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.

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