Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Improve home health and safety by clearing the air

We spend at least a third of our lives inside our homes, so it’s sensible to ensure the air we breathe is as clean and fresh as possible. But even the tidiest homes can have air contamination issues if their HVAC systems aren’t properly maintained and removing airborne particulates. Worse are more pernicious issues, such as mold growth and the accidental release of toxic gases such as radon and carbon monoxide.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, basic air quality problems result from inadequate ventilation. A home may be poorly ventilated if ….
  • Moisture condenses on windows or walls
  • The air in the home is smelly or stuffy
  • Areas where books and shoes are stored are moldy
Tip: You might not notice such telltale odors in your own home. If not, give these areas of your home a visual check for mold or moisture.

Breathe Easier

The National Air Duct Cleaners Association says a typical six-room home accumulates up to 40 pounds of dust annually. Regular cleaning of your home will help reduce this accumulation, but to do so even more, be sure …
  • Your total HVAC gets periodic cleaning and servicing to remove dirt and dust from ducts and mechanical parts.
  • Know that clean HVAC systems are energy-efficient. Dirty systems work harder to move air throughout the home and struggle to maintain desired temperatures.
  • More work for the HVAC means higher heating and cooling costs.
  • A thoroughly clean system reduces the buildup of potentially irritating allergens.
Chemical Reaction

It's estimated that four-fifths of all American homes fall short of recommended safe levels for airborne chemicals such as formaldehyde, second-hand smoke and growing mold, as well as gases such as carbon monoxide and radon. Good circulation will help to reduce to the first three, but to eliminate radon and carbon monoxide troubles... 
  • Buy a home air check test kit or have a professional inspection check levels of both gases, which are odorless and colorless
  • Houses with appliances or heaters that burn wood, oil, natural gas or coal should have carbon monoxide detectors installed outside of sleeping areas.
  • Consider having a professional inspect heaters and appliances for potentially toxic gas leakage
Healthful Knowledge

Learning more about home air quality is a great way to ensure your living space is the cleanest it can be. For more information, visit these resources on the Internet or call your local HomeTeam Inspection Service:

Friday, November 11, 2011

Storm Safety for Your Home and Its Inhabitants

One thing that HomeTeam Inspectors often find in the homes they inspect is damage caused by storms. In fact, contrary to popular belief, no part of this country is impervious to storm damage. Damage from a past hurricane, tornado, or flood can plague a home for years.

This is why it’s important to inspect the roofing, siding, and exterior railings for wind and water damage as well as defective repairs that homeowners may hastily make in their misinformed efforts to fix up the house. Also, be sure to inspect the drywall for water intrusion—otherwise you could face serious mold problems in the future. It’s always a good idea to call in a professional HomeTeam Inspector to swing by your house after any major storm, to take a look and let you know if anything’s been damaged in a way that could lead to bigger, more expensive problems later on.

Your local House Doctors Professional Handyman Service can help you either prepare your home for a storm or make the necessary repairs once damage is already done.

However, as we prepare to enter hurricane season, let’s consider some important safety precautions that can be taken ahead of time, in order to ensure the safety of both your home and the loved ones living inside.

1) Learn about your local community’s emergency warning system. A simple Google Search of your city’s name + “Emergency Warning System” should keep you informed.

2) Discuss thunderstorm safety with all members of your household. You can find all the information you need here: http://www.fema.gov/hazard/thunderstorm/index.shtm

3) Pick a safe place in your home for household members to gather during a thunderstorm. This should be away from windows, skylights and glass doors that could be broken by strong winds or hail. You might try a basement, a storm cellar, a bathroom, a pantry, or even a large closet.

4) Make a list of items to bring inside in the event of a severe storm, or make sure that expensive or priceless items are stored safely in your garage or cellar during storm season.

5) Make trees and shrubbery more wind-resistant by keeping them trimmed and removing damaged branches, otherwise, heavy wind and rain could hurl these branches right into your house!

6) Protect your animals by ensuring that any outside buildings that house them are protected in the same way as your home. Your local House Doctor can build storm-resistant dog houses too!

7) Get trained in first aid and learn how to respond to emergencies. You can find your local Red Cross and sign up for classes here: http://www.redcross.org

8) Put together an emergency preparedness kit including:

  • Water - one gallon per person, per day
  • Food - non-perishable, easy-to-prepare
  • Flashlight - battery powered or handcrank
  • Radio
  • Extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Medications (7-day supply) and medical items
  • Multi-purpose tool
  • Sanitation & personal hygiene items
  • Copies of personal documents
  • Cell phone with chargers
  • Family & emergency contact information
  • Extra cash

When in doubt, remember the words of Ben Franklin: “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” But let’s leave the thunderstorm kite-flying to him!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Mold in your home, how serious is it?

Learning that mold is present in your home can be scary, but before you panic there are some things that you should know.

Mold (fungi) is present everywhere - indoors and outdoors. There are more than 100,000 species of mold. At least 1,000 species of mold are common in the U.S. and are found in moist or damp areas, as all molds need water to grow.

Mold is often confused with another fungus, mildew. Mildew is the black residue on your shower curtains and the funny smell coming from clothes that sat too long in the washer. Mold is the fuzzy or slimy stuff that sometimes grows on your counter fruit. It also appears as irregularly shaped spots of black or gray on a wall or ceiling, which is much harder to throw away than a rotting orange!

Just like mold on fruit, mold growing in a house gets its energy from organic matter. Like mildew, it is attracted to moisture and breeds in damp environments. Therefore, if a home has been exposed to any sort of water damage, it may have hidden mold. Common areas where mold hides include:
  • Backsides of dry wall
  • Wallpaper or paneling
  • Top side of ceiling tiles
  • Underside of carpets and carpet pads
  • Inside walls around pipes
  • Surface of walls behind furniture
  • Inside ductwork
  • Roof materials above ceiling tiles
Most types of mold that are routinely encountered are not hazardous to healthy individuals, however there are household molds that are toxic and can cause neurological problems. Common symptoms in individuals living in a house with mold are:
  • Itchy and watering eyes
  • Chronic coughing
  • Headaches or migraines
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Rashes
  • Fatigue
  • Sinus problems
  • Nasal blockage
  • Frequent sneezing
  • Depending on the amount of exposure and a person's individual vulnerability, more serious health effects - such as fevers and breathing problems - can occur but are unusual.
Mold should be cleaned as soon as it appears. Persons cleaning mold should be free of symptoms and allergies and need to wear gloves during cleaning. Small areas of mold can be cleaned using a detergent/soapy solution or an appropriate household cleaner. Once the area is cleaned, it then needs to be thoroughly dried and any sponges or rags used need to be disposed.
If a house has a severe mold problem, more likely than not that there will be a musty scent in the affected area. Some surfaces may look smudged or blotched and should not be touched.
If you suspect that your home or potential home is contaminated with mold call a professional home inspector to inspect and test the house for mold. If the home tests positive for mold, caution should be taken.  Even in the event that mold can be cleaned up, purchasing mold insurance would be a wise investment to minimize financial and personal harm that could occur if mold does not get properly cleaned up.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Prepare your Home and Your Family for Hurricane Season

Storm season is certainly upon us and hurricane season is about to come into full swing. Over the past several years, hurricane damage has made the news again and again, devastating lives, people, cities and nations. Every year it’s a good idea to remind yourself of how to prepare for a hurricane should you encounter this terrorizing storm. Fortunately, meteorologists are able to track hurricanes before they hit home; however, it’s always a good idea to have a plan in place to quickly put into action.
With over 20 years of experience in assessing storm damage, HomeTeam is knowledgeable in key ways to prepare your home for storms. Here are a few top tips:
  1. Protect windows and sliding doors with plywood that fits the area of the window or door. Taping a window or a door is an ineffective method to protect windows or doors. With high speed winds, tape is not going to hold the most damaging materials out. The best case is to have impact-resistant glass installed, but if that isn’t an option, drilling in plywood is the second best solution. To be prepared for the storm, have the plywood already made to fit the windows and sliding doors, because you aren’t going to be able to run to The Home Depot during a hurricane.
  2. Remove weak or dead trees from your yard. Dead foliage cannot withstand 100 MPH wind and can easily come through a window during a hurricane. Be sure to remove any dead or weak shrubbery from your yard each year.
  3. Have a generator in case your home loses power.
  4. Determine a “safe” room. This should be an interior room or closet in the middle of the first floor without windows.
In the event your home is affected by a hurricane, be sure to get a storm assessment. This will tell you what areas of your home need repair. A storm assessment should be a comprehensive verbal and written report detailing the storm damage. HomeTeam Inspection Service recommends having a storm assessment performed by an independent third party to receive the most accurate information on the damage to your home.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Ways to Keep Your Home Cool This Summer

For more than 20 years, customers have trusted HomeTeam Inspection Service for their home needs, including comprehensive inspections, energy audits, pre-sale inspections, storm inspections, and mold and water testing. Additionally, HomeTeam also provides home owners with tips for protecting their home – and their investment.
Here are several environmentally-friendly tips home owners can use to keep their homes cool, while cutting down the electricity bill:
  • Invest in fans and ceiling fans. Fans give you the opportunity to raise your thermostat setting while allowing you to save on air-conditioning costs.
  • Install white window shades, blinds and drapes. White blinds reflect heat away from your home, rather than attracting heat and trapping it inside.
  • Close shades, blinds and drapes facing the sun. By closing your blinds (east-facing windows in the morning and west-facing windows in the afternoon), you’ll be able to keep heat out and cool air in. 
  • Close unused vents. There’s no need in cooling dead space, so close vents that aren’t being used. This will allow more air to flow from opened vents. 
  • Be aware of internal heat. Lighting, appliances and electronic devices are some of the most common sources of internal heat within your home. Make sure to turn them off when not in use and keep them away from your thermostat, as heat will cause the air     conditioner to run for longer periods of time.
  • Plant trees or shrubs to shade air conditioning units. A unit operating in the shade uses less power. 
There’s no reason to make your summer even hotter, so use these environmentally-friendly alternatives to cool your home more efficiently. For more tips or to find out what HomeTeamInspection Service can do for you, visit www.hometeaminspection.com.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Home Inspections: Why You Shouldn’t Skip Them

Whether purchasing a new home, one that has been foreclosed on, or preparing your home to list on the market, a home inspection is a crucial part of the real estate transaction. When a homeowner considers foregoing an inspection, they are risking not being made aware of potential future problems with the property that could have been avoided. Oftentimes, homeowners justify not getting a home inspection because they can’t afford it, however these typically are the people who need the inspection the most because issues identified at this stage in most cases can be resolved quickly and cost effectively before they become costlier problems over the long term.

Problems don’t just come up in older or foreclosed homes. Our home inspectors routinely find issues in new homes — such as venting and drains not being hooked up, unsecured counters, lack of windowsills or electrical panels covered by drywall. Whether buying a foreclosed home, a short sale or a home being sold “as is,” it’s still important to know what you’re getting into and possibly have the chance to walk away or negotiate if conditions are unsuitable. A trained inspector can often spot issues with these types of homes.  For example, oftentimes copper plumbing lines and outdoor compressors have been removed by people trying to get money from recyclers.

Even if you don’t plan to stay in a home long-term, chances are that the future buyer will have an inspection and you may then be subject to the cost of the repairs. Aside from the fact that it’s an overall wise decision to have an inspection conducted before moving into a home, there are five other top reasons you shouldn’t skip a home inspection:
  1. Major safety issues: Things like mold, carbon monoxide or electrical wiring issues in a home can have a devastating effect on those who live in the residence if the problem is left untreated. These things can be detected by a home inspector and typically can be repaired to ensure safety within the home.
  2. General safety issues: Though not an immediate danger, cracks in sidewalks or loose stair railings can be a safety hazard for those living in a home. These repairs are often quick and easy to make, and can help make a home a safer place.
  3. Insurance issues: Specifications in the insurance industry that outline the criteria to insure a home are constantly evolving and vary by state. Home inspectors are up-to-date on these requirements and can ensure that a home has received the proper checks or repairs to bring it into compliance for that area. This can be done at the same time the inspector completes his other services, saving the homeowner time and money in the long run.
  4. Protecting your investment: A home is likely the largest investment you will ever make. If treated like a car — which receives regular oil changes, washes and tune-ups — it will hold its value for longer. Many people take these extra steps with their vehicles, which depreciate over time, but don’t think to take the necessary steps with their homes, which may appreciate over the years.
  5. Peace of mind: When looking for a new home, people often fall in love with a piece of property based on the color of the walls, the location or the price tag, and can be blind to the issues that can turn your new home into a nightmare. Finding out these types of issues on the front end can be helpful in determining if that property is really your dream home.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Selling Your House, It’s what’s on the Outside that Counts!

When it comes to preparing a house for today’s market, it’s not always what’s on the inside that counts. Home sellers should remember that a home’s external appearance, landscaping, and outdoor living space are just as important as a perfectly staged interior.

With Memorial Day, Independence Day, and the summer season
 quickly approaching, many potential homebuyers are looking for an outdoor living space suitable for hosting summer gatherings and parties. Creating a space in which homebuyers can picture themselves throwing a holiday celebration with friends or a casual family cookout can be a deciding factor in the purchase of a home. Updating and maintaining the exterior of the home to compliment the interior will attract interested buyers as well as better prepare your home for the home inspection.

You can change the appearance of your home and better prepare it for an inspection with just a few simple projects and improvements:
  • Transform the exterior of your party pad by pressure washing your home and sidewalk areas. Unwanted paint, dirt, and grime will easily vanish under the force of a pressurized water system.
  • Brighten up your home by touching up your paint. After all, we could all use a little boost from time to time, so show your trim a little TLC.
  • Protect the top layer of your driveway from harmful environment elements by applying a seal coat. The application of hot liquid asphalt covered by a graded aggregate creates a waterproof membrane which prevents water from penetrating the surface of your property’s driveway.
  • Prevent wood deterioration by resealing your property’s deck, porch, and wood areas. Elements such as sunlight, water, contamination, and mildew can weaken the preservation of your wood, ultimately reducing the appearance and value of your home.
  • To add more space to your outdoor living area, simply expand your deck’s dimensions. With a little bit of deck expansion, there will be plenty of space for your next summer social gathering.
  • Install an awning to cover your outdoor reception space to protect guests from summer rain and heat.
  • Get down and dirty with a little landscape maintenance. Touch up your turf by pulling weeds, mowing your lawn, and mulching your shrub and garden areas. Don’t forget porch upkeep by sweeping and dusting regularly.
With these simple changes and improvements, your home will be ready to list on the market and also be in great shape for the home inspection. Buyers will be confident in the purchase of their new home after a professional home inspector inspects every area of the home, inside and out! 

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

How to Green Your Home

Now more than ever consumers are looking for ways to save energy in their homes. Greener homes are not only more environmentally friendly but can also greatly reduce utility bills. The average household spends about $2,200 on energy bills, but with a few simple adjustments, consumers can lessen their impact on the environment and save themselves some green as well!
  • Seal your home! Use caulk and weather stripping to seal in air so that cool air cannot escape and heat stays inside.
  • Install a programmable thermostat. Through proper use of pre-programmed settings, a programmable thermostat can save you about $180 every year in energy costs.
  • Take steps to save water. By installing aerators on your faucets, you can cut your annual water consumption in half.
  • Use energy efficient lighting. LED light bulbs use up to 85 percent less energy than incandescent light bulbs and can last up to 10 times longer.
  • Solar, wind or even hydroelectric power can reduce greenhouse emissions and harness the capabilities of renewable fuels.
  • Completely unplug off your appliances! 75 percent of energy used to power an appliance is consumed while the appliance is turned off. Use a power strip to make unplugging easier.
  • Spray-foam insulation can benefit older homes by cutting heating bills in half. Spraying open areas like attics or crawlspaces can also reduce mold growth and even prevent some pests from entering your home.
For more tips on how to make your home green or what HomeTeam Inspection Service can do for you, visit www.hometeaminspection.com

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Let Our To Do List Help You with Spring Cleaning

HomeTeam Inspection Service’s experience gives us the knowledge to help consumers prepare for all seasons with checkup tips on how to keep their homes in tip top condition.  Every season of the year brings needed home improvements; decks should be properly sealed before the harsh winter months; gutters should be properly cleaned before and after the leaves fall; patios and gazebos are perfect spring home improvements that can be enjoyed all summer long.  

We’ve come up with a check list of certain items in and around the home that home owners should inspect in the spring.  Take a look at these and other items to make sure they are safe and in proper working order.

•  Basketball goals      
•  Garages
•  Roofing
•  Child play sets
•  Gutters
•  Shutters
•  Decks
•  Mail boxes         
•  Sidewalks
•  Dog houses
•  Painting
•  Stairs
•  Driveways
•  Patios
•  Windows
•  Fences
•  Porches

It’s important to make sure all these items are in order to avoid larger problems down the road that could affect a future home inspection.  Each season we’ll bring you more home improvement tips so you can ensure your home is inspection ready.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Why to Not Shop for a Home Inspection on Price Alone

In today’s economy, people are looking for penny pinching ways to save money, but it might not be a good idea to squeeze the wallet when it comes to finding a home inspector.  Consumers are already putting hundreds of thousands of dollars in play to purchase a home so why skimp when it comes to the home inspection process – the process that shows the homebuyer the true story.  Here are some things to consider, pricing aside, in order to choose the most qualified home inspection company for the job:
  1. Experience.  HomeTeam Inspection Service has been conducting home inspections for over 20 years.  When it comes to home inspections, they have the expertise to do the job right the first time.  HomeTeam Inspection Service is built on a solid foundation that provides the necessary tools and resources for each of its franchisees to keep them up to date with the latest industry news, trends and tools so that they are on the cutting-edge of the industry.
  2. Proper Insurance and licensing. All HomeTeam locations have always carried professional insurance, even long before states required it.  This is the quality and leadership that HomeTeam has always stood for.  In addition, HomeTeam inspectors are usually among the first to be licensed when a state implements licensing for the industry.  It is crucial to find an inspector with these in place and HomeTeam mandates all its franchisees hold the necessary credentials. 
  3. Referrals.  Talk with real estate agents, appraisers, attorney’s, and past homebuyers in your market to determine their experience with home inspection companies.  You want the company who can get the job done quickly while providing the highest quality inspection every single time.  And who better to ask than the realtors who work with home inspectors every day.
  4. Informative reporting.  The product of an inspection must include a written report.  The report type and style is as important as the inspection itself.  The report can be retained for future reference and should be a lasting resource.  Therefore, those seeking an inspection should ask about the report to ensure it is detailed and accurate.  HomeTeam Inspection Service does a narrative report rather than the standard checklist to give homebuyers a lasting resource that is customized and complete.
  5. Friendly & personal verbal reporting.  In addition to a high quality written report, home inspection customers should walk away feeling very satisfied with the time the inspectors have spent with them.  HomeTeam inspectors are trained in human relations and take the time to answer questions and verbally introduce the home to its new owners.
  6. On-site inspectors. A team of inspectors will likely deliver a more comprehensive, thorough inspection.  A team will be faster and more efficient with more than one pair of eyes looking over the entire house for issues.  Every HomeTeam franchisee use at minimum two inspectors per home inspection.
15-year HomeTeam inspector Colin Conroy says that “when you have no points of differentiation from the competitors in the marketplace, often times inspectors will use a low pricing strategy to gain customers.”  He advises that homebuyers and sellers alike do a complete reference check before hiring a home inspector.  It could end up costing thousands of dollars if something goes wrong.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Indoor Air Quality Becoming an Important Issue Requiring Action

Studies show that Americans are spending more time indoors than ever before.  While that might not trigger immediate concern, it can actually be a grave health risk.  Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are emitted as gases from typical household items like paint, cleaning supplies, pesticides, building materials, printers, all causing potential health risks from just the air your breathe. 

According to industry research, it is important to get your home checked for its indoor air quality to get a handle on any dangerous, undetected material that you may be exposed to day in and day out.  HomeTeam Inspection Service provides Indoor Air Quality checks for consumers who want to get a grasp on their air they are breathing.  HomeTeam inspectors take an air sample, test it for VOCs and report the results back to the homeowner.  It’s quick, easy and inexpensive. 

Contact your local HomeTeam inspector to get your indoor air quality checked or to consult on potential dangers that may be looming in your home without your knowledge.  Please visit HomeTeam Inspection Service to find your local HomeTeam Inspection Service inspector.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

HomeTeam Goes to Clearwater Beach

Annual Convention Hosts Top Franchisees; Introduces New Strategies and Tactics
By Greg Haskett, VP of Shared Services

Every year, our
HomeTeam Inspection Service franchisees get together to celebrate another great year of business and discuss hot topics and what's new for the year ahead.  This year we met in Clearwater Beach, FL in the city of our host franchisee Mitch Rothenberg.  Themed Chart Your Course, we had several sessions, large and small, where franchisees gathered together to discuss all aspects of their businesses.  As a leader in the home inspection industry, this convention in particular was special as we introduced several new items that our franchisees can use moving forward, including:
  1. A new and improved online software that will keep us ahead of the competition. Cloud computing is the way of the future and our franchise owners can now respond quicker than their competition with better data.
  2. New financial benchmarks and tools specifically designed to maximize the profit of each franchise owner which also gives them a unique tool to hit their personal income goals.
  3. A strategic rollout of social media efforts that will broaden the reach of the HomeTeam brand and meet our current & future customers where they are.
  4. Lastly, and the best part of any gathering like this, is when the attendees can spend time together.  We included extended breaks, franchisee-only meetings, and very successful role-playing sessions where franchise owners from across North America interacted with each and discussed their shared interests in building the HomeTeam name.
Overall this year's convention was the best one yet.  We received some very positive feedback from our franchisees.  
  • "The leadership and direction of Jim Hunter is contagious! The entire staff is on board in attitude and actions. Thanks to all for $50,000 or more in value for about a $500 price."  Ray Fonos, Pittsburgh, PA
  • "I've already booked an inspection from a price shopper based on some of the ideas from the role-playing session."  Mike Henry, Belleville, ON
  • "I am excited about this year and look forward to the ISN
    addition to our teams. I truly believe that this will take my business to another level." Bobby Cox, Savannah, GA
  • "I can say with great confidence that EVERYONE that attended went away recharged and invigorated, ready to take on whatever 2011 throws at us! You will find that your 'return on investment' will easily be 10 to 20 (or more) times the costs involved in attending." Bill Jurek, Ft. Meyers, FL  
  • "Coming up on 16 years and haven't missed one yet.  Still can't imagine anyone in this business, especially with THIS franchise, who wouldn't strive to make it to every convention.  It's the motivation, encouragement and pick-me-up we all need to kick-start our year!"  John Gambill, Ashland, KY
  • "Hard to imagine any franchisee not seeing the value in this and not attending. I can't wait for next year!" Scott Whitbeck, Colorado Springs, CO

Friday, February 4, 2011

Vacation Give-A-Way Winner Named

HomeTeam Inspection Service Selects Winner from Thousands of Entries

HomeTeam Inspection Service just announced its Vacation Give-A-Way winner for 2010. Each year HomeTeam Inspection Service encourages customers to leave feedback on comment cards noting their home inspection experiences. All cards are then entered into a huge national drawing at the end of the year on December 31, and the winner receives a voucher toward a vacation. This year, Michele Normington of Royal LePage Real Estate in Belleville, Ontario won a $2,000 voucher toward a vacation of her choice. Mike Henry, franchisee of HomeTeam in Belleville, presented Michele with the $2,000 vacation voucher just last week.

According to Greg Haskett, VP of Shared Services for HomeTeam Inspection Service, the comment cards serve a higher purpose than a vacation give-a-way. They allow HomeTeam franchisees to understand how to better serve their customers and improve their services. HomeTeam franchisees continually offer better customer service by studying comments from their valued clients. As a national franchise, HomeTeam Inspection Service lives up to its reputation of being the most professional and efficient home inspection service in the market and takes every comment seriously. Haskett adds, “The Vacation Give-A-Way is a fun perk to our customers and helps us continue developing as a brand. It’s a win/win!”

Congratulations to Michele Normington! HomeTeam looks forward to hearing the vacation she plans with her new $2,000.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

2011 Top Trends in Home Improvement

HomeTeam has uncovered some trends we think are really going to stick in 2011.  Home buyers really pay attention to what’s hot, fresh and new when they consider buying a home.  It’s important for a great return on investment to keep your home up to speed on all the latest trends. 

Go Green.  This is a trend that is here to stay because people are realizing that the highest return on their investment in any renovation they make are those improvements that are “going green”.  As we become more conscious about becoming eco-friendly, as well as looking into ways to save more money, people will continue to make green updates to their homes, ranging from those simple improvements like changing a light bulb and installing water collectors for collecting rainwater that is used for gardening to more advanced eco-friendly methods like installing energy efficient appliances or putting in energy star quality windows. 

Bathrooms.  Bathroom renovations can be simple and can really boost value in a resale.  You can re-tile your floor or upgrade those old facets for a nice return on your investment.  Buyers want to see bathrooms that look brand new which means an easy fix for a great return on investment for the home owner.

Immediate Repairs. Has that faucet been leaking for the past two months?  How about that crack in the driveway?  These simple issues should be taken care of right away.  What is a tiny inconvenience now can turn into a major issue down the road.  Most home buyers are looking for move in ready houses, not fixer uppers.  It’s imperative to get those nuisances out of the way…and fast.

Home inspections are on the rise in 2011. Take note of the top trends and get started on those improvements that are going to make your home more livable for you and easier to sell for your next potential home buyer.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

HomeTeam Inspection Service Promotes National Radon Action Month

According to the EPA, you can’t see, smell, or taste radon, but it could be present at a dangerous level in your home. Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer deaths among nonsmokers in America and claims the lives of about 20,000 Americans each year. In fact, the EPA and the U.S. Surgeon General urges all Americans to protect their health by testing their homes, schools, and other buildings for radon. Exposure to radon is a preventable health risk, and testing radon levels in your home can help prevent unnecessary exposure. If a high radon level is detected in your home, you can take steps to fix the problem to protect yourself and your family.

According to the EPA’s website, there are four things you can do during national radon action month:
  1. Test your home - EPA and the U.S. Surgeon General recommend that all homes in the U.S. be tested for radon. Testing is easy and inexpensive
  2. Attend a National Radon Action Month event in your area - Look for radon events in your community. Contact your state radon program for more information about local radon activities.
  3. Spread the word and spend time during National Radon Action Month encouraging others to learn about radon and test their homes.
  4. Buy a radon-resistant home - If you are considering buying a new home, look for builders who use radon-resistant new construction.

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