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5 Star Protection with Atlanta Home Inspector, David Lelak

Our goal is to provide clients with enough information to make a sound decision during the real estate process. Some of our clients have told us how appreciative they are of IHI Home Inspections services. Nathan asserts, “The Inspection was comprehensive and professional.” Also, Lance affirms, “All questions were answered and the written report was very detailed with pictures.”

We strive to continue providing excellent service and top-notch testing procedures during our Atlanta area home inspections.

One way to incorporate that philosophy within the Atlanta Home Inspection area is to offer a protection plan that covers every aspect of the home. Not only does that include walking the roof and entering the crawlspace and attic, but it also includes other vital services.  With our 5 Star Protection Plan you will recieve the following additional services:

Radon Monitoring

Termite Inspection

Electrical Thermal Scan

Moistue Thermal Scan

Whole house Thermal Scan (air leak detection)

90 day warranty

If you would like to include any of these services individually, IHI Home Inspections offers that option, too. Call 404-788-2581 or visit our website at http://www.ihihomeinspections.com to learn more about our scheduling and packaged services.

 

 

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. 

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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Jobs Report Due Friday; Mortgage Rates Expected To Change

The home inspector in Atlanta wanted to share this information.  If you’re out shopping for a home this week, or trying to lock a mortgage rate, with Friday comes home affordability risk. Consider locking your mortgage rate today.

The March Non-Farm Payrolls report is due for release Friday morning and mortgage rates are expected to move. Unfortunately for the home buyers and rate shoppers of Canton , we can’t know in which direction that will be.

The prudent play may be to lock your mortgage rate today.

On the first Friday of each month, the Bureau of Labor Statistics releases its Non-Farm Payrolls report. More commonly called “the jobs report”, the release is a bona fide market-mover, month after month.

Depending on how the March jobs data reads, FHA and conforming mortgage rates could rise — or fall — by a measurable amount post-release. This is because today’s mortgage market is closely tied to the economy, and the economy is closely tied to job growth.

The connection between jobs and mortgage rates is basic.

More workers leads to higher levels of consumer spending nationwide and consumer spending accounts for the majority of the U.S. economy.

In addition, when more workers are paid, more taxes are paid, too. Local, state and federal governments collect more monies when payrolls are rising which, in turn, benefits projects that purchase new goods and services, and, in many cases, results in the hiring of additional personnel.

Job creation can be a powerful, self-reinforcing cycle.

Between 2008 and 2009, the economy shed 7 million jobs. It has since recovered half of them. Friday, analysts expect to count another 200,000 jobs created. If the actual number of jobs created exceeds estimates, look for stock markets to gain and bond markets to lose. This leads to higher mortgage rates — especially with the Federal Reserve zeroed in on the labor market.

If the actual number of jobs created in March falls short of expectations, however, mortgage rates may fall.

Unfortunately, by the time the report is released, it will be too late to act on it. The release is made at 8:30 AM ET and bond markets are closed for Good Friday.’

Want more information about jobs and rates before buying a home in Atlanta GA, check out the following post about home sales.

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. 

New Home Supply Falls To 5.6 Months

New Home Supply 2010-2012

The new construction market rolls on.

As foreshadowed by February’s Homebuilder Confidence survey, which rose to a 4-year high, the Census Bureau reports new homes are selling more quickly than builders have built them, lowering the national “home supply” to levels not seen since 2006.

A “new home” is a home that is considered new construction and, at the current pace of sales, the nation’s entire new home inventory of 151,000 homes would be sold in 5.6 months.

Anything less than 6.0-month supply is thought to connote a “sellers’ market”.

321,000 new homes were sold last month on a seasonally-adjusted, annualized basis. 7 of 10 new homes sold for less than $300,000. 

The South Region continues to account for the majority of new construction sales, posting a 59% market share in January. South Region sales were up 9 percent as compared to December. The other 3 regions turned in mixed results. 

  • Northeast Region : +11.1% from December 2011 
  • Midwest Region : -24.5% from December 2011 
  • West Region : -10.6% from December 2011 

Unfortunately, the Census Bureau’s New Home Sales data could be wrong.

Although New Home Sales were said to fall by about one percent nationally from December to January, the government’s monthly report was footnoted with a ±16.6% margin of error. This means that the actual New Home Sales reading may have been as high as +15%, or as low as -18%. 

Because the range of values includes positive and negative values, the January New Home Sales data is of “zero confidence”. However, that’s not to say that it should be ignored. The aforementioned homebuilder confidence survey shows builders optimistic for the future, and a bevy of home sale data since October 2011 suggests a market in recovery.

If you’re in the market for new construction in Canton , therefore, consider going into contract sooner rather than later. Home prices remain low and mortgage rates do, too — a terrific combination for today’s Atlanta home buyers.

In a few months, the landscape may look different.

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. 

An All-Natural Alternative For Cleaning Your Microwave

Atlanta home inspector clean microwave Sharing environmentally friendly and pocket-book savings pointers, the Atlanta Home Inspector  hopes that you find this cleaning alternative helpful.  Microwaves are a daily convenience.  Due to the heavy usage of microwaves, many spills and splatters dot their ceilings and  line their walls. Remember that at least once weekly microwaves should be cleaned to optimize performance.

 Many of us use store purchased cleansers to clean our appliances. However, if would like an all – nautral alternative to clean your microwave, we have a recipe for you.  An all-natural approach will yield the same results, with only slightly more preparation time. The chemicals from the store may seep into your foods and containers over an extended period of time. So you are not only saving pennies, but also saving a future health issue from arising.

To keep your microwave fresh and clean, using organic materials only, here’s what to do :

  1. Unplug your microwave from the wall for safety.
  2. Gather a microwave safe bowl; 1 1/4 cups of water; a lemon; baking soda; white vinegar; and cleaning cloths.
  3. Slice the lemon and place the slices into your bowl. Add the water.
  4. Heat the bowl in the microwave for 7 minutes. Leave the microwave door closed for an additional 5 minutes.
  5. Remove the bowl (CAUTION : Bowl will be hot).
  6. Remove the microwave’s glass cooking surface and wheel system. Hand wash and set aside to dry.
  7. Dip a clean cloth in the lemon water mixture. 
  8. Wipe down the microwave’s exterior and interior surfaces, remoistening the cloth as required.
  9. Moisten a clean cloth with vinegar. Wipe down the microwave door’s interior surface. 
  10. Replace glass and wheel system, and plug the microwave back in to the wall.

If you find lingering stains in your microwave, mix baking soda with water to form a thick paste. Dip a corner of your cleaning cloth into the paste and apply it to the stain directly, gently rubbing in a circular motion until the stain is gone.

Let us know if this all natural approach worked for you!

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. 

Pesky Organism Leaves Behind Huge Clues For the Atlanta Home Inspector

The Atlanta Home Inspector finds clues to a possible wood destroying organisms existence.  Boring into wood and leaving bits on the kitchen floor, this pest needs evicted before the new owners take possession.  Although this Canton Home Inspection reveals the organisms trail, an experienced pest control service can help eradicate and prevent further destruction.


 

 

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. 

Why Is It Important to Inspect the Crawlspace?

Don't Jump on This Floor

Above the ground, but underneath the subfloor is where the home’s crawlspace can be found. Structure, plumbing, wiring and ductwork can all be more accessible in a

crawlspace. However, mildew, mold and termites can find your home more accessible, due to the nature of what a crawlspace is and where it is located. This is why Atlanta Home Inspections – IHI Home Inspections finds it tremendously important to investigate the crawlspace area of a home. 
 Moisture levels underneath the home can uncover issues from inside the home sometimes.  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.
 
 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.

 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.  Electrical

current will also be checked in the instance of older ductwork made of metal.

 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 one or more of these issues indicated. Also keep in mind, that any of these issues can also be resolved. There are many professionals out there who can help you if the need

should arise.

Appraisals Are Different Than Inspections

Maximizing your home appraisal

An Atlanta Home Inspection is not the same as an Atlanta home appraisal. While home inspections in Atlanta investigate your home for any issues that might need repair, an Atlanta area appraisal investigates the surrounding area and finds comparable homes to find base values.

A home appraisal is an independent opinion of your home’s value, performed by a licensed home appraiser. Appraisals are part of the traditional home purchase process, and lenders require them for most refinances, too.  Appraisers, just like inspectors,  are trained professionals.

Your home’s value base will be determined first. Then, features and amenities that make your home unique or different will be considered. Adjustments will made according to number of bedrooms, bathrooms, style, and square footage of the home.  This becomes the “Sales Comparison” approach, which is used by most lenders.

As a homeowner in Atlanta , you can’t affect the sales prices of your home’s comparable properties, but you can help your appraiser understand how your home stands apart fromother homes. This, in turn, can affect your home’s adjustments, resulting in a higher appraised value.

With home appraisals, every valuation dollar can matter. With that in mind, here are a few tips for maximizing your home’s appraised value :

  1. Be home for your appraisal so you can answer the appraiser’s question, if there are any.
  2. Mention any new roofing, flooring, HVAC, plumbing, or windows you’ve installed since purchase.
  3. Don’t mention projects or repairs you’re “about to undertake”. Appraisers don’t credit for unfinished projects.
  4. Make minor household fixes prior to the appraisal (e.g.; leaky sink, running toilet, peeling paint). 
  5. Present a tidy home. This can contribute to a higher “overall condition” adjustment.

Lastly, schedule the appraisal for a time that is convenient for your entire household. An appraiser needs to see, measure, and take photos of every room in your home. If a room’s door is closed because of a resting child, for example, the appraiser may need to schedule a second appointment to complete the appraisal, and that can raise your appraisal costs.

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.