CSST Flexible Gas Pipe- Is it dangerous?

| July 30, 2021

Homes with yellow CSST are at risk of perforation to the gas line caused by lightning strikes as far as a mile away. A puncture in the line can release gas into the home resulting in fire and/or explosions. CSST is a flexible, stainless steel pipe used to supply natural gas and propane in residential, […]

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| April 29, 2020

5 Reason To Pre-Inspect your Homes (Reinforce Your Price) A pre-listing inspection can reinforce your asking price. It enables agents to explain how the inspection report—plus any repairs that were made before listing—helped you arrive at the home’s value.  Here are 5 reasons to have your home pre-inspected.    1.) Helps You Prepare an Accurate Seller’s […]

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Radon, Is it worth testing?

| November 10, 2016 | Reply

The Diamond Group is often asked if measuring Radon levels in a home is important. This unfortunate example may be the best answer. A few days ago a radon test was ordered for a home that had just been tested for Radon. The seller of a home had received the results of a Radon test […]

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Inspection VS. Home Warranty

| October 3, 2016 | Reply

Each serves a different purpose and ideally they work together to protect the home buyer and reduce the risk of home ownership.  As a buyer, you are purchasing 100% of the home and 100% of the risk.  You are more than likely purchasing the home with the assistance of a bank loan but the bank […]

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A Home Inspection isn’t pass or fail

| October 19, 2015 | Reply

A Home Inspection isn’t pass or fail. The home inspection is a non-invasive visual examination of the accessible areas of a residential property, performed for a fee, which is designed to identify defects within specific systems and components defined by the Standards of Practice that are both observed and deemed material by the inspector.  The […]

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Why Should Your Home Be Move-In Certified?

| August 21, 2015 | Reply

At The Diamond Group, our primary goal has always been to help Pennsylvania home owners achieve peace of mind knowing that the home they’re about to buy or sell is structurally sound. One of the ways we consistently deliver on our promise? Move-in certification. When a home is move-in certified, it means our experts have […]

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5 Key Characteristics of a Quality Home Inspector

| July 27, 2015 | Reply

A home inspection is a critical step on the path to purchasing a new home. A comprehensive home inspection ensures that the structure you’re about to call home for years to come is worth every penny you put forth. Of course, the extent to which you get the most for your money and avoid unexpected […]

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Why accept getting snubbed by the builder when constructing a new home?

| June 5, 2015 | Reply

I was asked the other day about radon in new construction. The question was, ”Should I have the builder install some piping for a future radon system during construction. He said I could have it snubbed off in the basement. Or should I wait until a buyer of my home tests for radon someday and […]

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Infrared Scans Are Important to Home Inspections

| May 20, 2015 | Reply

Infrared scans aren’t always a service offered by home inspectors. They may be an add on service or part of an inspection package or not offered at all. If they are offered by an inspection company, be sure to check out the credentials of the inspector in regards to training. Without the proper training, an […]

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MPG Rating for homes is called the HERS Rating.

| May 20, 2015 | Reply

The HERS Rating is applicable to existing homes as well as new homes. The Rating System has been around for years and the accuracy has been proven. The HERS is a computation of the homes construction materials, workmanship, location and orientation. Diagnostic testing is performed on the home. A certified HERS Rater (The Diamond Group […]

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