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October 1, 2018
Keep pesky items off the home inspection report by fixing them ahead of time.

Ten Tips to Speed Up The Home Inspection

Speed up your home sale by preparing your home ahead of time using the following tips. The home inspection will go smoother, with fewer concerns to delay closing. Confirm that that the water, electrical and gas services are turned on (including pilot lights). Make sure your pets won’t hinder your home inspection. Ideally, they should be removed from the premises or secured outside. Tell your agent […]
July 23, 2018
For sale by owner house

Why Get a Home Inspection If You’re Buying “As Is”?

Some sellers – often, those working without an agent – want to sell their home “as is” so they don’t have to invest money fixing it up or take on any potential liability for defects. There is nothing wrong with buying a home “as is,” particularly if you can buy it at a favorable price, but if you are considering buying an “as is” home, you […]
July 9, 2018
Modern home inspection reports should be highly visual and display well on both computers and smartphones

What Does a Home Inspection Report Look Like?

A home inspection is a necessary step when purchasing a home. This step often takes place in the middle of the real estate transaction itself. Most buyers don’t know what to expect from a home inspection report. Let’s define a few basics for home buyers and sellers and show you what a modern home inspection report should look like. What is a home inspection report? A […]
July 2, 2018
Anti-scald valves protect individuals from accidental burns while using fixtures such as showers

Anti-Scald Valves

Anti-scald valves, also known as tempering valves and mixing valves, mix cold water in with outgoing hot water so that the hot water that leaves a fixture is not hot enough to scald a person. Facts and Figures Scalds account for 20% of all burns. More than 2,000 American children are scalded each year, mostly in the bathroom and kitchen. Scalding and other types of burns […]
June 15, 2018

What’s Included in a Home Inspection? (Infographic)

The Home Inspection Defined A general home inspection is a visual inspection for system and major accessible component defects and safety issues. The inspection is not technically exhaustive. A home inspection is designed to reflect, as accurately as possible, the visible condition of the home at the time of the inspection. Conditions at a home for sale can change radically in only a day or two, […]
June 11, 2018
Home inspectors may use a smoke pen to detect a backdraft issue


Backdrafting is the reverse flow of gas in the flues of fuel-fired appliances that results in the intrusion of combustion byproducts into the living space. Many fuel-fired water heaters and boilers use household air and lack an induced draft, which makes them especially vulnerable to backdrafting when indoor air pressure becomes unusually low. How does backdrafting happen? Fuel-fired water heaters, boilers, wall heaters, and furnaces are […]
May 28, 2018
Radon is present at elevated levels in many North Idaho homes

Why Idaho Homeowners Should Care About Radon

Radon is an invisible radioactive gas created from natural deposits of uranium and radium in the soil. Uranium breaks down to radium, which in turn decays into radon gas. Radon is an inert gas, which means it does not react or combine with the other elements in the ground. Because of this, radon can move up through the soil into the atmosphere, where radon is easily […]
May 22, 2018

Should Home Inspectors Check For Recalls?

Most home inspectors in the Coeur d’Alene area do not provide this service. However, at Lake City Inspections, we believe the answer to this question is a resounding “YES”! Since 1974, by law, American citizen have been protected from dangerous items in their homes. If a manufacturer has designed a dangerous product, they MUST recall all those items and FIX THEM FOR FREE! The problem with […]
May 22, 2018

Should Home Inspections Include Warranties?

Home buyers need more than just a home inspection, they need professionals they can depend on even after the job is done. That’s why we back all of our inspections with a free Structural and Mechanical Home Warranty. The warranty comes with your home inspection, at no additional cost. For buyers, this warranty is valid for 90 days from the date of the inspection or 22 […]
May 18, 2018
TPR valves are vital safety devices for every water heater

TPR Valves and Discharge Piping

Temperature/pressure-relief or TPR valves are safety devices installed on water heating appliances, such as boilers and domestic water supply heaters. TPRs are designed to automatically release water in the event that pressure or temperature in the water tank exceeds safe levels. If temperature sensors and safety devices such as TPRs malfunction, water in the system may become superheated (exceed the boiling point). Once the tank ruptures […]
May 9, 2018
Real estate agents find that Lake City Inspections reports make their life easier in many ways

Agents: 5 Ways Our Home Inspection Reports Make Your Life Easier

Here at Lake City Inspections we pride ourselves on delivering much more than just a home inspection report to our clients and agent partners. With that being said, the home inspection report is the core of our service, so we knew we wanted to go above and beyond the typical expectations, especially for our agent partners. This is why we use industry leading software called Spectora […]
April 30, 2018

Three Deadly Mistakes Every Home Buyer Should Avoid

Many people who thought that buying the home they wanted was simply out of their reach are now enjoying a new lifestyle in their very own homes. Even if you have little money for a down payment or credit problems, chances are that you can still buy that new home. It just comes down to knowing the right strategies, and working with the right people.
April 23, 2018

More Than Just A Report

We provide a free "Buy-Back Guarantee" with every complete buyer inspection. This guarantee is backed by the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors, the largest association of professional home inspectors on the planet. This means if we miss anything, InterNACHI will buy your home back for the same price.
April 19, 2018

Lake City Inspections Offers “Buy Back Guarantee”

As Certified Professional Inspectors trained by InterNACHI-The International Association of Certified Home Inspectors-we are not just able to offer you a thorough inspection and visually stunning report, but something nobody else is doing: InterNACHI’s Buy Back Guarantee with every buyer inspection. This program provides peace of mind when it matters most, and the terms are simple. If we miss anything, InterNACHI will buy the home back. […]
April 12, 2018
Realtor showing family a house

How Agents Can Limit Their Liability with Regard to Home Inspections

In a world where litigation is the preferred method of resolving even the most minor conflicts, it should come as no surprise to real estate agents that they are increasingly finding themselves named as defendants in lawsuits wherein purchasers of residential real estate are claiming damages as the result of the alleged fraud and/or negligence of one or more of the participants in the transaction.