Thursday, April 28, 2016

Buyer's Home Inspections by SitePro - Inspections With Your Interests In Mind


After saving and dreaming for months and years, you’ve finally found the home of your dreams. It has just the right d├ęcor, space, bedrooms and amenities you and your family need right now. You’ve checked out the schools. You’ve checked out the neighborhood. You‘ve even timed the drive to and from work.

BUT, have you taken seriously the importance of having a BUYER’S HOME INSPECTION done on your home? One where YOUR interests are in mind? Probably not.

Perhaps your neighbor has mentioned a home inspector or your REALTOR has referred their favorite home inspector? Can you be assured that this home inspector will take the time not only to perform a thorough and detailed inspection, but walk through the entire home explaining defects mentioned in the report as well as maintenance items? Will this inspector explain how systems work in a fun and educational manner so you know and feel comfortable with your home? After all, this is YOUR home and you want to know as much as you can about it!

Finally, when you are nearing the end of the inspection, will the inspector be scrambling to get you a report onsite or will he review his notes and prepare one of the most easily understood and professional reports in the industry within 12-24 hours? After all, it is your home.

Do you want a rushed inspection and report with possible errors or one that has YOUR best interests in mind? SitePro always has your interests in mind! After all, the largest part of our business is from happy past clients who have gone through the home buying process just like you.

So buy that home and schedule your inspection today knowing you have a trusted inspection company with your interests in mind!

Call 850-934-6800 To Schedule Your Inspection Today!!

Monday, April 25, 2016

How Do I Blend A Drywall Patch? | DIY Basics



That oddly placed art on your wall isn't fooling anyone. Learn how to blend a drywall patch and avoid embarrassment.

Friday, April 22, 2016

How to Patch Hardwood Flooring



Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva helps a homeowner patch a hardwood floor to make it look seamless. (See below for a shopping list, tools, and steps.)

Shopping List for How to Patch Hardwood Flooring:
- 2 1/4-inch hardwood flooring
- Wood glue

Tools for How to Patch Hardwood Flooring:
- Nail gun or hammer
- Flooring nails
- Oscillating saw
- Rubber hammer
- Circular saw
- Electric sander

Steps for How to Patch Hardwood Flooring:
1. Purchase hardwood flooring about a week before and leave it in the room where it will be installed to let it acclimate.
2. Begin laying boards in the corners and work across the room.
3. Cut the underside of the trim using an oscillating saw. Get the height by holding a piece of the flooring underneath the saw.
4. Place the first line of flooring down to make sure it fits properly. Then nail it in using a nail gun or hammer and nails. Make sure to place nails 8 to 12 inches apart on each board.
5. Lay out the rest of the flooring, but be sure to stagger the joints so they do not line up. Use the nail gun or hammer and nails to secure them.
6. On the last line of boards, you may be able to hammer a few into place using a rubber hammer.
7. If not, you'll have to use a rabbeted joint and tip the boards into place.
8. To make the rabbeted joint, rip off the groove side with a circular saw.
9. Place a bead of wood glue down on the tongue side of the board already in place.
10. Place another bead of wood glue down on the subfloor and in the groove of the opposite board.
11. Tip the board into place and secure it with a rubber hammer.
12. Repeat steps with the remaining boards.
13. Secure the final row of boards by face-nailing them to the subfloor.
14. Sand down the floor with sander.
15. Finish it to match your floor type.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Interior Design – How To Maximize Closet Space And Storage



Designer Maia Roffey of Black Sheep Interior Design and creator of makeitsuite.com offers expert advice on maximizing bedroom closet space. Get her clever organizing solutions and storage tips for every budget and wardrobe style.

Maia proves that you don’t need a walk-in closet to create a luxurious space for getting dressed. With the right built-in shelves, dressers and upgrades, you can revamp your basic closet and streamline the process of getting dressed.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

How to Unclog a Bathroom Sink



Ask This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey reveals the best ways to unclog a backed-up bathroom sink.

Shopping List for How to Unclog a Bathroom Sink:
- Hair snare
- Drain snake

Tools List for How to Unclog a Bathroom Sink:
- Open-faced wrench
- Bucket (to catch any excess water)

Steps for How to Unclog a Bathroom Sink:
1. First, check the pop-up assembly to make sure it's rising up enough at the drain line of the sink.
2. If that's not the problem, disassemble the pop-up assembly by loosening the nut on the main drainage pipe with an open-faced wrench and remove it. Be sure to use a bucket underneath to catch any excess water.
3. Any gunk may be connected to the pop-up that's released, or excess gunk in the drain can be scraped out by hand.
4. If there's a stoppage further down the drain, use the hair snare and fish it down the drain to attempt to loosen the obstruction.
5. The last resort may be a drain snake. Fish the apparatus down through the pipes and through the p-trap to attempt to loosen obstruction.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Prepare for Your Home Sale with a Pre-Listing Home Inspection


The Panhandle area continues to grow. Moreover, most homes appreciate 7-15% annually. As a result, many homeowners have discovered the benefits of building homes, living in them for a few years and then moving on to a larger home. Hence on any given day, one can see homes that are 2-5 years old in a neighborhood with FOR SALE signs in the front yard.

Think of all that goes into selling a home–the cleaning, the garage sale, the worry, the uncertainty, finding the mortgage professional to get a new loan, and then finding a real estate professional to sell the house–And that is before you even start looking for a new home and neighborhood! The last thing on your mind is a Pre-Listing Home Inspection. Yet, it could be the most important thing you do to prepare for your home sale.

Why a Pre-Listing Home Inspection??? Sure your home was in great shape when you built it. Or was it? Were you one of those who laughed at your neighbors and decided a New Home/Builder’s Warranty Inspection was not for you? Are you sure you caught everything the home builder might have forgotten or are there things that you are uncertain are in as good of shape as you thought. Why take the risk of selling your home and then having a BUYER HOME INSPECTOR find countless issues that will cost you thousands off the price and maybe even cost you the sale. For a small fraction of the cost of your home, have the peace of mind that your home is in good condition.

More Reasons Why…

  • There’s no waiting for a potential buyer to order a home inspection.
  • Hassle Free Home Sale
  • You’ll impress buyers with proof of your home’s condition inside and out.
  • Correct problems and eliminate last-minute repair hassles that could delay closing.
  • Decrease the chances of unknown problems that cause sales to fall through.
  • Get a better price for your home.

Ask yourself, if you were buying your home…would you buy yours which had a Pre-Listing Inspection or the one that didn’t…That answer is simple-Yours!

Request an Inspection Or Call 850-934-6800 To Schedule Your Inspection Today!!

Sunday, April 10, 2016

How to Install a Solid-Wood Exterior Door



General contractor Tom Silva helps a homeowner install a new, energy-efficient wood door. (See below for a shopping list, tools, and steps.)

 Shopping List for How to Install a Solid-Wood Exterior Door:
- Pre-hung wood entry door
- Minimal-expansion insulating foam, to seal cracks and voids
- Exterior-grade acrylic-latex caulk, to seal threshold
- 2 1/2-inch nails for pneumatic nailer
- Wood shims, to shim the doorframe
- 3-inch decking screws, to fasten doorjamb to framing
- Fiberglass insulation, to fill large voids

Tools List for How to Install a Solid-Wood Exterior Door:
- Hammer
- Slotted screwdriver
- Utility knife
- Flat bar, for prying off casings
- Reciprocating saw, to cut through nails
- Level
- Caulk gun
- Pneumatic nailer and air compressor
- Cordless drill
- Impact driver

Steps for How to Install a Solid-Wood Exterior Door:
1. Tap out the hinge pins from the old door using a hammer and a slotted screwdriver. Remove the door.
2. Use a utility knife to cut along the outer edge of the interior door casings. Slice through any paint or old caulk.
3. Pry the side and head casings free using a hammer and flat bar.
4. Use a reciprocating saw fitted with a metal-cutting blade to slice through the nails holding the side and head jambs in place.
5. Pry the jambs out of the doorway opening.
6. Check to ensure that the threshold and side casings are level.
7. Fill the voids around the doorway opening with minimal-expansion insulating foam.
8. Apply a thick, continuous bead of acrylic-latex caulk along the threshold.
9. Set the pre-hung door into the opening, then tip it up and into place.
10. Center the door in the opening, then check the side jambs for plumb.
11. Secure the door by nailing through the exterior casings and into the jambs.
12. Tap out the hinge pins and remove the new door from its frame.
13. Pull out the weatherstripping along the side jambs.
14. Slip wood shims behind the side jamb on the hinge side of the doorframe. Then use a level to ensure the jamb is perfectly straight and not bowed in or out.
15. Shoot 2 1/2-inch nails through the jamb and shims into the house framing.
16. Drill screw-shank clearance holes through the jambs; position the holes where they'll be hidden by the weatherstripping.
17. Drive 3-inch decking screws through the holes in the jambs and into the house framing.
18. Repeat Steps 13 through 17 to straighten and secure the latch-side jamb.
19. Cut the shims flush with the jambs using a utility knife.
20. Spray insulating foam into the voids around the doorjambs.
21. Fill any large voids with fiberglass insulation.
22. Reattach the weatherstripping to the jambs.
23. Nail new wood casing around the interior of the door.
24. Caulk the joints between the new doorframe and the exterior casing.
25. Apply an exterior-grade finish to both sides and all four edges of the wood door.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Interior Design – Top 10 Design Trends Of 2016



Discover the top decorating looks and concepts for 2016! House & Home editors reveal what’s hot in furniture, flooring, color, rugs and more. From ’70s Italian style to the new family room, these timeless trends have staying power. Don’t even think about renovating or redecorating this year without watching this video first!

Monday, April 4, 2016

Which Screw Should I Use? | DIY Basics



Stumped by all the different types of screws? Here's what you need to know to choose the right screw for the job.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Ask Tom: How to Find Measurements Without Math



Tom Silva shows how to quickly divide any length in half, without using math. (See below for steps.)

Steps for How to Find Measurements Without Math:
1. Measure the width of the board, then choose a slightly larger dimension that's easily divisible by two. For example, if the board measures 37 5/8 inches, round it up to 40 inches.
2. Pull a tape measure diagonally across the board until the 40-inch graduation aligns with the edge of the board.
3. Make a pencil mark at the 20-inch graduation line, which is half of 40. That marks the exact center of the 37 5/8-inch board.
4. You can also find the center using two tape measures.
5. Pull one tape measure across the board from one edge, then pull the second tape from the opposite edge.
6. Find where the point along the tapes where two identical measurements align with each other. That's the exact center of the board.