Thursday, February 26, 2015

Cooking Fire Safety – Put a Freeze on Winter Fires 2014



This season, families spend more time in the kitchen than braving the cold winter temperatures outside. NFPA provides some quick tips to help you and your family reduce the risk of cooking fires in your home.

For more information on how to keep your family and you safe this winter season visit:
http://www.usfa.fema.gov/winter
http://www.nfpa.org/winter

Monday, February 23, 2015

What to Expect in a SitePro Home Inspection



A great SitePro Inspection is made up of three components; a snapshot of the building materials and systems in your home, a list of 'deficiencies' from correct or safe building practices, and an education on your homes major systems. The list of 'deficiencies' is often the most concerning to home buyers after a SitePro Inspection as this is what may break a sale or could involve unexpected expenses during the purchase process. So what should home buyers do after they get the SitePro inspection report?

Get All The Information
Everything about a home can be fixed except for its location and no home is perfect under the lens of a SitePro Inspection . Most home 'deficiencies' are related to changes made by amateurs after the home was built, neglected maintenance items, or aging systems needing replacement soon.

Read the SitePro Inspection  report and all the written comments from your SitePro inspector to get the most information from the report. Your SitePro inspector and your SitePro Inspection  report should be able to tell you what your next step is for each deficiency and the degree of urgency a defect has. Some 'deficiencies' are inexpensive to repair but urgent to repair as they may present a life safety hazard (e.g. exposed live wires). Other 'deficiencies' are not immediate life safety hazards but may require budgeting for the repair such as replacing an old hot water tank that is still fully functional at the time of the inspection.

Home sellers are also a great source of information on the home. For example, if the SitePro Inspector notices signs of a past oil heating system, the home seller should be able to identify if an oil tank has been removed from the site. Home sellers also should keep copies of warranties and guarantees on work done on the home. If the SitePro Inspector  identifies an installation defect on a new furnace, this may be repairable under the original warranty.

Talk To Your Realtor
You should have an excellent working relationship with your Realtor if you are going to have a successful real estate transaction. Experienced Realtors have dealt with many of the common home deficiencies found in SitePro Inspections in the past and they can offer solutions to you like:
  • ·         Arrange for the seller/builder to fix a deficiency before possession changes
  • ·         Helping you find a contractor or handy person who can fix the deficiency
  • ·         Arrange for more time before removing purchase subjects to investigate the problem(s)
  • ·         Re-negotiating the purchase price of a home
  • ·         Negotiating a Hold-Back in case of premature system failure or future Strata assessments
  • ·         Help You Decide when to remove inspection subjects

Your Realtor can also help give you guidance if the home deficiencies are beyond normal and reasonable repair and perhaps you should consider walking away from the home and looking for another one. Ultimately this decision is up to the client but your Realtor can help you understand what your options are.

Who Should Fix the Deficiencies?
Many home sellers are quick to suggest they will fix a deficiency rather than take a hold-back,  lower the purchase price, or lose the sale. While this method may solve the problem, the buyer does not have any control over who is fixing the problem and the materials used. As many 'deficiencies' in a SitePro home inspection come from amateur work, the last thing you want is for another amateur to 'fix' the problem. It is also important that all work is performed by licensed trades people and that any permits that may be needed are in place.

On existing homes, SitePro Home Inspectors typically recommend that the home buyer has the correct people come in to fix any deficiencies after the home transaction is complete. This allows the future occupant of the home to know that the repairs are done right and will be safe and solid for years to come. If the home is newly built, the builder and their trades people should correct any deficiencies before the transaction is completed.

Professional SitePro Home Inspectors  operate under standards of ethics which prevent them from quoting on, performing any repair work, or collecting referral fees for recommending any contractors. This is to protect
SitePro home inspection clients who have a lot at stake based on the recommendations of a SitePro home inspection report. If your SitePro home inspector offers to do repairs or have a family member do repairs for a fee, you should throw away the entire inspection as suspect and bring in an independent professional SitePro home inspector for a new inspection.

Call in the Experts
All repairs should always be performed by licensed professionals. For minor fixes, many professionals will perform repairs based on an hourly labor rate plus repair material which they typically will have in their service vehicle. Don't be surprised if there is a minimum charge for showing up. Your Realtor or the Better Business Bureau can help you find a trusted professional if you don't have any personal connections.

If the repair job is beyond a normal service call, it may be necessary to get a few quotes from professionals in your area. Contractor rates can vary by as much as 300% and the quality of labor and materials can vary greatly.


Final Thoughts
As no home is perfect under the lens of a SitePro home inspection, clients will always have to make some decisions about 'deficiencies' found in a SitePro home inspection report and assume some of the risks and maintenance expenses with a home purchase. While in some extreme cases the deficiencies may be severe enough to walk away from a home purchase, most items are fixable for a very small percentage of the purchase price of the home or with just a little maintenance time from the new home buyer.


Van Hibberts, CMI

Certified Residential Building Code Inspector ICC-5319905
Florida-State Certified Master Home Inspector Lic. #HI89
Florida-Certified Wind Mitigation Inspector
203(k) FHA/HUD Consultant #A0900
WDO Certificate #JE190791 
NACHI #10071802
362 Gulf Breeze Parkway, #214
Gulf Breeze, Florida 32561
850.934.6800  (Office)
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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Measures that Homeowners can take to Prevent Break-Ins

There are a number of measures that homeowners can take to ensure that their homes are not attractive to burglars. If clients are concerned about break-ins, inspectors can pass on to them basic strategies for burglar-proofing their homes.

Some interesting statistics concerning break-ins in the United States:

  • ·         International Association Certified Home Inspectors estimates that theft makes up more than three-quarters of all reported crime. 
  • ·         In 2012, law enforcement agencies reported more than 6 million burglary offenses.
  • ·         According to a survey, burglars enter homes through the following locations: 
Ø  81 percent enter through the first floor;
Ø  34 percent of burglars enter through the front door;
Ø  23 percent enter through a first-floor window;
Ø  22 percent enter through the back door
Ø  9 percent enter through the garage;
Ø  4 percent enter through the basement;
Ø  4 percent enter through an unlocked entrance;
Ø  2 percent enter through a storage area; and 
Ø  2 percent enter anywhere on the second floor.

Exterior Doors:
·         Doors should be made of steel or solid-core wood construction. Hollow-core wood doors are more easily broken than heavy, solid-core doors.
·         Doors should be free of signs of rot, cracks and warping.
·         Doors should be protected by quality deadbolt locks. Chain locks are not adequate substitutes for deadbolt locks, although chain locks may be used as additional protection.
·         If a mail slot is present, it should be equipped with a cage or box. Mail slots that are not equipped with cages or boxes have been used by burglars to enter homes.  Burglars can insert a contraption made of wire and cord into the mail slot and use it to open the lock from the inside, if no box or cage is present.
·         If a door is equipped with glass panes, they should be installed far from the lock. Otherwise, burglars can smash the glass and reach through the door to unlock the door.
·         Spare keys should not be hidden in obvious locations. Burglars are very good at finding keys that homeowners believe are cleverly hidden. The best place for a spare key is in the house of a trusted neighbor. If keys must be hidden near the door, they should not be placed in obvious locations, such as under a doormat, rock or planter. 
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·         Exterior Doors:
o    Doors should be made of steel or solid-core wood construction. Hollow-core wood doors are more easily broken than heavy, solid-core doors.
o    Doors should be free of signs of rot, cracks and warping.
o    Doors should be protected by quality deadbolt locks. Chain locks are not adequate substitutes for deadbolt locks, although chain locks may be used as additional protection.
o    If a mail slot is present, it should be equipped with a cage or box. Mail slots that are not equipped with cages or boxes have been used by burglars to enter homes.  Burglars can insert a contraption made of wire and cord into the mail slot and use it to open the lock from the inside, if no box or cage is present.
Keys should not be placed in obvious locations, such as under a doormat, rock or planter.         
A peephole can be installed in doors so homeowners can see who is on their doorstep before they open the door.
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Clients should consider installing bump-resistant locks on their doors. “Bumping” is a technique developed recently that can open almost any standard lock with less effort than is required by lock-picking. This technique uses “bump keys,” which are normal keys with slight modifications. Lock companies such as Schlage Primus and Medeco manufacture a number of locks that offer some bump-resistance.

Pet Doors:
·         Pet doors can be used by burglars to enter homes. Some burglars have reached through pet doors in order to unlock the door. It is advisable to not have a pet door, but if one is necessary, it should be as small as possible and installed far from the lock.
·         A crafty burglar may convince or coerce a small child to crawl through a pet door and unlock the door. Also, some burglars are children.
·         Electronic pet doors are available that open only when the pet, equipped with a signaling device in their collar, approaches the door. These doors are designed to keep stray animals out of the home, and may provide protection against burglars, as well.

Sliding Glass Doors:
·         They should be equipped with locks on their tops and bottoms.
·         They should not be able to be lifted from their frames.
·         A cut-off broom handle, or a similar device, can be laid into the door track to prevent it from being opened.

Illumination:
·         Lights should be installed on the exterior of all four sides of the house. Burglars prefer darkness so they cannot be seen by neighbors or passersby.
·         When building occupants are not home, a few lights should be left on.
·         It is helpful to install exterior lights that are activated by motion sensors. Burglars that are suddenly illuminated may flee.

Windows:
·         All windows should be composed of strong glass, such as laminated glass, and be in good operating order.
·         They can be installed with bars, grilles, grates or heavy-duty wire screening. Barred windows must be equipped with a quick-release mechanism so occupants can quickly escape during a fire.
·         Windows should not be hidden by landscaping or structures. If landscaping or structures cannot be moved, lighting can be installed around the windows.

Landscape and Yard:
·         Shrubs and trees should not obscure the view of entrances. Shielded entrances can provide cover for burglars while they attempt to enter the residence.
·         Fences are helpful burglar deterrents, although they should not be difficult to see through.

While the house is vacant:
·         A loud radio can be used to make burglars think someone is home. Timers can be used to activate radios and lights to make the home seem occupied.
·         A car should always be parked in the driveway. A neighbor’s car can be parked there so that it appears as if someone is home.
·         The lawn should be cut regularly. Uncut grass is a clue that no one is home.

Other tips:
·         Dogs are excellent burglar deterrents. For clients who cannot own dogs, they can place “beware of dog” signs around the yard for nearly the same effect.
·         If no security system is installed, the client can post security alarm stickers around the yard.
In summary, there are a number of tactics that inspectors can pass on to their clients that will help safeguard their homes from break-ins. There is no substitute for a good alarm system. A quality, monitored alarm system can also contact help in the event of a fire, break-in, flood, or carbon monoxide leak even if you are not at home. For a free no obligation quote for an alarm system and monitoring, please contact SitePro Security at (888) 789-9046 who’s partnered with ADT. 


                                                                                                                                                                     
ADT makes its BEST offer to families who have used a SitePro professional property inspector. Here are two great options:
  1. You can activate ADT security monitoring using any other alarm system equipment with NO money out of your pocket.
  2. You can also utilize the ADT Safewatch Quick Connect program with ADT. This includes wireless accessories, two way voice communication with ADT Monitoring Centers during an alarm, and a wireless keychain remote.
Both choices require NO MONEY out of pocket (no rebates to deal with). Here at SitePro Residential and Commercial Inspections we constantly strive to offer extra value. Contact a SitePro Inspector to help with your security.
Van Hibberts, CMI

Certified Residential Building Code Inspector ICC-5319905
Florida-State Certified Master Home Inspector Lic. #HI89
Florida-Certified Wind Mitigation Inspector
203(k) FHA/HUD Consultant #A0900
WDO Certificate #JE190791 
NACHI #10071802
362 Gulf Breeze Parkway, #214
Gulf Breeze, Florida 32561
850.934.6800  (Office)
850.485.3209  (Cell / Text Msg)
"Looking Beyond The Obvious"


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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Convert An Attic to a Bedroom



Today's Homeowner's Danny Lipford discusses the conversion of an attic to a bedroom.

Visit http://todayshomeowner.com for more videos like this one!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Why It Is Essential To Put Seal Coating On Your Asphalt

There are many benefits to seal coating an asphalt driveway or parking lot. Along with the obvious improvement in appearance that a new, clean surface provides, it protects the asphalt from deterioration.

One of the benefits provided by a new layer of coating is ease of maintenance. Most grime will wash away when it rains. This keeps your driveway looking clean even if you don't go out and scrub it down. During dry spells, just hit it with a hose for the same cleaning effect.

Sealcoating also hides patches, rough areas, small cracks and stains in the underlying asphalt. This makes the driveway or parking lot look much better than it otherwise would. Parking lines and other traffic paint will also stand out more. This is a great benefit for parking lots and commercial driveways.

Coating asphalt protects it from UV rays. The sun's rays normally will increase asphalt's porosity and make it more susceptible to staining and other damage from things like oil and gas spills. By coating it, you help it resist this damage and extend its life.

Finally, coated asphalt is much more water resistant than it otherwise would be. This is very important in climates with a cold winter. Uncoated asphalt can absorb water, which will then freeze and cause cracks when winter comes.

Repairing asphalt can be very expensive. The high price comes from the combination of labor and the cost of the material itself. Asphalt prices change with the cost of oil, so the cost of repairs rise in tandem with oil's march to ever-higher price levels. It is much cheaper to coat a driveway and prevent damage from ever occurring than it is to ignore your driveway and have to fix it later.

Once you've decided to sealcoat your driveway or parking lot, you will need to determine whether you want to do the job yourself or hire a service. Doing the job yourself is cheaper but requires some work. Here is a quick overview of what it takes to do it yourself.

First, the pavement will need to be cleaned. This begins with simple sweeping. You will also need to dig any loose asphalt, gravel or other debris out of the surface. Power washing is likely the easiest way to dislodge the particles. You will also need to cut down any weeds that are growing over or through the surface.

If you used a cleaning method other than power washing, you will now need to scrub the surface with a driveway cleaning solution. This will allow the coating to adhere to the asphalt.

If there are any cracks or potholes, you need to fix them before coating the driveway. Narrow cracks can be filled with semi-liquid filler, while larger ones will need asphalt cold patch. Cold patch is a grainy substance sold in cans or bags.

Potholes will need to be prepared before repair. This generally involves smoothing them out and undercutting the edges to provide a good anchor point for the filler material. Filler can be hot or cold. Most hardware-store fillers will work fine for the light load of a residential driveway.

Actually sealing the asphalt is next. Mix the coating according to the instructions on the package. Then apply it with a rented sprayer or use a pole-mounted trowel to spread it evenly over the surface. Make sure you choose a dry day with no rain predicted so that the coating will have a chance to properly cure.

Of course, there is a much easier way to get seal coating onto your driveway or parking lot: contact a qualified service and watch them do all of this work for you. When they're done, write the check and enjoy looking at the perfect results.

It may seem like a mundane thing to think about until you have to pay for it! The investment you make as a home owner or a business owner regarding your parking lot or driveway all of a sudden becomes pretty important when you have to get your wallet out. Understand your options and why sealcoating can save you a ton of money! Click here >> Sealcoating Dayton Ohio

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Sunday, February 15, 2015

Garage Floor Covering Options - The Hottest Trends

There is one area of every house that is constantly exposed to elements - dirt, snow, oil, mud etc. and that is garage floor. If you are a professional in that area you will not need to read this, but if you are thinking about renovating or updating the look of your garage it would be wise to update your knowledge and find out about the latest new technologies available to any home owner and do it yourself amateur.

The most popular way of changing the look of any garage floor is the use of either epoxy or rustoleum paints, which are available as kits in all home improvement stores. Both options are great for covering the concrete and you will find that keeping your floor clean becomes a breeze. However you will need to prepare the floor before you start painting and we have provided a simple step by step how to guide for you on our website. The key point is to paint your floor at optimal temperature so make sure you check that first.

Epoxy garage floor coverings come in many colors and they are suitable not only for garage floors but also patios, driveways, pool areas and they help repel staining and damage to the floor itself. Behr offers a drylok that, when applied properly creates a water resistant surface. Also if you would like a shiny surface you can look into polishing options to add an even more decorative and luxurious look to your floors.

If you would like a concrete paint that can imitate marble, stone, tile or even leather you should look into stained concrete method. Using colored concrete for decorative effects has become quite a popular solution and there are many different kinds of stains available on the market today, including resurfacing agents, concrete acid stain and even dye that is added to the concrete itself. Concrete acid stain method is probably the easiest out of all options and can be quite easily managed even by not very experienced renovator. This option is used inside as well as outside of the house.

If you are after more permanent solution garage floor tiles should be your choice. Gone are the days where ceramic tiles were the only option available. New flexi PVC tiles are the latest trend, they bend but at the same time can withstand enormous pressure without breaking. They come in a variety of designs - wood, bold colors or patterns. Floor Junkies specialize in making those. Another trend that gained in popularity in the last few years is the use of adhesive interlocking vinyl flooring. Those tiles are incredibly easy to install and you could have a brand new floor in a matter of a day or two. Cork is also quite popular due to its rubber like properties.

One thing to remember is that whichever option you choose, whether you prefer epoxy paint, floor tiles or stained cement the old concrete will need to be patched up first. Repairing concrete is not that difficult if you follow few simple rules and it does not matter if it is just a crack repair or more complicated job, the same rules apply. But if you really do not want to go through a major renovation there is always another option that does not require any effort on your part - garage floor mats. They certainly protect your floor. There is one area of every house that is constantly exposed to elements - dirt, snow, oil, mud etc. and that is garage floor.


If you are a professional in that area you will not need to read this, but if you are thinking about renovating or updating the look of your garage it would be wise to update your knowledge and find out about the latest new technologies available to any home owner and do it yourself amateur. The most popular way of changing the look of any garage floor is the use of either epoxy or rustoleum paints, which are available as kits in all home improvement stores. Both options are great for covering the concrete and you will find that keeping your floor clean becomes a breeze. However you will need to prepare the floor before you start painting and we have provided a simple step by step how to guide for you on our website. The key point is to paint your floor at optimal temperature so make sure you check that first.

Epoxy garage floor coverings come in many colors and they are suitable not only for garage floors but also patios, driveways, pool areas and they help repel staining and damage to the floor itself. Behr offers a drylok that, when applied properly creates a water resistant surface. Also if you would like a shiny surface you can look into polishing options to add an even more decorative and luxurious look to your floors.

If you would like a concrete paint that can imitate marble, stone, tile or even leather you should look into stained concrete method. Using colored concrete for decorative effects has become quite a popular solution and there are many different kinds of stains available on the market today, including resurfacing agents, concrete acid stain and even dye that is added to the concrete itself. Concrete acid stain method is probably the easiest out of all options and can be quite easily managed even by not very experienced renovator. This option is used inside as well as outside of the house.

If you are after more permanent solution garage floor tiles should be your choice. Gone are the days where ceramic tiles were the only option available. New flexi PVC tiles are the latest trend, they bend but at the same time can withstand enormous pressure without breaking. They come in a variety of designs - wood, bold colors or patterns. Floor Junkies specialize in making those. Another trend that gained in popularity in the last few years is the use of adhesive interlocking vinyl flooring. Those tiles are incredibly easy to install and you could have a brand new floor in a matter of a day or two. Cork is also quite popular due to its rubber like properties.

One thing to remember is that whichever option you choose, whether you prefer epoxy paint, floor tiles or stained cement the old concrete will need to be patched up first. Repairing concrete is not that difficult if you follow few simple rules and it does not matter if it is just a crack repair or more complicated job, the same rules apply. But if you really do not want to go through a major renovation there is always another option that does not require any effort on your part - garage floor mats. They certainly protect your floors from spills and dirt and also come in a variety of styles, heavy duty with extra edge around it for heavy use, more stylish - diamond, coin-grade or ribbed patterns. There are even heated designs available and all of them will guard your floor against spillages.

Once you have your garage floors all sorted out and looking great it is time to get your garage into shape and use your garage organizer skills to get rid of all unwanted junk and put away the rest of your stuff so everything is well organized and sorted. There are different garage storage systems available, ranging from hanging shelves, wall and overhead cabinets to lockers, bins and ceiling racks. They all come in different lengths, widths and depths so finding the best garage storage system for your garage should not be a problem.rs from spills and dirt and also come in a variety of styles, heavy duty with extra edge around it for heavy use, more stylish - diamond, coin-grade or ribbed patterns. There are even heated designs available and all of them will guard your floor against spillages.

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Friday, February 13, 2015

Killing Toxic Black Mold - How to Remove Mold Safely



Killing toxic black mold is easier than you might think. Just be safe and take the necessary precautions when removing large areas of mold. In this video you'll learn how to remove mold according to the most of the EPA recommendations. The complete EPA Guide to Mold Removal is available at http://www.epa.gov/mold/moldguide.html

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Has Mold Taken Hold?

Mold has taken hold! Not that the microbes have reached out and grabbed us, but rather they have captured our attention. A rash of recent high profile media stories have petrified many people with concerns for both their health and finances. While it is true in some situations that variations and concentrations of mold can kill us both physically and financially, in the vast majority of cases mold problems can be remedied simply and economically.




Molds exist naturally all around us. Molds play a vital role in the decomposition of organic waste such as in a compost pile. Other molds are essential in the creation of some of our finest foods, such as wine and cheese. But, when mold growth occurs in an inappropriate place or in extreme concentration, the health of our home and family can be at risk.

All molds need two basic ingredients to grow, food and water. The favorite food of mold is cellulose. In our home, cellulose is a common constituent. Wood, paper, cotton, and drywall are plentiful in construction and are great sources of cellulose. Water is everywhere in our homes, both on the surfaces and in the air.

As the tightness of our homes has increased in response to a desire to conserve energy, the unintended consequence has been the trapping of moisture. The increase in moisture in our homes has in some cases resulted in a relative humidity above the 60% level needed to sustain mold growth in interior spaces. In some cases, the moisture level of the interior spaces is below the mold growth threshold, but the exterior wall cavities retain the required moisture level for rapid mold growth within the walls. To make matters worse, this condition is also perfect for accelerated wood rot and termite infestation.

So what is a reasonable person to do? Much like a physical exam is the first step in a plan for personal health, a home inspection is the first step in a mold survey. The intent of the inspection is to seek out all sources of moisture that may contribute to an environment that is attractive to mold and to visually identify any existing mold colonies. Roof leaks, plumbing leaks, and improper sprinkler positioning are among the more common sources of mold-causing moisture problems. After identification of the moisture source, a reasonable and practical remedy can be prescribed.

Areas with visible mold colonies can be thoroughly cleaned with detergent, followed by wiping with a bleach and water solution. Porous materials such as ceiling tiles and carpet are difficult to clean and often require removal and replacement in all but the most minor of outbreaks.

In most cases, testing to determine mold species is not necessary to solve the problem. If an individual has an extreme or specific health risk factor, testing may be of value in assisting the medical professional in addressing the specific health situation. If the outbreak of mold is extreme, testing maybe wise in ensuring safety during remediation. The choice to test or not should always rest with the homeowner or potential homebuyer, but the decision should be an informed one made with the assistance of an ASHI certified home inspector who has received additional training specific to mold management.

With a basic understanding of the management of moisture, household mold maintenance is simple. Molds have been around forever and will never be gone, and it is good that they are here. But like so many things, too much of a good thing can be a bad thing. Stay informed, but don't get caught up in the hype. Remember, it's about knowing!

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Monday, February 9, 2015

Why Hire A Professional To Paint Your House?



Anyone can apply paint, but not everyone can get it done properly. A poorly done DIY paint job can be annoying, apart from being a waste of energy and funds. If you want to have a paint job that is attractive and will last for years, consider hiring a painting company.

Other reasons why hiring a professional painter is a good idea:

Painting entails concentration and attention to detail. This can be difficult to do when you're painting the outer wall of the second story of your home. Painting companies have the appropriate instruments or equipment not to mention training to perform the job effectively and safely.

If your home was built before the 1980s and needs to be repainted, there's a chance that the old paint contains lead. Contact with lead may be detrimental to health. Professional painting companies have employees who have training in lead-safe work practices and thus are capable of doing work safely, reliably, and effectively. Reliable painting companies will also offer inspection for lead and risk evaluation prior to starting the work.

A good paint job is usually a result of sufficient prep work. Without proper prep work, the new paint will chip or show signs of deterioration earlier than anticipated. Accidental paint splatter will also be averted if you hire contractors. Contractors will also clean up and dispose all hazardous wastes, which include flammable thinners.

A painting company can also finish the work promptly. Many people have attempted painting rooms by themselves, convinced that it will be just a simple weekend project. Unfortunately, a lot of these people found themselves still with a job in progress weeks after. Painting companies will also complete the task without interfering with your daily life as much.

Recommendations when picking a painting company:

Make sure to work with state-licensed painting contractors only. Painting contractors can differ substantially when it comes to price, so obtain no less than three bids. Also secure references from every single bidder and review prior work in person. Make certain you are hiring a contractor that has workers' compensation and liability insurance policies. Once you have chosen a professional painting contractor, make certain that all project expectations are made in writing. Remember to evaluate the contract before signing it so you avoid being surprised by hidden fees down the road.

Keep in mind that reputable companies will usually not ask for more than 10% of the total project price as down payment. Don't complete the final payment until you are happy with the job.

Everyone can apply paint, but not all can do a good job. If you want to know more about residential painting, please tap here.

 By Roy Coopers
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Saturday, February 7, 2015

Design Tips: Designing the Perfect Kitchen - The Home Depot




Sarah Fishburne, Director of Trend and Design for The Home Depot, discusses the latest colors and trends for Kitchen design. Whether you’re a baker, chef, or entertainer, we've got the latest renovation ideas for creating the perfect kitchen.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

The importance of a home inspection - As viewed by a Santa Rosa County Florida Realtor

SitePro Home Inspectors see a home the way no one else does. They don’t care how the kitchen will feel for entertaining or whether the bathroom tiles will impress guests. Their judgment is not clouded by emotion. Nor do they have any interest in whether the home sells, as long as they’re not pals with the seller’s real estate agent. To the contrary, they are financially motivated to find flaws — to avoid liability should something go wrong. Always seek a reputable home inspector.

Just because you’re dry doesn’t mean the roof isn’t leaking. More than once, a home inspector has crawled through the rafters in an unfinished attic — the eager homebuyers waiting below — only to find a child’s wading pool strategically placed to catch drips from the roof.

The owners would have painted over water stains in the rooms below, and neglected to tell anyone the roof needed to be replaced.

“There’s supposed to be disclosure, but people have this phenomenon called, ‘Oh, I forgot.’ It happens every day,” says a Santa Rosa County, broker/ owner of a large real estate company.

Most roof leaks don’t leave clues and it’s not always easy to crawl over insulation and find water-discoloration marks via flashlight. “That’s the dirty work of a home inspector,” It’s a trained eye, versus an untrained eye.”

Just because the floor is level doesn’t mean it hasn’t sunk half a foot. Noting the slightly soft feel, however, a skilled inspector eyed the baseboards. They should have been level with the floor, but here the floor sat 4 inches lower. Crawling around in the basement, the inspector found mold had deteriorated the supports. This house was literally hanging from its rafters, like a parachute.

“One of these days, a couple of people would be standing in the middle of the floor and they’d go down through the floor,” the SitePro inspector stated. “It’s a scary thing.”

Van Hibberts, CMI

Certified Residential Building Code Inspector ICC-5319905
Florida-State Certified Master Home Inspector Lic. #HI 89
Certified Owens-Corning Roof Data Technician
Florida-Certified Wind Mitigation Inspector
WDO Certificate #JE190791 
InterNACHI #10071802
362 Gulf Breeze Parkway, #214
Gulf Breeze, Florida 32561
850.934.6800  (Office)
850.485.3209  (Cell / Text Msg)
"Looking Beyond The Obvious"


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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Sparky the Fire Dog



Fire Officials explain fire and burn safety to children.
Sedalia, Missouri. 30 October 2008.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Exclusively from SitePro Inspection Company in the Panhandle of Florida "We'll Buy Back Your Home Guarantee"

 "We'll Buy Back Your Home Guarantee"  - SitePro believes in the quality of inspections they give their clients by providing this guarantee. No other Home Inspection Company in the Panhandle of Florida will make this offer or guarantee based upon the quality of inspections they provide. 


Here are the no-frills terms of this groundbreaking Buy-Back Guarantee:

  • ·         Honored for 90 days after closing.
  • ·         Valid for home inspections performed for home buyers by participating InterNACHI members.
  • ·         We'll pay whatever price the client paid for the home.
  • ·         The guarantee excludes homes with material defects not present at the time of the inspection, or not required to be inspected per InterNACHI's Residential Standards of Practice.
Home buyers can buy a home worry-free when they have it inspected by a participating InterNACHI member. If they’re not happy within the first 90 days after buying it, InterNACHI will buy back the home at full price.

Real estate agents can be assured that their clients can now buy with confidence.

Van Hibberts, CMI

Certified Residential Building Code Inspector ICC-5319905
IBHS Fortified  Certified Inspector  #FEV32561020109 
ARA Certified Inspector #20302 (Applied Research Associates)
Florida-State Certified Master Inspector Lic. #HI 89
Certified Owens-Corning Roof Data Inspector
Florida-Certified Wind Mitigation Inspector
WDO Certificate #JE190791 
InterNACHI #10071802
362 Gulf Breeze Parkway, #214
Gulf Breeze, Florida 32561
850.934.6800  (Office)                                          
850.485.3209  (Cell / Text Msg)                          

"Looking Beyond The Obvious"


Nothing in this message is intended to constitute an electronic signature unless a specific statement to the contrary is included in this message.

DISCLAIMER: The information in this communication is confidential and may be legally privileged. It is intended solely for the use of the individual or entity to whom it is addressed and other authorized to receive it. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any disclosure, copying, distribution or taking any action in reliance of the contents of this information is strictly prohibited and may be unlawful. If you have received this message in error, please contact the sender immediately by return e-mail. SitePro LLC is neither liable for the proper nor complete transmission of the information contained in this communication nor for any delay in its receipt.

SitePro Residential and Commercial Inspections has taken every reasonable precaution to ensure that any attachment to this e-mail has been swept for viruses. However, we cannot accept liability for any damage sustained as a result of viruses and would advise that you carry out your own virus check before opening any attachment. This e-mail is meant to communicate company related materials only. Opinions expressed by the author of this e-mail are solely his/her own. SitePro Residential and Commericial Inspections will not be liable for opinions expressed in this e-mail.