes it is hard not to! Have you ever had a client ask you if they should buy it? "What do you think....
Here in the Southwest region of the United States, many homeowners use Evaporative Coolers as a cheaper way to condition the air in their homes. They are also called Swamp Coolers. It is much cheaper to use, can be very effective! It also adds humidity to the air, much needed here in our dry clim...
You know the cool thing about being a Home Inspector is getting to see the crazy, different, sometimes whacky things people have in their homes, or the crazy designs people come up with. Last Thursday I did an inspection on a Townhome that had some really crazy lines in it. Trapezoid rooms, trian...
GFCI outlets... what is GFCI? It stands for Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter. It can save your or your family's life! I was reminded of this the other day when I stepped into this bathroom. Now, I didn't meet or see the homeowners here, but it appears that the lady of the household has big hair! ...
The other day I did an inspection on a house that was only two years old. I like those... they usually have very little to no issues. And, that was the case here too! I was starting to wonder if I was going to find anything! That is, until I got into the attic areas.There were two attic areas, on...
A good majority of homes have attached garages these days. People use them for everything! Modern garages have evolved to the point that a recent straw poll indicates a mere one quarter of homeowners are able to park a vehicle in their garages. About half say they can squeeze one car in, and the ...
Screws.... yes, screws. Mr. Inspector, you mean to tell me that you are writing up that the screws that hold the dead-front cover on the electrical panel are wrong? That seems pretty picky sir! There is a reason for using the correct screws, and yes, it is an electrical defect if the correct scre...
Trees.... we all love trees. Trees provide shade for us, our homes, and helps to purify our air that we breathe. Where trees don't belong is planted right beside the structure of our homes. I see it all the time, usually it's the builder with their landscaping packages. They put these cute little...

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Albuquerque area Master Inspector
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