Tuesday, September 29, 2015

How to Paint Interior Walls - The Home Depot

Find more information and the materials needed for this project here: http://thd.co/1shRGM0

A coat of paint can give your home a new look and feel. Plus, it's relatively inexpensive. In this video, we'll show you how to get the best results when painting your interior walls, and explain the importance of primer.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Tips to Hire a Commercial Property Inspector

Hiring a commercial property inspector is an important part of buying, selling, or owning a building. Having relevant and accurate information regarding the state of a building can be helpful in each of these circumstances:

1. When an individual is preparing to purchase a building and wants to know the true state and value of their investment.

2. When an individual already owns a building, but wants to know the condition of their building, enabling them to take preventative care measures or reevaluate their investment.

3. When an individual is preparing to sell a building and wants to know the true state and value of their investment.

In each of these circumstances, the property-owning individual requires information that can only be provided by a commercial property inspector, making the process of hiring a commercial property inspector rather important. The tips included in this article are therefore intended to help commercial buyers, investors, and owners gain an accurate evaluation of their investment in order to protect and grow their investment portfolio.

Six Tips:

1. First and foremost, it is crucial to make sure that your commercial property inspector is licensed, whether by National Property Inspections, the International Code Council, the National Association of Certified Home Inspectors, the state, or another reputable and trusted standards association.

2. Do your research. Social media sites like Yelp and Google Reviews provide unfiltered reviews of commercial property inspection businesses. Though business owners can control the reviews that appear on their company website, they cannot control the reviews posted about their business on social media sites like the examples above. These are the best places to get a feel for the businesses you're considering; however, don't let one bad review rule out a company - look for a general consensus.

3. Do more research! Follow up on the company's references. Of course the references that any business owner provides you with will have a positive review to share, but they may be able to answer specific questions that you have regarding work styles, principles, and other miscellaneous concerns.

4. Make sure that your commercial property inspector's equipment is updated and conforms to current standards of practice. Advances in technology, such as thermal imaging systems, have bettered an inspector's ability to identify water and air leaks, and should be on your list of requirements. Further, make sure that your commercial property inspector has adequate training to use advanced equipment - ask for credentials!

5. Discuss payment options. Some commercial and home inspectors are small, often family-owned, businesses and may not have the ability to take credit cards. If you plan on paying by credit card, make your intentions known early on so that you may decide to choose another company or another payment option.

6. Communicate effectively. Be clear about your expectations for the commercial property inspection and discuss obstacles. Inspectors are not expected to move potentially harmful objects, such as heavy machinery or hazardous materials.

If you are unsure of whether to hire a commercial property inspector or not, make the smart decision and move forward with an inspection. For property owners, preventative maintenance is always more cost effective than repairs, which may also stall productivity. Additionally, whether you are interested in buying or selling commercial property, an inspection will give you the information you need to accurately assess your investments.

By Brandon Arthur Lobo
Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Brandon_Arthur_Lobo

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Tips for Taking the Squeeze Out of Bank-Owned Home Purchases‏

With many novice buyers jumping into the market to take advantage of great deals on bank-owned foreclosure properties, many are unprepared for the time-squeeze imposed by the bank’s custom real estate contract, which lacks a number of buyer-favored terms found in a standard real estate contract.

Offering the buyer a maximum of 17 days to complete inspections and remove contingencies means the buyer, who is already quite overwhelmed with the intricacies of the home-buying process, must act quickly or risk ending up with a home fraught with unseen problems that could have been avoided.

While it may seem impossible to comply with such a short contingency window, which often doesn’t allow enough time for home inspections, there are a number of important tips home buyers, whether new or seasoned, should follow:

1. Work with a real estate agent experienced in purchasing bank-owned properties.
2. Request the full 17-day period for removal of contingencies determined upon receipt of signed contracts.
3. Have the seller pay for a termite inspection and ask that it be scheduled as soon as possible.
4. For vacant properties, personally make sure all utilities are on before scheduling a home inspection. It is the seller’s responsibility to have gas, water, and electrical services on and all pilot lights lit (verify by flipping light switches and turning on a faucet until the water runs hot.) A home inspector cannot perform a complete inspection without utilities, nor can an inspector light pilots.
5. After confirming utilities are on, hire and schedule the services of a qualified home inspector.
6. Following the home inspector’s report, immediately seek work estimates from the relevant experts for any problem areas turned up in the home inspection, such as cracks in the foundation, water or gas leaks, faulty wiring, termite damage, mold, wood rot, etc.
7. Go back to the seller with quotes in hand to renegotiate the final contract terms.
8. For a condo/townhome purchase, request all your HOA documents, including meeting minutes, financials, and CC&Rs, prior to removal of contingencies.

“The bank’s tight window means home buyers can’t afford to lose a single day. Neglecting something as simple as making sure the utilities are turned on can result in a false start for the home inspector, who cannot complete a proper inspection without them, causing the stressed-out buyer to lose precious days,” explains Will Johnson of Inspection Perfection.

About Inspection Perfection
Founded in 2002, SitePro offers complete residential inspection services, serving the entire Florida Panhandle. Services are available for all types of residential properties, pools and spas, as well as FHA and 203K construction inspections. The reports, provided digitally, include images, a summary, and detail sections. For more information, please call 850-934-6800 or visit www.sitepro.us

Friday, September 18, 2015

Preparing for a SitePro Inspection

A SitePro Inspector has been scheduled and On The Way!


There are routine steps that sellers can take to help ensure that a SitePro inspection goes off without any issues. 

Most steps are part of your regular maintenance and quite easy and inexpensive. Some of the remedies are obvious but could be overlooked by an anxious sellers. Above all, sellers should not try quick, inexpensive repairs, this could cause questions and concern to SitePro inspectors and prospective buyers.
  • Provide at least 6" of clearance between grade/ mulch and siding. Decks should be properly graded.
  • Dirty gutters and debris should be cleaned from the roof and basement entry drains should be cleaned out as well.
  • The property grade should slope away from the home so that water is diverted away from the house.
  • Downspouts, condensation drains, and the like should all drain away from the home.
  • Trees, roots, and bushes should be trimmed away from the home's foundation, roof, siding, and chimney.  
  • All weathered exterior wood should be painted. Caulking should be placed around the chimney, windows, and doors.Exterior repair
  • Rotting wood and/or firewood should not be in contact with the house.
  • If the asphalt driveway is cracking, it should be sealed.
  • Masonry chimney caps should be sealed or pointed up. Metal flue caps should also be installed on chimneys.
  • Any faulty mortar joints in a home's brick or block should be pointed up.
  • The home's HVAC filter should be cleaned or replaced, if needed. Dirty air returns and plenum need cleaning, too.
  • All doors and windows must be in proper working condition.
  • If windowpanes are fogged and/or broken, sellers need to have them replaced, or repaired if possible.
  • Make sure any burned out light bulbs are replaced before your SitePro home inspection.
  • Ensure that all smoke detectors are working.
  • If a home's attic is not ventilated, it needs to be.
  • A professional should clean the chimney, fireplace or wood stove and provide the buyer with a copy of the cleaning record.
  • Plumbing fixtures, including toilet, tub, shower, and sinks, should be in proper working order. Any leaks must be fixed, and caulking should be done around plumbing fixtures if necessary.
  • A sump pump should be operating properly.
  • GFCI testingAll GFCI receptacles need to be tested to make sure they are operating correctly. 
  • Masonry walls in the basement need to be sealed. (yes there are some 
  • basements in Florida.
  • Make sure that vapor barriers, if applicable, are installed in crawl spacesand that the crawl spaces are dry. Moisture needs to be removed, as moisture levels in wood should be below 18 percent to prevent dry rot and mildew.
  • Remove any paints, solvents, gas, and similar materials from crawl spaces, basements, attics, porches, etc. Access to the attic, crawl space, heating system, garage, and other areas the SitePro home inspector will check must be clear, with nothing blocking the way.
  • If the house is vacant, all utilities must be turned on, including gas, water, electric, water heater, furnace, air conditioning, and breakers in the main panel.
Sellers who follow these steps should have no problem with a SiteP home inspection, making themselves, their Realtor®, and their prospective buyers very happy.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

About Garage Doors

Garage doors are large, spring-supported doors. Garage door openers control the opening and closing of garage doors, either through a wall-mounted switch or a radio transmitter. Due to the strain that garage door components and openers regularly endure, they may become defective over time and need to be fixed or replaced. Defective components may create safety hazards as well as functional deficiencies to the garage door assembly. The following facts demonstrate the dangers posed by garage doors:

Garage doors are typically among the heaviest moving objects in the home and are held under high tension.

Injuries caused by garage doors account for approximately 20,000 emergency room visits annually, according to the U.S. Consumer Product

Safety Commission.
The majority of the injuries caused by garage doors are the result of pinched fingers, although severe injuries and deaths due to entrapment occur as well. Sixty children have been killed since 1982 as a result of garage doors that did not automatically reverse upon contact.

Inspectors cannot fix or adjust any garage door defects they may encounter. They should call out defects in their reports and recommend that the door be examined by a trained garage door technician. The following components should be present during inspections and devoid of defects:

Manual (emergency) release handle. All garage doors should be equipped with this device, which will detach the door from the door opener when activated. It is vital during emergency situations, such as when a person becomes trapped beneath the door or when a power outage cuts electricity to the door opener. Inspectors should activate the handle to make sure that it works, although they will have to reset the handle if it does not reset automatically. In order for the handle to be accessible and obvious, it must be…colored red; easily distinguishable from rest of the garage opener system; and
no more than 6 feet above the standing surface.

Door panels.
Both sides of the door should be examined for the following:
fatigue; cracking and dents. Aluminum doors are especially vulnerable to denting; and separation of materials.

Warning labels.
The following four warning labels should be present on or around garage door assemblies:
a spring warning label, attached to the spring assembly;
a general warning label, attached to the back of the door panel;
a warning label attached to the wall in the vicinity of the wall control button, and; a tension warning label, attached to garage door’s bottom bracket.

Brackets and roller shafts.
Brackets. The garage door opener is connected to the garage door by a bracket that is essential to the function of the door opener system. Placement of the bracket where it attaches to the door is crucial to the operation of its safety features. It should attach 3 to 6 inches from the top of the door. This bracket, as well as all other brackets, should be securely attached to their surfaces.

Roller shafts.
Roller shafts should be longer on the top and bottom rollers. The top rollers are the most important. Without longer shafts, if one side of the door hangs up, the door may fall out of the opening.

Door operation.
The door’s operation can be tested by raising the door manually, grasping the door’s handles if it has them. Inspectors can make sure that the door:
moves freely; does not open or close too quickly; and opens and closes without difficulty.

Note – Inspectors should not operate the door until they have inspected the track mounts and bracing. Doors have been known to fall on people and cars when they were operated with tracks that were not securely attached and supported.

Extension spring containment cables. Older garage doors may use extension springs to counter-balance the weight of the door. These require a containment cable inside the spring to prevent broken parts from being propelled around the garage if the spring snaps. Most new garages use shaft-mounted torsion springs that do not require containment cables.

Wall-mounted switch. This device must be present and positioned as high as is practical above the standing surface (at least five feet as measured from the bottom of the switch) so that children do not gain access. In addition, the button must…be mounted in clear view of the garage door; and
be mounted away from moving parts.

Important Note – SitePro inspectors always make sure to disable the manual lock on the garage door before activating the switch.

Automatic reverse system. As of 1991, garage doors are required to be equipped with a mechanism that automatically reverses the door if it comes in contact with an object. It is important that the door reverses direction and opens completely, rather than merely halting. If a garage door fails this test, inspectors should note it in their reports. A dial on the garage door opener controls the amount of pressure required to trigger the door to reverse. This dial can be adjusted by a qualified garage door technician if necessary.

Methods for testing the automatic reverse system:
This safety feature can be tested by grasping the base of the garage door as it closes and applying upward resistance. Inspectors should use caution while performing this test because they may accidentally damage its components if the door does not reverse course.

Some sources recommend placing a 2×4 piece of wood on the ground beneath the door, although there have been instances where this testing method has damaged the door or door opener components.

Supplemental automatic reverse system. Garage doors manufactured in the U.S. after 1992 must be equipped with photoelectric sensors or a door edge sensor.

Photoelectric eyes. These eyes (also known as photoelectric sensors) are located at the base of each side of the garage door and emit and detect beams of light. If this beam is broken, it will cause the door to immediately reverse direction and open. For safety reasons, photo sensors must be installed a maximum of 6 inches above the standing surface.

Door edge sensors. This device is a pressure-sensitive strip installed at the base of the garage door. If it senses pressure from an object while the door is closing, it will cause the door to reverse. Door edge sensors are not as common in garage door systems as photoelectric eyes.

Safety Advice for Clients:
Homeowners should not attempt to adjust or repair springs themselves. The springs are held under extremely high tension and can snap suddenly and forcefully, causing serious or fatal injury.

No one should stand or walk beneath a garage door while it is in motion. Adults should set an example for children and teach them about garage door safety.

Children should not be permitted to operate the garage door opener push button and should be warned against touching any of the door’s moving parts.
Fingers and hands should be kept away from pulleys, hinges, springs, and the intersection points between door panels. Closing doors can very easily crush body parts that get between them.

The automatic reversal system may need to be adjusted for cold temperatures, since the flexibility of the springs are affected by temperature. This adjustment can be made from a dial on the garage door opener, which should only be changed only by a trained garage door technician.

In summary, garage doors and their openers can be hazardous if certain components are missing or defective. Take all recommendations for repairs very seriously, particularly if you have children.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Installing a Hot Water Recirculating Pump

Hot water recirculating pumps make hot water available more quickly in your home by getting heated water where you need it before you need it. They save you time, money and water. Here are the step-by-step instruction for installing one.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Wiremold: How to Install the CordMate III Cord Cover Kit

CordMate III High Capacity Cord Cover Kit is perfect for hiding larger bundles of home entertainment cabling, speaker wires, TV/video cabling and home office wiring. Peel and press backing makes for easy installation. White/Paintable.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Cool Shipping Container Homes, Awesome Homes made from Shipping Containers

Shipping container homes, offices and buildings offer low cost, efficiency and flexibility.
Modular metal homes are an excellent and convenient living ingenious solution. Today, building metal type houses from shipping containers has become increasingly common.