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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Tips for protecting yourself and your pet against snakebite

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  Atlanta Home Inspections sometimes encounters snakes or evidence of snakes during Atlanta Home Inspection services.

 

Did you know that snakes can strike from a distance that is half their body length away? This makes it very important to steer clear of areas that could promote the snakes to thrive. While we as humans might realize the dangers of stomping through tall grass, our furry four-legged friends might not – and may even be enticed to investigate.  So here are a few pointers for you that the APCC (Animal Poison Control Center) have put together.

 

  • Walk your pet on a leash

 

  • Steer your pet away from bushes.

 

  • Guide your pet away from yards that have not been mowed

 

  • Steer Clear of dead snakes. They can still strike reflexively for up to an hour after death!

 

If you find yourself in an emergency situation where your pet has been bitten by a snake make sure to keep him or her as calm as possible. Remove the collar and keep the bite below heart level. Restrict movement, also. This will prevent the venom from circulating in the bloodstream as quickly. Of course, get to the vet as quickly as possible.

 

If you are bitten by a snake try to remain calm, also. The steps listed above are also applicable to humans who have been snake bitten.

 

If you have a snakebite kit make sure it contains a suction pump device to extract the venom. Older kits do not contain these devices. Make sure you have a newer kit on hand. Note: If you can get to a medical facility no longer than 30 minutes after being bitten, you will not need to attempt to extract the venom.  Medical professionals are not great supporters of the suction pump device found in snakebite kits. They maintain Antivenom is the best method. (American Red Cross).

 

The next time you are out walking or jogging make sure to be aware of your surroundings. The best way to prevent a snakebite is to avoid areas where they live or hide.

 

 

Visit our website at http://www.ihihomeinspections.com to book your Atlanta home inspection today!

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To read our maintenance tips visit http://www.ahomeinspectoratlantaga.com, and

to book an inspection online visit our website http://www.ihihomeinspections.com .

We look forward to working with clients and agents during the real estate process. Experience the IHI Difference. 404-788-2581

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Is your air conditioner energy efficient?

Heat Pump efficiency    Is your air conditioner shaded in the summer? The Atlanta Home Inspector notices natural vegetation shading (and sometimes overgowing) air conditioning units. However, just by simply providing shade to the unit, its life expectancy can rise.   The U.S. Department of Energy suggests that energy efficient landscaping can reduce temperatures around the home by up to 9 degrees.  Why not take advantage of natural insulators and shading?

Remember to trim the vegetation periodically to keep it from allowing insect and spoor growth, though. It will work best as a natural insulator and shade source when properly cared for and maintained.

 

There are also special room -darkening shades that will contain the room temperature within your home. This is another option for climate control. However, your geographic location may also play a role in your best options for keeping a cool space in the heat of summer. For dry humid regions there are special air conditioning units called evaporative units. However, in very humid climates standard heat pumps and air conditioning units can be found.

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Immediate Results with IR Scan

IR_0315 About 35% of heating and cooling is lost through the roof, according to energy experts, and walls, windows, and doors can also contribute to air leaks. What this translates to for you – is higher energy bills as your heating and air system struggles to keep up.

So how do you know if you have air leaks?

Unless you want to stumble around your home with a lit candle to see if it flickers at every window, door, or vent, it may be best to invest in professional services that provide Thermal Scans.

With his camera, the Atlanta home inspector  can determine the source of your moisture woes by providing a non-destructive, immediate result service. The camera sees and measures heat signatures. Therefore, moisture will appear as a different color on the camera enabling the inspector, David Lelak to locate the source.
Don’t tear down any walls, Don’t pull up the floor. Let the thermal imager find out what is inside first. Just like an x-ray shows us what bone is broken, the IR will show us energy descrepancies. The same Thermography is also used to monitor equine health conditions.

If you need the Atlanta Home Inspector to see through your walls
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The Atlanta Home Inspector Missed The Today Show~ Here is What He Missed!

We have all heard the commercials about having bad credit or no credit, and what the company paying for the advertisement will do for someone with said credit woes. What the advertisements fail to mention are that these acts of “kindness” will be at a very high interest rate. The Atlanta Home Inspector is not a mortgage expert, so the complete structure and ins an outs of rates will be left to those who work with the numbers everyday, but the Atlanta Home Inspections team would like to share this information for anyone curious about rebuilding their credit.

Mortgage rates are at an all-time low in Atlanta, GA. However, the low rates you see advertised on TV and online are only available to the home buyers and would-be refinancers whose credit scores are pristine. Having a high credit score is often the difference between getting “the best rates” from your lender, and getting something worse.

The first part of improving your credit score is understanding how it works. In this 5-minute piece from NBC’s The Today Show, (which the Atlanta Home Inspector rarely gets a chance to view anymore, since there are so many home inspections in atlanta and surrounding cities) ,you’ll learn the basics :

  • Why you shouldn’t close a credit card after you pay off a large debt
  • What is the maximize balance to leave on your credit cards, relative to your credit limit
  • What types of credit checks harm your credit scores, and which ones don’t

You’ll also learn how to shop for a mortgage with multiple lenders without having your credit score “dinged”, as well as several proven methods to raise your credit score quickly.

In the end, good credit scores are the result of paying bills on time and staying with your means. Those with the best scores, get the best rates.

Credit scores play a huge role in today’s mortgage market — larger than at any time in recent history. Blame it on the high default rates of the last half-decade. Lenders are reserving their lowest rates for the customers most likely to make on-time repayments.

Simple Upgrades Translate into Home Equity

Is that next home remodel worth it?

The Atlanta Home Inspector likes to share ways for you to maximize the value of your home. Some details are worth the overhaul of your home, while others aren’t as threatening  and are more cosmetic in nature. Listed below are the actual return expectations on simple upgrades to your Canton home.

Expected to reach a total volume in excess of millions this quarter, home improvement projects are booming. Unlike in recent years, however, the projects aren’t helping to create much new home equity. It is good to determine how much return you desire from your upgrades, before beginning the remodeling process.   For each home improvement dollar spent in 2012, homeowners can expect to recoup just 58 cents in home equity according to the  Cost vs Value Reports for 2011-2012 in  Remodeling Magazine. This figure is down sharply from about 5 years ago.

Today’s Canton homeowners get a much smaller payoff than in the past on their home improvement projects. If you’re planning to remodel/update in preparation for sale, therefore, consider the following projects, each of which carries a high cost-to-value ratio.

From Remodeling Magazine’s “Mid-Range Project” list :

  • Steel Entry Door Replacement : Cost, $1,238; Recoup, 73.0%
  • Attic Bedroom : Cost, $50,184; Recoup, 72.5%
  • Minor Kitchen Remodel : Cost, $19,588; Recoup, 72.1%
  • Garage Door Replacement : Cost, $1,512; Recoup, 71.9%
  • Wood Deck Addition : Cost, $10,350; Recoup 70.1%

By contrast, other projects carry a low cost-to-value ratio, and should only be undertaken if the project’s utility exceeds its cost. These projects don’t do much to raise a home’s resale value.

  • Home Office Remodel : Cost, $27,963; Recoup, 42.9%
  • Sunroom Addition : Cost, $34,133; Recoup, 45.9%
  • Backup Power Generator : Cost, $14,760; Recoup, 47.5%
  • Bathroom Addition : Cost, $140,096512; Recoup, 51.0%
  • Fiberglass Entry Door Replacement : Cost, $3,536; Recoup 56.3%

In the “Upscale Projects” category, projects including the replacement of doors, siding and windows occupy the list’s first 6 slots in terms of cost-to-value. 

If you’re planning a home improvement project over the next few months, the timing is right — both contractor costs and material costs are low nationwide, and improving a home can extend its useful life.

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. 

See the complete Cost vs Value report online.

Is your Canton Home Inspector Above the Gutter?

Above the Gutter


Your home doesn’t stop at the gutter, so why should your home inspection!  Have you ever hired a home inspector who did an excellent job around the perimeter of your home, and even a pretty decent job on the interior inspection? Then, he packed up after about an hour or so, and dashed away to some other appointment. If he didn’t spend at least a good three hours or more at your home, chances are he was not very detailed, thorough or spending any amount of time on your roof.
If your home inspector did not point out blisters, punctures or wrinkles ( I do mean on your roof – not on you) then he did not walk the roof. These are items that can only be seen from the rooftop.

Wrinkles are found on your shingles when there is movement between the roof decking, and perimeter. Flashings will wrinkle because of this movement, form a tunnel-like opening and water will spill down into your home. Shingles that are cracked, torn or curled can also be detected by walking the rooftop.  It is also common to find bald spots and accumulation of granules in the gutters. While on the rooftop, the inspector can also check for the proper amount of nails per shingle.   It may seem picky to some, because the present situation does not include any leaks. However, with preventative measures, future problems can be averted. 

 The Next time you need a home inspected, make sure you hire an inspection company that is above the gutter.

A manufacturers defect, known as wrinkling, weakens the shingle and allows an easier route for water.

 

We provide an easy to read, computerized home inspection report 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! 

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. 404-788-2581 

 Providing your Atlanta home inspection from the Atlanta home inspector, David & Bonnie Lelak of IHI Home Inspections, serving 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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