As spring weather is approaching, there are chores around the house that need to be completed on a seasonal basis. With spring comes rain, wind, and storms. Follow this checklist to help keep your home in good working order:
Exposed wood siding and trim is susceptible to rot, so look for chipped or cracked paint along the exterior of your home. Scrape off any loose paint, sand the area, prime the bare wood surface, then paint it with a high quality paint.
- Trees and Shrubs
Trim overgrown trees and hedges away from your homes exterior to discourage the growth of mildew and moisture. Do not let branches hang over the roof as this could damaged the shingles.
- Lawn and Garden
Rake up any leaves that can suffocate your grass and stop it from growing. Pull up weeds and dead flowers in the garden and place new mulch.
- Power Wash
Concentrate on removing debris from the driveway, sidewalks, pavers or other outdoor space, and the exterior of your home.
Thoroughly cleaning your gutters every spring and fall will help keep water moving away from the home. Debris can build up and cause damage to your gutters and cause water damage to your roof and soffits. You will also want to make sure the gutters are extended out away from the foundation of the home.
- Sump Pumps Make sure your sump pump is in good working order before the spring rains arrive. Be proactive so you do not have a major flood due to a failing sump pump.
- Filters Change your furnace filter. Make sure to replace your filters on a regular basis. This is also a great time to have your A/C unit cleaned and serviced
- Home Inspection Great time of year to get your home inspected. This will help you determine how your home is operating and find trouble before it causes major damage to the home.
Just like with any home maintenance, make sure to hire a qualified professional if you are unsure about any of these items. New Start Inspections inspector is a Certified Master Inspector. You will be getting the best inspection available. Enjoy the spring weather…..If it ever gets here!
The holiday season can bring dangerous people and situations to your own home. Criminals are looking to turn a quick buck and the holiday are a perfect opportunity for them. As a home inspector, I have intimate knowledge of the inner workings of a home as well as peoples tendencies. I have outlined some small steps to help keep you and your family safe this holiday season.
- Install working motion lights around the home. Position them so windows and doors will be bright.
- Trim bushes and shrubs around windows and doors. This should work with the motion detectors so that criminals cannot hide around your windows and doors
- This next one will sound silly to most, but lock all your doors and windows. You would be surprised to know that the majority of homes I inspect have 1 or more windows left unlocked.
- Leave porch lights on through the night. If you are worried about your energy bill we recommend a new LED light bulb.
- Do not leave window shades open and do not leave expensive belongings in clear view.
- Alert your neighbors or someone you trust when going away for a few days. Have them check in periodically.
- When out, leave the impression that someone is home. Leave a light on a timer, leave a car locked in the driveway.
- Have a monitored alarm system and USE IT! Just having the alarm will not help if it is not armed!
- Make sure all exterior doors are secured with a secondary lock. For a main door this is usually a deadbolt. For a sliding door this could be a slide lock.
- Make sure you have 2 lines of communication in the home. This could be a home phone and a cell phone to dial 911.
Follow these tips to help keep you safe this holiday season. New Start Inspections wishes you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
New Start Inspections is now a proud participating member of InterNACHI’s buy back Program.
And now for the “fine print”:
- Honored for 90 days after closing.
- Valid for home inspections performed for home buyers by participating InterNACHI members.
- We’ll pay you whatever price you paid for the home.
- Excludes homes with material defects not present at the time of the inspection, or not required to be inspected per InterNACHI’s Residential Standards of Practice.
Louis Annee, CMI
Greenwood, IN. (Jan 2014)–New Start Inspections is pleased to announce that Louis Annee is now credentialed as a Certified Master Inspector (CMI)®, which is the inspection industry’s top professional designation.
The Master Inspector Certification Board has awarded the Certified Master Inspector (CMI)® designation to Mr. Annee for demonstrating the highest level of competency by completing 1,000 fee-paid inspections and/or hours of inspection-related Continuing Education, for having been in the inspection business for at least three years, for abiding by the industry’s toughest Code of Ethics, and for agreeing to periodic background checks.
Mr. Annee wishes to thank his clients and colleagues for their continued support of New Start Inspections.
New Start Inspections has been serving the Central Indiana area for the past 8 Years years, specializing in historic home and new-construction inspections, with an emphasis on energy savings and indoor air quality.