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September Home Inspection Coupon

September 12th, 2010
September Home Inspection Coupon Offer
Dear Realtor,
You have a choice when referring a Home or Pool Inspection company for your clients.  At All-Star Home Inspection Services, you can be assured that you will get a professional inspection with a certified, insured, and bonded inspector.  You will receive a top- ...

New Century 21 M&M Connections Vendor

September 10th, 2010
New Century 21 M&M Connections Inspector

All-Star Home Inspection Services LLC., is now a Century 21 M&M Connections recommended vendor for professional home, commercial, and pool inspection services.  We also provide HERS Rating services for Energy Efficient Mortgages (EEMs).  Please call us at 209-824-5356 to discuss your inspection needs.

House Burgarly Prevention Tips

August 2nd, 2010

House Burgarly Prevention Tips

Summertime often means vacation time! But while you are away, is your house safe and secure from burglary? According to the Insurance Information Institute, there are more than 2.15 million burglaries each year, over 65 percent of which are residential break-ins, with the majority occurring in the peak vacation months of July and August.

So how can you make sure ...

Common problems with Air Conditioners

July 9th, 2010
Energy Savers: Common Problems with Air Conditioners
One of the most common air conditioning problems is improper operation. If your air conditioner is on, be sure to close your home's windows and outside doors. for room air conditioners, isolate the room or a group of connected rooms as much as possible from the rest of your home.

Other common problems with existing air condit ...

Without a Doubt

July 9th, 2010
Without a Doubt

Without a doubt, buying a home can be the largest investment you'll ever make. With the average home costing approximately $190,000, many homeowners take great pains to ensure that all cosmetic and structural repairs are attended to. However, the truth is that many expensive repairs could be avoided by simply sticking to a routine maintenance schedule. Routinely checking yo ...

Leaky Ducts

February 12th, 2010
Dear All-Star,

Every so often, you get a question about a home's ductwork, and I appreciate the importance you give to this area. We had huge energy bills and a home that never got comfortable until we took your advice and had our ducts inspected, which we discovered were in terrible shape. After repairing them, it's like living in a new home. Can you please write about this topic on a regular ...

Foggy Windows

January 4th, 2010

'Tis the season to start looking for "failed insulated glass seals."  

Houses with the newer insulated windows are going to be susceptible to seal failure.  This will become more noticeable when you start having greater temperature differences between the inside and outside of the house.  The visual evidence will mostly be milky white staining or water drips, drips, or fogginess on the glass ...

Customer question

December 21st, 2009

Dear Kirk,

We had expected an answer today on our offer.  Unfortunately, it is a bank owned home, and the process is somewhat more complicated than a normal transaction.  Yes, I do want to schedule an inspection as soon as I know my offer has been accepted.  Whether it is this house or another one I will give you a call.  By the way what kind of licensing does a home inspector have to hold?  M ...

Are your ducts leaking?

November 17th, 2009

Your heating duct systems could be leaking by 40%

The cold days of winter make it tough to keep your home warm and comfortable, especially if your heating ducts are leaking.  Leaky duct systems are one of the biggest drains on your utility bill. The average California home’s duct systems leak by as much as 40%.  What can you do to stop the leaking and improve the energy efficiency of your he ...

GFI Outlets

November 13th, 2009

GFI Outlets:

As a Home Inspector for All-Star the most exciting part of the home evaluation for me is the Electrical System.  Frequently, I find myself educating folks on the purpose of Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCI or GFI). GFI's are smart sensing electric devices designed to "trip" in as little as 1/40 of a second when the intended path of electricity is grounded.  These simple de ...

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