Archive for July, 2012

Should You Paint Your House This Summer?

Posted on: July 18th, 2012 | No Comments

Are you considering painting your home? Look for these clues that it is time to repaint the exterior of your house. All of these issues can cause problems for your home, whether to its structure or to its aesthetics.

  • Paint Peeling, Flaking, Or Cracking
  • Mold or Algae Growth
  • Dull Color
  • Water Damage
  • Underlying Wood Exposed To Elements

If you said yes to any item on that list, you should definitely make plans to paint! If you’ve never painted the exterior of a house before, there are a few tips you should know about.


Choosing the right color is a challenge, but there are a number of tools that you can use to make it easier. Some paint companies offer slideshows that can give you an idea of what your home will look like with numerous shades. Explore the options for bold or neutral exterior paints by browsing some design magazines or websites and making note of the houses that catch your eye.


Once you’ve picked the perfect color, you’re ready to undertake the project with safety in mind. Older homes often have lead-based paints that can create health hazards. If your home was built before the 80’s, you should prepare by laying down plastic sheets to catch the scrapings. As you remove the lead-based paint, be sure to wear proper safety gear, like a mask and a Tyvek suit. Even if you have a modern home, you should be aware of some safety protocols. You can protect your lungs from paint particles by wearing a mask. You should always wear safety goggles when stripping paint or sanding to keep potentially damaging fragments or chemicals out of your eyes.


A new coat of paint can make a difference to your home’s curb appeal, but it can’t fix everything. If you discover underlying problems (like mold or rotting wood), get in touch with us at Inspect-It 1st. We can help make your home beautiful from the inside out!



5 Facts About Commercial Inspections

Posted on: July 5th, 2012 | No Comments

So far, we’ve covered a number of home inspection and DIY topics. This week we’re taking a different approach and sharing five interesting facts about commercial inspections.

  1. Did you know that wood deck railings must be at least 36 inches tall? This is the lowest height that is still considered safe. A shorter railing could allow someone to fall over it.
  2. An inspector may request a number of documents, including floodplain maps, maintenance records, and even environmental studies. All these reports add to the inspector’s knowledge regarding the property in question and can give him an idea of what issues may need to be addressed.
  3. An inspector must report any missing smoke detectors. If you are selling a commercial property, be sure you have installed smoke detectors where necessary! This is part of the life safety section of the inspection, which also includes a careful observation of windows, fire hazards, and exits that lead outside.
  4. The foundation, basement, and parking areas will also be inspected for damage or potential dangers.
  5. An inspector may also request to interview someone who is familiar with the building’s condition.

In our commercial inspections, we cover all the areas listed above and more! Because a commercial building must be comfortable as well as safe, we inspect the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems, the plumbing, and the electrical wiring. Are you considering buying a commercial building, like a strip mall, restaurant, or office building? Are you selling and want to get the best price (and have the confidence that you’re selling a safe property)? Either way, we can provide you with the in-depth, custom report you need to make an informed decision.



Our home inspection company's history began in 1991 with the establishment of American Home Inspection. Over the course of the following seven years, a home inspection business prototype was developed that could be implemented anywhere in the United States. Our founders believed they had a unique methodology of providing homebuyers and sellers with consistent, professional and unbiased home inspections. © 2012. All Rights Reserved.