Are you looking for a home inspector? Perhaps you have decided to sell your home and purchase another or maybe you are buying a home for the first time. Either way, you will need a professional home inspector to complete the sale or the purchase of your home. We know you will agree that having the right people for the job is essential and choosing the right home inspector is no exception. Please enjoy this brief video that will help explain what you should look for in a great home inspector.
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Selecting a home to live in is a huge decision and there are many options to choose from. Among those options are pre-manufactured homes. While you may have done some research on the matter, here are some helpful tips to help you before you make the final decision:
The nice thing about pre-manufactured housing is that there is a great variety to choose from to fit a variety of budgets. Obviously, you are aware that it is just the house you are purchasing, so you will need a piece of land to put it on. You may want to purchase a separate piece of land, but you could also lease land that is intended specifically for manufactured housing. Another option is buying the land and house together.
Make sure you are well acquainted with the manufacturers warranty. Sometimes you could void it out if the homeowner’s maintenance guidelines have not been adhered to. You will also want to find out if the warranty covers for the installation and transportation of the home.
Get to know all you can about the legal requirements for this type of housing. Find out about utility connections and zoning laws etc.
When your home finally arrives, its very important to have it inspected thoroughly to make sure there are no issues or defects with the home. Have a home inspection performed on it so that you can feel confident the home is in good working order. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you would like to schedule a home inspection for your pre-manufactured home.
We are well aware that tornadoes wreak havoc and destroy property. If your home ends up in the path of a tornado, what sort of damage might you find? Depending on the severity of a tornado, you might see some very obvious damage, but, even if you didn’t see a lot of damage, there are some areas in the home you would want to check.
Stress cracks are something you should check for. Look at where the walls meet the ceiling to see if you can see any signs of this. Use a level to check that walls and floors have not shifted.
One area of damage that often occurs from a tornado is uprooted trees. These can damage underground gas lines, creating a leak. Its important to check that this hasn’t happened before you turn on the gas in your home.
A house can sustain all kinds of damage from being shaken in a tornado. Plumbing fixtures and pipes could have twisted and cracked. To check these are not leaking, turn on all the faucets in the home and make sure water isn’t running out where it shouldn’t. Look under sinks, cabinets and even ceilings for signs of water leaking. Damage to the foundation is also a possibility. Take a look at the masonry for signs of cracking and check crawlspaces for any changes or damage.
It is likely there will be damage to the roof after a tornado. This is something you will need to fix immediately as the house will be more prone to water damage. This will show up later on in the form of mold and water stains on walls.
If you have a chimney, this is another area that must be checked for damage. Damage to a chimney can be very dangerous as it can hinder proper ventilation, putting the homes occupants at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
If you would like more information on inspecting your home, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Tornado's, as we know, are extremely destructive. When faced with this type of a threat, what can we do to protect ourselves if we are at home during a tornado? Here are a few suggestions:
What are some further ways to protect yourself if the weather forecast shows potential for a tornado?
Yes, tornados can be frightening and unpredictable, but knowing ahead of time what to do, will help to keep you safe.
A lot of homeowners opt to sell their own home. There are various reasons for this, maybe they prefer to save on real estate agent fees or perhaps enjoy the idea of having more control. For whatever reason, if you are selling your own home, how can you do it successfully?
It is possible to make a success of selling your own home if you are well prepared and know what you are in for. If you would like to schedule your Move In Certified home inspection, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Spring is often a time when we decide to do those home maintenance jobs we’ve been waiting all winter to do. Perhaps some of those jobs are obviously in need of doing, but what about the rest of the house? Do you know what kind of condition it’s in?
Although we get our home inspected to know its condition before we buy it, wouldn’t it benefit from more than a one-time check? After all, we have many things from our cars to our health checked at least once a year, so why not our house?
The following video will help you to see why having an annual home inspection performed is of great benefit. You may be wondering how much that would cost, but it’s actually a lot less that you think. Please feel free to contact us for more information regarding having an annual home inspection performed.
Are you looking to change the floors in your house? Perhaps you’d like a change from carpet. There are a lot of options for flooring these day, so there’s a lot to choose from. What about laminate flooring? Could this work for you and your household?
Laminate is installed by multiple panels or pieces fitting together to form the entire floor. Laminate is usually comprised of fiberboard with a melamine resin.
But, when making the decision about laminate flooring, why not look at the advantages as well as the disadvantages?
Here are a few of the advantages:
Some of the disadvantages:
So, in summary, laminate flooring can be an excellent choice because of its various style options and cheaper price but be sure to do your research on it before installing, and look at the floor underneath to make sure it’s in good order.
If you are a potential buyer of a new home, one area that you would want to check and inspect to make sure is in good working order is the kitchen. Of course, the kitchen of a potential new home should be inspected by a professional home inspector, but there are basic things you can check while taking a walk around a house you are looking to buy.
While walking in the kitchen, start with turning on the water from the faucet in the sink, checking the water pressure, and also plugging the drain in the sink to later drain it. These steps could help you understand the water flow of the house, and also help you to understand if there are any issues with the drainage of the of the house. While at the sink, feel free to open the cupboard doors under the sink and check if there is a garbage disposal. You can also check to see if there is any water damage. This water damage can come from a leaky pipe under the sink, or from leaky hoses or old seals in the dishwasher that is next to the sink.
Any signs of water damage could be a further indication of mold problems, or even rotting wood in the floors or inside the walls surrounding the dishwasher. Other areas you could look at in the kitchen are the counter tops or the refrigerator. By doing these simple inspection steps this could start to address some of your concerns in the kitchen of your potential new home.
With a new year just around the corner, perhaps you’re making plans to make some life changes. Maybe moving to a new house is something you are planning. Will you be selling your home? If the answer is yes, are you preparing a budget?
It might seem like there is so much to think about and is no doubt overwhelming. One thing that is very important to factor into your budget is a pre-listing home inspection. You may be thinking is that is really necessary? That’s why we have this brief video for you. It will help you understand why a pre-listing inspection done by an InterNACHI certified home inspector is so important.
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In last months blog, we discussed some of the many benefits when constructing a home, if the design can incorporate using as much natural energy as it can from the sun and wind. What are some other examples of how this can be done?
When it comes to the design of a home, windows play a very important role. They allow for heat to transfer a lot quicker that walls do, so depending on the climate and the home itself, it could be good to have quite a lot of windows. There should be a balance here though as too many are not good either. The type of window you choose must also be a consideration. It can be a good idea to use a energy saver window such as a 'low-e' type.
The orientation of the driveway is also a big factor to consider. Driveways are usually constructed of asphalt or gravel which can become extremely hot in the warmer months, this can affect the home. In the designing phase of the home, its good to think about the climate and, within reason, how energy can be maximized by the correct positioning of the driveway.
Of course, we are aware that there are many factors to consider when it comes to designing a home. Is it possible to design the home so as to be able to maximize the energy from prevailing winds? Can the home be oriented in such as way that is would benefit from refreshing breezes in the summer months but also protect it against cold winds in the winter?
This has been a brief and simple summary, but as we can see when it comes to a homes design, an important part of the design should be good orientation, in order to be able to maximize the useful energy of the surrounding natural elements.
Devereaux Van Dyne, Certified Professional Home Inspector