Why Do You Need A Home Inspection…

Reasons Why You Need A Home Inspection Done Before Buying A House.

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You might have come across a couple of questions about home inspection. Like why you have to pay someone else when you can check if all the outlets are working or check your own dishwasher. If you have such questions in your mind, here comes the answer. The purpose of the home inspection is to inspect the proper working and safety of the overall condition of your house.

Home inspection is important so as to ensure that your home investment is a sound one and that a newly bought home is a safer place to live in. Whatever is the state of the market, people will always require a home to live in.  A home is the single largest investment that you will ever make. Home inspection assures you about the maintenance of the house. You will not have to worry about those serious structural problems hidden under freshly coated paint and the chronic sewerage problems before buying house.

Home inspection identifies the problems and recommends the protective actions that might avoid the future upkeep. It includes complete visualization of the property from start to end. The home inspectors examine your house from air conditioning to wall and ceiling insulation. They will inspect the doors and windows and foundation of the house.

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Sellers nowadays are getting many offers every day; this makes buyers hesitant to persist on carrying out a home inspection. Do not make the mistake of not getting an inspection because of this. Buyers can be assured about the purchase after the careful inspection of the property. The reason behind the inspections is to identify the major problems associated with the house you are buying.

Before buying or selling property, home inspection helps you to determine if you are paying a fair price for it. If the inspector suggests some repairs to be done, you can negotiate the seller to fix the problem, offer less sale value of the house or offer some credit to get the repair done.

It would not be wise to expect to buy a home that is faultless. A well maintained house inspected by an experienced home inspector can save you from various risks associated with the real estate transactions.

Hiring a home inspector could prevent you from buying a money pit.  Don’t buy a money pit!  Get your home inspected today!

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What To Look For In A Home Inspection Company

What Should You Look For When Hiring A Home Inspection Company?

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Hiring a company to conduct a home inspection is about more than just being given a report on your property, it is a very personal experience; and in order to make sure that you get not only the most efficient inspection but top service and support. It is also important to take certain precautions in choosing the right home inspection company. With a small amount of research you can compile the information you need in order to choose the best home inspector that’s just right for you.

There are several practical requirements that all good home inspection companies should provide; and then there are the extras that exceptional companies will offer in addition to those basics. In the first instance, make sure that the companies you are considering provide all of the following as part of their service:

  1.  A full and detailed inspection of all structural components, including the foundation and basement, the interior and exterior walls, roof, windows, doors and chimney if you have one.
  2.  A thorough inspection of appliances, electrical and plumbing systems as well as your heating and air conditioning systems.
  3.  A full, detailed report on the findings of the inspection as well as repairs recommendations and any other information that is relevant.

Check that the companies you are considering are certified, and that they are well established with an excellent track record. Finding a company that will act in your best interests, providing investment protection and exceptional customer service apart from thorough and efficient inspections will give you the best possible value and security. A good home inspection company will offer you on-site reporting for the fastest and most efficient service, enabling you to take any action you need to take as soon as you need to take it.

For the best experience with a home inspection service, it is important to choose a company that is known for their client interaction. Good communication and being kept fully updated throughout the process is essential for your peace of mind and to make sure you get the most out of the service. You should expect a warm, friendly, supportive service as well as a professional inspection from a good home inspection company.

In order to make sure you are getting the best service, it is important to conduct a little online research on each company you are considering in order to check that they live up to all of these expectations. Start by visiting their websites, and making sure that the information on their site confirms what it included in their service. Check any testimonials to get an idea of feedback from previous clients.

Although it is good to read through the testimonials, it is important to realize that they will naturally include only positive feedback on their own site; so it is a good idea to do a quick search online for any posts on forums or in social media for a more balanced view of their service. Taking the time to conduct this little amount of research can save you a lot of time, money and aggravation in the long run. A good home inspection should be reliable and thorough, and their customer service should make you feel secure, supported and in good hands.

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Attractions in South Indiana

Travel Tips

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The Midwestern state of Indiana experiences the humid heat of summer and the bitter cold of winter, which creates different seasonal experiences for visitors to outdoor destinations. With the mighty Ohio River flowing along its border, southern Indiana attractions include water fun, historical sites, cave adventures and family fun.

Lincoln City, Indiana

Tourists can explore the grounds of Abraham Lincoln’s childhood home in Lincoln City. The Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial (nps.gov/libo) features a visitor’s center, museum and a walking trail that leads to the grave site of Lincoln’s mother and the Cabin Site Memorial. The Lincoln Living Historical Farm features interpreters dressed in period clothing and performing a variety of typical 1820s-era chores and activities. This working pioneer homestead features a cabin, outbuildings, animals, gardens and field crops.
The 1,747-acre Lincoln State Park (in.gov/dnr/parklake/2979) is across from the Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial. The park incorporates 10 miles of hiking trails, two lakes, an interpretive center, campsites, picnic shelters, canoe rentals and a general store. The outdoor musical “Young Abe Lincoln” is performed each summer at the park’s Lincoln Amphitheater.

Santa Claus, Indiana

More than 1 million people visit the year-round Christmas town of Santa Claus, Indiana, annually. One hour east of Evansville, Holiday World Amusement Park and Splashin’ Safari Water Park (holidayworld.com) are the area’s main attractions. In addition to thrill rides, water slides and family friendly amusements, admission to the park includes complimentary sunscreen and soft drinks. Holiday World and Splashin’ Safari operate seasonally from May through October.
Other area attractions include Lake Rudolph Campground and RV Resort (lakerudolph.com), Christmas Lake Golf Course (christmaslake.com), Santa’s Candy Castle (santascandycastle.com), Santa Claus Museum (santaclausmuseum.org) and Frosty’s Fun Center (santaslodge.com/frosty).
Marengo Cave and Cave Country CanoesMarengo Cave (marengocave.com) is less than one hour west of Louisville, Kentucky, in southern Indiana. A United States National Landmark discovered in 1883, Marengo Cave offers two walking tours ideal for all ages and cave exploring trips designed for guests 7 and older. Gemstone mining, a “crawl” maze and a gift shop are also on site. Rental cabins and campsites are available. Marengo Cave is open seven days a week; hours vary by season.
After exploring the caves, canoe the waters of the Blue River with Cave Country Canoes (cavecountrycanoes.com), located five minutes from Marengo. Cave Country offers canoe and kayak trips to fit all skill levels, seven days a week from May to August and on weekends in April, September and October.

Joe Huber Family Farm and Restaurant

A favorite destination for locals and visitors, Joe Huber Family Farm and Restaurant (joehubers.com) is nestled in the hills of southern Indiana in Starlight. Its 550 acres of farmland offer guests a variety of seasonal fresh fruits and vegetables at the “U- Pick” orchards and farm. Children can play at the Barn Yard or the children’s farm park that feature everything from a corn maze and silo slide to a cow train and petting farm. The restaurant serves farm-fresh foods family style. Other areas of interest include a farmers market, cheese shop, ice cream factory and winery.

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Home Inspection Tips

Before The Inspector Arrives

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Home inspection may seem intimidating at first, but, it’s not an intimidating prospect to behold. Home inspections are a ‘necessary evil,’ as they would say. If you’re preparing your home for sale, a home inspection service will provide you with all the information you’ll need to know if your home is ready for the market.

A home inspection is a great way to get a home or another type of property prepared for sale. In fact, it’s considered a way to ‘fast track’ anyone’s intentions to sell off a property. That’s just one tip we have for you in this short article about home inspection tips.

Home Inspection Tips…. Before The Inspector Arrives

Home inspections provide homeowners a report of the visual condition and integrity of their home. The results of a home inspection provide them with a gauge for the condition of their property, should they consider selling said property in the future.

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Home inspections help prepare properties for sale. Homes with inspection reports have the potential to sell faster. If the buyer wants to know more about the condition of the property, the seller and/or their real estate agent can provide them with the inspection report itself.

Home inspections help uncover prospective conditions or issues that might have compromised a potential sale.  Inspections Help People Make Decisions.

Home inspections also provide buyers with more security when considering to purchase a property. It also helps sellers ensure that the property they’re selling isn’t hiding anything for the buyer to find.

Sellers Use Home Inspections Because:

They know buyer prospects may walk away from a sale if a home inspector reports finding something that might threaten the property’s integrity.

Buyers Use Home Inspections Because:

They wish to verify the condition of the property, so they can understand what may or may not need to be repaired or improved in order to negotiate their buying price accordingly.

Finding A Home Inspector

It’s easy to find a home inspector. You can ask your real estate agent for more information regarding that. You can also search organizations, such as the ASHI, for more information regarding certified home inspectors in your area. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with searching locally via the web for home inspectors, either.

That does it for our home inspection tips. We hope you found something to take from our short article.

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For Your Protection Get A Home Inspection

And Make The Best Possible Investment.

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A good home inspection process is something that most people don’t know about but should. Truth be told, it can protect one of the biggest investments of your life.

Some people consider home inspectors as doomsayers but in reality, they are actually your best friends in ensuring that you get the most value for your money when investing in a home.

A home inspection is a visual examination of a house’s physical structure and utility systems, from the roof to the foundation and structural integrity. In all this, the current condition of a house is determined.

The standard home inspection procedure establishes the condition of the house’s internal and external set-up, ranging from the plumbing, electrical systemcentral air conditioning system, roof and attic, visible insulation, as well as the walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors, and the foundation structure that includes the basement and its components.

When buying a house, ensuring it with a home inspection helps to avoid the hassles of dealing with substandard building materials or hidden flaws in a house’s structure.

Even if selling a house is far from your mind, a home inspection can be a great aid in determining any problems that exist in the home as well as how to prevent the costly repairs that would develop.

Here are Some Important Things To Ask And Be Aware Of:

  • Never attempt to conceal any defects that you are aware of and always allow the inspector to take their time in inspecting the condition of the home.
  • Don’t argue with the inspector about comments or results of the inspection, remember that they are there to help you identify problems that may need your immediate attention and help save you the trouble of costly repairs.
  • Another important area the inspector will go through is the house’s electrical system.  The inspector may need to remove the cover on the electrical panel to examine the components, so be sure that the panel is accessible and that the cover can easily be removed.
  • Every area of the home must be made accessible, particularly the utility room areas, basement, attic, and crawl spaces.

Be aware of these things when preparing for the home inspection and that will make it a pleasant experience.

The bottom line is to focus on not just consumer protection, but for the investment of the client, since investing in a home is not a joke, it could be the biggest investment you make.

So think of it this way: home inspectors are not there to terrorize you, but to be an investment protector!

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What Really Matters In A Home Inspection

What Really Matters In A Home Inspection?
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Buying a home?

The process can be stressful. A home inspection is supposed to give you peace of mind but, depending on the findings, it may have the opposite effect. You will be asked to absorb a lot of information over a short period of time. Your inspection will entail a written report, including checklists and photos, and what the inspector tells you during the inspection. All of this combined with the seller’s disclosure and what you notice yourself can make the experience overwhelming. What should you do?

Relax!

Home inspectors are professionals, and trained in the industry. Most of your inspection will be related to maintenance recommendations and minor imperfections. These are good to know about.  14486 B344 rgb 0 199x300 What Really Matters In A Home Inspection

However, the issues that really matter will fall into four categories:

  • Major defects, such as a structural failure.
  • Conditions that can lead to major defects, such as a roof leak.
  • Issues that may hinder your ability to finance, legally occupy, or insure the home if not rectified immediately.
  • And safety hazards, such as an exposed, live buss bar at the electrical panel. Anything in these categories should be addressed as soon as possible.

Often, a serious problem can be corrected inexpensively to protect both life and property. Most sellers are honest and are often surprised to learn of defects uncovered during an inspection. It’s important to realize that a seller is under no obligation to repair everything mentioned in your inspection report. No house is perfect. Keep things in perspective.

And remember that homeownership is both a joyful experience and an important responsibility, so be sure to call on your professional home inspector to help you devise an annual maintenance plan that will keep your family safe and your home in top condition for years to come.

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Acid Rain And Inspectors: Buildings At Risk

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Article by Nick Gromicko and Kate Tarasenko

“Acid rain,” like “global warming,” is a phenomenon whose very existence is disputed by some. In fact, evidence of acid rain has been observed in industrialized cities around the world since the mid-1800s. “Acid rain” describes the mixture of wet and dry deposits from the atmosphere which contain high amounts of nitric and sulfuric acids that result from both natural and man-made emissions. Its effects on structures and homes are very real. Inspectors can learn more about acid rain and its destructive signs on metal and stone components of the exteriors of homes.        

Acid rain is formed when the chemical precursors of nitric and sulfuric acids — sulfur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen oxide (NOx), respectively — combine with natural sources of acidic particles, such as volcanoes and decaying vegetation. When this mixture reacts with oxygen, water and other chemicals (including pollutants such as carbon dioxide), the result is acid rain, which can be carried by rain, and even snow, frost, fog and mist, which, in turn, runs off into soil and groundwater.acidrain 240x300 Acid Rain And Inspectors:  Buildings At Risk

According to the EPA, about two-thirds of all SO2 and one-quarter of the NOx emissions in the atmosphere in the U.S. result from power plants that burn fossil fuels (primarily coal), as well as vehicles and agricultural equipment that rely on gasoline.

It is fair to say that any industrialized region with power plants that burn fossil fuels will show some wear on its surrounding structures from acid rain. But buildings in arid regions are at greater risk because of dry deposition, in which acidic pollutants are present in gases, smoke and dust, which tend to stick to buildings, cars and other structures. When it rains or snows, the subsequent wet deposition of nitric and sulfuric acids becomes even more acidic, which then washes into the soil and aquifers.

The more obvious impacts of acid rain can be seen on particular types of stone, such as limestone and marble buildings, monuments, statues and headstones. The weathering pits and canyons can obliterate the lettering and features of such structures to a brutal degree, depending on the type of stone and other environmental conditions.

Acid rain can also corrode bronze and other metals, such as nickel, zinc, copper, and carbon-steel, as evidenced by streaks and discoloration on bridges and other metal structures, such as many commercial buildings.

Not all buildings or structures suffer the effects of acid rain. How big of a threat it is can be determined by the chemical makeup and interactions of a building’s materials. Limestone and marble, which, historically, were used widely because of their availability and workability by artisans, are especially susceptible because they are composed of calcite, or calcium carbonate, which acidic chemicals can dissolve easily. To observe this first-hand, drop a piece of blackboard chalk into a glass of vinegar. Drop another piece of chalk into a glass of water. The next morning, you’ll see the alarming difference.

Modern buildings tend to use granite, which is composed of silicate minerals, such as quartz and feldspar. Silicate minerals resist acidic attacks from the atmosphere. Sandstone, another silica material, is also resistant. Stainless steel and aluminum tend to hold up better. But all minerals, including those found in paint and road overlay, are affected, to some degree.71 300x169 Acid Rain And Inspectors:  Buildings At Risk

Because of the switchover in the use of certain building materials in the post-Industrial Era, historic buildings, more so than modern ones, tend to show the destructive outcome of acid rain since we first began burning fossil fuels for energy. London’s Westminster Abbey, the Colosseum in Rome, and India’s Taj Mahal all show signs of degradation brought on by atmospheric nitric and sulfuric acids.

Plant life and wildlife are also affected. The pH — or alkalinity and acidity — of lake water, for example, tends to re-stabilize and maintain equilibrium when contaminated by acid rain. However, soil and trees can become irreparably harmed when their pH is disturbed to the extent that their natural abilities to compensate for chemical fluctuations in the environment are thwarted. Soil contains naturally occurring mercury and aluminum, which are normally poisonous for plant life. But plants can survive when the nutrient base of the soil remains healthy, giving them a strong buffering capacity. Acid rain, however, destroys the environmental balance, and these naturally occurring chemical threats suddenly become fatal. The plants’ “immune systems,” made stronger by the surrounding soil, become compromised. The plants and trees may die a slow death due to nutrient starvation, oxygen deprivation, injured leaves that cannot recover, and/or their bark will become damaged and vulnerable to mold, fungi and wood-destroying insects.

When the environment is under continual attack by the deadly effects of acid rain, the odds of survival for other resident plant, animal and insect species diminish as the ecosystem is thrown out of its natural balance.

On the flipside, NASA researchers recently discovered that one species of swampland bacteria’s ability to produce methane — a greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming — is actually inhibited by acid rain.

The EPA’s Acid Rain Program got underway in 1995 (after being enacted by Congress in 1990), which continues to seek to reduce SO2 and NOx emissions to below 1980 pollution levels. The program originally targeted coal-burning electricity plants, and has expanded to include other types of industry that burn coal, oil and gas, too. While the EPA touts some success in bringing down some polluters’ output by 40%, critics charge that because the program permits emission “allowance trading” among its participants, the larger industrial polluters simply pay the $2,000-per-ton fine for exceeding SO2 and NOx limits. The EPA, however, has embraced a market-friendly approach while shooting for overall target reductions.vog20damage20to20ferns 300x224 Acid Rain And Inspectors:  Buildings At Risk

The primary problem with acid rain, of course, is that there is no way to contain it. It blows with the wind and is captured and carried by localized weather systems. Although the deterioration which acid rain causes may be slow, it is persistent. And until we shift our reliance on fossil fuels by using various types of green energy (wind, solar, etc.), we will continue to witness the destructive consequences in all aspects of our environment, both natural and man-made, for decades to come.

Homeowners can mitigate the environmental effects of acid rain by modifying their purchasing and traveling habits, and by using building materials that are better able to withstand the corrosive effects of this modern scourge. Inspectors can become more familiar with the problems posed by acid rain by investigating the types of building materials used, and by contacting their local EPA representative for up-to-date statistics on pollution levels for their specific area.

Get your home inspected for wear and tear that may have been caused by acid rain or other environmental causes such as wind or flood damage.

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William Troutman is the owner of Certainty Inspections. Since 2006, Certainty Inspections has helped the Louisville and Southern Indiana area home buyers keep from buying The Money Pit! If you or someone you know is looking for a Louisville or Southern Indiana Home Inspection, be sure to call Certainty Inspections at 502-257-7401 or schedule Online right here on our website by clicking the Schedule Now Button | Make Your Decision With Certainty!

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