Entries by rileycummins

Fire Safety in the Home

Fire Safety for the Home The National Fire Protection Association’s fire prevention program promotes the following eight tips that people of all ages and abilities can use to keep family members safe, especially during the threat of a house fire. 1. Plan and practice your escape from fire. We’ve heard this advice before, but you […]

Electrical Panel Safety

All homeowners should know where their electrical panel is located. When you open the door to it, you should find breakers that are labeled which correspond to the different rooms or areas of the home. Breakers will sometimes trip due to a power surge or outage, and the homeowner can flip the switch to reactivate […]

Sellers – How to Prepare for a Home Inspection

The purpose of a home inspection is to observe and report the overall condition of the property at the time of the inspection and to ensure that its major systems and components (water heater, heating and cooling, plumbing, electrical, etc.) are installed correctly and working properly. While some items identified during the course of a […]

Repair Request Builder

Repair Requests are Easier than Ever The new Repair Request Builder allows real estate agents to quickly select which recommendations to include in a custom report to send to the listing agent. Realtors can select specific defects, add dollar amount credit amounts, requests for repair or replacement, or custom text. The generated document can be […]

Pre-Drywall Inspections

Pre-Drywall Inspections by Nick Gromicko and Mary Greenway of InterNACHI One way to ensure that a house is built according to its specifications is by performing a pre-drywall inspection. “Pre-drywall” refers to a phase during the homebuilding process just after the installation of certain elements – such as the doors, windows, foundation, flooring, wall and […]

Wind Mitigation Inspections

We’re very pleased to announce we provide wind mitigation inspections! Wind mitigation is the implementation of building techniques to protect the home from potential damage caused by strong winds. Even if a home is insured, it is always costly when damaged, both for the homeowner and the insurance agency. Repairs can easily take months, especially […]

Full Inspections

Our Full Inspections include inspecting the:    •    roof, vents, flashings and trim;    •    gutters and downspouts;    •    skylight, chimney, and other roof penetrations;    •    decks, stoops, porches, walkways and railings;    •    eaves, soffits and fascia;    •    grading and drainage;    •    basement, foundation and crawlspace;    •    water penetration and foundation movement;    •    heating system;    •    cooling […]

Home Fire Safety

From InterNACHI – by Nick Gromicko and Kate Tarasenko The U.S. Fire Administration reports that more than 403,000 home fires occurred in the U.S. in 2008, causing 2,780 deaths and more than 13,500 injuries.  Some fires are caused by issues related to the structure, such as lightning strikes, faulty wiring, furnace malfunctions, and other electrical […]