indiana: Protect Your Property From Water Damage - 02/16/12 03:16 AM
Water may be essential to life, but, as a destructive force, water can diminish the value of your home or building. Homes as well as commercial buildings can suffer water damage that results in increased maintenance costs, a decrease in the value of the property, lowered productivity, and potential liability associated with a decline in indoor air quality. The best way to protect against this potential loss is to ensure that the building components which enclose the structure, known as the building envelope, are water-resistant. Also, you will want to ensure that manufacturing processes, if present, do not allow excess water … (0 comments)

indiana: January is National Radon Action Month - 01/02/12 10:56 PM
The Environmental Protection Agency has designated January as National Radon Action Month.
According to recent reports from the EPA and World Health Organization, radon gas is responsible for approximately 20,000 deaths in the U.S. and 100,000 deaths worldwide each year. This equates to about 15% of all lung cancer deaths. Statistically, radon is the leading cause of lung cancer for non-smokers and the second leading cause for smokers.
According to The Environmental Protection Agency, over 8 million U.S. homes have dangerous levels of radon gas. The Surgeon General is urging the media, state health departments, and the press to participate in … (0 comments)

indiana: Condition of Indianapolis homes inspected in 2011 much worse than previous years - 12/29/11 11:31 PM
According to our own statistical data, only 35% of Indianapolis homes inspected in 2011 were considered to be in “good” condition. This is down sharply from 2010 where we saw 43% and in 2009 46% respectively.
The over abundance of distressed homes on the market has certainly contributed a great deal to these numbers. So just what do these numbers mean? Well, from a home inspectors standpoint, it would appear to indicate a significant downward spiral in home maintenance. It also underscores the importance of obtaining a professional home inspection during the home buying process.
Falling home prices and equity are … (0 comments)

indiana: Gutter Maintenance - 12/29/11 11:22 PM
Rain gutters are an essential part of your home. They channel rainwater away from the house – preventing soil erosion and damage to your landscape and foundation.
But homeowners often replace worn, damaged gutters with new ones, only to neglect the routine maintenance they require, and end up with more damaged gutters.
What are the benefits of clean gutters?
A lack of maintenance will lead to damage, which would require gutter repair or replacement. Properly maintained, gutters should last 20 years, if not more. Clogged gutters can cause problems with water damage, by allowing water through the foundation level, window wells, … (0 comments)

indiana: Ice Dams – Causes and Prevention - 12/06/11 12:21 AM
Here we are at the beginning of another cold Indianapolis winter and like every winter here in Indiana many property owners will experience issues with ice dams that will eventually cause shingle damage, roof leaks and the possibility of mold.
Although it may seem as though ice dams are an unstoppable force of nature, they can be prevented. Attics with cathedral or vaulted ceiling areas that have been correctly incorporated into the overall building envelope usually don’t have problems with ice dams and icicles in the cold seasons. Through the use of proper insulation and ventilation techniques, ice dams can be … (0 comments)

indiana: How to extend the life of your HVAC system - 11/28/11 11:34 PM
Just as regular tune ups extend the life of your car, performing routine maintenance on your home’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system extend the life of your HVAC equipment. While there are some tasks homeowners can handle on their own, many HVAC projects require a professional contractor.
Here is a quick overview of basic service tasks for do it yourselfers and service tasks that require a pro:
Furnace maintenance: DIYFilters prevent dust, dirt and mold from building up in your HVAC system. Dirty filters slow airflow, forcing your system to work harder. The extra exertion can increase energy costs … (0 comments)

indiana: Buyer Beware: Foreclosed Homes and Black Mold - 11/25/11 05:23 AM
It’s difficult to pick up the paper or watch the news without seeing a report on foreclosed homes flooding the market. This backlog of homes created in the past several years has motivated many lenders to move them at a fraction of their appraised value. If you want to purchase a foreclosed home, the thought has probably crossed your mind that you may be able to get a pretty good deal. It’s true, you may, but then again, you may not.
As you are shopping for that foreclosed bargain, be aware of one very important, growing problem that could add thousands … (0 comments)

indiana: Test your home for an invisible threat during Radon Action Week - 10/18/11 07:45 AM
Health agencies throughout the United States have joined forces to promote awareness of the leading cause of lung cancer for non-smokers: radon gas.
Oct. 17-24 is Federal Radon Action Week. Radon is a naturally occurring, invisible and odorless radioactive gas. One in 15 American homes contain high levels of radon, exposing millions of Americans to this dangerous gas. In fact, a recent study by Harvard University ranks radon as America’s No. 1 in-home hazard. By taking simple steps to test your home for radon and fix any problems, this health hazard can be avoided.
Radon gas is not isolated to certain … (0 comments)

indiana: Buying Foreclosures Deal or no Deal? - 10/16/11 11:30 PM

Buyers and would-be investors often look to foreclosure sales to find real estate bargains. But newcomers to this market could find some unpleasant surprises if they go in blind. To get the best deal when buying foreclosures, all homes should be thoroughly inspected by a professional home inspector before sealing the deal.
Why inspect if you can’t negotiate?
Foreclosure homes are usually sold “as-is”. This means that buyers cannot negotiate for the cost of needed repairs, as they may do in a traditional home purchase. Buyers must absorb the repair costs themselves and consider this in their purchase offer at auction. So … (0 comments)

indiana: Mold Problems in Foreclosed Homes – The Never Ending Story - 10/04/11 10:30 PM

As the Great Recession grinds on, the number of REO (Real Estate Owned) properties continues to rise. Because of this, the link between foreclosures and mold keeps growing. The real estate collapse in the US has led to a growing number of abandoned REO homes with big mold problems. The numbers are in the thousands.
In performing home inspections on these properties, we see that approximately 60% of all foreclosed homes in Indianapolis have some form of mold infestation.
The infestation of mold in bank-owned, vacant houses exists throughout the country, not just here in Indiana. Water leaks and flood problems go untreated … (0 comments)

indiana: Three reasons you should have a property inspection before listing a home - 10/04/11 12:47 AM
Many real estate agents and home sellers focus on staging, cleaning, and painting a property so it will ‘shine’ for potential buyers. They spend a good deal of time looking at comps and pricing it attractively; all that’s essential, of course. But they often don’t bother to do something else that’s really important: get a pre-listing home inspection.
Property inspections, once upon a time, were just part of a checklist. Buyers, eager to get into the market, would sometimes turn a blind eye to the issues that came up during an inspection. Or if a buyer balked at issues uncovered by … (0 comments)

indiana: Home Maintenance Inspections Indianapolis Zionsville Carmel Fishers Noblesville Indiana - 09/20/11 12:18 AM
MC2 Home Inspections recommends that you receive a Home Maintenance Inspection every two to three years. For about the cost of a basic automotive tune-up, a Home Maintenance Inspection can help identify problems and damage in your home before they become an expensive or irreversible threat to your fiscal and physical well-being. Most people perform regular maintenance on their car, yet most people neglect the single most expensive investment they have, their home.Much like a buyer-seller inspection, a home maintenance inspection is a visual examination of your home’s systems, mechanicals and structure. Everything from the foundation to the roof is inspected … (0 comments)

indiana: The value of a home inspection for current homeowners - 09/11/11 10:59 PM

indiana: Home Maintenance Inspections, a maintenance tool for any homeowner - 09/10/11 12:47 AM
A home inspection is an important part in the home buying process, but it's not for buyers alone. Homeowners who want an assessment of their home's condition can hire a home inspector to pinpoint potential problems with a home maintenance inspection. Hire a reputable inspector that will take a look at your plumbing, heating, electrical, structural and roofing. This way you can access what maintenance projects require immediate attention so you don't get caught with an expensive repair. … (0 comments)

indiana: Radon gas worries – am I safe? - 04/20/11 04:23 AM
As Americans watch the nuclear reactor drama unfold in Japan, many have radiation concerns closer to home. One of them is radon.
What is it? How dangerous is it? And how can you keep your family safe?
Radon is an invisible radioactive gas that has no taste or smell. But over time, it can be very dangerous. Each year, it's estimated that more than 21,000 people die from lung cancer caused by radon exposure, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. That's almost twice as many deaths as drunk driving. It's the second most likely cause of lung cancer death, behind cigarette … (0 comments)

indiana: Termite Season Is Here: Is Your Property At Risk? - 04/20/11 04:20 AM
The National Pest Management Association urges homeowners to inspect properties
FAIRFAX, Va.-(BUSINESS WIRE)-As spring warms its way across the country, flowers are not the only signs of spring sprouting out of the ground. It's also the time of year when termites come in search of a new habitat - such as winter weathered homes. As a result of excessive precipitation experienced across the country this past winter, many homes may have sustained damage to walls, ceilings and insulation, creating moisture that attracts termites.
"Termites have an insatiable appetite for cellulose found in wood, eating 24-hours a day, seven days a week. … (0 comments)

indiana: Fire Safety For Your Home - 02/18/11 12:04 AM
The U.S. Fire Administration reports that more than 403,000 home fires occurred in the U.S. in 2008, causing 2,780 deaths and more than 13,500 injuries.  Some fires are caused by issues related to the structure, such as lightning strikes, faulty wiring, furnace malfunctions, and other electrical and heating system-related mishaps.
But most home fires are preventable.  According to an April 2010 report by the National Fire Protection Association, adults over the age of 75 are almost three times more likely to die in a home fire than the rest of the general public.  The NFPA's fire prevention program promotes the following … (0 comments)

indiana: Mold issues continue to spread - 01/09/08 10:25 PM
I came across an interesting article concerning Mold lately, and I thought I would share it with everyone. Mold is becoming more and more prevelant in todays real estate transactions. As jury's continue to award damages to plaintifs across the country, it is only a matter of time until Mold really hits the forefront. I think it is in all of our best interests to become familiar with Mold, it's causes and effects as well as the inspection and remediation of it.
Homes have been razed and schools emptied in recent years, as Indiana residents and families nationwide increasingly attribute ill … (5 comments)