Licensed Home Inspector Keith Boggs

Six Steps to Keep Your Pipes from Bursting During a Freeze

Six Steps to Keep Your Pipes from Bursting During a Freeze

Did you know a 1/8-inch crack in a pipe can release up to 250 gallons of water in a single day? That’s why it’s important to protect your plumbing when the temperature dips below freezing. Water in pipes expands as it turns into ice. Pipe bursts. And you are left with an expensive mess to clean up.

The worst part? You probably could have avoided that mess by taking a few simple precautions during the winter months.

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10 Gifts Any First-Time Homeowner Wants to Receive

10 Gifts Any First-Time Homeowner Wants to Receive

Our friends just bought their first home, so we’ve been trying to find the perfect holiday/housewarming gift for them. There are so many options, and we’ve done some research. Along the way, we’ve collected 10 gift ideas we think any first-time homeowner will appreciate. Continue Reading

The Top Five Decisions to Make Before Gutter Replacement

The Top Five Decisions to Make Before Gutter Replacement

Some friends of ours recently replaced their gutters and downspouts. And while that sounds like a relatively simple project, they found there was more to consider than they expected. If you are planning for a gutter replacement anytime soon, here are the top five decisions you will need to make before you start the work. Continue Reading

Buyer’s Home Inspection Services

We will inspect your home as if we were the ones making this major investment.

Buying a home is a major step and a big investment, so discovering any defects before you’ve signed on the dotted line is a top priority. Having a detailed understanding of a home’s condition before you commit to it gives you what you need to negotiate a fair price with confidence. It also provides you with peace of mind when making your final decision. Stonebriar Property Inspections offers Buyer’s Home Inspection Services. Continue Reading

What You Wish You Knew About Fire Extinguishers

What You Wish You Knew About Fire Extinguishers

It’s the National Fire Protection Association’s Fire Prevention Week, and their focus for the third year in a row is on smoke alarm safety. Smoke alarms are a great way to protect your family, pets, and home from unnecessary fire and smoke damage. We wrote about how to maintain them in last month’s blog post.

But another safety measure you can — and should — take is to strategically locate fire extinguishers in your home. You can’t always prevent a fire, but you may be able to put it out quickly with a working fire extinguisher and an understanding of how to use it. Continue Reading

Make Sure Your Home Inspection Isn’t Botched

Make Sure Your Home Inspection Isn’t Botched

We were watching Botched the other night – a TV show about a couple of plastic surgeons who fix procedures that other people have messed up. Usually, those who botch the surgeries are not ethical, licensed plastic surgeons. Often, they’re not even doctors. Yet people allow them to perform invasive procedures on their bodies at the risk of disfigurement or even death. Continue Reading

Prevent Costly Home Repairs with Proper Grading and Drainage

Prevent Costly Home Repairs with Proper Grading and Drainage

Standing water near your home’s foundation caused by improper grading or faulty gutters and downspouts can cause damage, including slab movement, retaining wall failures, and slope instabilities. It can also lead to serious foundation problems, requiring costly repairs to your home’s structural system.

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10 Budget-Friendly Ways to Stage Your Home For a Fast Sale

10 Budget-Friendly Ways to Stage Your Home For a Fast Sale

If you’re thinking of putting your home on the market, you want to sell it at a fair price, as fast as possible, and with the least up-front investment of time and money.

And while you may need to make critical repairs or decide to update a few “That 70’s Show” elements, there are many time- and budget-friendly ways to make your home look its best as potential buyers consider making it their own.

It’s called staging. And it’s about making your home as appealing as possible to people you don’t know.

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5 Steps to Optimize Your Home Buyer’s Option Period

5 Steps to Optimize Your Home Buyer’s Option Period

The Good News

You’ve found what you think is your dream home and have decided to make an offer.

The Bad News

You really don’t know what you’re buying yet, because you haven’t had the home inspected. You also don’t want someone else to swoop in and steal the property out from under you. Continue Reading

The Pros and Cons of Buying an Older Home

The Pros and Cons of Buying an Older Home

Drive into the suburbs of any large city and you’ll find new housing developments under construction. Obviously, new construction is popular to many. But most people buy an existing home — one that someone else has lived in and wants to sell. Did you know that there are pros and cons of buying an older home? Continue Reading

The #1 Tool You Need to Maintain Your Home

The #1 Tool You Need to Maintain Your Home

It takes a lot of effort to maintain a home. The long list of recommended tasks can quickly overwhelm any homeowner. But the effort is worth it. Failing to properly maintain your home can lead to unnecessary costly repairs. It can also put your family’s safety at risk. Continue Reading

10 Ways You Should Prepare Your Home for Winter Now

10 Ways You Should Prepare Your Home for Winter Now

Winter is coming. Is your home ready? Before the cold weather makes its presence known, here are 10 tasks you should check off your list to make sure your home is in good shape to withstand the elements and keep you safe and warm. Here are ten ways you should prepare your home for winter. Continue Reading

Seller’s Home Inspection Services Dallas, TX

Seller’s Pre-Listing Home Inspection Services

We will inspect your home as if we were your potential buyer.

When you sell your home, you want the most value out of your investment. And while many sellers don’t have a pre-listing home inspection, there are many important reasons you should. A pre-listing home inspection provides a view of your home’s condition through the eyes of an unbiased third party. It gives you the information you need to make repairs and identify items that will likely be called out by your buyer’s inspector, avoiding surprises that could potentially slow the sale of your home. Continue Reading

What Does A Home Inspection Cover & How Long Will It Take?

What Does A Home Inspection Cover & How Long Will It Take?

Home inspectors will report on many different areas.

Mechanical and structural components will be evaluated from top to bottom. These areas will include the roof cover/ roof structure, foundation/ drainage, exterior walls, windows, doors, chimney stack, patios, decks, driveways, walkway, attics, electrical panel boxes/ branch outlets, cooling systems, heating systems, bedrooms, bathrooms, locks, latches and much more. Continue Reading

Why Selecting the Right Home Inspector is Critical

Why Selecting the Right Home Inspector is Critical

Home inspections are important and can save you thousands of dollars in potential costly repairs, so selecting the right home inspector is critical.

Once you have a signed contract you need to identify a home inspector ASAP, as the option period clock starts ticking.

In the Dallas area, home inspectors face their own unique challenges that require knowledge specific to the North Texas region. A home inspector must be familiar with certain issues including: Continue Reading

Why You Need A Home Inspector When Purchasing A Home

Why You Need A Home Inspector When Purchasing A Home

What a qualified home inspector does for a home buyer and why you need one in your corner when purchasing a home

When purchasing a home there are so many things to be concerned about. Especially for first-time homebuyers this experience can be a crash course in which you are force fed information at a brain numbing rate. And while dealing with all of this, you must keep a vigilant eye on your best interest. Continue Reading