The “waiting Room” of a home inspection

Have you ever wondered what is going to happen during your home inspection?  I know I didn't - both times! I've been through two homes. I wasn't even a home inspector then. The anxiety, the fear of the unknown and wondering if I will be able to negotiate the findings into the cost of the home or WORST...start the whole process of looking all over again! AGH!  It felt as if I was in the waiting room of a hospital waiting for the good or bad news from the doctor. (By the way, worst feeling Continue Reading ...

5 Common mistakes to avoid before the inspection

Are you ready to sell your home and or buy a home? Here are five common mistakes to avoid. Why aren’t you researching the home inspector you are hiring? Many home buyers and sellers take a card from their realtor and just run with the first one they see. Do your research! You want a certified, well trained home inspector to do your inspection. Here are a few questions to ask yourself when researching an inspector: How long have you been inspecting homes? Home many inspections Continue Reading ...

Fire Safety for the Home

The National Fire Protection Association’s fire prevention program promotes the following eight tips that people of all ages and abilities can use to keep family members safe, especially during the threat of a house fire. Plan and practice your escape from fire. We’ve heard this advice before, but you can’t be prepared to act in an emergency if you don’t have a plan and everybody knows what that plan is.  Panic and fear can spread as quickly as a fire, so map out an escape Continue Reading ...

Spring Is Here!!

Finally!! Spring has arrived. We are but 3 days away from the official day of Spring. Most of us have be hibernating this winter – HAHAHA – it’s time to get out and get some fresh air and clean out that grill. However, it’s also time for some home maintenance items that will help you avoid big repair bills later on and ruin all the fun if left unattended. Inspect your roof – Whether you have shingles, tin or even concrete tiles, your roof is your home's first line of defense Continue Reading ...

Moisture Intrusion

Unchecked moisture intrusion can lead to structural defects in a home over time, as well as health problems for the home’s family. Some common moisture-related problems include: structural wood decay; high indoor humidity and resulting condensation; expansive soil, which may crack or undermine the home’s foundation, or softened soil, which may lose its ability to support an overlying structure; metal corrosion; ice dams, which form in roof gutters that are undersized Continue Reading ...

Roof-Covering Maintenance

Although homeowners aren’t necessarily expected to climb on their roofs every season as part of regular home maintenance, there are some conditions that should be monitored to prevent roof damage and to help you get the longest life out of your roof-covering materials. Certain types of damage can lead to water and pest intrusion, structural deterioration, and the escape costly energy. Weathering Hail and storm damage, known as weathering, can weaken a roof’s surface even if you Continue Reading ...

Is My Bathroom Properly Ventilated?

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Bathrooms are a very important room in the house. Most of us like to spend a good amount of time there, so it’s wise to have a check of the ventilation system to make sure that it's functioning properly, thus improving your bathroom experience. If you’re not sure if your ventilation system is working properly, keep your eye out for these indications: Is mold starting to appear on the ceilings and walls of the bathroom? Does it feel very humid in there? Do you notice a lot Continue Reading ...

Should I Carpet My Bathroom?

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Carpet in a home can feel comfortable and cozy, and can look very appealing, but is it a good idea to have it everywhere? What about the bathroom for example? A carpeted bathroom can seem appealing as it is a lot warmer underfoot, especially when it gets very cold here in New York State. It is also a lot more slip resistant than a tiled floor, and it can look very nice. Here are also a few things to keep in mind when deciding if it is right for your bathroom. Moisture! Moisture! Continue Reading ...

Could There Be Mold In My Carpet?

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Mold is a most undesirable thing to deal with in a home. It can cause upper respiratory problems, as well as other health conditions such as skin problems, so naturally, we want to do our best to prevent its growth. One area where mold can grow is in the carpet. Here are some things to think about: If mold is not visible on my carpet, could it still have it? Yes, in fact, mold only appears on the surface of the carpet in more extreme cases Where should I check for mold? Check Continue Reading ...

Carpenter ants or termites?

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We are continuing the pest theme this month, and while not very pleasant to think about, one of the most damaging threats that could exist for your home, especially structurally, are pests and insects. Some insects work silently however, and escape your notice until they’ve already caused a lot of damage to the structure of your home. The most common perpetrators to damaging a wooden structure could be termites, or carpenter ants. If you have found evidence that either of these insects Continue Reading ...