Vero Beach Home Inspections https://firstandgoalhomeinspections.com Home Inspectors in Vero Beach Mon, 29 Jun 2020 20:42:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.2 When You Can’t Fit Any More https://firstandgoalhomeinspections.com/when-you-cant-fit-any-more/ https://firstandgoalhomeinspections.com/when-you-cant-fit-any-more/#respond Mon, 29 Jun 2020 20:42:11 +0000 https://firstandgoalhomeinspections.com/?p=1622 How much room do you have in your closets? In many homes, closet space is at a premium. It could be that the builders didn’t want to make the home look smaller by having a lot of closets, but that is just a major inconvenience when you have to live in the home. You might […]

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How much room do you have in your closets? In many homes, closet space is at a premium. It could be that the builders didn’t want to make the home look smaller by having a lot of closets, but that is just a major inconvenience when you have to live in the home. You might end up having your home a lot more cluttered than you would like, or your closet might become so full that you have a hard time to find anything that you need.

Of course, the quick and simple fix would be to just add some closets to your home, but that will either require the purchase of stand-alone units, which could get costly, or a rebuild of your home that can get costly and disrupt your life for quite a while.

A cheaper method could be to make use of storage in locations that you might not think of. Getting a storage container on wheels will let you keep things under the bed easily. If you have clothes that you do not use a lot, you could get them vacuum-packed. There are some bags that work with a regular vacuum cleaner, compressing them for easier storage.

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Another Way To Get Into The Attic https://firstandgoalhomeinspections.com/another-way-to-get-into-the-attic/ Thu, 28 May 2020 15:58:15 +0000 https://firstandgoalhomeinspections.com/?p=1617 You probably don’t get up in your attic very often. For most homeowners, the attic is just a storage space for things that they want to get out of the way. Unfortunately, this means that space is wasted in your home just to have a stair leading up into the attic. In some homes, this […]

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You probably don’t get up in your attic very often. For most homeowners, the attic is just a storage space for things that they want to get out of the way. Unfortunately, this means that space is wasted in your home just to have a stair leading up into the attic. In some homes, this is avoided by installing an attic pull-down ladder instead. This way the additional space a stair takes can be used for more living space instead.

Having an attic pull-down ladder does mean that you need to be aware of the limitations that it comes with, however.

For one thing, the ladder will only be as secure as the frame that it is mounted in. There need to be sufficiently long nails attaching the ladder to the frame, or it could come loose when weight is put on it. If the ladder is too long, excessive stress could be put on the joint where the ladder folds, causing it to break.

You should avoid climbing the ladder with a heavy load, instead, you should have heavy items handed to you to place in the attic.

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Things To Do At Home https://firstandgoalhomeinspections.com/things-to-do-at-home/ Tue, 28 Apr 2020 17:28:53 +0000 https://firstandgoalhomeinspections.com/?p=1613 Do you have more time on your hands than ever before? That has been the case for many people around the country as shelter-in-place and stay-at-home orders are forcing them to avoid going out to restaurants and movies. So what do you choose to do with your time? Many of the streaming video services have […]

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Do you have more time on your hands than ever before? That has been the case for many people around the country as shelter-in-place and stay-at-home orders are forcing them to avoid going out to restaurants and movies. So what do you choose to do with your time?

Many of the streaming video services have needed to lower the quality they provide for their streams since so many people have been using them, but there are better things to do with your time than binge-watching movies and tv-shows, especially as a homeowner.

You probably have several projects around the house that have been put off in the past, and what better time will you get to take care of them than now? While some projects might be outside of your expertise, you will be amazed at what can be accomplished with the extra time you have at home. As long as you have the right tools and materials available to you, you can accomplish great things.

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Some Extra Cleaning Can’t Hurt https://firstandgoalhomeinspections.com/some-extra-cleaning-cant-hurt/ Mon, 30 Mar 2020 18:48:50 +0000 https://firstandgoalhomeinspections.com/?p=1610 Cleaning your home is probably something that you have a lot of experience with, but in the current situation, some extra work might be involved to make sure that you keep yourself and your family healthy. The COVID-19 virus is causing people around the world to buy cleaning materials at a much higher rate than […]

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Cleaning your home is probably something that you have a lot of experience with, but in the current situation, some extra work might be involved to make sure that you keep yourself and your family healthy. The COVID-19 virus is causing people around the world to buy cleaning materials at a much higher rate than normal, and most stores have empty aisles where there once were plenty of cleaning chemicals and tools. Even if you don’t have many visitors in your home, it is definitely worth your time and effort to clean a little extra than usual, especially commonly touched surfaces such as door handles, light switches, faucet handles and anything else that could easily get contaminated. You should be more aware than usual of where you go and what you touch since you could spread the virus from one spot to the next and unknowingly infect someone in your home. It is especially important when you come in from a trip to the store where you might have interacted with a contaminated surface.

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Do You Have Modern Or Antiquated Wiring? https://firstandgoalhomeinspections.com/do-you-have-modern-or-antiquated-wiring/ Tue, 25 Feb 2020 20:17:14 +0000 https://firstandgoalhomeinspections.com/?p=1607 How is your home wired? Most of us probably have no idea of what it looks like, but your electrical wiring could have a huge impact on your life. For example, some homes have very antiquated wiring that is prone to shorts and even electrical fires. Since we all rely to a large extent on […]

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How is your home wired? Most of us probably have no idea of what it looks like, but your electrical wiring could have a huge impact on your life. For example, some homes have very antiquated wiring that is prone to shorts and even electrical fires. Since we all rely to a large extent on electricity for our everyday activities, it is important that your wiring is in good shape.

If you notice a lot of brownouts in your home, you should check with the neighbors to ascertain whether or not this is a problem only for you or for others as well. If it is just you, consulting an electrician is your best next step. While some might feel that they have some experience in electrical wiring and should be able to take care of the problems themselves, there are many things out there that only a properly trained electrician can take care of.

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When Termites Attack https://firstandgoalhomeinspections.com/when-termites-attack/ Tue, 14 Jan 2020 16:19:57 +0000 https://firstandgoalhomeinspections.com/?p=1603 Termites are probably the best known wood damaging insects in the world. While there are plenty of other varieties of bugs that do bore through wood and could infect your home, termites do more damage in a shorter period of time. The problem with termites lies in the fact that they can be difficult to […]

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Termites are probably the best known wood damaging insects in the world. While there are plenty of other varieties of bugs that do bore through wood and could infect your home, termites do more damage in a shorter period of time. The problem with termites lies in the fact that they can be difficult to detect before they have done major damage to your home. In as little as a few years, it is possible to have structural damage to your home if termites are left unchecked, so it is important to be on the lookout for signs that they are in the area.

Some of the more obvious signs can’t usually be noticed until extensive damage has already been done. There are some early warning signs that can be easier to spot however. If you notice swarming termites in the spring, or their shed wings near your home, you should contact an exterminator immediately. You can also check for mud tunnels climbing up the side of your foundation. Knocking on wooden sections of your home and checking for sawdust can also give you a hint that something is up.

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Getting Water From A Well https://firstandgoalhomeinspections.com/getting-water-from-a-well/ Fri, 27 Dec 2019 01:45:06 +0000 https://firstandgoalhomeinspections.com/?p=1600 Having your own well gives you control over the water in your home, but it also comes with many possible headaches. Often, the water that you have in your well will need some treatment before it is usable. Mineral deposits and gasses are very common with well water. It is also important to have your […]

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Having your own well gives you control over the water in your home, but it also comes with many possible headaches. Often, the water that you have in your well will need some treatment before it is usable. Mineral deposits and gasses are very common with well water. It is also important to have your well water tested regularly, since conditions can change over time. While there are test kits that you can buy, these usually don’t give you a good enough picture of the water quality. It is better to send a water sample to a lab where they can test it for you.

You should know where your well is located, since you need to keep the area safe. Chemicals that spill on the ground above the well could seep down into your water, contaminating it. Avoid parking vehicles on top of the well since they could leak gas, oil or coolant there.

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Shining Bright In The Darkness https://firstandgoalhomeinspections.com/shining-bright-in-the-darkness/ Sat, 23 Nov 2019 18:37:01 +0000 https://firstandgoalhomeinspections.com/?p=1596 Many of us had a night light as children. There is something comforting about being able to see things in your room at night, so you know there aren’t any monsters hiding in the corners. Night lights can also be helpful when trying to find your way to the bathroom at night without disturbing anyone […]

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Many of us had a night light as children. There is something comforting about being able to see things in your room at night, so you know there aren’t any monsters hiding in the corners. Night lights can also be helpful when trying to find your way to the bathroom at night without disturbing anyone else.

There are many different types of nightlights, both in the way they look and how they function. Some are equipped with motion sensors so they only turn on when you need them. Others are equipped with a switch so you can turn them on and off at will. If you look around, you should be able to find one that fits your needs just perfectly. A word of caution, however: Don’t just settle on the cheapest alternative you can find! There are some manufacturers out there that make products that aren’t safe, and the potential for a night light to turn into a fire hazard or an electrocution risk is pretty big if inferior materials or poor manufacturing is involved.

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Protecting Your Electronics https://firstandgoalhomeinspections.com/protecting-your-electronics/ Sat, 26 Oct 2019 02:33:35 +0000 https://firstandgoalhomeinspections.com/?p=1593 How much money have you spent on all the electronics in your home? For many, the sum might add up to more than you would like to think about. The truth is that most of us have quite a few electronics that are pricey, and even if they are not the top of the line, […]

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How much money have you spent on all the electronics in your home? For many, the sum might add up to more than you would like to think about. The truth is that most of us have quite a few electronics that are pricey, and even if they are not the top of the line, it would still be costly to replace them. So when there is a lightning storm near your home, you probably want to make sure that a surge doesn’t all of a sudden reduce your electronics to a worthless pile of plastic and metal.

Lightning storms and other surges in the electrical grid are more common in certain parts of the country, but just because it doesn’t happen very often where you live, doesn’t mean that you couldn’t have the misfortune of experiencing one. This is why you should have your electronics plugged into a surge protector. They are made especially to prevent surges from damaging your electronics, but for them to function, you first need to make sure your surge protector is plugged into a properly grounded wall receptacle. You also need to pay attention to the indicator light that lets you know it is functioning, since a surge protector can be burned out after a few surges, and after that won’t offer any protection.

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Some Thoughts On Wooden Siding https://firstandgoalhomeinspections.com/some-thoughts-on-wooden-siding/ Fri, 27 Sep 2019 01:00:07 +0000 https://firstandgoalhomeinspections.com/?p=1582 If you are looking for a beautiful, natural siding material, wood siding is probably going to be your first choice. Wood siding has been used for a very long time, and even though cheaper and more versatile materials have been introduced, it still sees a lot of use. While wood siding is beautiful and friendly […]

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If you are looking for a beautiful, natural siding material, wood siding is probably going to be your first choice. Wood siding has been used for a very long time, and even though cheaper and more versatile materials have been introduced, it still sees a lot of use. While wood siding is beautiful and friendly for the environment, it does have several major drawbacks.

Wood siding can get attacked by wood boring insects, and get eaten from the inside out, and on top of that, the insects inside the wood could attract woodpeckers pecking holes in your siding. It could also be damaged by rot if it were to get wet, or it could grow moss or mold.

On top of all those issues, it is also one of the more expensive types of siding you can choose.

When you install wood siding on your home, you have to commit to take care of it if you want it to look good and last a long time.

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