Vero Beach Home Inspections https://firstandgoalhomeinspections.com Home Inspectors in Vero Beach Fri, 27 Sep 2019 01:00:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.3 Some Thoughts On Wooden Siding https://firstandgoalhomeinspections.com/some-thoughts-on-wooden-siding/ https://firstandgoalhomeinspections.com/some-thoughts-on-wooden-siding/#respond 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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How To Stop Wasting Energy https://firstandgoalhomeinspections.com/how-to-stop-wasting-energy/ Fri, 30 Aug 2019 02:23:18 +0000 https://firstandgoalhomeinspections.com/?p=1579 Keeping down energy cost is a concern for most homeowners. Energy costs are constantly rising, so that is a good incentive to save on energy, but there is also the effect that energy production has on our environment to consider. While there are many green alternatives, energy production is still a major source of pollution. […]

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Keeping down energy cost is a concern for most homeowners. Energy costs are constantly rising, so that is a good incentive to save on energy, but there is also the effect that energy production has on our environment to consider. While there are many green alternatives, energy production is still a major source of pollution.

So, what are some simple things that you can do to keep your energy usage down?

Your appliances are usually the biggest energy drains in your home. By exchanging old appliances for new, energy-saving ones, you can cut a large chunk out of your monthly energy bill.

Lightbulbs might seem like a minor expense, but have you ever added up how many bulbs you have in your home? If they are old style incandescent bulbs, about 95% of the energy they use is wasted as heat.

By replacing them with LED or CFL bulbs you can make a big difference.

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Cheap and Durable Roofing https://firstandgoalhomeinspections.com/cheap-and-durable-roofing/ Thu, 25 Jul 2019 01:36:40 +0000 https://firstandgoalhomeinspections.com/?p=1572 When you step outside and look at the roofs in your neighborhood, what do you see? In most neighborhoods, you will find that the majority of homes have asphalt shingle roofs. The reason for this is a combination of price and durability. For the price, you can’t get a better roofing material. On top of […]

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When you step outside and look at the roofs in your neighborhood, what do you see? In most neighborhoods, you will find that the majority of homes have asphalt shingle roofs. The reason for this is a combination of price and durability. For the price, you can’t get a better roofing material.

On top of the reasonable price, asphalt shingles are also simple to install. They can be installed on top of existing shingles if you so wish, and they can be removed fairly easily as well.

How do you care for an asphalt shingle roof?

Just like most roofing materials, water can do damage to asphalt shingles if it sits there for a long time. You want to make sure that your gutters drain well, and don’t allow branches and leaves to sit on top of the roof, retaining moisture, since this can encourage mold and moss growth. You should also make sure that the protective surface of the shingles doesn’t wear off, since this can decrease their lifespan.

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Protecting Your Masonry Work https://firstandgoalhomeinspections.com/protecting-your-masonry-work/ Fri, 28 Jun 2019 00:46:39 +0000 https://firstandgoalhomeinspections.com/?p=1568 Masonry work can add a lot of character to a home. If the masonry work is exposed to the elements, however, it can get damaged over time. As with a lot of damaging conditions, water is usually involved. As masonry work ages, it will crack, and these cracks will let water enter, which then will […]

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Masonry work can add a lot of character to a home. If the masonry work is exposed to the elements, however, it can get damaged over time. As with a lot of damaging conditions, water is usually involved. As masonry work ages, it will crack, and these cracks will let water enter, which then will cause the crack to expand even wider. In time, your once beautiful masonry work will be crumbling apart.

What can you do to prevent this from happening? Your first step is preventing water from entering the cracks in the first place. There are different types of sealant available that will last for quite a while, but it is important to keep up with it, since the sealant will wear off over time.

You should also make sure that the ground is properly graded to drain water away from your masonry work, so that water isn’t pooling around it.

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How Trees Help You Keep Cool https://firstandgoalhomeinspections.com/how-trees-help-you-keep-cool/ Thu, 30 May 2019 01:47:43 +0000 https://firstandgoalhomeinspections.com/?p=1562 There are few things that are more welcome on a hot, blustery day than some shade underneath a tree. Interestingly, you might just think of the shade as the relief provided, but did you know that there is another reason you feel cool underneath a tree? This is because trees constantly release water vapor into […]

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There are few things that are more welcome on a hot, blustery day than some shade underneath a tree. Interestingly, you might just think of the shade as the relief provided, but did you know that there is another reason you feel cool underneath a tree? This is because trees constantly release water vapor into the air, cooling down the surrounding air further.

If you feel relieved underneath a tree, you can easily see how the same process would cool down your home. In fact, by just planting trees in the right locations, you could save as much as 10% off of your cooling bill annually.

You want to plant trees that aren’t prone to insect infestations, since these can carry over to your home. Also, you should make sure that they aren’t the type that grows quickly, since they are more likely to lack the stability that is needed to be safe near a home.

If you live in an area where wildfires are common, you might want to refrain from using trees for shade, since they could instead become a fire hazard.

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Tree Roots in Your Pipes https://firstandgoalhomeinspections.com/tree-roots-in-your-pipes/ Fri, 26 Apr 2019 23:51:00 +0000 https://firstandgoalhomeinspections.com/?p=1556 Do the trees in your front yard all of a sudden seem to flourish and grow faster than ever? While you might think that this is due to your green fingers, it is quite possible that you have a food source for the trees that is constantly supplying them with fertilized water – your plumbing. […]

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Do the trees in your front yard all of a sudden seem to flourish and grow faster than ever? While you might think that this is due to your green fingers, it is quite possible that you have a food source for the trees that is constantly supplying them with fertilized water – your plumbing.

Many plumbing systems have been backed up by a collection of tree roots inside of the pipes. A small crack or dislodged pipe is enough for the persistent tree roots to pry the pipes open and let more roots in and release more nutritious sewer water. It won’t be long before your sewer water backs up into your house.

There are some temporary fixes that will clear out the roots and clear a path through your pipes again, but unfortunately, it won’t take long for the roots to take over once more. The only permanent fix involves digging up the pipe and making sure it is sealed well.

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What Is Hiding In Your Bed? https://firstandgoalhomeinspections.com/what-is-hiding-in-your-bed/ Wed, 27 Mar 2019 23:52:17 +0000 https://firstandgoalhomeinspections.com/?p=1552 Does it seem that you hear a lot more about bed bugs than you used to? This is definitely the case. Bed bugs have been making a major comeback after the use of DDT was discontinued. While DDT was the only pesticide that was proven to be effective against bed bugs, it also had some […]

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Does it seem that you hear a lot more about bed bugs than you used to? This is definitely the case. Bed bugs have been making a major comeback after the use of DDT was discontinued. While DDT was the only pesticide that was proven to be effective against bed bugs, it also had some very serious health effects. Now, many hotels are fighting against bed bug infections constantly. The reason why hotels are such a hot spot is that so many guests bring bed bugs with them when they stay in a hotel, and from there they proliferate.

This means that you should make sure that you don’t bring any home when you stay in a hotel. The first thing you should do when staying in a hotel is to inspect the bed and couch for bed bugs, otherwise you could place your bags and clothes where the bed bugs could transfer over. Stretching out the seams on the bed and couch can give you a view of a cluster of bed bugs.

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Selling Your Own Home?…. Become A Skilled Salesman https://firstandgoalhomeinspections.com/selling-your-own-home-become-a-skilled-salesman/ Thu, 28 Feb 2019 14:50:19 +0000 https://firstandgoalhomeinspections.com/?p=1549 Have you made the decision to sell your own home? Perhaps its because you would like to save some money, or perhaps you like the thought of being in control of the process. For whatever reason you have decided to sell your home yourself, how can you ensure that you do it successfully? You should […]

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Have you made the decision to sell your own home? Perhaps its because you would like to save some money, or perhaps you like the thought of being in control of the process. For whatever reason you have decided to sell your home yourself, how can you ensure that you do it successfully?

You should be prepared for a lot of paperwork, not to mention all kinds of rules you will need to abide by, so obtaining as much information as you can about these things is vital. Do as much research as you can. You may find it helpful to consult a lawyer who can help you with understanding contracts etc.

A benefit to having a real estate agent deal with the sale of your home, is that they have the experience and know how needed when it comes to the best way to prepare a home to make it appealing to a buyer. You will want to ensure that you have your home in good order and ready for showing. Remember, you will be in competition with real estate agents who are selling their clients homes in your area, so having the house looking good is not something to overlook.

There are many websites available these days that can provide information on how to sell your home. These are very valuable tools at your disposal.

Remember that you are going to be up against experienced real estate agents who obviously want the best deal for their clients. Its important that you know how best to negotiate the sale. Although you may not want to, but this could mean turning down some offers at first.

Finding out all the legal requirements involved in selling your home is also a vital step for a successful sale. Different laws apply for different areas, so find out as much information as you can about your particular location.

Getting a Move In Certified home inspection done is also an essential aspect with this process, as it lets you be the first to find out about any problems with your home, and not a prospective buyer. We will be very happy to help you with this.

For more information, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We will be happy to schedule an inspection for you.

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Sheet Vinyl Flooring – Is It For You? https://firstandgoalhomeinspections.com/sheet-vinyl-flooring-is-it-for-you/ Wed, 26 Dec 2018 21:51:29 +0000 https://firstandgoalhomeinspections.com/?p=1545 With all the different types of flooring out there, it can be sometimes hard to chose what you may can afford or appreciate. This article will give some helpful information regarding sheet vinyl flooring. The first thing you’ll want to know about sheet vinyl is its relative in expense to purchase and install. However, the […]

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With all the different types of flooring out there, it can be sometimes hard to chose what you may can afford or appreciate. This article will give some helpful information regarding sheet vinyl flooring.

The first thing you’ll want to know about sheet vinyl is its relative in expense to purchase and install. However, the cost of the flooring directly correlates with the quality of the sheets. Its interesting to note that the low quality vinyl can last up to ten years, but the higher quality can last up to 30 years! Each type of vinyl has a wear layer, with the lower quality has a smaller wear layer, while the higher quality has a larger layer, hence the stronger durability.

Maintenance for the flooring is pretty simple, as hard to believe as it is. Typically all that sweeping and mopping is required in order to clean the floor. If installed the wrong way, problems can arise very easily if not done properly. Specific skills are required in order to complete proper installation of the flooring. Keeping these things in mind will allow your home to be floored properly and have a great aesthetic appeal.

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How To Raise A House https://firstandgoalhomeinspections.com/how-to-raise-a-house/ Fri, 30 Nov 2018 02:35:31 +0000 https://firstandgoalhomeinspections.com/?p=1542 What exactly is house raising? Well to put it simply… it is the process of raising a house off of its foundation. Why do people raise their house off of its foundation in the first place? That will be the topic of discussion today. Imagine for a second that a roaring flood comes tearing through […]

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What exactly is house raising? Well to put it simply… it is the process of raising a house off of its foundation. Why do people raise their house off of its foundation in the first place? That will be the topic of discussion today.

Imagine for a second that a roaring flood comes tearing through your town and your house pays a price through its foundation. The foundation collapses in on itself, and your house will begin to buckle if the foundation is left untreated. So, an option that you can do is to raise the house up then repair the foundation. Raising a house can also be beneficial if you wish to move your house in any direction for aesthetic purposes.

However, there is much to that needs to be accomplished when raising a house. First, you must unplug and then plug all of the houses utilities, thousands of pounds of dirt must be removed, and concrete walls must be poured in order to support the house. If you do end up wanting to have your house raised even just a few feet, it could cost up to 10,000 dollars, which is definitely a downside.

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