Tools

Helping you make a better choice.

Tools

Helping you make a better choice.

Sample report

Our reports are very detailed and you will find them easy to navigate through. At the end of the inspection we will walk through the summary together, taking a look at the defects and discussing proper action steps for needed repairs. After the inspection is complete, I will head back to the office and get the inspection finalized and emailed to you promptly. I strive at delivering you both an excellent product and in a timely manner.

Sample report

Our reports are very detailed and you will find them easy to navigate through. At the end of the inspection we will walk through the summary together, taking a look at the defects and discussing proper action steps for needed repairs. After the inspection is complete, I will head back to the office and get the inspection finalized and emailed to you promptly. I strive at delivering you both an excellent product and in a timely manner.

Home Maintenance

Whether you are a first-time home buyer or you are a seasoned veteran when it comes to owning a home, maintaining your home can seem like a daunting task. But keep in mind, home repairs is not the only aspect of home maintenance, in fact, certain home maintenance, when performed regularly, may actually prevent things from breaking in the first place. Here are some helpful tips to make owning your home less daunting…

Maintenance Tips

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

~ Benjamin Franklin ~

  1. Check for appliance recalls – Faulty appliances are a cause to a large number of house fires every year. You can easily find out if your appliances are being recalled at www.recalls.gov and what action to take if something you own is involved. Make sure to write down the model and serial number of each appliance.

  2. If you have a refrigerator that has coils along the back, periodically vacuum these coils to remove dirt and dust build up. These coils contain the coolant the refrigerator uses to keep the internal temperature cold. If they become dirty, they won’t work efficiently and your refrigerator may stop cooling altogether.

  3. Vacuum the clothes dryer’s exhaust duct at least once a year. If the duct is plastic, replace it (it’s a fire hazard). Rigid sheet-metal ducting is best.

  4. Check for leaks and fix them – leaks lead to mold, mildew and rot.

  5. Never pour cooking grease or oils downs your drains – this includes oils that are not solids at room temperature. Grease and oils are a main reason for clogs. If you accidentally spill oil down the drain, run hot water down your drain along with a generous amount of dishwashing liquid.

  6. Regularly clean your lint screen on the dryer, (between each load of laundry), in order to prevent fires. Cleaning the lint screen will also increase the life of the heating element.

  7. Change the air filter on the furnace often, especially during peak heating and cooling months. Once a month is recommended.

  8. Gutter downspouts should have a minimum of five feet extension away from the house – this will help prevent water getting into the foundation.

  9. Seal cracks in stucco and exterior trim.

  10. Test your garage door opener regularly to make sure that it reverses when it hits an obstruction or when the sensor beam is interrupted.
  11. Buy your furnace filters in bulk and store them near the furnace. Buying in larger quantities reduces the cost per filter, while keeping them near the furnace will help you to remember to change them. Changing filters regularly reduces the amount of energy needed to run your furnace.

  12. Be sure to install furnace filters correctly, (with the arrows facing the furnace). Improperly installed filters causes the furnace to work harder to do its job.

  13. Clean dirt and debris from around the air conditioner compressor.

  14. Make sure the gutters are clean every few months to avoid leaf and debris build-up. Leaves and other debris left in the gutters can cause a variety of issues.

  15. Make sure your landscaping near the house is sloped away by at least six inches for every ten feet

Maintenance Tips

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
~ Benjamin Franklin ~

Check for appliance recalls – Faulty appliances are a cause to a large number of house fires every year. You can easily find out if your appliances are being recalled at www.recalls.gov and what action to take if something you own is involved. Make sure to write down the model and serial number of each appliance.


If you have a refrigerator that has coils along the back, periodically vacuum these coils to remove dirt and dust build up. These coils contain the coolant the refrigerator uses to keep the internal temperature cold. If they become dirty, they won’t work efficiently and your refrigerator may stop cooling altogether.


Vacuum the clothes dryer’s exhaust duct at least once a year. If the duct is plastic, replace it (it’s a fire hazard). Rigid sheet-metal ducting is best.


Check for leaks and fix them – leaks lead to mold, mildew and rot.


Never pour cooking grease or oils downs your drains – this includes oils that are not solids at room temperature. Grease and oils are a main reason for clogs. If you accidentally spill oil down the drain, run hot water down your drain along with a generous amount of dishwashing liquid.


Regularly clean your lint screen on the dryer, (between each load of laundry), in order to prevent fires. Cleaning the lint screen will also increase the life of the heating element.


Change the air filter on the furnace often, especially during peak heating and cooling months. Once a month is recommended.


Gutter downspouts should have a minimum of five feet extension away from the house – this will help prevent water getting into the foundation.


Seal cracks in stucco and exterior trim.


Test your garage door opener regularly to make sure that it reverses when it hits an obstruction or when the sensor beam is interrupted.


Buy your furnace filters in bulk and store them near the furnace. Buying in larger quantities reduces the cost per filter, while keeping them near the furnace will help you to remember to change them. Changing filters regularly reduces the amount of energy needed to run your furnace.


Be sure to install furnace filters correctly, (with the arrows facing the furnace). Improperly installed filters causes the furnace to work harder to do its job.


Clean dirt and debris from around the air conditioner compressor.


Make sure the gutters are clean every few months to avoid leaf and debris build-up. Leaves and other debris left in the gutters can cause a variety of issues.


Make sure your landscaping near the house is sloped away by at least six inches for every ten feet