Adding attic insulation? Read this first.

- In next week’s post, we’ll discuss the importance of detailed home performance assessments, as well as the unintended consequences of blindly adding attic insulation. ..More

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FLIR ONE Pro: a home inspector’s review

- Just plug it into the USB port on your phone and you now have an infrared camera with the same resolution as the FLIR E6, which is my camera of choice. I had a chance to test out the FLIR ONE Pro Thermal Camera, which is a $399 mobile phone accessory. Since then, they’ve come out with a few upgraded versions, but the ONE Pro provides a huge upgrade in image quality. . I reviewed FLIR’s first mobile phone thermal camera, the FLIR ONE, back in August of 2014 ..More

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Home inspection report writing style guide

- This helps to create a more consistent report and implies that conditions may change. Use past tense to describe conditions. ..More

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Unintended consequences of attic improvements

- This post has been revised and updated by our very own Tessa Murry for 2018, who was introduced to me by Steve Shirber when she worked for his company. Note from Reuben: This post was originally written by Steve Shirber and posted here on February 5th, 2013. That company is no longer around, and today I refer clients to the Minnesota Building Performance Association for home performance assessments. . At the time that Steve wrote this blog post in 2013, I referred his company exclusively for this type of work ..More

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Attic insulation types

- Cellulose is made from recycled, ground-up paper with boric acid added for insect control and fire resistance. . If you buy enough, they’ll probably let you use an insulation blower for free.   If you choose to install cellulose yourself, you can buy the insulation in bags from your local home improvement store.  If you hire a pro, they’ll use wet-spray cellulose, which adds a small amount of water to the cellulose to help control the dust and to slightly increase the insulation value per inch. The DIY cellulose insulation method is very dusty, but it’ll get the job done. Don’t try to buy a single bag and spread it out by hand for spot-insulation; it’s way too densely packed (ask me how I know) ..More

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