Sunday, December 4, 2011

The Inspector Who Saved a Home From Water Damage

In one case, a ten year old home with an original hot water heater bursts...and unfortunately this is not an uncommon occurrence. Water floods the basement, ruins much of the furniture, kids' toys, the TV and game system, and all of the items in the storage area including holiday decorations and irreplaceable family pictures. In addition, the rugs and the padding are soaked through. A water mark has climbed the walls, so even the drywall will need to be replaced to avoid secondary damage and possible dangers from mold growth. Even the odor is awful - already a musty smell is creeping throughout the home. Can anything be salvaged, or should everything simply be thrown out? Will this be covered by insurance? What is the deductible? Can all of the moisture be removed to avoid toxic mold growth? This is going to cost a homeowner thousands and thousands of dollars, not to mention the hassle it has caused.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Things You Need to Know About Home Inspection

Home inspection is a visual examination of the condition of the house which is usually objective, limited and non-invasive. The inspection also includes the examination of the physical structure and system of the house which is from the roof to the foundation of the house.

Home inspection is not just done by anybody in the neighborhood. It has to be conducted by home inspectors who have knowledge about the criteria in inspecting the house. So, what the inspectors do is to prepare a written report using home inspection software. The report would cover things about the condition of the heating and the conditioning system of the house, the electrical systems as well as the plumbing system. From the outside, the inspector also makes a report about the physical structure of the roof, the rooms, the attic and the foundation of the house. From this, we can see that only experts who have enough knowledge of the technicalities of the house can only do it.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Reasons to Keep Mold Away From Your Home

Household mold can occur on many different surfaces including sheetrock, windows, carpet, in the attic, kitchens, bathrooms, and many other places all over your home. It can be unseen as it hides in surfaces in your house and poses as a serious health risk to you and your family. There are several different types of mold, some which are very harmful to your health. It is important to air quality, respiratory health and cleanliness to keep mold away from your home.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Home Info Pack Business Closures - What Happens If the Reason For Your Business No Longer Exists?

Hot off the press in today's news is the new UK government plans to scrap the Home Information Packs (HIP) altogether. Whilst many of us throw our hats up in the air for jubilation and see it as victory for common sense, where does it leave those who have invested in Labour's big sell to start a new career as an inspector? In the Home Information Pack Business closures, what happens if the reason for your business no longer exists?

If you have been someone who has invested your time and money, gone through the training and even set up your own business in the HIP field, what will happen to you now? What are the options open to you? There are going to have to be a number of difficult decisions made by company directors regarding closure in the coming months.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Floor Plan Drawings & Compliance With Building Code Requirements

Floor plans are an excellent tool to demonstrate a property, to visualize the room layout and plan your new building, home or commercial space. The process of rendering professional floor plans is very simple. First you produce a complete sketch of the room layout containing all room dimensions, doors & windows, fixtures like wardrobes, fitted work tops in kitchens, bathroom amenities, etc. This sketch or a scanned image of it needs to be sent to the team of expert architectural drafters who will accurately convert your drawings into a set of effective floor plans, using popular CAD techniques such as AutoCAD, Revit, SolidWorks, etc.

The team can deliver the finished floor plans in any desired format and according to your specifications. You can upload these drawings to your web site or include them in marketing collaterals to show it to your clients. We suggest you to use the following checklist to make sure that floor plan drawings are complete and give enough information to comply Building Code requirements in your region or city.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Home Security Inspections

Having your home inspected for your security needs can help protect your family and possessions from possible harm. It can also give you the peace of mind that comes from have a secure home. Most everybody can benefit from a home security inspection.

Inspections of your home should be relatively inexpensive and shouldn't take up a lot of your time. The inspections are meant to help improve the safety of your home. Security inspections should give you ideas on how you can improve the safety of your home.