Trampolines can be so much fun and very good for getting exercise. Many households enjoy having one in their back yard. They are something that can be enjoyed by both children and adults alike. While we acknowledge the benefits of owning a trampoline, we also are aware of that they can be very dangerous and cause injury if not used properly.
To stay as safe as you can while using a trampoline, keep children supervised at all times. There should not be more than one person using it at a time.
While a trampolines may give the illusion that you can act like a professional gymnast without any risk, the facts are that trying maneuvers that only trained gymnasts should have a go at could very easily result in head or neck injuries, and sometimes even paralysis. It is not a good idea to attempt this.
How many home videos have we all seen on You Tube of people jumping off a roof or some other high objects in order to land on a trampoline? Not too many of them show the injuries obtained from such a unwise action though. Don’t let anyone persuade you to let them try this on your trampoline.
Placing a trampoline in a well lit area is a good idea so that you can see clearly where you are jumping.
Make sure that every safety precautions has been taken to ensure your trampoline is safe to use. Some of these precautions include installing a safety net around the trampoline, making sure that the springs and framework of the trampoline have sufficient padding. Keep your trampoline on a more spongy like floor, such as wood chips, which would ensure a softer landing.
Its important to us that you all enjoy the fun you can have with a trampoline, but please remember safety first.
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We use the best in technology when we perform a home inspection, and we are highly trained and certified in all of our equipment and techniques. We also offer fully certified stucco inspections, sewer line video inspections, mold testing, 4-point inspections, wind mitigation inspections (wind mits), and much more.
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There are many different housing options available to us nowadays, something to suit everyone. One option is buying a pre-manufactured home. These types of homes are not like they used to be. There are many styles to choose from for a variety sizes and budgets. So, what are a few things to think about when considering this as an option for you?
Remember that you are just purchasing the home, so you will need to find a place to put it. There are options when it comes to this, for example you could purchase the land, lease it on a land-lease community which is designed for manufactured houses, or you could also purchase the home and land together in a specific development. Whichever option you choose though, you need to make sure you are familiar with zoning laws, utility connections or any legal requirements etc. associated with the land.
Make sure you thoroughly check the warranty. Its important to know because you want the home to be covered for transportation and installation and a manufacturers warranty might not cover these types of things. Keep in mind too, that if you fail to follow maintenance guidelines set out in your homeowner’s manual, you could void your warranty.
Its is wise to have your home inspector do a thorough check of this kind of housing to make sure there are no defects you were unaware of. If you would like to schedule a thorough home inspection on a manufactured home or any other type of property, please feel free to contact us.
While many new construction homes nowadays are designed to obtain the highest energy efficiency they can, what about older, historic homes? Although they were built before many energy saving devices were around, is it still possible for them to be energy efficient?
A lot of the time, we associate old homes with being drafty and cold, but the truth is that historic houses were made to be energy efficient, in some ways, more so than even new homes. How can we say that?
Look at a few features of these homes that make them automatically more energy efficient:
They are often built using brick or masonry. These kinds of heavy duty construction materials make walls built with them very thick. This means they are better at retaining heat
Modern homes today are frequently built to be aesthetically pleasing. The modern design usually incorporates more windows than is generally needed. In historic homes, windows were usually positioned to maximize light and provide good ventilation. They also were fitted with shutters or places for curtains and drapes. All of these provide a level of insulation which aids with energy savings.
In warmer parts of the country (such as here in Central Florida), these older homes were built with features like exterior balconies, wide roof overhangs, porches and even well positioned trees. The homes exterior was often painted with lighter, heat reflective colors. All contributing to cooler temps indoors.
We can see from this quick review, that if you have the pleasure of living in a historic home, it doesn’t mean you can’t be energy conscious. It might even be better than you thought
A home should be a place to feel comfortable and relaxed. When you are looking for a new home, you no doubt have these thoughts in mind. You also think about finding a home in the right area, one that will accommodate all your families desires and needs and all for the right price.
There are other factors you need to consider, however, when looking for the right home, so that you can avoid problems in the years to come. One such factor is proper grading (or slope). You might be thinking to yourself “I don’t even know what that is, let alone what the proper amount is”. But, its actually a very important thing to think about. Why is that? The following video will help you understand a little more about why having the correct amount of grading is important, as well as how much.
We want your home buying experience to be a positive one, that is why we are here to help you navigate through the stressful home buying process.
Outlets - they are these little things on our walls that power our TV's, charge our phones, and just sit there quietly when not in use. But an outlet is a very important thing to pay attention to, especially when buying a home.
Outlets deliver electricity (obviously) but they can also help identify underlying issues, and even workmanship.
Modern outlets have three openings; one hot, one neutral, and one ground. Many older homes only have three openings though; a hot and a neutral. When buying a home, be sure to check for this. Many modern appliances don't work properly without a ground.
Beware of the "bootleg" ground as well. Many people don;t want to change out all the wiring in older homes to get a ground, so the hook the ground to the neutral wire. When tested, this gives the appearance of being grounded, but not actually being properly grounded.
Another thing to look out for are GFCI outlets. You will want to have GFCI outlets anywhere near a water source.
These are just some of the many items to consider about outlets - and as you can see, something small can have many things to look out for.
Let's be honest, non of us want to think about this right now. We love the sun, the nice weather when it is not so crazy hot, and we like not having to worry about things like hurricanes when we don't have to.
But preparing our homes for a hurricane now can help us save time, money, and grief afterward. So how can we prepare our home for the next hurricane?
1: Do an "inspection" of your home. This can be something simple, but be sure to be thorough. Are there any loose shingles? See any items that aren't properly bolted down? How about shutters or other means to protect your windows?
2: Make repairs. Thinking about fixing those windows? How about those framing repairs from the last storm? Making repairs now can save you money in the long run.
3: Get a wind mitigation inspection. "Wind Mits" are a great way to see if your home is wind-worthy. A qualified inspector from our company will evaluate key parts of your home and point out areas that need to be addressed. The great part about these types of inspections is that your insurance company will often give you discounts on your insurance that more than pay for the inspection in time.
So don;t be caught scrambling to get your home ready just before the next storm hits. Prepare your home now for the next hurricane!
So you have a bat in the attic problem. You just discovered the stealthy creature as you were putting storage in your attic when all of a sudden, it starts fluttering above your head, scaring you half to death! What are you going to do in order to get rid of the bat?
Well, one of the first things that you can do is add more lighting in your attic. Because bats are nocturnal, they are attracted to the darkness more than the light. So by taking away that darkness, you can take away the shelter, a.k.a. your attic.
Another thing you can do is add a one-way exclusion device. What this device allows you to do is allow bats to go back out the way they came into the attic, but it won’t allow them to come back into the attic.
One thing that you CANNOT do is trap bats. Because they are a protected species, you cannot entrap bats whatsoever. If you are unable to get bats out of your attic either the safe way or the light fixture way, then calling a professional would be your best bet. The pros know exactly what they are doing, and can remove these wild bats safely from your attic.
Keeping these things in mind will come in handy if you ever find yourself with an uninvited guest in your
Mike McFadden, Certified Master Home Inspector in Orlando, FL