• Termites Dwell in The Dessert Too

    I get asked all the time if there is termite activity in Arizona. People are always surprised by the answer: “There are two types of houses in Arizona, those that have termites and those that will get termites.” It’s funny, but you wouldn’t think that those lil’ buggers would thrive out here in our “dry […]

  • What’s Wrong With This Picture?

    Do you remember the magazine “Highlights for Children?” I think they still publish it. I used to like reading it when I was waiting at the dentist’s office when I was a kid. We didn’t have a subscription at home. My favorite feature was the “What’s wrong with this picture?” page. It was a full […]

  • Go For The Gold!

    I am proud to be an ASHI Certified Inspector. I am more proud to have earned ASHI’s highest certification, the Gold Standard. I have trained hundreds of home inspectors and encourage them to “go for the gold” as part of their career plan. Being golden, sets us apart from everyone else. It gives home buyers […]

  • This is what PB piping looks like

    Many realtors and home owners ask me about polybutylene (PB) piping. These are two scary words sure to put a frown on any real estate agent’s face. I come across it every few months and this is what it looks like. According to Polybutylene.com : “Polybutylene is a form of plastic resin that was used […]

  • Homemade pie, Homemade pillows….Homemade security system?

    I love things that are homemade. Some of the best gifts I ever got from my daughters were items made from their little hands. Things like a wobbly paperclip holder I keep on my desk and a “World’s Best Dad” frame with a cute photo of us. I see many homemade things in other people’s […]

  • Dissecting your home inspection report

    When it comes to reading a home inspection report, home buyers usually belong to one of two camps: They either shudder at the site of the sometimes long document or curl up with a hot cup of coffee and delve into it like a good book. (Engineers usually fall into the latter group.) Whether buyers […]