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Home Maintenance (Fourth Week of February)

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Your comfort! Your home working at its best! Your money in your pocket! Your Ounce Of Prevention: Continue maintenance and preparation of air conditioning units for the approaching hotter months. Clean or replace filters and check for any needed repairs or tune-ups Inspect and prepare your irrigation systems. Start planning and preparing garden beds for spring planting Look at the exterior paint and siding. Check for damage and deterioration Make sure exterior drainage is directing water away from the home Clear any debris from gutters and downspouts Check the roof for any damaged or missing shingles and other issues Check the seals around windows and doors to make sure they are not letting in warm air or letting out cool air.  Check your screens for damage and repair or replace them as needed Have a fantastic and safe rest of your week everyone! Closer Look Inspections Team

Unknown Underground Storage Tanks: Real World Stories And How They May Apply To You

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As an inspection company, we have encountered numerous situations where unawareness of an Underground Storage Tank (UST) on a property led to various complications. We have included a few stories below from our experience to illustrate the potential risks: Surprise Discovery During Renovation One of our clients, a family, purchased an older home with plans to renovate. During the excavation for an extension, they discovered an old, rusted UST. It turned out that the tank had been leaking for years, causing significant soil contamination. The family faced unexpected costs for environmental cleanup and tank removal, delaying their renovation project by several months and greatly exceeding their budget. Real Estate Deal Gone Awry In another instance, a couple was in the process of selling their home when our routine inspection requested by the buyers revealed an abandoned UST buried in the yard. The buyers became concerned about potential contamination and demanded a reduction in the sal

A Hidden Challenge Of Older Homes: Underground Fuel Tanks

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  Let’s face it. Older homes have a great deal of charm to them. They just do. They are comfortable, warm, and just feel cozy. As a purchaser of an older home or potential purchaser of an older home you know going into it that you are going to need to pay attention to maintenance. We wanted to touch on a topic this week that isn’t talked about much but can be very important  and could pose significant risks both financially and for your health. This feature is an underground fuel tank. What is an Underground Fuel Tank? Underground heating oil tanks were particularly popular among home builders during the mid-20th century. The peak period for their installation was from about the 1930s through the 1980s. This trend was primarily due to the widespread availability and cost-effectiveness of heating oil during those times. Heating oil was a common choice for residential heating before the widespread adoption of natural gas and electric heat systems, which have since become more popular due

Home Maintenance (Third Week Of February)

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  Your comfort! Your home working at its best! Your money in your pocket! Your Ounce Of Prevention: Although we do not perform inspections on these, inspect your septic system and sewer lines for blockages or other issues, particularly if the home has experienced recent heavy rains. Check the irrigation systems to ensure they are functioning properly and ready for the spring growing season.  Review your insurance policies to ensure all aspects of the home are covered, including assessing needs for flood or hurricane insurance as the season approaches. Examine trees and landscaping for any signs of disease or damage, and prune back any branches that could pose a threat in a  storm. Have a fantastic and safe rest of your week everyone! Closer Look Inspections Team

Beyond The Purchase: How A Home Inspection Benefits You Long After Owning Your Home

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We often emphasize the importance of a thorough home inspection before purchasing a property. However, it’s crucial to understand the benefits of a home inspection extend far beyond the buying process. Today, we’ll  explain a bit of how a home inspection can be an invaluable tool for the first-time homeowner, even after they’ve settled into their new home. A Blueprint for Maintenance and Upkeep Insightful Reference: Your home inspection report serves as a detailed map of your home's current condition. It highlights areas that are in good shape and those that need attention, providing you with a prioritized list for maintenance. This can be incredibly helpful in planning your annual home maintenance schedule, ensuring that your home remains in top condition. Budget Planning for Future Repairs Financial Forecasting: The inspection report can help you forecast potential future expenses. Understanding the life expectancy of major components like the roof, HVAC system, and appliances

First Time Home Buyers: Understanding What To Expect In Your Report

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Understanding your home inspection report is vital to making well-informed decisions about your future home. Below we have described for you what you can expect from your report and how to navigate the findings effectively. What is a Home Inspection Report? A home inspection report is a comprehensive document provided by a professional home inspector after they have assessed the condition of your property or potential property purchase. This report will detail any possible issues, defects, or areas of concern related to the physical structure and systems of your home. Key Elements in the Report: Introduction : Inspector’s details and credentials. Date, time, and location of the inspection. Summary Section : Quick overview of major findings that may need immediate attention or may influence the purchase decision. Detailed Findings : Structural Components: Assessment of the foundation, walls, ceilings, and roof. Systems : Evaluation of electrical, plumbing, and HVAC systems. Interior &am

Home Maintenance (Second Week of February)

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Your comfort! Your home working at its best! Your money in your pocket! Your Ounce Of Prevention: Test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and inspect fire extinguishers and other fire safety equipment to ensure they are in working order. Take a look at your water heater looking for efficiency and any signs of leaks or damage. Check the foundation of your home for any cracks or signs of movement that could indicate a problem. Look in your attic and check insulation to ensure it’s in good condition and providing you effective thermal resistance. Review your home’s electrical systems for any potential fire hazards or other issues, paying particular attention to outlets, wiring, and breaker boxes. Have a fantastic and safe rest of your week everyone! Closer Look Inspections Team