Vero Beach Home Inspections https://firstandgoalhomeinspections.com Home Inspectors in Vero Beach Fri, 28 Jun 2019 00:46:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.2 Protecting Your Masonry Work https://firstandgoalhomeinspections.com/protecting-your-masonry-work/ https://firstandgoalhomeinspections.com/protecting-your-masonry-work/#respond 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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Furniture Tip Overs – Dangers To Your Kids https://firstandgoalhomeinspections.com/furniture-tip-overs-dangers-to-your-kids/ Tue, 16 Oct 2018 17:54:12 +0000 https://firstandgoalhomeinspections.com/?p=1538 Within a 17 year period, over 15,000 children under the age of 18 all visited emergency rooms because of furniture related tip over accidents. The problem has been getting worse, with a 40% increase over the years, and the majority of the injuries are from flat screen TV’s from tipping over. What can be done? […]

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Within a 17 year period, over 15,000 children under the age of 18 all visited emergency rooms because of furniture related tip over accidents. The problem has been getting worse, with a 40% increase over the years, and the majority of the injuries are from flat screen TV’s from tipping over. What can be done? Here are a couple tips for protecting your children from tip over accidents.

One basic thing that you can do is just to supervise your child at all times. It may not be possible sometimes, but if the effort is put in you have a greater reaction time if your child is doing something that may be unsafe. With TV’s, you can place them lower to the ground and their backs to the wall, thus reducing the potential of the TV causing injury to your child. If you have a large dresser that is really heavy, place your TV on the far backside of the dresser so that if a child does climb on the dresser, they won’t be able to reach the TV.

To keep heavy items from moving, use furniture straps or L-brackets. Most of these simple devices don’t need holes drilled through, so they are simple and easy to install. For dressers, you can install drawer stops to keep drawers from extending to their full length. Without these stops, the drawers can be pulled out, and potentially even cause the dresser to tip over. Keeping these few things in mind will help to keep your children healthy and safe and your furniture safe.

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How Is Window Tinting Used In The Home? https://firstandgoalhomeinspections.com/how-is-window-tinting-used-in-the-home/ Fri, 28 Sep 2018 13:35:05 +0000 https://firstandgoalhomeinspections.com/?p=1534 We’ve all heard about window film for our cars – other wise known as window tint. But did you know that there is a tint for your homes windows? What can this film for your homes windows do for you though? Shade your windows, maybe even be energy efficient? Well all the pros will be […]

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We’ve all heard about window film for our cars – other wise known as window tint. But did you know that there is a tint for your homes windows? What can this film for your homes windows do for you though? Shade your windows, maybe even be energy efficient? Well all the pros will be discussed in this article.

This type of film can be bought at your local hardware store and can be applied to any window, can be formed to any shape of your window by using a razor blade or cutting knife. Its interesting to note that sometimes people will apply this film to a window to keep the window from shattering into dangerous pieces everywhere. Also, this film, when applied to a window, can block certain high energy waves from the sun yet allow certain low energy waves from the sun into your home, and thus become more energy efficient. There are some films that are designed for different energy waves, so the amount of energy efficiency you want for your home can be easily decided on each purchase.

Heat mirror is a type of film that can increase your energy efficiency by a large percentage if you apply it to all of your windows in your home. This type of film is relatively inexpensive to buy and install by yourself. With all this in mind, you can install this film in your homes windows and thus continue to save yourself money on your energy bill.

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Reducing The Noise Outside Your Home https://firstandgoalhomeinspections.com/reducing-the-noise-outside-your-home/ Thu, 23 Aug 2018 13:45:36 +0000 https://firstandgoalhomeinspections.com/?p=1530 Do you live in the part of the city where you are constantly hearing trains, cars, planes go past your house, and it keeps you up all night because of all the noise that they are making? Have no fear, sleepless nights are no more! There are some simple things that you can do in […]

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Do you live in the part of the city where you are constantly hearing trains, cars, planes go past your house, and it keeps you up all night because of all the noise that they are making? Have no fear, sleepless nights are no more!

There are some simple things that you can do in order to reduce the amount of noise that is able to pass through your house. If you have hardwood floors, tables, beds, consider putting in softer pieces of furniture. Sound will bounce off of softer furniture alot more than hardwood furniture would. So think about maybe putting in carpet, soft couches, maybe even the special made foam that you can put up against your bedroom walls that will absolutely keep all the noise out.

In conclusion, if you find that it is with your neighbors who are being quite noisy at night, one thing that you can do is get your local counties noise ordinance list, describing what noises should and shouldn’t be occurring at different parts in the day. If the neighbors are noisy at night, don’t be afraid to call the police.

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