Pillar To Post Home Inspection Mike Ward-Dahl of Fairfax

Pillar To Post Home Inspection  Mike Ward-Dahl of Fairfax Pillar To Post Professional Home Inspection in Northern Virginia

BS Electrical Engineering over 10 years of home inspection experience over 4000 inspections completed Pre-listing inspection, new contruction inspections, new pruchace home inspections, radon inspections, one year warrenty inspections, wet basements

Looking to make some upgrades? Pick the ones that add the most value to your home.
04/23/2019
Top 7 Most Profitable Home Features

Looking to make some upgrades? Pick the ones that add the most value to your home.

Top 7 Most Profitable Home Features Improving your home before you sell it can seem like wasting money. After all, if you’re not going to live there much longer, why remodel or add features you won’t get to use much? Because, as any real estate professional will tell you, the upgrades can help y...

When it comes to financial priorities, the answer isn't one-size-fits-all.
04/16/2019
Should You Prioritize Paying Off Debt or Saving for Retirement?

When it comes to financial priorities, the answer isn't one-size-fits-all.

Should You Prioritize Paying Off Debt or Saving for Retirement? Many Americans are burdened by debt and have little or no retirement savings, and people who want to get out of debt and save money for the future often don’t know where to begin. Some financial experts might offer general advice that...

Having trouble keeping track of your monthly payments? You might be damaging your credit score.
04/02/2019
How to Negotiate a Clean Credit Report

Having trouble keeping track of your monthly payments? You might be damaging your credit score.

How to Negotiate a Clean Credit Report A late payment on a credit bill or other debt such as a mortgage can have a significant impact on your credit score. And the higher your credit score is to begin with, the more it can fall after a late payment. Paying your bills on time is the best way to avoid...

Consumers come to a conclusion about a product within 90 seconds of viewing it-and up to 90% of that judgement is solely...
03/26/2019
Is the Color of My Home Ideal for Today's Buyers?

Consumers come to a conclusion about a product within 90 seconds of viewing it-and up to 90% of that judgement is solely based on color. As your local real estate professional, I thought you\'d be interested in this easily digestible infographic on how to decode buyers\' tastes when it comes to the color of your home.

Is the Color of My Home Ideal for Today's Buyers? Consumers come to a conclusion about a product within 90 seconds of viewing it-and up to 90% of that judgement is solely based on color. As your local real estate professional, I thought you'd be interested in this easily digestible infographic on ho...

Next time you’re waiting in line, don’t pull your phone out. The possibilities are endless!
03/19/2019
4 Times to Put Your Phone Away

Next time you’re waiting in line, don’t pull your phone out. The possibilities are endless!

4 Times to Put Your Phone Away Just about all of us could benefit from a device diet. While a boon on so many levels, sometimes smartphones have gone too far in permeating our lives. A great way to detach even just a little bit, is to create boundaries around certain times and events, making them no...

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03/12/2019
Staging: The Secret to Sealing the Deal

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Staging: The Secret to Sealing the Deal Given that an overwhelming 90% of home searches begin online, how can we move buyers from behind the screen to inside your home? Staging. As your local real estate professional, I thought Id share this home staging infographic with you. This will help put stag...

03/11/2019
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Don't discount the closets when you're selling!

While quartz and granite are popular choices for kitchen countertops, who reigns supreme?
03/10/2019
Quartz vs. Granite: Consumer Reports Rates Kitchen Countertops

While quartz and granite are popular choices for kitchen countertops, who reigns supreme?

Quartz vs. Granite: Consumer Reports Rates Kitchen Countertops Is there a kitchen renovation in your future? If so, one of the most crucial and difficult decisions ahead of you is what kind of countertop to choose. Consumer Reports takes a look at two of the most popular options—quartz and granite...

Are you redoing your bathroom? Read this before picking out your tiles!
03/09/2019
How to Choose New Bathroom Tiles

Are you redoing your bathroom? Read this before picking out your tiles!

How to Choose New Bathroom Tiles So, you’re redoing your bathroom—great! In addition to perusing new light fixtures, counters, mirrors and more, you’re likely looking at tiles. To help, we’ve compiled several tips for choosing a better bathroom tile. Think about versatility. To truly draw yo...

Everyone needs homeowners insurance to be approved for a mortgage loan. But what, exactly, does the policy cover?
03/08/2019
A Quick Breakdown of Your Homeowners Insurance

Everyone needs homeowners insurance to be approved for a mortgage loan. But what, exactly, does the policy cover?

A Quick Breakdown of Your Homeowners Insurance As new homeowners will learn, borrowers need to provide their lender with proof of homeowners insurance for the full value of the property (usually the purchase price) in order to be approved for the loan. Typically, the standard insurance policy protec...

It’s much easier to incorporate eco-friendly elements into an older home than it is to add charm to a new property!
03/07/2019
Simple Ways to Make Your Older Home More Energy Efficient

It’s much easier to incorporate eco-friendly elements into an older home than it is to add charm to a new property!

Simple Ways to Make Your Older Home More Energy Efficient While older homes are full of charm, characteristics and nuances that won’t be found in a newly constructed home, the odds are good that unless there have been some major upgrades over the years, its energy efficiency rating will be nowhere...

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03/06/2019
Are You Safely Heating Your Home?

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Are You Safely Heating Your Home? Those of us that live in areas that get cold in the winter, know all about the joys of home heating. But, have you ever stopped to wonder if your heating system is safe?

Lightening up can make a room seem spacious.
03/05/2019
5 Tips for Lightening Your Living Space

Lightening up can make a room seem spacious.

5 Tips for Lightening Your Living Space Do you dream of a light, airy living space? Do you want to feel like you’re living inside of a cloud? Below are five tips for a lighter living space, now. Paint it white. Well this is an obvious one. From walls to wood paneling and hardwood floors, two coats...

Personal loans can be a good option in certain situations, but not all...
03/04/2019
Move Over Student Loans: Millennials Make Room for More Debt

Personal loans can be a good option in certain situations, but not all...

Move Over Student Loans: Millennials Make Room for More Debt Just when you thought today’s younger generation couldn’t take on any more financial pressure, a new form of debt is on the rise. Whether it’s to pay for moving costs or an upcoming wedding, personal loans are becoming an increasingl...

Check out this advice from the author of ‘Catch Me if You Can’!
03/03/2019
Fraud Prevention Tips from a Pro

Check out this advice from the author of ‘Catch Me if You Can’!

Fraud Prevention Tips from a Pro Frank Abagnale’s life as a teenage fraudster was brought to life in the Steven Spielberg film, “Catch Me if You Can,” based on the book Abagnale wrote about his years as a youthful con artist. After being caught, incarcerated and recruited by the FBI, however, ...

Have you ever thought about your smart home data?
03/02/2019
Where Does Your Smart Home Data Go?

Have you ever thought about your smart home data?

Where Does Your Smart Home Data Go? While smart home tech can make your daily life much easier, there has been a growing concern connected to most of these cool, new and often interactive tech products. The concern? Spying—or at least watching, and/or eavesdropping. Madison Pauly focused on this p...

Despite modern trends in flooring, hardwood has remained a mainstay over the years. #interiordesign
03/01/2019
Hardwood Floors Top Wish Lists When Searching for Dream Home

Despite modern trends in flooring, hardwood has remained a mainstay over the years. #interiordesign

Hardwood Floors Top Wish Lists When Searching for Dream Home From open floor plans to updated appliances in the kitchen and everything in between, prospective buyers are all over the board when it comes to what they’re looking for in a home. But hardwood floors are one feature that many prospectiv...

Be careful of electrical hazards when improving or maintaining the outside of your property.
02/27/2019
It's Electric! How to Keep Yourself Safe During Home Improvement

Be careful of electrical hazards when improving or maintaining the outside of your property.

It's Electric! How to Keep Yourself Safe During Home Improvement Electricity is coursing around us every day. From the power lines overhead to the cables connected to our favorite devices, we live in an electric world. Considering how often we come into contact with electricity, it makes sense that....

Buying a home in a seller's market can be tough. Here are 4 mistakes you won't want to make.
02/25/2019
4 Things You Shouldn't Do in A Seller's Market

Buying a home in a seller's market can be tough. Here are 4 mistakes you won't want to make.

4 Things You Shouldn't Do in A Seller's Market Purchasing a home can be an exhausting process as it can take a while to find the right fit. When you find the house you want, making a bid quickly can be the difference between buying it and missing out, especially in a seller’s market. A competitive...

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02/24/2019
Hiring a Mover? Watch Out for These Red Flags

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Hiring a Mover? Watch Out for These Red Flags Hiring a mover to safely transport your belongings to your new home is not a decision that should be taken lightly. As your local real estate professional, I want to advise you on some red flags to keep in mind. This infographic offers an easy-to-follow....

Mold is not only unsightly, but it can also be a health hazard. Here's what to look for before selling your home.
02/23/2019
Removing Mold to Get Market Ready

Mold is not only unsightly, but it can also be a health hazard. Here's what to look for before selling your home.

Removing Mold to Get Market Ready One of the four-letter words no one wants to hear is mold—this is especially true for those involved in a house sale. It’s a problem that can put a screeching halt to any potential sale and could cause heartache on both sides of a transaction. The problem is mos...

Is your home ready for a hurricane?
02/22/2019
How-To Protect Your Property From Hurricanes

Is your home ready for a hurricane?

How-To Protect Your Property From Hurricanes For many homeowners, hurricanes are a real property risk. Data from Property Claim Services® (PCS®) shows that the cost of damage caused by hurricanes and tropical storms has increased during the 10-year period between 2007-2017. In that time, nearly 8 ...

Here is some interesting info on how seller financing works...
02/21/2019
Expert Insights: In Seller Financing, How Does the Seller Determine What Rate to Provide?

Here is some interesting info on how seller financing works...

Expert Insights: In Seller Financing, How Does the Seller Determine What Rate to Provide? The interest rate on a purchase money note is negotiable, as are the other terms in a seller-financed transaction. To get an idea about what to charge, sellers can check with a lender or mortgage broker to dete...

Break down chores into daily tasks to make cleaning easier to manage.
02/20/2019
3 Daily Habits to a Cleaner Home

Break down chores into daily tasks to make cleaning easier to manage.

3 Daily Habits to a Cleaner Home Between work, family and fun, cleaning your home can feel like a drag—but most of us can’t afford to hire a cleaning crew, and so the task of weekly tidying and disinfecting is unavoidable. To help, below are three daily habits to a cleaner home. Set a timer. Eve...

Insightful!
02/19/2019
What You Need to Know About Title Insurance

Insightful!

What You Need to Know About Title Insurance Of all the factors you need to understand about the home purchase process, few are as mystifying as title insurance. Here are some facts to help you understand title insurance.

Here's what to search for when looking at homes. What's most important to you?
02/18/2019
5 Things to Pay Attention to on a Walk-Through

Here's what to search for when looking at homes. What's most important to you?

5 Things to Pay Attention to on a Walk-Through You’ve done your research online and narrowed down the neighborhoods and homes you’re most interested in. The next step? Visit your top picks in person. But what should you look for? What real estate information will you be able to determine live th...

Have a credit card you're attached to? You may not even need it!
02/17/2019
Getting Through Life Without a Credit Card

Have a credit card you're attached to? You may not even need it!

Getting Through Life Without a Credit Card When it comes to making a big purchase, having a credit card can make the process easier, especially if you don’t have the necessary funds when it comes time to pay. While pulling out a credit card and swiping it to pay for any and everything can often be...

If your parents or grandparents don't know where the savings bonds are, you can get help from the federal government.
02/16/2019
How to Find Old Savings Bonds

If your parents or grandparents don't know where the savings bonds are, you can get help from the federal government.

How to Find Old Savings Bonds It’s a nice feeling when you find a $5 or $10 bill in your pocket or a quarter on the street. It’s found money and an unexpected gift to yourself that you can spend without feeling guilty that you should be saving it. The same can be true for old savings bonds. You ...

Buying in bulk isn't just for those who have more square footage than they know what to do with. Those who call a small ...
02/15/2019
Live in a Small Space? You Can Still Buy in Bulk!

Buying in bulk isn't just for those who have more square footage than they know what to do with. Those who call a small space home can take advantage, too.

Live in a Small Space? You Can Still Buy in Bulk! The appeal of shopping at a warehouse store like Costco or online at Amazon is so alluring—buy in bulk, order online, save on trips to the store, enjoy discounts...the advantages are many. But if you live in a small space—like a condo, an apartme...

Avoid becoming a victim of debt collection scams by paying attention to these red flags.
02/14/2019
How to Check If a Debt Collector Is Legitimate

Avoid becoming a victim of debt collection scams by paying attention to these red flags.

How to Check If a Debt Collector Is Legitimate Figures from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) show that about 70 million people—more than a quarter of adults in the United States—either have a debt in collection or have been contacted about one. Some of those people are wrongly con...

To better understand the question, look at how the IRS defines improvements.
02/13/2019
Expert Insights: Can I Deduct Improvements Made to My Home?

To better understand the question, look at how the IRS defines improvements.

Expert Insights: Can I Deduct Improvements Made to My Home? Yes, but only after you have sold it because improvements add to the basis of your home. Your gain is defined as your home’s selling price, minus deductible closing costs, minus your basis. The basis is the original purchase price of the ...

Here's how to protect yourself from being pressured into buying an extended warranty.
02/12/2019
When to Buy Extended Warranty? Usually Never

Here's how to protect yourself from being pressured into buying an extended warranty.

When to Buy Extended Warranty? Usually Never You just bought a new dishwasher, TV, tablet, refrigerator or other big-ticket item you’ve been wanting for months. The salesperson, or maybe even the cashier, asks if you’d like to add an extended warranty for a few dollars more. Is it a worthwhile e...

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02/11/2019

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Recent inspection, the truss had been burnt and damaged from a disconnect box of the attic HVAC. Never know what you mig...
11/01/2018

Recent inspection, the truss had been burnt and damaged from a disconnect box of the attic HVAC. Never know what you might find in the attic

Not every day you see a bull in an attic
10/01/2016

Not every day you see a bull in an attic

In case, anyone would never believe snakes get in your attic, this one is about 5-6 feet and very much not alive, thankf...
06/19/2016

In case, anyone would never believe snakes get in your attic, this one is about 5-6 feet and very much not alive, thankfully

06/19/2016

Quote of the week, While doing an inspection on a new home the sales agent was along with and she made an interesting comment, " I would not buy a new home the way there are built today" I guess the good news the buyers was not present. The agent and I looked at each other with quite the surprised look. Has to be tough to sell something you you would never buy.

Radon!! We can test your home or clients homeshttp://www.epa.gov/radon/national-radon-action-month-consumer-information
01/13/2016
National Radon Action Month Consumer Information | Radon | US EPA

Radon!! We can test your home or clients homes

http://www.epa.gov/radon/national-radon-action-month-consumer-information

You can’t see, smell or taste radon, but it could be present at a dangerous level in your home. Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer deaths among nonsmokers in America and claims the lives of about 21,000 Americans each year. In fact, the EPA and the U.S. Surgeon General urge all Americans to p…

During an inspection I had a water heater missing the vent on teh top. Always make sure you have a carbon monoxide senso...
01/06/2016

During an inspection I had a water heater missing the vent on teh top. Always make sure you have a carbon monoxide sensor if you have gas, never know when something like this might happen

04/23/2015

AFCI outlets, new requirements, This will soon be the inspection item called out. When outlets are updated they will need to be GFCI or AFCI, What is a AFCI,

What’s an AFCI device? In short, it’s an electrical safety device designed to prevent fires. It looks and acts a lot like a GFCI device in that it has a test button and a reset method, but GFCI devices are designed to prevent people from getting electrocuted, not prevent fires.

Not quite sure what the plumber or the electrician were thinking by putting the outlet under the disposal
04/23/2015

Not quite sure what the plumber or the electrician were thinking by putting the outlet under the disposal

Pillar To Post Home Inspection  Mike Ward-Dahl of Fairfax
04/22/2015

Pillar To Post Home Inspection Mike Ward-Dahl of Fairfax

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