Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Unusual Front Door Colors That Work

When it comes to front door color, fortune favors the bold. These nine unexpected shades will add a dose of happy color to any home

Saturday, October 22, 2016

New Home / Builder’s Warranty Inspections by SitePro

The Panhandle area continues to grow. As a result, home builders continue to scramble for more and more land and seem to be building homes at a record pace. Owning a home is the American Ideal, but building a home is the Dream of a Lifetime. Unfortunately, for some new homeowners it can become a nightmare.

As a result of extraordinary growth in the Panhandle over the last few decades, builders have grown to rely upon subcontractors who are continually looking for qualified labor. Most of these subcontractors are exceptional and well trained. However, with the record pace of building, it is possible to have workers who are tired, overworked or not as qualified as they should be. As a result, some new homeowners have found that these subcontractors have maybe forgotten to insulate portions of attics, have not installed electrical or plumbing components correctly, or have failed to finish their work such as not installing all the roof tiles needed for a roof. If they do not document these items or catch them before the end of their warranty, the homeowner, not the builder, is responsible for repairing these items down the road when they sell their home and the buyers have an inspection performed.. As a result, these homeowners are faced with hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars in costs that could have been avoided with a comprehensive inspection.

By working with SitePro, you can provide your builder with a thorough, detailed written summary of defects that need to be corrected while your home is still under warranty. It’s a good idea to have an independent authority conduct your home inspection. That way you have the peace of mind knowing you have a complete and accurate account of your home’s condition.

There are many local inspection companies who perform these types of inspections, but only a few are as thorough, experienced, or professional as a SitePro inspector. Understanding that a new home can be overwhelming and sometimes fearful, our inspectors take extra time to ask you what issues you are concerned about. We encourage you to be present during the inspection and in some cases follow us so you can see what we see. Whether you follow us or not, we take time at the end of the inspection to walk through the home identifying issues. Additionally, inspectors from SitePro take extra time to point out maintenance issues. Our inspections not only cover the basic items in a normal inspection, we spend extra time looking at systems and structural components to ensure potential issues caused by substandard workmanship are identified and corrected before they become an issue. SitePro inspectors are not only highly qualified in construction trades, building and zoning and real estate, we have an acute understanding of the process as well as typical mistakes that are made over and over by some subcontractors.

Why not REQUEST AN INSPECTION today and have the PEACE OF MIND you always wanted for a fraction of replacing/repairing/installing items in the future?

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

How to Transform Your Landscape Using Existing Plants

Ask This Old House landscape designer Jenn Nawada uses a homeowner’s existing plants and a few additions to transform the look of a house’s foundation.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

What's Molding Used For? | DIY Basics

It solves a variety of problems and adds style and character to your home on a modest budget. Meet molding, your new best friend. Let's get acquainted.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Monday, October 10, 2016

How Do I Clean My Vents? | DIY Basics

Dryer vents, a/c vents, range vents.....there are lots of vents in your home. Here's how to keep them clean.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Understanding Solar Power

Ask This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey explains the complexities of today’s solar-power systems. (See below for steps.)

Steps for Understanding Solar Power:
1. Solar thermal panels are used to create domestic hot water. The panels are filled with antifreeze or evacuated tubes.
2. A typical thermal-panel system can produce 65 to 70 percent of a home’s hot water needs.
3. A photovoltaic (PV) system transforms the sun’s energy into direct current (DC) electricity. 
4. An inverter mounted inside the house converts the DC power to standard alternating current (AC), which is then used to power lights, appliances, and other electrical devices.
5. If the PV system produces more electricity than you can use, the excess gets sent back to the power company and you receive a credit on your electric bill.
6. Solar companies are now offering power purchase agreements to homeowners, which include a free solar system in exchange for government rebates.