profile picture

The Home Inspection

Common Defects

After the Inspection

House Built to Code?

Defects Defined

Purchase Inspection

New Home Inspection

Listing Inspection

Inspector -vs- Engineer

Inspector -vs- Appraisal

Home Inspection Tour

Library of Home Inspection Information

click here

Today's Rates

Mtg Loan Rate APR
30-yr Fixed 4.55% 4.7%
15-yr Fixed 4.01% 4.22%
1-yr Adj 2.76% 3.42%
* national averages

Mortgage Calculator

Ask the Builder:
Prevent Sewer Backup
4/8/2020 10:10 AM
  "I also flush the toilet each time I walk by it even if it has clear water in it." Prevent Sewer Backup By Flushing More Often You can prevent sewer back up in many houses by just adding more water to your plumbing drain system. Why Does my Sewer Backup? Sewer backups happen for […] The post Read More
Cleaning Outdoor Wood and Composite Decking & Homeowner Phone Calls
4/6/2020 9:46 AM
Cleaning Outdoor Wood and Composite Decking DEAR TIM: Every year, I’ve got some wood or composite decking to clean outside. This year I need to clean and reseal a ramp that leads up into my outdoor shed. I"ve also seen all sorts of conflicting information out on the Internet about the best way to clean […] The post Read More
April 5, 2020 AsktheBuilder Newsletter
4/6/2020 6:37 AM
Hi, and welcome to my newsletter family! Can you open doors with just a smile or do you have to use your arms as I do? I like to listen to music while I create the newsletter. Do you know what I’m listening to now? Care to make a guess? If you’ve been here for […] The post Read More
April 3, 2020 AsktheBuilder Newsletter
4/3/2020 1:09 PM
I’m pretty sure you might be a new subscriber. Thanks for your trust in me during these trying times. On the flip side, this could be your second edition or your 873rd one. Yes, I’ve been producing this newsletter since 1995 or so. Do you want to see just about every past one? CLICK or […] The post Read More
March 31, 2020 AsktheBuilder Newsletter
3/31/2020 7:25 AM
You’re new here, right? We need to have a little talk. First and foremost, I’m really happy you’re here. Second, when you leave a room, please turn out the lights. Third, please watch the video on this page just below the treasure map and know that I do have a sense of humor and a […] The post Read More
Free Home Improvement Help
3/30/2020 12:05 PM
Free Home Improvement Help on the Phone There’s not a doubt in my mind that you’ve been directly affected by the current health crisis that’s sweeping over the USA like a plague of plant-devouring locusts mentioned numerous times in the Bible. These are extraordinary times and they call for extraordinary effort from many of us, […] ...Read More
Tim Carter Calls You
3/30/2020 10:27 AM
Tim Carter may call you to help you during the health crisis. If he does, he"s going to record the call. Please read my LEGAL TERMS. The call is FREE. Loading… The post Tim Carter Calls You appeared first on Read More
Garbage Disposal Freezes Up
3/29/2020 10:48 AM
Garbage Disposal Freezes Up - Super Simple Fix Ann lives in Greensboro, North Carolina and her garbage disposal freezes up. Here"s what she wrote to me: "Tim, I live in a 14-year-old townhouse with almost all original equipment. The garbage disposal keeps rusting and freezing up because I don"t need to use it often. I"ve […] The pos...Read More
New Window in Stucco Wall – Don’t Get Radical
3/29/2020 7:58 AM
New Window in Stucco Wall - A Mistake Can Cost You Big $$$ How Do You Install a New Window in a Stucco Wall? You can install a new window in a stucco wall any number of ways. The best way is to get a new window to fit within the confines of the existing […] The post Read More
March 29, 2020 AsktheBuilder Newsletter
3/29/2020 7:57 AM
Hello! My gosh, it’s so wonderful to meet you. There’s nothing like a new subscriber. Trust me, you’ll feel welcome here and there are no quirky initiation ceremonies. Well, there"s one. Each new subscriber is required to watch this video to see how silly I can be! Ready? Did I fool you? You’ve got Charlie […] The post Read More