Building Codes and Older Homes

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Alaskan homes are a lot like a rainbow after a good rain. Depending on how you look at that rainbow will depend on which beautiful colors you see. With your home, depending on what date it was built will depend on what color, or building standard, you will see when you look at the structure. Think of all the many building code books written over all these years, and see how they appear as different colors of the rainbow. Most Read More …

Should I Bring My Family to a Home Inspection?

An important factor it consider is that home inspectors and real estate professionals must adhere to a strict code of ethics in order for the sale process to benefit everyone. The home inspector may be liable for any damages, mishaps or safety concerns that may occur on a property when it is inspected. It is not advisable to bring anyone to view the home who is not directly involved in the home inspection process. The following email was sent recently Read More …

Home Inspection Etiquette

We have permission from the property owner to enter their property and do our work with the understanding that we will be considerate. The following guidelines are expected to be followed by all parties concerned. (This information was provided as a directive from Bev Rude at the Alaska multiple Listing service. She referenced the NAR’s Code of Ethics and Arbitration Manual.)     Guidelines for Home Inspection Etiquette Realtor, home inspector, or client – these are good practices for everyone: Read More …

Codebooks and Regulations – For Your Reference

You love dry and tedious technical manuals, right? I bet you just can’t wait to dive into these resources. Are you day-dreaming right now about spending a relaxing evening, nestled in your favorite armchair, and pouring over dusty volumes of numbers and stats? What? You don’t like boring codebooks? Really. I had no idea. Well, then what are you doing on this page? Did you get lost looking for our online scheduling page? Is it perhaps that you are one Read More …