home inspection: Blowing Hot Air - 01/26/09 08:28 AM
Is your house releasing all of it's "Hot air"?
 

 
One of the most common conditions found in a home inspection is a bathroom vent not venting to the outside. When it's first discovered repair time and costs can generally be considered very minor, nothing more than some time and duct tape. If not addressed quickly the future damages can be quite expensive to repair sometimes even requiring a new roof.
 
Dont let the small things turn into big ones.
 
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home inspection: Detecting and addressing Radon - 01/09/09 04:54 AM
Detecting and Addressing Radon Contamination in the Home Many homeowners are increasingly concerned about the possible presence of radon in their homes – and with good reason. You can’t see, smell, or taste radon, but it is the leading cause of lung cancer deaths among nonsmokers in North America, and it could be present at a dangerous level in your home. The good news is that if radon is detected, steps can be taken to remedy the problem. January has been designated National Radon Action Month; learn the facts and take action.
WHAT IS THE SOURCE OF RADON?
Radon is naturally … (0 comments)

home inspection: Fall Tips - 10/27/08 09:30 AM

HELPFUL HINTS:
These easy, affordable touches will cozy up your home for the cooler days and longer nights ahead.
Whisk away whisper light sheers, and rehang your heavier drapes and curtains for a snug, warm feeling.
Sprinkle in low- or no-cost accents, like a wooden bowl filled with juicy pears, ripe apples or other seasonal produce, or a clear glass bowl holding a single leaf.
Light candles infused with spicy-sweet ginger, pumpkin, cinnamon-apple and brown sugar.
They’ll “hug” your home with the feel-good scents of the season! Add seasonal blooms, such as sunflowers, asters and mums to your tables, shelves … (0 comments)

home inspection: Eco-Friendly Remodeling - 10/13/08 04:59 AM
Whether you are making an addition to your home or remodeling your bathroom cabinets, eco-friendly choices can help you conserve resources and reduce your impact on the environment. As the demand for green building materials grows, major manufactures are expanding their affordable sustainable options, so the green choice may also be the less expensive one. Here are some green guidelines to consider during your next remodeling project.
* Consider renewable sources for cabinetry. Choose wood products certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), which will be harvested from sustainably managed forests. Spruce, eucalyptus or reclaimed wood are durable, sustainable options from … (2 comments)

home inspection: Major Foundation types and moisture intrusion. - 09/22/08 03:26 AM
Stone Foundations
Stone foundations were standard fare before World War I. Stone foundations will only stay dry if the soil surrounding the foundation is dry-- hence it is unreasonable to expect them to be 100% dry. This being said, stone foundations are very vulnerable to leakage problems. If the construction was shoddy, there may remain gaps between the stones where the mortar was filled, which become an entry point for leaking water. If it is a mortared stone wall, then a leakage crack can be identified as a single thin crack localized around a particular region of the wall, especially where … (0 comments)

home inspection: Damp basement education part 1 - 09/15/08 04:41 AM
Knowing what to expect from a basement is half the battle. So what is the difference between a wet basement and a typical basement? The answer lies in understanding that no basement is 100% dry. Historically the basement was not expected to be a living or dry storage area. Today however, many people expect much more from the basement space – anywhere from basement apartments to recreation rooms to home offices. Most basements, by the sheer nature of the fact that they are built into the ground, present the distinct possibility that water can intrude. (i.e. the walls of the basement … (0 comments)

home inspection: One Year Warranty Inspections - 09/08/08 05:26 AM
Sizing up Your Structure: You’ve been in your new home now for all four of the seasons; you may have learned about a leak in the basement during the winter or a sticky window during the spring, but what other issues might you have missed? New homes are often plagued with structural defects and flaws in construction – both minor and major – that slowly come to light during the first year of occupancy. A professional inspection of your new home while it is still under warranty can help you find and address many of these issues at a minimal cost … (0 comments)

home inspection: Give Junk a Heave-Ho! - 08/25/08 03:20 AM
Is your garage so cluttered that only a toy car will fit inside? If you are wondering where all that stuff is going to go, maybe it’s time to spend part of the weekend creating some order in all that chaos. Get your parking space back with these easy tips!
1.Give junk a heave-ho! “Before anything else, toss stuff that’s beyond repair or hopelessly outdated,” says the president of the National Association of Professional Organizers. Be sure to have a ‘donate’ pile and a ‘throw out’ pile. Throw away broken toys, almost empty cans of paint, and rusty garden tools. Donate … (1 comments)

home inspection: Easy ways to Green your home - 08/12/08 04:27 AM
Summer is a great time work on projects around the home that reduce your environmental impact. Even if you are not making big changes such as replacing old leaky windows or installing ceiling fans, there are still small things that can be done around the house to minimize energy consumption and reduce your carbon footprint. Read on to learn more about how to make simple, sustainable adjustments to your home.
* Plug household appliances such as computers, printers, televisions and microwaves into a power strip that can be turned off at night. Even when these items are not in use their … (1 comments)

home inspection: Living With My Home - 06/30/08 03:28 AM
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* Know Your Home 101 Learn here about the basics of your home’s exterior components, interior items such as lighting and flooring, safety information, … (0 comments)

home inspection: Healthy and Safe Spring Cleaning - 05/07/08 03:00 AM
HEALTHY AND SAFE SPRING CLEANING
Now is the perfect time to tackle spring cleaning projects around the house. Here are some reminders to help make this year’s spring cleaning safe, healthy, and easy:
    >Choose non- or low-toxic cleaning products whenever possible.
    >Alternatively, household staples such as vinegar, lemon juice and baking soda can make effective, inexpensive     cleaning solutions.
    >Exercise caution when using ladders or stepstools, making sure they are stable and in good repair. Be sure to         wear non-slip footwear around wet floors.
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home inspection: Staging Tips - 05/06/08 05:06 AM
STAGING YOUR HOME FOR SALE Selling your home? Beyond the basics of completing needed repairs and addressing any issues revealed in your pre-listing home inspection, it’s also important to consider the effect your home’s appearance will have on prospective buyers. “Staging” a home should be thought of as creating an appealing but neutral space that will allow buyers to see the potential of your home. Naturally, it’s difficult to look at your own home objectively; it’s yours, after all. So consider enlisting a friend to help you evaluate your space, or you may wish to hire a professional home stager to … (1 comments)

home inspection: Weeding without Gloves...... - 04/28/08 02:34 PM
What a strange way to start a blog.....Weeding without Gloves. 
This is my very brief analogy of how important a home inspection is to the purchase and sale of a home.  While the purchase inspection has now become accepted as common practice, why hasn't the Pre-Listing inspection become even more? Are we afraid of what will be found?  Is the inspection cost to high?  Is the seller afraid that more money will need to be pumped into the home just to sell? Or is it a combination of all of the above plus more?
It brings me back to weeding without gloves... … (3 comments)

home inspection: Contolling Allergens in the home - 04/24/08 03:34 AM
CONTROLLING ALLERGENS IN THE HOME For many people, household allergens can cause a variety of symptoms, including sneezing, watery eyes, coughing, and shortness of breath, and may be a contributing cause of asthma, especially in children. However, it is possible to minimize the effects of such allergens by taking steps to control their presence and dispersal in the home.
The most common household allergens include dust mites, mold, mildew, pollen, and pet dander (dried flakes of skin shed by pets, particularly cats and dogs). Effective control relies on a combination of measures that, when used properly, will reduce the levels of … (0 comments)

home inspection: Don't Throw Money out the window!! - 04/23/08 03:24 AM
DON’T THROW MONEY OUT THE WINDOW With heating and cooling costs continuing to rise, it makes sense to look at one of the leading causes of energy inefficiency in the home: windows. Installing energy-efficient windows can mean increased comfort as well as savings on utility bills in any climate.
The transmission of air and light is generally the most important function of windows. However, this can mean heat loss in the winter, overheating in the summer, and higher energy bills. A typical home may lose up to 30% of its heat or cooling through windows. Properly installed, energy-efficient windows can go … (1 comments)

home inspection: Sick House Syndrome - 04/21/08 03:23 AM
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home inspection: Choosing A Handyman - 04/18/08 02:23 AM
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home inspection: Carbon Monoxide: Avoidance and Prevention - 04/17/08 04:07 AM
  CARBON MONOXIDE: AVOIDANCE AND PREVENTION Carbon monoxide (CO) is an odorless, colorless gas produced by the combustion of fuels such as natural gas, oil, and propane in devices such as furnaces, water heaters, and stoves. These items are normally designed to vent the CO to the outside, but harmful interior levels of CO can result from incomplete combustion of fuel, improper installation, or blockages, leaks or cracks in the venting systems.
Homeowners can take action against potential carbon monoxide poisoning by taking the following steps:
Have all fuel-burning appliances professionally inspected yearly, preferably before the start of the cold-weather season … (1 comments)

home inspection: Value Add Home Repairs - 04/15/08 02:57 AM
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home inspection: 7 easy steps to Spring Clean - 04/08/08 05:40 AM
SPRING CLEAN YOUR HOME IN 7 EASY STEPS Everyone knows spring cleaning sounds like a great idea. You say you’ll do it, then a few more weeks go by, then another month, and before we know it spring cleaning takes a back seat to everything else. By breaking spring cleaning down into manageable tasks that can be accomplished over a couple of weekends, you can get the whole job done without feeling like you’ve missed out on all the fun. It doesn’t have to feel like drudgery either – put on some music or listen to an audio book while you … (2 comments)

 
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