Long Island Home Inspections https://howsmyhousehomeinspections.com Home Inspectors in Long Island Tue, 20 Apr 2021 13:48:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.7.1 Checking Out Your Neighborhood https://howsmyhousehomeinspections.com/checking-out-your-neighborhood/ Tue, 20 Apr 2021 13:48:45 +0000 https://howsmyhousehomeinspections.com/?p=756 You have found the perfect home. It has the perfect number of bedrooms, the porch is beautiful – and that kitchen! All the pieces fall together and you are ready to settle in. But before you sign that dotted line, have you checked the neighborhood? Your neighbors are one of the most important factors to […]

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You have found the perfect home. It has the perfect number of bedrooms, the porch is beautiful – and that kitchen! All the pieces fall together and you are ready to settle in. But before you sign that dotted line, have you checked the neighborhood?

Your neighbors are one of the most important factors to consider when moving into a home. When you buy a house – you buy the neighborhood too. You can’t easily sell your house and move again when your neighbor next door starts getting a bit weird – so it is best to find that out ahead of time.

When looking at a new home, take a minute to meet the neighbors. Not in a “stalker” kind of way, but actually pop on over and say hi. Start a conversation, and ask them polite and non-intrusive questions about the neighborhood. You will likely find out most of what you need that way.

Also, it is usually a good idea to do an online search of public records. Do the police show up in that neighborhood a lot? Are there any sex offenders there? What about crime rates?

By doing your homework and putting in a fewextra moments, you can make an educated decision.

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“Inspect” Your Neighbors https://howsmyhousehomeinspections.com/inspect-your-neighbors/ Tue, 09 Mar 2021 15:01:48 +0000 https://howsmyhousehomeinspections.com/?p=754 You found the perfect home – you love the layout, the backyard, your proximity to work, and so much more. You also schedule a home inspection – because you don’t want any surprises. A home inspection is one of the best things you can get. But one part of your home that a home inspector […]

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You found the perfect home – you love the layout, the backyard, your proximity to work, and so much more. You also schedule a home inspection – because you don’t want any surprises. A home inspection is one of the best things you can get. But one part of your home that a home inspector can’t inspect is your neighbors.

Neighbors are kind of like roommates. If you don’t like them, you are either stuck with them, or you have to move. The problem is, when you buy a house, it is a bit more permanent. So while you get your house inspected, make sure you “inspect” your neighbors too.

We aren’t talking about spying on them or anything weird, but instead, something as simple as knocking on their door and introducing yourself. Have a conversation with them and get to know them a little bit. You will likely pick up some good (and not so good) things about them pretty quickly.

As a side point, though, it is never a bad idea to check the sexual offender registry before buying a home. Knowing any dangers in the area ahead of time is important.

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When Rodents Come To Visit https://howsmyhousehomeinspections.com/when-rodents-come-to-visit/ Sun, 28 Feb 2021 03:14:36 +0000 https://howsmyhousehomeinspections.com/?p=750 Do you like to have furry friends in your home? If we told you that we were speaking of rodents, you would most likely say no. Rodents can carry disease, damage your home, and just make it a much less pleasant place to live. They also breed very quickly, so allowing them in could lead […]

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Do you like to have furry friends in your home? If we told you that we were speaking of rodents, you would most likely say no. Rodents can carry disease, damage your home, and just make it a much less pleasant place to live. They also breed very quickly, so allowing them in could lead to your home being overrun with rodents in a short period of time.

There are things you can do to minimize the risk of having a rodent infestation. It is important to check around the perimeter of your home for suspicious holes and cracks that have scratchmarks around them. Rodents can squeeze through some very tight spots, and finding them and patching them up early can stop them in their tracks.

If you find torn fabric or paper in your home, this could be from a rodent nesting. Be careful if you find droppings since this could spread disease.

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Getting The Fumes Out https://howsmyhousehomeinspections.com/getting-the-fumes-out/ Sat, 30 Jan 2021 23:30:48 +0000 https://howsmyhousehomeinspections.com/?p=747 Imagine that you are frying up something really greasy in the kitchen. There is smoke everywhere and your smoke detector is going off. What is going wrong? Well, most likely, your kitchen exhaust fan isn’t doing what it is supposed to. This could be due to the fan being improperly installed, or because there isn’t […]

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Imagine that you are frying up something really greasy in the kitchen. There is smoke everywhere and your smoke detector is going off. What is going wrong? Well, most likely, your kitchen exhaust fan isn’t doing what it is supposed to.

This could be due to the fan being improperly installed, or because there isn’t any ductwork leading outside. While there are fans that are classified as “Ductless” these are nowhere near as efficient as the real thing.

There needs to be a duct funneling the smoke and grease from your kitchen to the outside. There should also be a filter in the fan that keeps all that grease from building up in the duct, but if you don’t replace the filter, it will soon lead to the fan being less efficient, and it could pose a fire hazard.

The duct exhaust shouldn’t be near doors or windows where the fumes could be sucked back into your home, and you should have a grate covering the exhaust vent to make sure that bugs and other critters aren’t attracted by the smells coming from your kitchen.

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Keeping the Water at Bay https://howsmyhousehomeinspections.com/keeping-the-water-at-bay/ Thu, 31 Dec 2020 00:14:46 +0000 https://howsmyhousehomeinspections.com/?p=744 When a home is built, there are many different things taken into consideration. One of them is how water-tight the house is. Keeping water out is essential to prevent damage. There are many issues caused by water intrusion, such as wood-rot, pest infestations, and most commonly, mold. It is unfortunate to have to deal with […]

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When a home is built, there are many different things taken into consideration. One of them is how water-tight the house is. Keeping water out is essential to prevent damage. There are many issues caused by water intrusion, such as wood-rot, pest infestations, and most commonly, mold. It is unfortunate to have to deal with these, so this is why vapor barriers play such a major part of your defense against water.

Vapor barriers can be made in the form of plastic sheets of different thicknesses, paper, or even as a paint. They are meant to prevent water intrusion, but they will only function if they are covering the area completely.

That means that if you have a patch of paint missing in an area, or if you have a rip in your water barrier, you will most likely still have water intrusion. This is why it is so important the job is done well.

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Why You Should Insulate Your Pipes https://howsmyhousehomeinspections.com/why-you-should-insulate-your-pipes/ Mon, 30 Nov 2020 19:53:10 +0000 https://howsmyhousehomeinspections.com/?p=740 When you hear the word insulation, you might not think about your pipes, but did you know that pipe insulation can be the solution to many issues in a home? If you have a lot of condensation forming on the cold water pipes in your home during humid days, insulating them can stop this. This […]

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When you hear the word insulation, you might not think about your pipes, but did you know that pipe insulation can be the solution to many issues in a home?

If you have a lot of condensation forming on the cold water pipes in your home during humid days, insulating them can stop this. This is important since condensation could encourage insect infestations and mold growth, just to mention a few problems.

If your cold water isn’t cold when it comes out of the faucet, or if your hot water isn’t hot, it could be because of the pipes being too close to one another, or because they are running through an uninsulated area of your home. Insulating your pipes will fix this as well.

If your pipes are very noisy, it could be an indication of a problem, but if you just get annoyed with the sound that the water makes running through the pipes, you should insulate them.

As you can see, there are many benefits to insulating your pipes, so if you haven’t done so already, maybe you should look into getting it done?

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Is Your Pressure Too Low Or Too High? https://howsmyhousehomeinspections.com/is-your-pressure-too-low-or-too-high/ Sat, 31 Oct 2020 19:06:27 +0000 https://howsmyhousehomeinspections.com/?p=737 If I were to tell you that your faucet flow rate is low, do you know what it means? Not everyone is familiar with the concept, but homes should have a rate of approximately 1 gallon per minute, and there are many things that could affect that. Measuring your flow rate is fairly simple. As […]

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If I were to tell you that your faucet flow rate is low, do you know what it means? Not everyone is familiar with the concept, but homes should have a rate of approximately 1 gallon per minute, and there are many things that could affect that. Measuring your flow rate is fairly simple. As a shortcut, you can fill a container for 15 seconds and then multiply the water collected by 4. That number is your flow rate for that faucet. If you have an aerator on the faucet, you’ll see a lower number, and you are keeping your water consumption down, but what if it is a lot higher? Well, it is something that should be remedied, because it could damage your pipes over time.
If you have a plumber install a pressure regulator, you’ll see a difference, and you will protect your plumbing system from damage. This regulator can also help with a low flow rate if you find that your water doesn’t have very good pressure.

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Keeping A Roof Over Your Head https://howsmyhousehomeinspections.com/keeping-a-roof-over-your-head/ Tue, 29 Sep 2020 11:09:44 +0000 https://howsmyhousehomeinspections.com/?p=734 Every homeowner is looking to save money. While some might be doing so more diligently than others, none of us likes to spend money unnecessarily. There is definitely a benefit to keeping costs down across the board since it all adds up, but there are some items that deserve extra attention from you. One of […]

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Every homeowner is looking to save money. While some might be doing so more diligently than others, none of us likes to spend money unnecessarily. There is definitely a benefit to keeping costs down across the board since it all adds up, but there are some items that deserve extra attention from you. One of the most expensive things that you could deal with is a roof replacement, so you want to keep your roof in good shape for as long as possible.

Your job is made more difficult by the weather. When the sun beats down on your roof, it will deteriorate some types of roofing materials, wind can destroy others, and water is just bad all around.

When it comes to keeping your roof from getting damaged by water, you need to make sure that rain can get off the roof as easily as possible. This means keeping your roof free of debris and ensuring that gutters and downspouts are open and will allow free water flow. If you know that heavy rain is expected, you might want to take a closer look to ensure everything is ok.

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Keeping Your Electronics Safe https://howsmyhousehomeinspections.com/keeping-your-electronics-safe/ Mon, 31 Aug 2020 13:11:55 +0000 https://howsmyhousehomeinspections.com/?p=731 When there is a power surge, terrible things can happen to your sensitive electronics. If you have a TV that cost you quite a bit of money to buy, you probably would like to make sure that it isn’t busted by a random spike in your power grid. Your best friend in this case is […]

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When there is a power surge, terrible things can happen to your sensitive electronics. If you have a TV that cost you quite a bit of money to buy, you probably would like to make sure that it isn’t busted by a random spike in your power grid. Your best friend in this case is a surge protector. These devices aren’t that expensive, but they will make a huge difference in the worst-case scenario. While they look like a regular power strip, they are made in such a way that your electronics will be protected.

Some of these surge protectors will even come with a warranty for the connected electronics, but before you use that as a deciding factor, you should see if people have been successful with getting reimbursed for that warranty with the brand in question.

One important point to keep in mind is that your surge protector needs to be plugged into a grounded receptacle for it to function properly. If not, it will not protect your equipment.

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Top Heavy https://howsmyhousehomeinspections.com/top-heavy/ Fri, 31 Jul 2020 00:42:38 +0000 https://howsmyhousehomeinspections.com/?p=728 When you watch old movies, especially those taking place in European countries, you probably see a lot of clay roofs. They have a certain charm to them, and interestingly enough, some of those roofs are still standing. Clay roofing is one of the longest-lasting roofing materials you can find, and well maintained, it can last […]

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When you watch old movies, especially those taking place in European countries, you probably see a lot of clay roofs. They have a certain charm to them, and interestingly enough, some of those roofs are still standing.

Clay roofing is one of the longest-lasting roofing materials you can find, and well maintained, it can last for over a century. So why don’t you see more homes with clay roofs? A major concern is the cost. It is not a cheap material to have installed, especially considering that the extra weight could end up costing you extra when you need to strengthen the existing support that you have. It is also a tricky material to install, and if you don’t have a roofer that is experienced with installing clay roofing, it is possible that the roof could get damaged by heavy winds.

If you are thinking of installing clay roofing, it is important that you consider all the factors involved before you take the leap.

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