In this election year we have been besieged with troubling allegations of dishonesty and corruption at the highest levels of government. We have become all too familiar and acceptant of the low standards commonly attributed to politicians.
At Independent Home Inspection honesty is job number one. I report things only as they are without the exaggeration we so often encounter.
Even new homes have some defects. All defects can be fixed. My pledge to you is to simply present them honestly for your evaluation. You will then be in a better position to decide how to proceed.
You may not have given your garage door much thought lately. You press a button and it opens, another and it closes. Have you ever lost power to your door and had to open it by hand? Do you know how to do that?
Your garage door could be quite heavy. Older overhead doors were made entirely of wood. Newer doors are usually aluminum or fiberglass.
There will be a way to disconnect your overhead door from the opening apparatus so you can open it manually. This is usually a short cord and handle hanging from the track about half way to the door. pulling it disengages the door chain or cable and the door is then free to be raised.
Overhead door remote operation should be checked occasionally to ensure safe operation. The ‘electric eye’ operation to prevent door closure is fairly obvious. Recommended height for this beam is 4-6 inches off the floor. Too low and it may shine under your car and allow operation when you are only partially in the garage.
Less obvious is the automatic reversing feature required of overhead doors. This will reverse the door when it strikes an object while descending. This will not prevent damage or injury but will prevent entrapment of the object or person.
The Garage Door Manufacturers Association recommends testing the reverse function with a 2×4 laid across the door opening. Adjustment is usually a simple operation, consult the manufacturers manual for detailed specific information.
Children should be cautioned or forbidden as necessary to prevent dangerous overhead door operation.
Several clients have inquired about services for their new home.
They may need pool maintenance, fuel delivery or septic services on a regular, annual or semi-annual basis.
You may have found this to be the case with your home purchase.
The best and most convenient solution is simply to inquire from the seller who they might have used in the past. Be sure to ask how satisfied they were with these services.
Your new neighbors may also require many of these services and can be a wealth of information about local service providers and their reputation.
The benefit of these approaches is to find a service/maintenance provider who is already familiar with the property, its location, equipment, and scheduling needs.
This ‘foot in the door’ approach relieves you of the burden of researching and contacting local service providers with whom you have no experience. If, at a future time you need to make a change in these arrangements, you will have more time and flexibility to do so.
That little faucet drip that you’ve been meaning to get around to fixing could be wasting gallons.
It’s hard to estimate the true size off a drip of water, but over time it could be as much as 5 gallons in a single day. That adds up to over 1500 gallons a year.
How long did you say you’ve been putting that off?
While your home inspection might find major defects before you buy, all homes have cumulative minor deficiencies that, when taken together, can keep you busy for a while.
None of these problems can be construed as major, but a thorough home inspection can help you anticipate needs and future priorities before you buy. Saving you time and money.