atlanta home inspector: I am Glad Outhouses are not the Current Trend - 03/04/14 02:16 AM

         Luckily most of us do not remember the era of the outhouse, which originated in Europe well over 500 years ago or so. Indoor plumbing changed life as we know it,  without a doubt. However, we probably have relatives who had the privilege of using the one or two seater in all manner of weather. I am so glad the outhouse will most likely  not become a bathroom trend ever again!
           While inspecting Atlanta homes I see all sorts of bathroom trends. Some are modern and sleek - 

And some are … (2 comments)

atlanta home inspector: Wordless Wednesday Atlanta Style - 02/19/14 01:09 AM
Wordless Wednesday Atlanta style
This was on my way home after a late inspection a few days ago. 

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atlanta home inspector: Is Your Refrigerator Running? Well go catch it... - 02/18/14 02:31 AM
     I was thinking of this silly old joke and it sparked a blog entry! Go figure. You just never know when inspiration will hit, do you?
      We pass by our refrigerator numerous times daily as we enter and exit rooms throughout the home and also as we enter and leave our home. We open our refrigerator many times a day, also. However, we don't often stop to consider whether or not we are running our refirgerator at a maximum efficiency level.  
      Did you know that at 31.6 cu. ft. french door refrigerator … (3 comments)

atlanta home inspector: A Change Can do you Good - 02/05/14 11:43 PM
     I am not someone who loves change. There is a method to the madness of home inspections that involves routine and repetition. That being said, I recently agreed to switch reporting platforms due to the technology capabilities of this new program. It's true the bells and whistles are there, and there is something to be said for the efficiency for me and my office as well as the readibility ease for clients. BUT still, I do not like change. 
    I read in a recent article that it's easy to get caught up in the latest technological gadgetry … (2 comments)

atlanta home inspector: Yes! We are even frozen in Atlanta - 01/27/14 02:09 AM

   I realize this may not seem all that impressive, especially since many of you have been buried in snow and experiencing a lot of ice.  However, here in the Atlanta area, this is a rarity.
  We normally do not have to worry about water pipes busting due to frigid temperatures or frozen water lines. Although this home did not have any of those issues, the outside water feature did succumb to the bitter cold. 
Our local weather stations are predicting even more freezing temps this week. Even though today we are reaching the low 50's, by tomorrow … (7 comments)

atlanta home inspector: Yonder Mountain String Band at Atlanta's Tabernacle this weekend - 01/24/14 01:38 AM
      The Yonder Mountain String Band looks like a traditional bluegrass band, but once it strikes up the first chord, it becomes clear that they are more than meets the eye.  According to their official website at they make their own rules by infusing rock, bluegrass and just about any other genre of music out there to create their innovative sound. 

    Check them out this Saturday, January 25th at The Tabernacle located at 152 Luckie Street in Atlanta, Georgia. For other concert information visit a wide range of talent from Ms. Lauryn Hill to Pixies will be there soon. 

atlanta home inspector: Rats! All He Needed was a Warm Bed - 01/22/14 11:33 PM

  With this polar vortex swirling around most of us, it stands to reason that furry creatures will also seek shelter from the storm.  In this crawlspace, I found a rat nestled into the insulation. For further warmth he rested himself upon the heating vent to fight off the winter chill. Just wanted to share this find with you today and remind all of you to stay safe, as well as warm, in the low temps and subzero windchills!
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atlanta home inspector: Buyer's Must Haves = Chandeliers and Model Railroad Rooms? - 01/16/14 12:28 AM
   Are you planning a renovation? One no-no that Learnvest suggests is forbidden is ornamental lighting (Bianchi.2014). “Some people go all out when decorating a dining room, but the next owner may want to turn the dining room into a bedroom, so it’s often a waste," Rockower of Learnvest states.  Even though you may think this chandelier is the best thing since sliced bread, the next guy may think it is hideous. 
So what are you supposed to do?
Try to suit your needs for less, especially if you plan on moving one day.  Unless, I suppose, you decide … (2 comments)

atlanta home inspector: Cook with a Personal Chef in downtown Woodstock this Weekend - 01/14/14 02:25 AM

Have you ever wanted to take a cooking class? Maybe you have taken cooking classes before and want to learn something new? 
Then you don't want to miss the opportunity to cook with personal chef, Alan Peterson at Leaning Ladder Premium Olive Oils and Vinegars in Woodstock, GA THIS SATURDAY, January 18th at 7 pm. 
The class is all about using healthy ingredients, such as lemon olive oil, zuchhini squash and salmon. 
Don't miss this opportunity! For $45 you can learn from Chef Alan Peterson, who attended the United States Personal Chef Business Academy. For more info on … (0 comments)

atlanta home inspector: A Fine Slurry of Waste - 01/13/14 02:33 AM
 Macerate: to soften or break into pieces.
A macerating toilet, also called an upflush toilet system, houses a pump in the tank that chops materials before they are pushed on out the system. A macerating pump creates a fine slurry of waste and paper, sending it directly to the septic or sewer system.  
The macerating pump is a good choice when traditional plumbing just will not work. For instance, a bathroom addition in an under the stairs closet or on concrete flooring such is found in a basement make it difficult to install traditional toilets and require … (2 comments)

atlanta home inspector: What's all the hub- bub about Radon? - 01/03/14 01:04 AM
Radon is a cancer-causing radioactive gas. It is second only to cigarette smoking as a leading cause of lung cancer. 
Smokers are placed at a higher risk for developing lung cancer when living in a home with elevated radon levels.  Radon most prominently enters the body through inhalation and ingestion. Twenty –one thousand lung cancer deaths occur yearly due to Radon. An estimated 2,900 of these deaths occur among people who have never smoked.   On January 13, 2005, Dr. Richard H. Carmona, the U.S. Surgeon General, issued a national health advisory on radon.     

Radon was discovered at the … (3 comments)

atlanta home inspector: Don't forget our men and women in uniform this holiday season. The smallest touch of home can mean so much! - 12/16/13 01:27 AM
      I was recently thinking about our military men and women who cannot be home for the holidays. It can be a difficult time for troops. However, there are little "touches" and "traditions" that many soliders incorporate into their lives while away. I found this quote from the Civil War from the website:
       “In order to make it look much like Christmas as possible, a small tree was stuck up in front of our tent, decked off with hard tack and pork, in lieu of cakes and oranges, etc.”  John Haley, of the 17th Maine, wrote in his diary … (0 comments)

atlanta home inspector: Don't Let Santa Crash Land at Your House - 12/13/13 01:11 AM
Chances are, if you have been nice all year, Santa will be paying you a visit the night before Christmas. When he arrives in his reindeer-drawn sleigh, will he be able to safely land on your roof or will he crash and burn?

    To keep Santa and his reindeer injury free you may need to consider having a maintenance roof inspection performed. A roof inspection will cost you, but it is a lot cheaper than what it will cost you if undetected issues wreak havoc. 
Worried about weak spots, broken shingles or leaks? Have the roof … (3 comments)

atlanta home inspector: Burning Down the House - 12/12/13 01:40 AM
“ An estimated 2,900 clothes dryer fires in residential buildings are reported to U.S. fire departments each year and cause an estimated 5 deaths, 100 injuries, and $35 million in property loss.”  - U.S. Fire Administration’s (USFA’s) National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS).
Don't be a part of this statistic. Clean your dryer vents!

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atlanta home inspector: Sugar Plum Fairies at the Fox Theater, Atlanta for Nutcracker Ballet - 12/11/13 02:06 AM
The Nutcracker ballet is a holiday tradition. The great thing about the Atlanta area is that there is more than one location to catch the production.  The Atlanta Home Inspector and his family may have to catch one of these performances:
      The Atlanta Festival Ballet, which is partnered with both Henry and Clayton county schools, will be performing The Nutcracker at the Henry County Performing Arts Center located at 37 Lemon Street in McDonough.
The performances are on Saturday, December 14th at 7 p.m. and Sunday December 15th at 2 p.m.
     Also performing The Nutcracker, Atlanta … (3 comments)

atlanta home inspector: Are you wearing your running shoes today? - 12/03/13 10:55 PM
  So I ran across this joke and thought I'd share it:

Two campers are walking through the forest when they suddenly encounter a grizzly bear!
The bear rears up on his hind legs and lets out a terrifying roar. They're both frozen in their tracks.
The first camper whispers, "I'm sure glad I wore my running shoes today.""It doesn't matter what kind of shoes you're wearing, you're not gonna outrun that bear," replies the second.
"I don't have to outrun the bear, I just have to outrun YOU," he answers.
 While this was intended for a laugh … (1 comments)

atlanta home inspector: How to Keep a Stainless Steel Product Shining - 12/03/13 02:24 AM
    With their sleek, modern look, over the past 10 years, stainless steel appliances have move from “hot trend” to commonplace.
However, as any Canton homeowner with stainless steel appliances will tell you, to keep a stainless steel surface free from marks, drips and fingerprints can be a futile exercise. Streaks and smudges will happen — they can’t be avoided.
There are tricks, however, for keeping your stainless “shining”. You’ll need a microfiber cloth and a small bowl, plus some dish detergent, and some WD-40 or furniture polish.
First, start with a single teaspoon of dish detergent in a quart … (1 comments)

atlanta home inspector: Why We Offer RecallChek to Clients - 12/02/13 02:09 AM
   Your family’s safety is one of the Atlanta Home Inspector’s top priorities. One way we provide peace of mind is through the service of RecallChek.  This service checks model and serial number information against a database of recalled appliances and alerts clients as well as agent of any new recalls that occur. The service is FREE. It is also provided for a lifetime. Even when you purchase  a new appliance, you can still receive the monthly reports. By providing the new appliance model and serial RecallChek will begin checking it for any recalls, as well.               
Here are … (3 comments)

atlanta home inspector: Celebrate Cultural Diversity at Fernbank Museum of Natural History - 11/26/13 12:10 AM

Take the family to Fernbank Museum of Natural History for the cultural exhibition Winter Wonderland, which features, “Christmas, Hanukkah and the Festival of Lights, as well as traditions and practices like origami, indigenous art and national symbols.”

Local partners have gathered to offer this cultural experience from November 22, 2013 through January 5, 2014.  Special performances and crafts are also available to celebrate the diversity of our world.
While there, check out the Holly Jolly Film Fest, featuring a different holiday favorite each weekend.
Each day there will special adventures such as seek and find self-guided tours that help … (1 comments)

atlanta home inspector: Snakeskins and squirrel droppings, not what most buyers ask for in a property - 11/22/13 02:37 AM

Yes, that squirrel is cute as a button scampering across the roof. Don’t forget those bugs minding their own business under the windowsill or the snake that keeps other critters at bay.  While it is evident that every living being has a purpose, sometimes the destruction to property is not worth the co-existence. 
       For instance, that squirrel that is so charming outside, can wreak major havoc in the attic. Digging holes in insulation to give birth to little babies, leaving behind droppings that can carry disease, and gnawing away electrical cords are just a few things that … (0 comments)

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