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Do I need to get a home inspection on a new construction home?

Do I need to get a home inspection on a new construction home?

  • Thursday, May 01, 2014
We get this question all the time in our office. The buyer is looking at all of his moving expenses and the Realtor suggests another expense –that a home inspection should be performed. The first reaction is to forgo this inspection since it is a “new” home and it is inspected by the municipality during construction. However, new construction homes are not exempt from prob...
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FAQ: Ladybugs

FAQ: Ladybugs

  • Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Where are the ladybugs coming from? How are they getting inside? In the Fall they are looking for a warm place to hibernate; in the Spring they are waking up and looking to mate and find aphids to eat. How can I keep ladybugs out of my house? Windows and doors need to be tightly sealed or caulked. Weather stripping, utility pipes going through the foundation, around chimneys, etc… C...
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What Do Termites Look Like?

What Do Termites Look Like?

  • Wednesday, April 02, 2014
Which statement accurately describes termites? Termites are black, have wings, and are attracted to light. or Termites are white, have no wings, and avoid light? Both of these statements are true. Termites are white, wingless, and live in darkness most of the year. But during the swarming season (usually March through May) a percentage of the colony will turn black (sunscreen pigmentation...
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Ten Steps to Rid Your Home of Mice and Rats

Ten Steps to Rid Your Home of Mice and Rats

  • Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Ten steps to rid your home of mice and/or rats: Inspect for any mouse/rat activity in your home. Mouse or rat droppings, chew or gnaw marks, infested food items, grease marks (indicates high traffic areas for mice/rats) Use traps or baits to eliminate any mice/rats found. Traps such as sticky traps or snap traps work well but you will have to remove the dead carcasses (wear glov...
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Top 10 Ways to Reduce Mosquitoes In Your Yard

Top 10 Ways to Reduce Mosquitoes In Your Yard

  • Thursday, April 25, 2013
Top 10 ways to reduce mosquitoes in your yard: Remove any standing water from your yard. Cut/trim bushes away from home. Cover trash containers and drill holes in the bottom to prevent them from holding water. Remove all dead leaves ( a cupped leaf will hold water for mosquitoes to breed in) Replace water in bird feeders at least twice a week. Clean out gutters t...
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Carpenter Ants in Window Casing

Carpenter Ants in Window Casing

  • Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Last week I got a call from a Raleigh, NC homeowner who thought they had termites swarming in their kitchen window-sill. January 31st is a little early for a termite swarm her in the Raleigh/Durham area (click here to see the difference between ant and termite swarmers) so I went to check it out. It was actually carpenter ants. We have had some unusually warm days and the window was catchin...
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