Friday, March 5, 2021

Ten Tips to Speed Up Your Home Inspection

Speed up your home sale by preparing your home ahead of time using the following tips. Your home inspection will go smoother, with fewer concerns to delay closing.

Homeowner Maintenance: Changing the HVAC Filter

by Nick Gromicko, CMI® and Kate Tarasenko
Part of responsible homeownership includes, of course, regular home maintenance.  And there are some tasks that, if deferred, can lead to a home system that’s inefficient and overworked, which can result in problems and expenses.  One such task is changing the filter of the home’s HVAC system.  It’s simple and inexpensive, and taking care of it at least every three months can meAs InterNACHI member-inspector Ron Perkerewicz no doubt explained to his client, the furnace filter will work much better if it's removed from its packaging the difference between optimum comfort and avoidable repairs.


Basic Waterproofing for Basements

by Nick Gromicko, CMI®

Water Damage Concerns

Basements are typically the area of a structure most at risk for water damage because they are located below grade and surrounded by soil.  Soil releases water it has absorbed during rain or when snow melts, and the water can end up in the basement through leaks or cracks.  Water can even migrate through solid concrete walls via capillary action, which is a phenomenon whereby liquid spontaneously rises in a narrow space, such as a thin tube, or via porous materials.  Wet basements can cause problems that include peeling paint, toxic mold contamination, building rot, foundation collapse, and termite damage.  Even interior air quality can be affected if naturally occurring gasses released by the soil are being transmitted into the basement. (more…)

10 Easy Ways to Save Money & Energy in Your Home

by Nick Gromicko, CMI®, Ben Gromicko, and Kenton Shepard 

Most people don’t know how easy it is to make their homes run on less energy, and here at InterNACHI, we want to change that. 

Drastic reductions in heating, cooling and electricity costs can be accomplished through very simple changes, most of which homeowners can do themselves. Of course, for homeowners who want to take advantage of the most up-to-date knowledge and systems in home energy efficiency, InterNACHI energy auditors can perform in-depth testing to find the best energy solutions for your particular home. 


Top 5 Questions to Ask Your Home Inspector

The important questions every savvy home buyer should keep in mind.

Buying a home is big. It’s both a considerable financial investment and a major life event. No wonder most of us feel excited and, to be honest, a little nervous when it comes time to make an offer on a future home. (more…)

15 Tools Every Homeowner Should Own

by Nick Gromicko, CMI® and Ben Gromicko

The following items are essential tools, but this list is by no means exhaustive. Feel free to ask an InterNACHI inspector during your next inspection about other tools that you might find useful.

2 Deadly Mistakes Every Home Buyer Should Avoid

Deadly Mistake #1: Thinking you can’t afford it.

Many people who thought that buying the home they wanted was simply out of their reach are now enjoying a new lifestyle in their very own homes.

Buying a home is the smartest financial decision you will ever make. In fact, most homeowners would be broke at retirement if it wasn’t for one saving grace — the equity in their homes. Furthermore, tax allowances favor home ownership.  

3 Reasons Your New Home Needs an Inspection

Minimum Code Inspections vs. AmeriSpec Home Inspections. 

Just because a newly built home looks flawless and fresh doesn’t mean there’s no chance problems aren’t lurking around corners and inside infrastructure, hiding from the untrained eye. That’s where AmeriSpec comes in.

Our inspectors reveal potential deficiencies in your home that are unsafe or can become costly. Seasoned by years of experience and countless successful inspections, we determine whether best practices were applied when your home is being built.

There are many reasons hiring an AmeriSpec expert to inspect your newly constructed home is a good idea. Scroll down and find out the top 3 that stand above the rest.


New Construction Home Inspections

Go beyond basic local code requirements. 

Assuming new construction homes don’t require professional inspections is a common misconception. In the past, new construction inspections have been solely handled by local code enforcement agencies. But as construction practices, materials and installation techniques have evolved over time, home inspection and safety experts now strongly urge new construction buyers and builders to partner with professional inspectors. 

AmeriSpec new construction inspectors can help uncover incorrect installations and safety concerns early on during the construction process and following construction completion. This results in what matters most, a better-built home.


Mold Inspections & Testing

The presence of mold in your home can impact your investment considerably. Even more importantly, unabated mold exposure over extended periods of time may result in serious adverse health effects. 

Partnering with a Home Solutions specialist to test for mold can help identify a mold issue before it gets out of hand, ultimately equipping you with the information you need to make informed investments and responsible residential decisions.


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