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Reuben Saltzman
Minneapolis, MN
I'm a private home inspector working in the Twin Cities.
Recent Activity
This is a home inspection checklist for sellers, to help make sure that the home inspection can be completed once, the first time, without any hitches. Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Homes MSP Real Estate Blog
Dear Home Seller, I’m writing to ask you to please make your attic accessible. Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2017 at Homes MSP Real Estate Blog
I constantly see the rules about dryer duct safety and dryer transition ducts being brought into question, mostly on home inspector forums. Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2017 at Homes MSP Real Estate Blog
This video compilation of home inspection defects is mostly for entertainment purposes. Enjoy. Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2017 at Homes MSP Real Estate Blog
I received the following email last week from another home inspector here in Minnesota regarding the inspection of electrical panels: Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2017 at Homes MSP Real Estate Blog
Seek Thermal has a new infrared camera for smartphones called the Seek Thermal CompactPRO. Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2017 at Homes MSP Real Estate Blog
Tankless water heaters, also known as on-demand water heaters, are quite popular with forward-thinking homeowners, and for good reason. Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2017 at Homes MSP Real Estate Blog
Powervent water heaters have become the new standard for new construction homes here in Minnesota, but are they really that great? Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2017 at Homes MSP Real Estate Blog
This is a blog post that discusses the pros and cons of installing a natural draft water heater. Other types of water heaters will be discussed soon. Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2017 at Homes MSP Real Estate Blog
I've been using the same infrared camera, the FLIR E6, for the past three years. Today, it's still my infrared camera of choice as a home inspector. Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2017 at Homes MSP Real Estate Blog
This is a start-to-finish overview of a water heater replacement, recorded at Neil's home. Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2017 at Homes MSP Real Estate Blog
If your home inspector uses an infrared camera during their home inspection, these are the kinds of things they might find. Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2017 at Homes MSP Real Estate Blog
This is our annual top 20 home inspection photos compilation. All of these images were featured on our facebook page over the last year. Enjoy! Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2017 at Homes MSP Real Estate Blog
To start off 2017, I'm going to discuss where we've been and where we're going. This is going to be a tradition, and it's probably the "bloggiest" blog post that I write each year. Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2017 at Homes MSP Real Estate Blog
It's almost time for my annual "Top 20 home inspection photos" blog post, but this year I decided to share the runner ups first. Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2017 at Homes MSP Real Estate Blog
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It has been over four years since my last survey of home inspection prices in Minnesota, so Lisa and Mindy recently conducted another survey to find out what other home inspectors here in the Twin Cities charge for home inspections. Because there is no such thing as licensing for home inspectors here in Minnesota, there is no centralized list of inspectors to choose from. Nevertheless, most professional home inspectors belong to at least one of the two largest national associations for home inspectors, the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) and the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI). To compile this data, we looked up Minnesota home inspectors listed on the ASHI website as well as the InterNACHI website to get our list of prices. If the home inspector had prices listed on their website, we used those prices. If the prices weren't listed, we either called or emailed the inspector. Some answered, many didn't. The three metrics that home inspectors typically use to determine the price of a home inspection are size, age, and sales prices. For my company, we use size and age. For this sample survey, we used a home size of 2,000 sf, an age of 1970, and a sales price of $300,000. We did the survey by company, so we only counted multi-inspector companies once. ASHI: Average Price: $383 Number of inspection companies included: 35 Lowest price: $300 / Highest price: $464 InterNACHI: Average Price: $336 Number of inspection companies included: 48 Lowest price: $275 / Highest price: $460 A few thoughts: One home inspector was concerned that this survey was price-fixing, which is illegal. This is not that. We did this survey because I like having this information, and I'm sure there are plenty of other people who like looking at it. I blog to provide useful information. Another home inspector said this survey wasn't completely fair, because it doesn't take into account the experience of the inspector, the level of detail included in the inspection report, whether or not specialized tools like infrared cameras, combustion analyzers, and moisture meters were used during the inspection, and several other metrics that make it difficult to compare apples to apples. These are certainly valid concerns, but there are way too many qualifiers there for us to gather any useful data. My company is the one who charges $464. This means we charge about $80 more... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2016 at Homes MSP Real Estate Blog
With all of the recent snowfall here in the Twin Cities, it's a good time to talk about ice dams. Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2016 at Homes MSP Real Estate Blog
Is your garage door opener safe? I'm going to go over the most common garage door opener issues that come up during home inspections. Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2016 at Homes MSP Real Estate Blog
The photos below are all photos we’ve taken during the past year while conducting new-construction inspections, or one-year warranty inspections. Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2016 at Homes MSP Real Estate Blog
I need to bring up the subject of CSST bonding once again because there are a few details that I haven't covered in the past. Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2016 at Homes MSP Real Estate Blog
This blog post is about fireplace hearth extension rules, but first, a quick story to explain why I'm blogging about such a boring topic. Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2016 at Homes MSP Real Estate Blog
The folks at Airthings recently sent me one of their new NRPP approved Corentium Pro radon monitors to review, which currently retails for $1,499. Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2016 at Homes MSP Real Estate Blog
Concealed damage was the focus of last week's blog post, and that's what I'll be talking about this week, as well as stinky bees. Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2016 at Homes MSP Real Estate Blog
You might think that as a home inspector I have some kind of special immunity to house problems and concealed damage, but I don't. Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2016 at Homes MSP Real Estate Blog
Fall is officially here, and that means it's time to get started on your fall maintenance list. We've put together a list for Minnesota homeowners. Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2016 at Homes MSP Real Estate Blog