Home Winterization Tips For Homeowners

Winterization is the process of preparing a home for the harsh conditions of winter. It is usually performed in the fall before the snow and excessive cold have arrived. Winterization protects against damage due to bursting water pipes, and from heat loss due to openings in the building envelope.

Adequate winterization is especially crucial for homes that are left unoccupied during the winter. This sometimes happens when homeowners who own multiple properties leave one home vacant for months at a time while they occupy their summer homes.

Foreclosed homes are sometimes left unoccupied, as well. The heat may be shut off in vacant homes in order to save money. Such homes must be winterized in order to prevent catastrophic building damage.The following inspection and maintenance tips can be of some help to homeowners:

Plumbing System: Water damage caused by bursting pipes during cold weather can be devastating. A ruptured pipe will release water and not stop until someone shuts off th…

How To Protect Your Family From Lead In The Home

Many houses and apartments built before 1978 have paint that contains lead known as lead-based paint. Federal law requires that individuals receive certain information before renting or buying homes built pre-1978. If you are planning to buy or rent a home built before 1978 or think your home might have lead hazards, read this guide to learn how to identify possible lead hazards and simple steps to protect your family and your health from the dangers health effects of lead exposure.

The federal government banned lead-based paint from housing in 1978. In the past, lead was used to make common items found in or near most homes. These items were not just limited to paint but included gasoline, water pipes, and food cans. At one point in time, manufacturers added lead pigments in the paint to make it cling to the surface better and last longer. Some homes may have plumbing that uses lead pipes or lead solder. If this is the case, you should call your local health department or water supp…

What new home buyers and realtors should know about new construction home inspection

One of the most common mistakes that many first time home buyers make is to skip the new construction home inspection. Buying a newly built home provides exhilarating and adventurous new options that may not be available to you when purchasing an existing home. With this, also comes with additional challenges.

You may think that you will not need a new construction home inspection. But having an inspection is not just for finding defects, it also gives you an opportunity to learn about your property. As with any residential real estate transaction, it's important to know the current state and all defects that may exist before you signed the dotted line.

New Home Problems vs Older Homes: 

Home inspections for older homes consist of recommendations, life expectancies for various systems, and components, and minor imperfections.The most common issues that are flagged in conducting an inspection for older homes  will fall into four categories:

Major defects.  An example of this would b…

What New Home Buyers And Sellers Should Know About Environmental Inspections Services and Radon Testing

Whether you are buying or selling your home, there are an array of residential environmental tests that are available to consumers to spot issues that may arise in the buying and selling process. Environmental testing is highly recommended to uncover any issues that could impact your family's health.

So what environmental test should I have done? There are a variety of residential environmental testing services that are available. However, in this article, we are going to uncover the misconceptions and importance of testing your home’s radon levels.
Why Do You Need To Test For Radon? Radon is a  radioactive gas that has been found in homes all over the United States. It comes from the natural breakdown of uranium in soil, rock, and water, and gets into the air you breath. Radon typically moves up through the ground, into the air above, and enters your home through cracks and other holes in the foundation. Radon can also enter your home through well water. 
Any home can have a Rado…

The Value of having a home inspection for buyer & sellers working with a realtor

Many people who thought that buying the home they wanted was simply out of their reach are now enjoying a new lifestyle in their very own homes. Buying a home is the smartest financial decision you will ever make.Of course, there are peaks and valleys, but the long-term trend is a consistent increase.   Even if you have little money for a down payment or credit problems, chances are that you can still buy that new home. It just comes down to knowing the right strategies, and working with the right people.    Hire A Buyer’s Agent To Represent You

For obvious reasons, buying property is a complex and stressful transaction. In many cases, it is the biggest, single investment you will make in your lifetime.Over time, real estate transactions have become increasingly complicated.Due to new technology, laws, procedures, and competition from other buyers driving agents to perform at an ever-expanding level of competence, professionalism and industry expertise.

It’s important now than ever to ma…

What Should Be Your Expectation Of A Pre-Listing Home Inspection

So you have decided that your house should be put up for sale and being the smart person you are, you know that it is important to carry out a residential home inspection before listing it up for grabs.  

A pre-listing home inspection uncovers potential surprises that could derail your sale. If you are ready to sell your home and want to ensure that the sale process will go smoothly, you may want to consider having a pre-listing inspection from an experienced inter-NACHI certified inspector.

As a consumer, you should take a moment to evaluate the Standards of Practice followed by your inspector. It is recommended that your inspector is affiliated with a professional inspection organization, and if the reports follow no particular standards, find another inspector.  If your inspector is a member of InterNACHI, then you can trust that he is among the elite and the highest trained in the industry. Most of your inspection will be related to maintenance recommendations and minor imperfectio…