West Egg Blog

September 19, 2022


There is a great brochure created by the Minnesota Department of Health, "Keeping You Safe from Radon".  In Minnesota 2 in 5 homes have high radon.  It is estimated that 21,000 people die each year in the United States from lung cancer due to radon exposure. A radon test is the only way to know how much radon is in your home. Radon can be reduced with a mitigation system.


Radon is a serious public health concern in Minnesota. The average radon level in Minnesota is more than three times higher than the U.S. radon level. This is due to our geology and how our homes are operated. Minnesota homes are closed up or heated most of the year, which can result in higher levels of radon.  I am licensed in the state of MN for radon measurement.  Contact West Egg today to have your home measured for levels of radon.


Additional information can be found here:  Keeping You Safe From Radon.pdf

May 26, 2022


Most products made today do not contain asbestos. Those few products made which still contain asbestos and could be inhaled are required to be labeled as such.  However, until the 1970s, many types of building products and insulation materials used in homes contained asbestos.


Full article about "Asbestos in the Home" below:


Asbestos in the Home.pdf

March 4, 2022


During my time as a home inspector, and as a home owner, I have seen a wide range of electrical issues. I thought it would be interesting to our readers to compile the top electrical issues that I have observed:

  • GFCI Outlets Missing or Defective
  • Ungrounded Outlets
  • Reverse Polarity Outlets
  • Electrical Panel Age Concerns
  • Smoke Detector or Carbon Monoxide Detector Concerns

Full article below:


Top Electrical Issues Found at Home Inspections.pdf


January 4, 2022


Something a little different to start off the new year.  Rogers was the sort of TV host that both kids and parents trusted and enjoyed.  The series ran for 31 seasons, from 1968 through 2001.

On the show, Rogers dispensed timeless wisdom about how to be kind to others, how to feel good about yourself, and what to do when you’re up against your worst fears.  Here is 20 of Rogers’ most memorable quotes, reminders of the good old days of turning on the TV and spending an afternoon in the neighborhood.


20 Life Lessons from Mr. Rogers.pdf

December 20, 2021


It all began simply enough.  A great meeting on 11/17 with a good friend who is a successful Realtor®. I was encouraged to add radon measurement as an additional service to my home inspection business. Radon in MN homes is an issue and prospective buyers want to make sure their home is safe for their families. There is a demand. 

Read the entire story below on how I became fully licensed!!!


My Journey to a Radon Measurement Professional.pdf

December 4, 2021


A home inspection helps you make a more informed decision about the home you're considering buying.


A home inspector can identify potential issues, plus give you a better idea of the ongoing maintenance the property will require.


When you’re buying a house, a thorough home inspection can save you thousands of dollars in unexpected repairs — or from unwittingly buying a money pit.  Read more in the following article:


What to Expect from a Home Inspection.pdf

November 19, 2021


November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month.  Did you know that: 


Radon is the Leading Cause of Lung Cancer Among Non-Smokers.  It is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States.  Nationally, the EPA estimates that about 21,000 people die each year from radon-related lung cancer. Only smoking causes more lung cancer deaths.


Breathing radon over time increases your risk of lung cancer. You can take steps to reduce and control the amount of radon in your home. Testing is the only way to determine radon levels.


EPA guidance suggests mitigating if levels are at or above 148 Becquerels / cubic meter or 4 picocuries / liter, typically abbreviated as 4 pCi / l.  Usually, radon problems are resolved using an underground ventilation system, or ASD (Active Soil Depressurization).


I am investing in equipment and the appropriate certifications / licenses required by the state of Minnesota to perform this testing service for my clients.  My hope is to have everything in place starting in 2022.


Radon Awareness - November.pdf

November 15, 2021


Consider a few steps you can take on your own to ensure a smooth inspection.  Based on feedback from an earlier entry on this same subject, I've included a one page summary checklist.


Preparing for a home inspection:  A do-it-yourself checklist for sellers

November 12, 2021


House plumbing can be a mystery to the average homeowner.  This is numero uno of a series of miscellaneous blogs over time to help with shedding some light on this area.  


Understanding the pipes in your home and their function starts with this one page primer on the different materials used and their pros and cons.  This covers copper, PVC, CPVC, and PEX.


What's the Difference Between Plumbing Pipes?

November 10, 2021


Other than the unique name, what makes West Egg Inspections and Home Services LLC different than other home inspectors, and more importantly, why should you hire us?


As I meet with prospective clients and members of the REALTOR® association I need to be able to quickly summarize what value I bring to the home buying process.  There are many options out there.  From larger inspection companies to one man shows like myself.  We each bring something a little different to the party.  I've summed it up in three bullet points:

  • Owner / CPI
  • Software / Report Writing
  • Social Media Presence

Details are included in my one page deliverable I leave with my client after our meeting.

What makes West Egg different? pdf

November 8, 2021


You can do several things to make a buyer's home inspection go smoothly and reduce negotiations after the home inspection.


All this may have you wondering how to pass a home inspection?  A home inspection doesn't have a pass or fail grade, it is a professional opinion of the home's condition provided by a home inspector according to the inspector's Standards of Practice.  Here's a great article.


Seller's Tips Prior to a Home Inspection

October 27, 2021


Fall is here and the weather is beautiful in Minnesota, but we all know what's coming next.  Yes, there's snow in the forecast.


If you haven't finished your fall maintenance list, get on it now.  To help you remember everything you're supposed to do as a Minnesota homeowner, I've compiled a comprehensive list of fall maintenance items.


Fall Maintenance Checklist for Minnesota Homeowners

October 26, 2021


I am already entertaining questions from friends and family as to why "West Egg".  It comes from the novel "The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald that I have enjoyed reading.  


First of all, the author is a native of St. Paul, MN so there is already a hometown connection.


Second, the difference between the two fictional towns of East Egg and West Egg.  East Egg is a place of residence for the people who inherited their wealth, while West Egg is a place where people who worked for their wealth lived.  East Egg was used to refer to the places where those with inherited or “Old” money live.  I feel I have worked hard in my career for the better part of my life.  I would have definitely lived in West Egg with Jay Gatsby.  I also enjoy hosting parties but nothing as lavish as in the novel.


Third, I live on a small lake with my beautiful bride in a suburb of St. Paul and have a dock similar to the picture on the left which I have incorporated into my logo.  While there is not a physical green light across the lake (nor Daisy Buchanan) it does symbolize my hopes and dreams of starting a new career in Home Inspection as I gaze at the other houses across the water.

October 25, 2021


This website is live!!! I am very excited to have a presence on the internet where my business services are made available and I can provide timely updates and information to prospective clients and members of the REALTOR® association.


Starting and running my own successful business has always been a dream of mine. "Kings to you Fernand."  (Quote from my favorite movie, "The Count of Monte Cristo")