Wednesday, August 31, 2016

How to Select and Use a Drill/Driver

Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva explains the proper use of a drill/driver. (See below for tools and steps.)

Tools for How to Select and Use a Drill/Driver:
- Impact driver
- Drill/driver

Steps for How to Select and Use a Drill/Driver:
1. To lock the drill bit into place on a drill/driver, place it into the keyless chuck and slowly press the trigger, then twist the chuck to lock it into place.
2. To make sure you’re on the drilling setting, there should be a twistable feature on the top of the drill/driver with a picture of a drill bit. For driving, there’s a picture of a screw. And some drill/drivers also have a picture of a hammer, for use as a hammer drill into masonry.
3. Drill/drivers come with a clutch setting. The numbers are next to the chuck and can be adjusted to suit the project. For fine work, keep the clutch setting low. For more power, the clutch setting can be higher. 
4. There’s a setting for torque on the very top of the drill/driver. One setting can be used for speed; the other can be used for power.
5. The trigger on the drill/driver can also vary the speed.
6. Next to the trigger is a back-and-forth button that sets the drill for forward and reverse.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Why a Maintenance Home Inspection?

Why a Maintenance Home Inspection? Can you really afford to have a home that is unsafe for you and your family? For a fraction of the cost of what you purchased your home, you can have your home checked out and repaired before damaged or unsafe conditions worsen. Why risk it?

Our experienced, fully trained and licensed inspectors not only know what issues to look for but can advise you on important maintenance and care items that will help you maintain your home for years to come. Moreover, this will give you a complete “honey-do” list without all the guessing and uncertainty that goes into most home improvement projects. For more information, please view our What We Inspect page.

Reasons to have a Maintenance Home Inspection:

  • Find those small problems before they become big problems.
  • Have a detailed and comprehensive report detailing the current condition of your home.
  • Save money! By doing minor repairs now it will save you from the big repair in the future.
  • No surprises when you sell. When you do sell your home in the future there won’t be any unexpected surprises.
  • You may be unable or unwilling to examine areas of your home on your own.

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

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Housing Prices Continue to Rise | Selling the Dream

This week in real estate and housing news … your National Association of Realtors reports a trend in the current marketplace: Metro home prices continued to rise in the second quarter of 2016. Why is this significant? Well … those metro markets are the areas where all of the doom and gloom has been reported for the last few years. The metro markets are where national news outlets look to forecast the rest of the country.

Now … we always say those coastal and big-city markets don’t tell the whole story when it comes to housing. And that still holds true. But think about it: as those markets improve – and housing prices are certainly one indicator of that – then the media reports positive news, driving positive sentiment among hopeful home buyers. It’s a good place to start.

*# So which markets have improved by the largest margin? Boulder, Colorado is one hot market, where home prices rose by 18-percent. Tampa, Florida is another growing market with a 14-percent jump. The 12-to-13 percent range includes Orlando, Las Vegas and Portland, Oregon.

NAR chief economist Lawrence Yun attributes the growth to steadily improving job markets and the continuation of record-low-mortgage rates. He did caution though, that low home building activity is failing to keep up with demand, pushing those home prices higher at a rate above income growth. So we’ll keep an eye on that trend to see if it’s an issue.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

How to Seal Leaky Ductwork

Richard Trethewey shows an innovative new way to seal ducts from the inside. (See below for steps.)

Steps for How to Seal Leaky Ductwork:
1. Remove the grilles from all of the supply and return registers.
2. Plug each duct register with foam rubber and wide strips of tape.
3. Pressurize the duct system with a blower fan.
4. Use a computer to analyze the data to determine the amount of air leaking from the ducts.
5. Use the blower fan to mist the inside of all the dust with liquid-rubber sealant.
6. The sealant will find and plug all air-leaking holes, cracks, and seams.
7. After applying the sealant, run another pressurized blower test to verify the improved results.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Don't Wait to Find Out the Condition of Your Commercial Building - Get an Inspection from SitePro!

Commercial Inspections

Whether you own, lease, or are purchasing a building, don’t wait to find out the condition of the building and its systems. It is a pretty good hunch that this property was a major investment and the last thing you want are more costs. After all, no one likes surprises. That’s why an inspection is intended to tell you the condition of the building and property–and, reduce your risk.

A SitePro inspection is an objective review of your building and property. Knowing the condition of a building will allow you to budget more accurately and provide for expenditures in the future — whether it’s a new roof, HVAC or simply maintenance related items. Not knowing this information, or worse yet guessing, can have major consequences.

  • What condition are the building’s systems and components in?
  • What costly defects are there which require attention now?
  • What expenditures will be required to repair, maintain or replace items in the near future?

If you can’t answer these questions about the property you’re planning to buy or lease, you probably should consider an inspection before buying the property.

Buying a building and property is a very anxious time filled with doubts, deadlines and so on. Reducing or removing uncertainties can make your real estate transaction go smoother. The same holds true when you lease, by knowing the condition of the building and property from the outset. Estimating future repair costs and the replacement of building components and systems requires an inspection to determine their current condition. With this information estimated life spans can be ascertained along with the related costs to repair, maintain or replace items.

What Type of Commercial Properties are Typically Inspected?

We inspect commercial buildings of all shapes and sizes. For example:

  • Shopping Centers & Strip Malls
  • Office Buildings, Apartments & Condominiums
  • Light Industrial Properties
  • Religious & Institutional Properties
  • Recreational Facilities & Sports Complexes

What Does SitePro Look For?

Our building inspections are tailored to meet our clients’ needs and include items such as:

  • Foundation — construction, walls, floors
  • Roof — covering, flashing, chimneys, drainage
  • Attic — ventilation, vapor barriers
  • Insulation — type, amount
  • Interior Spaces — Walls, Floors, Rooms, Offices, Kitchens, Washrooms
  • Exterior — Site, Walls, Windows & Doors
  • Electrical & Plumbing Systems
  • Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning

Other services we can provide include:

Safety concerns for fire & other hazards

We do not inspect commercial equipment such as refrigeration units, coolers, commercial grade ovens, stoves or pizza ovens.

Why a SitePro Report?

We provide a comprehensive narrative-style written report. Our reports….

  • Are Not A Checklist
  • Are Easy To Read
  • Are Not Overly Technical
  • Tell You The Condition Of Your Property In Every Day Language

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

Monday, August 8, 2016

How to Repair a Three-Way Light Switch

Ask This Old House host Kevin O'Connor helps a homeowner fix a faulty three-way switch. (See steps below.)

Steps for How to Repair a Three-Way Light Switch:
1. Turn off the electricity to the three-way light circuit at the main electrical panel.
2. Remove the cover plates from both three-way switches, then unscrew the switches from the electrical boxes.
3. Use a battery-powered continuity tester to determine which two wires in each box are the traveler wires.
4. Reinstall both three-way switches, making sure to connect the identified traveler wires to the appropriate traveler terminals on each switch.
5. Next, attach the common wire and ground wire to each switch.
6. Screw each switch back into the electrical boxes and reinstall the cover plates.
7. Turn the electricity back on and test the switches to ensure that each one can turn on and turn off the light.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Wiki Definition of a Home Inspection – SitePro Home Inspections

A home inspection is a limited, non-invasive examination of the condition of a home, often in connection with the sale of that home. Home inspections are usually conducted by a home inspector who has the training and certifications to perform such inspections. The inspector prepares and delivers to the client a written report of findings. The client then uses the knowledge gained to make informed decisions about their pending real estate purchase. The home inspector describes the condition of the home at the time of inspection but does not guarantee future condition, efficiency, or life expectancy of systems or components.[1]

A home inspector is sometimes confused with a real estate appraiser. A home inspector determines the condition of a structure, whereas an appraiser determines the value of a property. In the United States, although not all states or municipalities regulate home inspectors, there are various professional associations for home inspectors that provide education, training, and networking opportunities. A professional home inspection is an examination of the current condition of a house. It is not an inspection to verify compliance with appropriate codes; building inspection is a term often used for building code compliance inspections in the United States. A similar but more complicated inspection of commercial buildings is a property condition assessment. Home inspections identify problems but building diagnostics identifies solutions to the found problems and their predicted outcomes.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

6 Budget-Friendly Backyard Decorating Ideas

Reiko Caron shares six cost-effective ways to convert a small, dark backyard into a functional space.

Inspired by a recent trip to Portugal, the homeowner mimicked the look of her hotel’s landscape to create a unique, modern and design-forward outdoor space of her own. Get inspired by the six standout features — including a clever vertical herb garden idea — that elevate this stunning backyard. They prove that with a little elbow grease and a few savvy choices, you can elevate your backyard to stylish new heights.