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“What Is Thermal Imaging & Why Is It Important for a Home Inspection?”

“What Is Thermal Imaging & Why Is It Important for a Home Inspection?”   Introduction Brief explanation of home inspections and their significance Introduction to thermal imaging and its growing role in home inspections   Understanding Thermal Imaging Definition and principles of thermal imaging How thermal imaging works in detecting temperature variations Key components of […]

Cornerstone Home Inspection

Home inspections are a vital part of the real estate process, providing potential buyers and homeowners with a comprehensive assessment of a property’s condition. These inspections aim to identify any existing or potential issues that could affect the safety, functionality, and value of a home.


Fire separation wall missing.

One of the things we look for during the garage inspection with an attached garage is the fire separation wall missing between the house and garage.  In general the wall should be drywalled (5/8 inch thick) and complete with no holes or openings through it.  Any door through the firewall should be a rated (at […]

Wisconsin Defect Changes

Changes are coming to the home inspection process and more importantly, how the report is done. Wisconsin defect changes are coming from WI Senate Bill 74 has redefined the term defect and requires all defects to be listed in the summary section of the report. A defect is now defined as “For the purposes of […]

Thermal Imaging – Is it Magic?

No magic here, just a difference in temperature.  Thermal imaging cameras take a picture in the infrared light band which is not visible to the naked eye.  These cameras can detect the difference in radiation that a warmer object emits vs a colder object.  The hotter an object is the more radiation it puts out.  […]

To Drone or not to Drone

Whenever possible, physically being on the roof is always the best way to evaluate it and we do that on most of our inspections.  There are times however when that is not possible and the drone can see things we can’t either from the ground or from the ladder at the eaves.  We offer drone evaluation included in our normal inspection pricing!

Why should I test for Radon?

Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer behind smoking and if you don’t smoke, it is your leading cause of getting lung cancer.  The EPA estimates that radon kills more than 20,000 people every year.  It is naturally occurring and is produced by decaying uranium in the ground.  According to the State of WI, southeastern WI is a hotbed for radon, with estimates of between 10-40% of Southeastern WI homes having levels above the acceptable limit.

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