Summertime Checklist!

This is a re posted article from an inspector in another part of North America, but the message and good advice is pertinent to us all.

Just like spring time is the time for spring cleaning, Summertime is a great time to take care of all those odds and ends in your home. Especially the exterior ones before the rain comes again.

I recently went on a Home inspection in Temecula where I pointed out that that there were some cracked tiles and what appeared to be, at best, sub parr flashing on the roof.  The owner, who is a plumber, recently called me to see if I knew of any plumbing companies that were hiring in the area. During our conversation I asked how the house was and if he was able to have a roofer take care of those problems. His  answer to me was, “Im not gonna worry about that right now.”

I didn’t expect that from a plumber, who has seen the damage water can do to a house. I suggested he reconsider. I told him about a job my contracting company is doing, where a homeowner put off fixing her roof last summer. Here is what she now has in her bathroom after the rains.

 

This could have been a relatively inexpensive fix by a roofer but instead she will now be spending much more money and time having her walls opened up and bathroom torn a part to do a proper dry out and potentially some mold remediation, then her build back along with fixing the original roof problem.

I know summer time is a time to relax and vacation, to get away from work but if you have some problem areas around your house that could lead to more damages, especially on the exterior where water can get through, fix them now before the rain comes again. Don’t end up like this client who ended up “spending good money after bad!”

If your not sure what condition  your home is in, call a qualified Home inspector to check it out for you. We’d be happy to. A little bit of knowledge can save you a ton of money.  If we can help in anyway,from a home inspection to answering a question, please give us a call.

And make sure to take care of that summertime checklist!

 

 

 

Brian Halliday

Halliday Home Inspections

(951)506 6905

WWW.hallidayhomeinspection.com

 

 

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“When Changing A Light Bulb JustIsn’t Enough” An “Off The Shelf” Review

“When Changing A Light Bulb Just Isn’t Enough”                      An “Off The Shelf” Review

 

book cover photo

The Bulb – There is more to home maintenance than changing light bulbs.

So the secondary title for this book is “150 WAYS TO SLASH YOUR HOUSEHOLD BILLS & SAVE ENERGY, TOO”

This is for those who are able bodied and wish to do more things themselves to improve the living conditions around their home and take measures to save money and energy. Many of these little things make small or insignificant immediate changes that add up to savings over time.

 

This BOOK – Produced by ‘Popular Mechanics” this is a small format reference book for home owners to prepare for and be able to improve and do practical upgrades to systems and details around the home.

It is organized into 6 chapters, and after the ‘green’ intro, starts with heating, water and power resource conservation, ranges through interior, exterior and home improvements. There is a chapter on car care and it finishes with computers and phone home electronics.

Lots of practical advice in the format of quick fix tips, what tool to use and how.

Most importantly, there are “Safe And Sound” and “”Tips of The Trade” box format articles inserted at the appropriate places to aid you in safe and practical completion of your projects.

The format is user friendly with the look and feel of the ‘Popular Mechanics’ magazine.

Distinct areas of the house are looked at and upgrades or maintenance discussed with a general tone of green savings. Usually there are weekend projects described. They usually include instructions, costs and materials lists if relevant.

As well as the previously mentioned boxed articles there are occasional “Know Your Stuff” articles on specific technical or information points.

This is then usually followed by an illustration depicting recommended future upgrades ( called ‘Future Investment”) before the next article is introduced.

So if you are the kind of person who likes to or needs to improve it yourself then you’ll appreciate this little book. Even if you never actually do the work yourself it provides you with the information and background knowledge to deal with the professionals.

 

Sterling ISBN 978-1-58816-748-4, Hearst Books (div of Sterling Publishing) http://www.sterlingpublishing.com

 

 

 

 

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