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Archive for April, 2010

26
Apr

What Should You Look For In An Inspector?

Check out your Inspector

All home inspectors are NOT created equal. Choosing the right certified home inspection company is crucial. To make certain your home inspector is a qualified and certified, you need to check out your inspector. Follow this important advice and you will be able to make an informed real estate purchase with the assistance of a certified home inspector. Read moreRead more

26
Apr

Moving In: Safety Check List

These recommendations are not intended to be all inclusive, but to provide ideas and examples as a starting point for minimal safety. We recommend you get specific safety recommendations for each item or system in your home from the actual manufacturer as recommendations vary by manufacturer. Read moreRead more

26
Apr

Moving In: Maintenance Tips

These recommendations are not intended to be all inclusive, but to provide ideas and examples as a starting point for minimal maintenance. We recommend you get specific maintenance recommendations for each item or system in your home from the actual manufacturer as recommendations vary by manufacturer. Read moreRead more

26
Apr

Basic Routine Home Maintenance Schedule

DESCRIPTION FREQUENCY
Clean or replace AC filter Monthly
Test smoke detector Monthly
Test GFCI & arc fault outlets Monthly
Check & replace range hood charcoal filter Quarterly
Check & maintain caulk at kitchen & bath counters Quarterly
Check & lubricate moving parts on overhead garage doors & tracks Quarterly
Check roof & gutters for debris buildup Quarterly
Check & maintain tile grout in showers Quarterly
Fertilize lawn & plants Quarterly
Check & adjust exterior door weather stripping & threshold Semi-annually
Check & maintain washing machine hoses & connections Semi-annually
Check & maintain dryer vent system for blockage Semi-annually
Check & lubricate window tracks and moving parts Semi-annually
Check & maintain all exterior caulk seals including doors, window, trim & hose bibbs Semi-annually
Verify main water shut off valve is accessible & functional Semi-annually
Check & maintain all drainage, swales, culverts & drain inlets Semi-annually
Check nuts & bolts on pull down stairs for tightness Semi-annually
Clean/Pressure wash exterior Yearly
Apply water seal to all exposed exterior treated wood Yearly
Have a qualified professional check & clean fireplace & chimney Yearly
Have AC system checked & serviced by a qualified professional Yearly
Check nuts & bolts on overhead garage door & tracks for tightness Yearly
Clean smoke detector Yearly
Renew termite inspection and warranty Yearly
Drain & flush water heater, verify operation of TPR valve Yearly
Check fire extinguisher certification expiration date Yearly
Verify AC condensation drain is flowing freely Spring
Check AC float switch for proper operation if air handler is in attic Spring
Disconnect & drain all exterior garden hoses Predicted freeze
Cover & protect plants from freezing Predicted freeze
Cover & protect backflow preventor from freezing Predicted freeze
26
Apr

Chinese Dry Wall – Self Assesment Guide

This is a self-assessment guide for signs that a home may be affected by drywall associated corrosion. Read moreRead more

15
Apr

NAHI

Click here for information on the National Association of Home Inspectors  and standard of practice which details what is and is not included in  a home inspection.