When you find a home on the market that seems to be perfect for you, its easy to become anxious about closing the deal. This anxiety could be made even worse if there is a great demand for the property and multiple offers are being considered. You might even start thinking of ways you can make your offer more appealing to the seller by offering to do things like skip the home inspection. In a situation like this, is it ok to skip the home inspection?
To answer that question, please consider the following video. It will explain why, even with a highly sought-after property, it’s never a good idea to skip the home inspection. Whether there are multiple offers or not, this is still a huge investment and you want it to be a good one, skipping the home inspection could end up costing you way more in the long run. If you would like more advice on your home inspection, please feel free to contact us and we would be happy to help you.
Most homes have an attic, and there are a couple of different ways in which they are accessed. The most common, is just having a stair that leads up there, but in some homes, space was saved by installing a pull down ladder for attic access.
While most of us don’t spend a lot of time in the attic, we will usually have a load of some sort when we go up there. This is why it is important that your pull down ladder is installed properly. If the ladder is to long, you will create unnecessary pressure on it when climbing the ladder. If the ladder isn’t mounted well in the opening, you run the risk of having it disconnect and come falling down. The hinges on the ladder should also be sturdy, since they have to take quite a bit of weight.
When moving things into or out of the attic, it might be better to have someone hand you the items to minimize the risks involved.
So you think you have a leaky roof – and your ceiling says it all. Stains are starting to appear, so you decide to take a look on your roof to see if it really is leaking… But what are you going to be looking for? Well, that is what is going to be discussed in this article.
The first thing you’d want to look for are potential shingles that are either coming off your roof from wind damage, rain damage, or just general storm damage. This shingles might be easy to pull off, look damaged, or are just not attached to your roof securely. Look for any holes in your roof, and by holes we mean spots where shingles may not cover. They don’t even have to be giant holes, they can start as little tiny holes, then over time, rot your rafters, which would then develop into bigger holes in your roof.
You also want to check your gutter system. Pine needles, grass, branches, and water, when frozen, can expand your system and then cause damage too, not only your gutters, but also to your roof. You can clear all of this debris either by hand, or by using a water hose and spraying everything out. Regular maintenance on your roof and gutter system will help prevent long term problems for you and your roof.
Here in Orlando, we have no shortage of sun – so solar panels are something that are very desirable here. So desirable in fact, that people are willing to steal them!
Below are some examples of “solar theft”. Be sure to secure your solar panels!
The New York Times writes that in one solar panel theft case, a thief tried to sell off stolen solar panels on eBay. The panels were worth almost $1500 per one but he put it up for $100 each. Police detectives placed and won the bids for the solar panels, and afterwards arrested the man when he attempted to close the deal.
As reported by the Mercury News, police found solar panels worth over $70,000 that had been stolen from a private school in El Cerrito, California. The police got the location of most of the solar panels after they capture the 42-year-old thief who had made away with 56 solar panels previously attached to the roof of the school. It cost about $100,000 to replace and repair the damage he caused.
The Napa Valley area in California is one of the areas with the most occurrence of solar panels theft despite its many vineyards that can conceal ground-based solar panels. The National Public Radio reports that in 2016 alone, thieves had stolen solar panels worth over $400,000. They also cited the case of Honig Winery which was a victim to solar theft twice. The owner then decided to install an alarm system to protect his panels. They thief was arrested the next time he tried to steal from the establishment.
It may seem like an unnecessary expense to have your new home inspected, but there is a very good reason why this is such a good idea. Here’s the reason:
If you are living in a newly constructed home, you will likely be aware that most new homes come with a one-year warranty, covering you for any issues that might occur with the home during that time. But, what if there are some problems you are not currently aware of? Wouldn’t it be frustrating and, no doubt, costly to only discover the problems after the warranty has expired?
This brief video demonstrates the advantages to having an 11-month home inspection performed on your newly constructed home. It also highlights what you can do, should a problem be found. Being well informed is always the best option. Please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information regarding 11th-month inspections or any type of home inspection query.
Are you planning to move to a new house this year? Perhaps you are already in the process of moving. No doubt we are all aware of what a stressful time it can be. It is at these stressful times that we are not, perhaps, as vigilant with regards to the environment as we could be. What are some things we can do ahead to prepare ourselves for a move, and at the same time being environmentally responsible?
A good thing to do is start sorting out your belongings way in advance. Have a sort out of things you no longer use. Its best to do this when you are not under pressure, so the week you are moving is a bad time for this. Remember, the less you actually have to move, the less stressful it will be.
RECYCLE! Once you have a pile of things you don’t want, separate them into piles to recycle, donate or even for a yard sale.
There are many items we have in our homes that, if thrown away in the garbage, would be terrible for the environment. Things like chemicals, paint cans, batteries, light bulbs and electronic equipment are all examples of what not to simply throw away. Take some time to get rid of these ahead of moving day in the appropriate manner. If you are unsure what to do with them, call your local environmental agency who will advise you.
We are very aware of what a very stressful experience moving house can be, but simplifying your life ahead of time will help relieve some of the stress, and make you feel more organized.
Some homes will have adjustable steel columns supporting them in the basement. Sometimes. they will be used temporarily, for example in a remodel, but other times they are just used as a permanent fixture due to lack of proper support. While there are many different types of design for these devices, they usually have a hollow core. They can be extended to be just the right size for the spot where they need to be installed. These are not devices that you can install on your own, instead, you need a structural engineer to make the determination on how to install them to make sure that they will not pose a danger.
Steel columns that are rusting will need to be replaced, since the rust can affect the structural integrity of the column. They are covered by a paint that protects them from rust, but when scratched this will not work. The columns also need to be level, and not lean more than 1 inch over the full extended length.
When was the last time you were in your attic? For most of my home inspection clients, the answer is "never" or "only when I have to". But your attic is a vital space in your home. How so?
The attic of a home has been called the "lungs" of a house. It's where your house "breathes". It's a good illustration too. Warm air goes in one direction - up. As air flows and moves through a house, the attic area can make or break it. Now, it isn't that the air from your house is connected to the air in your attic, but they do work together as a whole. So if your attic has trouble "breathing", you will likely develop issues.
One of these issues is mold in the attic. Sometimes you develop mold o your ceilings as well. Y/The mold in the attic is usually caused by static air in the attic from poor/blocked/missing ventilation. The mold on ceilings is a different story though. That is usually caused by temperature differences between the living space and the attic - the same thing that happens to a cold water bottle on a hot summer day.
So is your attic ventilation working? Contact us and find out!
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We provide detailed and comprehensive commercial building assessments throughout the greater Orlando area.
We provide a broad range of commercial building inspections and assessments. Among the many different property types that we inspect are:
One way of reducing the amount of garbage sent out to landfills and waste management facilities is with the kitchen’s garbage disposal unit. This small unit fitted to the kitchen sink is designed to grind up food scraps into tiny fragments that can then drain easily through pipes and into the sewer or homes septic tank. But, can any kind of garbage be passed through the garbage disposal? No, but let’s see why and what should never go into the unit.
There are many items that will easily damage a garbage disposal unit, not to mention cause problems to a septic system, if you have one. The garbage disposal is designed solely for food items, so be careful of things like bottle caps and aluminum foil etc. which can easily find themselves in the sink. Some other items that are bad for the unit are grease, oil or chemicals. Not all food items are suitable for a garbage disposal unit either. Because the unit uses rotating blades to grind up food, we can see why things like meat bones would be a bad idea as they could damage the blades. Fibrous food scraps like potato peels and corn husks can clog up the unit, so if you decide to place these items down there, only do it in small amounts. Keep the water running for a few seconds after you switch off the unit as well.
Yes, using a garbage disposal unit only for what it is intended for will help prolong the life of the unit and reduce the need for extra maintenance.
Mike McFadden, Certified Master Home Inspector in Orlando, FL