RecallChek Services are Free with every IHI home inspection!

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Your family’s safety is one of the Atlanta Home Inspector’s top priorities. One way we provide peace of mind is through the service of RecallChek.  This service checks model and serial number information against a database of recalled appliances and alerts clients as well as agent of any new recalls that occur. The service is FREE. It is also provided for a lifetime. Even when you purchase  a new appliance, you can still receive the monthly reports. By providing the new appliance model and serial RecallChek will begin checking it for any recalls, as well.

 

Here are a few of the reasons Atlanta Home Inspections thinks it is important to offer this recall service FREE to clients:

 

Faulty heating equipment resulted in 1,520 civilian injuries, and $1.1 billion in direct property damage in the last few years, according to the National Fire Protection Associaton.

 

Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $900 billion annually.” U.S. Consumer Protection Agency

Recalled products are being recycled (so if concerned about the waste of parts or units, know that the salvageable portions are, and put to good use)

 

Our nation recorded approximately 6.5 recalls each day, according to studies conducted by Consumer Product Safety Commission and the Food and Drug Administration.

 

Be sure to ask if your home inspector provides this or a similar service to help protect your family and your investment.

 

 

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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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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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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.

 

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.

 

Inaccessible Areas During Home Inspections

 

  There are so many things to remember when you are purchasing a new home. It is easy to forget this or that when it seems like you have to remember one billion details about the process. This is why agents are great. They will help you through most of this stress. However, there is occasionally a bump or two in the road. One such bump that hinders the home inspection process is the lack of accessibility.

  Home inspectors visually survey the home. If we cannot get to an area that is blocked by furniture, locked, or turned off, then we cannot inspect that item. In order to provide a thorough report that reveals the full story, we must be able to access what we need to inspect.  We need to flush the toilet and run the sink water to check for drain or leak issues. We need to turn the lights on to see if they are functioning. We also check the range to make sure all burners are lighting and we run the dishwasher to make sure it is cycling. These are important items for you as a home buyer to know about.

  Imagine if we were unable to enter the attic. Most of us park our cars in the garage daily.

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In this photo we see that the attic entrance is in the garage. However, we were unable to enter the attic because the car was parked beneath the entrance. This is a crucial element in the process as we can check for many areas of concern: structure, leak, pest, HVAC, and even insulation levels. None of those items would get inspected if we couldn’t get to them.

  InterNACHI – the Internationl Association of Certified Home Inspectors – holds specific standards. The standard states, “The inspector is not required to move any personal items or obstructions, such as, but not limited to, throw rugs, carpeting, wall coverings, furniture, ceiling tiles, window coverings, equipment, plants, ice, debris, snow, water, dirt, pets, or anything else they might restrict the visual inspection.”  As a member of InterNACHI, we adhere to this standard. Our priority is to provide the most detailed and thorough experience for each client. So, it is imperative that we are able to access areas of the home while there.

 

 

 

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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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. 

Is Your Shrubbery Out of Control? – Asks the Atlanta Home Inspector

Crazy Atlanta home inspection photosWhether or not you consider shrubbery a work of art or just plain work to keep it maintained, there are a few things to keep in mind about where it should be planted.

While inspecting homes in the Atlanta Georgia area, it is common for us to find shrubbery growing  too close to a home’s siding, moisture collects and can cause deterioration. Algae, mildew and mold growth can also occur. Of course, there is also the possibility that you are providing a smorgasboard for wood destroying organisms, such as termites. It is also a good idea, to keep shrubbery from growing into your gutters or downspout systems. The overgrown limbs can impede the process of proper drainage.

It is true that shrubbery provides a natural windbreak and shade, which will help with the energy efficiency of a home. The physical features of the shrubbery will determine what type of protection you will receive from the foliage. However, if the shrubbery is not properly maintained, then the problems can outweigh the advantages.

The overgrowth of shrubbery is an item that we always check during home inspections. Make sure to routinely care for your landscape to keep the health and value of your home relevant to current market trends.

If there is anything we can do for you…
just let us know!

 

If you want a thorough home inspector on your side when you’re buying a home,that will provide a thorough 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 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.

Services Provided: Atlanta Home Inspections, Home Inspection Atlanta, Atlanta Home Inspections, Radon Gas Testing, Radon Inspections Pool & Spa Inspections, Infrared Inspections, 5 Star Protection Inspections, Moisture and Leak Detection Inspections.

Value Added Features

  • I walk the roof on 99% of homes – most inspectors don’t!
  • No Risk Home Inspections – Ask about our 200% Guarantee
  • 24/7 Convenient Online scheduling
  • Recall Check – appliances checked for manufacturer recalls NEW Service now being offered!
  • Discounts available for Military and 2nd Inspections
  • Radon Gas 48-Hour continuous testing available

We also provide State of the Art Thermal Imaging Services:

  • Got a leak you can’t find – we detect hidden leaks behind your walls!
  • Are you losing heating and cooling dollars – find out where with an Energy Scan!
  • Worried about your electric panel overheating – check it with an Electrical Scan! 
  • Know a business owner with flat roof issues, repairs or about to be replaced – we can possibly save them thousands with Commercial Roof Scanning!

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I am purchasing a new construction home, should I get a Home Inspection before I move in?

As the home inspector Atlanta, our response is a definite yes; here is a few very good reasons why.
Having a new house inspected can make much more logic than getting an old house inspected. A three or four year old home is very similar to a home that has already been taken on a long test drive, most of the problems have already been discovered and repaired. Why not obtain a home inspector Atlanta to check out your new home?
Another thing you should take into consideration; the contractor is only responsible for the repairs for one year, if you have a home inspection when the house is new you will be provided with a punch list for the builder to follow and make all the necessary repairs before you even move into it.
Whenever you are moving into a new home the appliances, showers, sinks, bathroom toilets and fixtures have not been used to be sure they are working as they should or checked for leaks.
You may find small problems in any new home, but if some of them are neglected they will become major concerns in a short period of time. Primary contractors will provide you with a one year warranty with all new houses. Contractors want to take care of their customers well because it is the best way for them to maintain their reputation and get future referrals.
Here is a list of material to consider;
• Being able to identify any structural problems and have them repaired before the home has time to shift or settle.
• To find issues up front and have them repaired before the new home owner moves in.
• Finding poor workmanship before the owner decides they want to sell the home in the future.
• Offsetting any cost of undiscovered concerns to the home owner whenever they sell the house.
• Finding energy wasting things in the attic like missing insulation or improperly installed insulation
• Finding and reporting on incorrectly installed or leaking duct work or improperly working HVAC units.
• Any items that got damaged during construction can be repaired before the home is occupied.
Peace of mind is extremely important to my clients, knowing that everything has been looked at and any concerns are documented in a full Home Inspection Report, so the primary contractor will have a punch list to follow and use as a guide to make any needed repairs.

When choosing a home inspector Atlanta, make sure that you’re going to get a full and thorough home inspection.  Choosing to hire Cheap Charlie can maybe save you up to $100.00, but it can cost you thousands in the long run.  We have found in the past that the cheap home inspectors in Alpharetta don’t take an average of three to four hours to do a home inspection, not to mention the time it takes to write up the home inspection report.

Atlanta home inspector for atlanta home inspections 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 home inspection Atlanta 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.

Services Provided: Atlanta Home Inspections, Home Inspection Atlanta, Atlanta Home Inspections, Radon Gas Testing, Radon Inspections Pool & Spa Inspections, Infrared Inspections, 5 Star Protection Inspections, Moisture and Leak Detection Inspections.

Value Added Features

  • I walk the roof on 99% of homes – most inspectors don’t!
  • No Risk Home Inspections – Ask about our 200% Guarantee
  • 24/7 Convenient Online scheduling
  • Protection for your family – FREE ADT Security System from ADT with every home inspection
  • Recall Check – appliances checked for manufacturer recalls NEW Service now being offered!
  • Discounts available for Military and 2nd Inspections
  • Radon Gas 48-Hour continuous testing available

We also provide State of the Art Thermal Imaging Services:

  • Got a leak you can’t find – we detect hidden leaks behind your walls!
  • Are you losing heating and cooling dollars – find out where with an Energy Scan!
  • Worried about your electric panel overheating – check it with an Electrical Scan!
  • Know a business owner with flat roof issues, repairs or about to be replaced – we can possibly save them thousands with Commercial Roof Scanning!

    Visit us here:

We love new friends and followers!

Local Vendors We Trust:

Atlanta Concrete Contractors – Professional Concrete of Georgia

  • Driveway Replacement
  • Retaining Walls
  • Patios
  • Stained Concrete
  • Stone Designs

Phone: 770-475-7029

 

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  • Residential Cleaning
  • Commercial Cleaning
  • Construction Cleanup
  • Mountain Home Preparation

Phone: 770-894-7996

CitruSolution Carpet Cleaners

  • Cleans Better
  • Dries Faster
  • Non Toxic
  • Stays Clean Longer

Phone: 678-315-4411

Do you choose where you build your home carefully

http://www.ihihomeinspections.com Smyrna home inspector discovers birds that are making a bird nest in the dryer vent on the outside of the home. I thought I would share this with you only because #1 I thought it was neat that I caught them in action, #2 most people don’t think about the safety and fire hazard that this seemingly innocent act is creating. When the dryer vent is clogged, it can over heat. When it over heats, fires happen. So make sure that you keep your dryer vent cleaned out.

If you want a through home inspector on your side when you’re buying a home,that will provide a through 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 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.

Services Provided: Atlanta Home Inspections, Home Inspection Atlanta, Atlanta Home Inspections, Radon Gas Testing, Radon Inspections Pool & Spa Inspections, Infrared Inspections, 5 Star Protection Inspections, Moisture and Leak Detection Inspections.

We build our business primarily through referrals we receive.  Please keep us in mind should you hear of anyone buying or selling a home.

We also provide State of the Art Thermal Imaging Services:

      • Got a leak you can’t find – we detect hidden leaks behind your walls!
      • Are you losing heating and cooling dollars – find out where with an Energy Scan!
      • Worried about your electric panel overheating – check it with an Electrical Scan!
      • Know a business owner with flat roof issues, repairs or about to be replaced – we can possibly save them thousands with Commercial Roof Scanning!

Visit us here:

We love new friends, followers and comments!