Winter Wonderland at Fernbank Museum of Natural History

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Take the family to Fernbank Museum of Natural History for the cultural exhibition Winter Wonderland, which features, “Christmas, Hanukkah and the Festival of Lights, as well as traditions and practices like origami, indigenous art and national symbols.”
Local partners have gathered to offer this cultural experience from November 22, 2013 through January 5, 2014.  Special performances and crafts are also available to celebrate the diversity of our world.

While there, check out the Holly Jolly Film Fest, featuring a different holiday favorite each weekend.
Each day there will special adventures such as seek and find self-guided tours that help patrons explore the exhibits, ornament making stations, and the Radio Disney Dinosaur Dance Party.

Fernbank Museum of Natural History  is located at 767 Clifton Road, NE in Atlanta, GA.

 

 

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Have you turned on your heat pump yet? – Efficiency tip by the Atlanta Home Inspector

jjjjoIn our region, we seldom have to turn on the heat until the winter months. However, today with the wind making itself know,it made me start to think about needing to turn up the heat. I was also thinking about the home inspections in Atlanta that are performed.

During Atlanta home inspections is your current inspector checking the furnace or heat pump?

Did you know that heat pumps are an efficient choice when the temperatures are 32 degrees or higher? With that being said, when it drops below that temperature, the heat pump must “ask” for a little assistance. This assistance comes in the form of electric heat strips (also known as auxiliary heat), which increase the operating cost of the entire system. Sometimes, this can even be as much as 5 times the normal operation.

So, how would a homeowner avoid using the auxiliary heat? Well, it is always a good idea to service the heat pump to ensure that it is working properly. By keeping dirt and debris out of the unit, the air will flow more freely, as well.

It is also a great idea to keep the thermostat set at a constant temperature. Typically, somewhere below 70 degrees will keep the usage down – meaning the bill will more than likely be less.

 

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Top Priority for new home construction clients this year may surprise some

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In the past, clients who chose to build new homes were concerned with specific details that would help them maintain a steady resale value down the road. For instance, the average styles, textures, and colors were requested, which reflected the trends of the time. However, we all know that trends come and go; think bell-bottoms, big hair, and bobby socks all of which were trendy to different eras and cherished by different generations. Today, the top priority of new home construction clients may surprise some, because it is not about color variation or popular appliance brands. It isn’t even about how pretty the house looks when seen from the curb.

According to the NAHB Housing and Economic Policy Group, a 2012 survey indicated that the home buyers’ top priority was energy efficiency. What were the two most requested items on new construction homes? Energy smart windows and Energy Star appliances. What were the least requested items in new constructions? Laundry chutes, wine coolers, and outdoor kitchens (Kavjian, M., Aug. 2013. NAHB. Best in American Living.).

In Atlanta, we see an increase in new home constructions, and have completed several inspection services on newly constructed homes. Remember, it is important to have a home inspected regardless of age, because even the newly built homes can be flawed. The most common issue discovered on new constructions by the Atlanta home inspection team is roof related, whether shingles are not attached properly, are not fully installed or are gapping in places, it is our priority to gather the clues for the home buyers’ so they can ensure their new home is precisely what they want it to be.

Those of you who handle newly constructed properties, what do you see as the latest “must-haves” of your market? Are clients more concerned with function or appearance?

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A Few Items the Atlanta Home Inspector checks under your home

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It is important, no matter the age of the home, to have a home inspection performed during a real estate transaction. Don’t assume that a brand new construction will not have any issues. The Atlanta home inspector sees many new constructions, as well as historic and typical home structures. It is not uncommon to find just as many issues with new builds as with the historic properties. Here are some items Atlanta home inspections looks for when underneath a home of any age:

 

  1. Moisture levels – Moisture levels underneath a home can help the Atlanta Home Inspector uncover issues from inside the home.  For instance, if there are signs of water damage below the area where the refrigerator sits, this could be an indication of a water line leak. Other important areas are underneath the toilets, sinks, tubs and showers – anywhere there could be a sealing or plumbing issue. However, moisture issues in the crawlspace are not limited to a leak. It could mean that the area just isn’t properly ventilated. This is a key element in the inspection, because a high moisture level contributes to wood rot and promotes the growth of mold and mildew. Span and load is the support system of the home. Buckling, breaking or rotting support systems can fail due to an elevated moisture level.

 

 

  1. Electrical – There should not be any loose wires dangling or strewn about within the crawlspace. Junction boxes should not be open and all wires should be properly contained. Loose, exposed wiring can not only electrocute someone, but possibly start a fire.

 

 

 

 

  1. Ductwork – Ductwork should be properly connected and supported. There should not be any kinks or binds in the connections to ensure proper airflow throughout the system. Also, the ductwork should be in place and not hanging, bulging, or gaping open.

 

 

 

  1. Wildlife – Wildlife evidence can be found underneath homes. Sometimes, the wildlife itself is found. Bugs that can threaten the structure of the home can be found and also snakes are sometimes present.

 

 

 

These are just a few of the items the Atlanta Home Inspection team will search for at your property. Remember it is important to be armed with information so that you and your client can make the best decisions moving forward.

 

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Cluttered Gutter Maintenance tips with the Atlanta Home Inspector, David Lelak

How often do you clean your gutters? It is not uncommon for the Atlanta Home Inspector to find cluttered gutters, particularly this time of the year. There are many reasons to clear the gutters of debris. Not only will the curb appeal increase, but the overall integrity of the home can be enhanced.

It is a good idea to schedule regular maintenance and up-keep on your home’s gutters. Here are a few pointers to consider when tackling the task:

Ensure that you have a stable ladder before beginning and a bucket or garbage bags to collect the mess. Scoop the debris from the gutter either by hand or with the aid of a garden tool. Sometimes it is difficult to remove sticks or thick dirt clods from the gutter. If necessary, use a hose to wet down the goop. Take care to not damage the gutter in the process. The hose can also help to flush out the downspouts. Again, be cautious. Don’t turn the water pressure to full-blast, or there could be a catastrophe when the downspouts and gutters crash to the ground! If you are comfortable walking on the roof, the cleaning process can be achieved from above the gutter, using a leaf blower. This is typically the method that professional gutter cleaning companies use.

Whether or not a professional is hired to clean the gutters, isn’t important ~ the main objective is that they are cleared by someone on a routine basis so that the build- up of muck doesn’t cause damage to the home. The debris can dam-up the gutter making water spill over the sides, leaking onto the home’s siding, or into the roof. It can also attract myriads of bugs and allow spoors to grow.

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Why the FOR SALE sign is Still in Your Front Yard

Has your house been on the market for several months – years even? Have you evaluated the situation completely to determine why the For Sale sign is still perfectly perched in the front lawn? There are a number of circumstances that can prevent a home from selling. The Atlanta Home Inspector would like to share a few of the reasons.

v Is it “move-in” ready? – Unless someone is specifically looking for a home to fix or remodel, chances are they would much rather move-in and not have to lift a finger to make it inhabitable. A pre-listing home inspection could help you find problem areas that you may be unaware of – areas that would cause the home not to sell.

v Where is it located? – Location truly is important. If the home sits on a heavily traveled, noisy roadway it will not be attractive to someone with children, pets, or a 3rd shift work schedule.

v Is the price realistic? – Many times there are unreal expectations regarding worth. It is difficult to separate the emotional attachments, upgrades and all other ties that bind the person selling the home to the property. However, in order to remain competitive a realistic value must be placed on the home and a realistic asking price.

v Does anyone realize the house is for sale? – Making sure a marketing plan is in place for the property is essential. In today’s hi-tech society, internet searches help consumers with the decision-making process. If your home is not visible on the internet, then it is not visible to those who search it hoping to find a new home!

While this list points out a few reasons, there could be other factors that cause a home to sit on the market for an extended amount of time. From the neighbors to the transportation availability, if your house has been listed for a while and nothing seems to be happening, make sure you are frequently communicating with your listing agent to ensure that they are providing you the best service available.

 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. 

 

Heat Pump Efficiency

With the NFL first game of the season out of the way, it made me realize that before long it will be winter in Atlanta! (That’s not to say that autumn will go unrecognized.) However, in our region, we seldom have to turn on the heat until the winter months, which made me start to think about the home inspections in Atlanta that I perform.

During Atlanta home inspections, I always check the furnace or heat pump.  Did you know that heat pumps are an efficient choice when the temperatures are 32 degrees or higher? With that being said, when it drops below that temperature, the heat pump must “ask” for a little assistance. This assistance comes in the form of electric heat strips (also known as auxiliary heat), which increase the operating cost of the entire system. Sometimes, this can even be as much as 5 times the normal operation.

So, how would a homeowner avoid using the auxiliary heat? Well, it is always a good idea to service the heat pump to ensure that it is working properly. By keeping dirt and debris out of the unit, the air will flow more freely, as well.

It is also a great idea to keep the thermostat set at a constant temperature. Typically, somewhere below 70 degrees will keep the usage down – meaning the bill will more than likely be less.

It is always good to know how to conserve energy and save money at the same time.

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Are you a landlord? Don’t forget to have your investment property inspected!

 

            Rental properties have become exponentially more popular. They are in demand. Partially due to the high rate of short sales and foreclosures, and partially because segments of society have become more transient, the prices on rentals are climbing.  The Atlanta home inspector has noticed this current trend.

             Short sales and foreclosures mar a person’s credit, which means that, that person must wait until they can become approved for a mortgage loan. So, this means that most likely, this segment of society is now categorized as rental property clientele.

            Now more than ever, jobs require travel and relocation to stay active in the market. Due to this change in the employment environment, people cannot tie themselves to a home for several years knowing that they will be moving on to another location. So, this segment of society is also categorized as rental property clientele. This segment also keeps townhomes and condos on their list of choices.

            In this ever-changing real estate market, it is always wise to schedule a home inspection. Whether you are purchasing an investment property that will be rented-out to others, or stepping into the townhome of your dreams. By alleviating any concerns and realizing precisely what you are purchasing, a home inspector can provide you peace of mind and inform you about the simple maintenance items that can be found in most homes.

Details make the inspectors job interesting. Don’t let those details be your problem. Call a thorough, detailed, friendly, trustworthy and knowledgable inspector, David Lelak at IHI Home Inspections. IHI Home Inspections provides computerized home inspection reports. Call us today 404-788-2581 or better yet you can now schedule your home inspections completely online at http://www.ihihomeinspections.com  We provide peace of mind one home inspection at a time!

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Hardwood Floors Are Always Trendy, Yet Practical

 

Atlanta Home Inspections get the privilege of entering numerous homes thourghout the North Georgia region.  Many trends are seen and documented through photography and video during the compilation of each inspection report. An aspect that seems fashionable and practical shows up repeatedly during Atlanta Home Inspections  ; hardwood floors.

 From the runway to the living room, hot trends in home fashion can take the style of a room from simple to stunning. Incorporating trendy furniture into home decor is an easy way to add style without having to make costly renovations.

If you are looking for ideas to upgrade your home’s interior decor for 2012, the American Hardwood Information Center offers design trends inspired by the most recent High Point Market home furnishings show.

Bring the outdoors in
A key furniture trend for this season is bringing the outdoors in through the use of natural American hardwoods. Outdoor-inspired furniture that mimics traditional park benches, picnic tables and lawn chairs, using hardwoods, is a noteworthy design element. Inspired by Mother Nature, designers at the High Point Market showcased hardwoods in both traditional and modern forms, accentuating the organic curves, movement and form of the natural material. Homeowners can mimic the look by selecting wood furniture with unique curves or pieces that highlight the natural whorls, knots and texture of the wood.

“It is never a surprise to see hardwood show up in what’s trending all over the High Point Market,” says Rose Bennett Gilbert, home decorating expert, author, and syndicated columnist.  “After all, hardwood is a natural material that’s totally adaptable to whatever style or shape is on-trend in furniture. And that’s not just furniture: hardwood is an essential ingredient throughout the house — any style of house — in flooring, cabinetry, and millwork, as well as furniture.”

Garden inspiration
Tying in with the theme of bringing the outdoors in, garden inspired design is a hot trend in both furniture design and home decor accessories. The garden gate motif works well with everything from bedspreads to pillows to furniture coverings.

Natural neutrals to bright blues
Trends in wood finishing have moved from dark to light. Consider lightening up the look of your furniture with soft neutrals such as pale grays, whites and nudes.

Beyond hardwoods, mixing in bright hues with your decor can really make a room pop. What’s hot right now? Color palettes inspired by earth’s elements such as blues, greens and reds.

Cherry on top
Though wood finishes may be trending lighter, American cherry is the top species in four categories of wood furniture, including bedroom, dining room, home office and entertainment cabinets, according to Appalachian Hardwood Manufacturers, Inc.’s 2011 Furniture Styles and Material Use Survey, conducted at the High Point Market. Walnut, red oak and white oak round out the top species, with many furniture manufacturers using clear, satin finishes to protect the wood while allowing its true characteristics to come through.

If you are undecided about which species to choose for your home design, the American Hardwood Information Center at www.HardwoodInfo.com offers a species guide, stain selector and inspirational photo galleries to help with wood furniture selection. A free smart phone app is available for download as well.

“With hardwood as a prominent trend in home furnishings right now, the site is a valuable tool for those looking to incorporate American hardwoods into the design of their home,” says Linda Jovanovich, executive vice president for the Hardwood Manufacturers Association, and representative of the American Hardwoods Promotion group. “One of the great things about hardwood is that even as design trends come and go, solid hardwood furniture will last a lifetime and can be restained or painted if you want an on-trend look.”

From the runway to the living room, hot trends in home fashion can take the style of a room from simple to stunning. Incorporating trendy furniture into home decor is an easy way to add style without having to make costly renovations.

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. 

 

Under the Umbrella With the Atlanta Home Inspector

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It is raining cats and dogs today! Even though, it is lousy weather, we are still inspecting homes. However, the rain does make some of the Atlanta home inspection aspects interesting. For instance, roofs can get slippery or air quality tests can be compromised. Rest assured we will find a way to be as detailed and thorough as possible.  I could go on and on about the inspecting process, but with the weather as it is, I found myself pondering umbrellas. Yes, my mind does tend to wander occasionally ( although not during inspections or the reporting process, mind you)!

We use umbrellas all the time. We even see them used in a popular insurance company’s tv advertising. According to dictionary.com there are 5 definitions of umbrella  if the word is used as a noun.  There are 2 definitions if the word is used as an adjective. Don’t know about you, but what I really want to use an umbrella for, is to keep me dry. That being said… I found some interesting facts about umbrellas and decided to share them with you.

Since their invention over 4000 years ago, umbrellas have seen several changes. Having originally been developed to shade people from the sun, they are now most commonly used to shed water.  The European ladies got excited about the parasols and started using them in the 16th century. It was not until about 30 years later, that the trend caught on with the gentlemen, and then, only after a famous Persian traveler and writer had popularized the usage of umbrellas.  Interestingly enough, the first umbrella shop, called “James Smith and Sons” opened in 1830 at 53 Oxford Street, London, England, and remains at that same address today. 

Over time, different materials have been used to craft umbrellas. Everything from wood, whalebone, alpaca, oiled canvas and paper have been used. For the handles, ebony was popular. However, the use of steel became the most popular in 1852.  It wasn’t until an entire Century later that the collapsible umbrella was introduced.

You might ask, what does any of this have to do with being a home inspector. I might just reply nothing. But, you see, that’s not entirely true. Home inspectors can be compared to umbrellas, according to definition four … “any general kind of protection.”   That is precisely what we do. We protect you from making an uninformed decision.

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If you’re a home owner who wishes to simply maintain their home in the best possible manner call us today for a maintenance inspection to be done. 

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When you find your dream home, make sure that you get a thorough Atlanta home inspection from the Atlanta home inspector, David & Bonnie Lelak of IHI Home Inspections, they serve Canton, Alpharetta, Roswell, Cumming, Woodstock, 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. 

The choice is yours, “Cheap Charlie” or “Thorough David” you decide.  If you want a thorough Atlanta home inspection for a reasonable price call us today at 404-788-2581, you’ll be glad you did.

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