How to keep your refrigerator and freezer running at maximum efficiency levels

 

We pass by our refrigerator numerous times daily as we enter and exit rooms throughout the home and also as we enter and leave our home. We open our refrigerator many times a day, also. However, we don’t often stop to consider whether or not we are running our refirgerator at a maximum efficiency level.

Did you know that at 31.6 cu. ft. french door refrigerator can hold an equivalent of 32 bags of groceries?  Good Golly!! That sounds like a lot of food. However, it is suggested that your refrigerator’s ability to keep your food fresh depends upon how jammed full it is and how many people are being fed. For instance, each adult per houshold should reserve 4 to 6 cu. ft. of storage. Whether or not this theory is correct remains to be seen.

One theory that does seem to have merit is the durability of the refrigerator’s seals. The door seal should hug snugly to the door so that no air leaks out of the unit.  Also, it is important to leave space between the refrigerator and the wall in order to allow for proper air circulation. Checking the seals and the space allotted for your fridge is a good checklist item for your routine home maintenance.

Another efficiency tip concerns your freezer. Don’t let your freezer get empty. Not only does this mean you need to go to the grocery store, but also it means your freezer will use significantly  more energy to run. The strain of keeping an empty freezer cold can actually place up to 25% more energy usage on the unit. The same applies for properly regulating the temperatures. Make sure you are keeping temps below 40 degrees for the refrigerator and 0 degrees for the freezer. Remember, however, that the colder the temps, the more energy being exerted. Keep safe temperature, but do not go crazy with the coldness!!

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                                                                                    Don’t forget, we check model and serial numbers in the Recall Chek system to see if there are any recalls on your home’s appliances at no additional cost during the home inspection service!!

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Atlanta Home Inspection Process is Non-Invasive

home inspection is a bright idea  The key word to remember during the Atlanta home inspection process is  “VISUAL”. The inspection process is non-invasive.  We do not pull apart, pry, move, or open items. Any sight of cracks in foundation, chimney, roof or any other major area of the home will be recommend to a professional for further investigation. We crawl under the house, walk on the roof, check plumbing, HVAC, electricity, exterior and interior walls.

Our Atlanta home inspection reports indicate either repair, routine maintenance or replace as options for items on the list. We are often complimented on our easy to read reports and the simpler language included to help everyone understand the findings.

 

Additional services can be added to any home inspection. Radon, termite and infrared testing  can instill peace of mind for new home buyers, agents, and sellers alike.

 

 

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Le Grande, A John Weiland Community – The Atlanta Home Inspector Exceeds Expectations during Home Inspection

Le Grande subdivision

            Le Grande Subdivision 3 Home inspections are not only important to us, but also to clients in the Atlanta subdivision of Le Grande. This prestigious John Weiland community      boasts new design concepts and spacious living conveniently located for the daily commute. It is our privilege to exceed the expectations of our clients through exemplary service and attention to detail. We pride ourselves on informing clients and agents, so that the decision-making process is seamless. To see what we do visit our youtube video site at: http://http://www.youtube.com/user/ihihomeinspections?feature=guide .     

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10 items to help you prepare to sell your home

  Now that the new year is in full swing, you may be considering placing your home on the market. You may have already called an agent to represent you, and you may already be shopping for your new residence. It is important to assess your current home prior to any open house or client walk through, though.   If you want to maximize your top dollar and perhaps sell your property quickly, you may want to check out the Atlanta Home Inspectors  to do list:

1. Repair or remove screen doors with holes and tears

2. Pressure wash windows, sidewalks, and siding

3. Paint your front door and polish the doorknob

4. Pull weeds, seed bare spots, and lay down mulch

5. Touch up holes, dings and cracks in paint

6. Clean grout and re-caulk sinks, bathtubs and showers

7. Buy new cabinet hardware

8. Fix leaky faucets and toilets

9. Spray lubricant on squeaky doors

10. Get clutter into storage and out of the way

These may seem like no-brainers, but they are chores that are often overlooked. Hectic work and family schedules can keep homeowners from maintaining a residence. However, the simple little details will help sell a property.  Another idea to consider is a Pre-Listing home inspection  .  Any surprises can be found early and fixed, so that you can come closer to receiving your requested value amount on the home. Also by unveiling them in advance, they can be used as negotiation tools.

Do us a favor if you or someone you know is about to buy that perfect home, please recommend us to them. When you find your dream home, make sure that you get a thorough home inspection in Atlanta, GA from the home inspector Atlanta, GA, David Lelak of IHI Home Inspections, they serve Atlanta and all of North Georgia. Call us today at 404-788-2581 for a thorough home inspection in Atlanta. We won’t let you buy the money pit.  You can also schedule your Atlanta home inspection today online.  We create Peace of Mind One Atlanta home inspection at a time.  Be sure to check out all the other reasons other customers chose IHI Home Inspections at our original website. 

How To Change Your Doorbell

Here is a simple fix that the Atlanta Home Inspector would like to share with you. The simple, step by step video will explain how you can change your doorbell all by yourself, thanks to Lowes for supplying the video footage.

When we move into a home, we make changes. Appliances get replaced, rooms get painted, and floors get refinished or recarpeted. It part of how we make a home “ours”.

One item we tend to skip, though, is the changing of the doorbell. In most Atlanta homes, the existing doorbell is “good enough”.

Well, if you’ve ever had a mind to change your home’s hard-wired doorbell system, the good news is that changing your doorbell is a simple, do-it-yourself project. Whether you want chimes, songs, or the traditional ding-dong, all you need is a screwdriver, some tape, and the new doorbell system.

This 2-minute video from Lowe’s maps it out :

  1. Cut the power to your doorbell from your circuit breaker
  2. Unscrew the doorbell face plate
  3. Replace the face plate with your new doorbell
  4. Locate your in-home receiver and remove the chime system
  5. Replace the chime system with your new system

The video also includes helpful tips such as how to use tape to prevent “losing” wires in your walls, and how to label your wires for faster re-wiring.

Changing a doorbell is a quick, 1-hour project. Use the video’s guidance to make you don’t miss a step.

Do us a favor if you or someone you know is about to buy that perfect home, please recommend us to them. When you find your dream home, make sure that you get a thorough home inspection in Atlanta, GA from the home inspector Atlanta, GA, David & Bonnie Lelak of IHI Home Inspections, they serve Atlanta and all of North Georgia. Call us today at 404-788-2581 for a thorough home inspection in Atlanta. We won’t let you buy the money pit.  You can also schedule your Atlanta home inspection today online.  We create Peace of Mind One Atlanta home inspection at a time.  Be sure to check out all the other reasons other customers chose IHI Home Inspections at our original website. 

Garbage Disposal Clogs can be Avoided

 Garbage Disposals are commonplace. They are found in most homes that the Atlanta Home Inspector enters. It is not uncommon to hear about a disposal clogging or backing-up. Typically this results from using the disposal as a trash can!

What foods do you consistently flush down the drain, and which foods do you pitch elsewhere? The Atlanta home inspection crew has created a list of consumables that need to avoid garbage disposal territory. Make sure that the disposal stays clog-free, and that the trap does not become blocked. Even though a plumber could help in this situation, why pay for a service call if you can educate your family ahead of time and avoid the situation if possible.

Here’s that short list of food waste that’s better suited for the garbage

· Rice and pasta : Small particles can never be completely pulverized, and will swell in the presence of water. This can clog pipes and traps.

· Egg shells : Tiny, granular waste can get “bound” with pipe sludge, creating a thick clog.

· Coffee grounds : Same as for egg shells. As a clog thickens, it’s harder for water to pass through.

· Grease : Liquid fats turn to solid when in contact with cold water. Over time, this creates a clog like plaque on an artery.

· Potato peels : Once ground, peels turn starchy like mashed potatoes. This can clog a drain pipe instantly.

With kitchen garbage disposals, the general rule for flushing food should be “when in doubt, leave it out”. Use your disposal for convenience, not for a trash chute substitute!

 Do us a favor if you or someone you know is about to buy that perfect home, please recommend us to them. When you find your dream home, make sure that you get a thorough home inspection in Atlanta, GA from the home inspector Atlanta, GA, David Lelak of IHI Home Inspections, they serve Atlanta and all of North Georgia. Call us today at 404-788-2581 for a thorough home inspection in Atlanta. We won’t let you buy the money pit.  You can also schedule your Atlanta home inspection today online.  We create Peace of Mind One Atlanta home inspection at a time.  Be sure to check out all the other reasons other customers chose IHI Home Inspections at our original website. 

Not Everyone Can Walk on a Roof

 

 

Not everyone can walk on a roof. Let’s face it,  some of us suffer vertigo, Acrophobia, or are just plain chicken.  However, at IHI Home Inspections  great pride is taken in roof top walking. Some home inspectors do not walk the roof. This means that they can only report those details that are seen from the ground.  Here is a little hint… if it isn’t seen, then it isn’t put into the Inspection Report. Think about this for a moment – let’s say there was a hole the size of a quarter in a rooftop vent boot. This might sound like a very nit picky issue if you do not understand the consequences of this find. The significance, is that water, debris, and any other outside element, can get into this boot, and onto your roof, or into your attic. The water damage will  cause your roof to rot. Do you suppose that a home inspector standing on the ground, would see such a detail?  This is a little scary if you are buying a home. Make sure you and your real estate agent know your home inspection options before it is too late.

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Interior Maintenance Suggestions From the Atlanta Home Inspector

  Just as health and wellness check-ups are recommended for patients, so is a routine maintenance program for the home. The Atlanta home inspector has compiled a list of interior maintenance options. He realizes that in today’s fast-paced society, it may be difficult to do all of this alone. Atlanta home inspections  is available to help inspect these items if needed.

  • Check for moisture evidence on ceilings and around windows – it is a good idea to specifically search the ceiling directly below bathrooms or laundry areas.
  • Check showers, bathtubs, toilets, and sinks for caulking issues, leaks, or drain issues.  Sometimes a simple fix will take care of any slow drain or loose caulking issues.
  • Check stairwells and railings to ensure safety.  Stair railing can become loose, as can pickets - be mindful of any handrail hardware issues.
  • Check batteries in all fire and safety alarms throughout the home. Make sure that alarms are working properly. Also remember to go over the safety plan with all members of the family in the event that the alarm is activated.

 

Moisture leak on ceiling below upstairs bathroom

Call us today at 404-788-2581 for a thorough home inspection in Atlanta. We will conduct maintenance inspections, as well as new home inspections.  Check out our website http://www.ihihomeinspections.com , where you can also  schedule your Atlanta home inspection today online.  We create Peace of Mind One Atlanta home inspection at a time.  Be sure to check out all the other reasons other customers chose IHI Home Inspections at our original website.   

 

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 Do us a favor if you or someone you know is about to buy that perfect home, please recommend us to them. When you find your dream home, make sure that you get a thorough home inspection in Atlanta, GA from the home inspector Atlanta, GA, David Lelak of IHI Home Inspections, they serve Atlanta and all of North Georgia. Call us today at 404-788-2581 for a thorough home inspection in Atlanta. We won’t let you buy the money pit.  You can also schedule your Atlanta home inspection today online.  We create Peace of Mind One Atlanta home inspection at a time.  Be sure to check out all the other reasons other customers chose IHI Home Inspections at our original website. 

 

 

Find What You and Your Family are Looking for In Atlanta, Georgia

  Ohio boasts two of the best cities to raise a family, according to Forbes Magazine. Congratulations to those two cities and other great cities nationwide! However, the Atlanta home Inspection team feels that no matter what city is considered home, the most important thing is finding the city that works for  you and your family.

  Atlanta has many suburbs that contain family friendly activities. There are parks scattered throught metro Atlanta, as well. Whether it is playgrounds, sports, music or hiking/biking trails, you seek, they can be found in and around Atlanta, Georgia. The Atlanta home inspector also likes fun activities such as bowling, fishing, fun restaurants and theaters.  Canton, Woodstock, Marietta and Kennesaw, just to name a few cities, contain these activities and so much more. 

  Imagine being able to go fishing on Lake Allatoona in Cherokee county (where there are award winning schools), and then attend an Opera that very same evening at Reinhardt College in Canton, Georgia! Sometimes, the biggest decision isn’t are we going somewhere… it is where are we going!  In the suburbs of Atlanta there is no shortage of family fun. Miniature Golf courses and ice cream shoppes dot the landscape, as do sports arenas and organic farm grounds.

  If you or your family is seeking to relocate, consider Atlanta, Georgia or any of the surrounding suburbian areas.  Now is a good time to find the place where you belong – historic pricing and lending can help you decide. However, if you need to find an expert on the area, do not hesitate to contact a real estate professional. We know several who can find the perfect fit for you and your family!

Do us a favor if you or someone you know is about to buy that foreclosure home, please recommend us to them, so that they really know what “As-Is” really is. When you find your foreclosure home, make sure that you get a thorough home inspection in Atlanta, GA from the home inspector Atlanta, GA, David Lelak of IHI Home Inspections, they serve Atlanta and all of North Georgia. Call us today at 404-788-2581 for a thorough home inspection in Atlanta. We won’t let you buy the money pit.  You can also schedule your Atlanta home inspection today online.  We create Peace of Mind One Atlanta home inspection at a time.  Be sure to check out all the other reasons other customers chose IHI Home Inspections at our original website.