Archive for April, 2015

Tips to Prevent Water Leaks in Your Home

Posted on: April 23rd, 2015 | No Comments

Water leaks from faucet.There’s nothing worse than coming home to a flooded house. Water leaks from inside or outside the home can lead to mold, structural issues, and major repairs if not properly treated in a timely manner. The good news is that there are check-ups you can do on a regular basis to locate water leaks before they become a larger problem. Spring is upon us, and when seasons change you are at higher risk for outside water coming into the home. Here are a few places that we recommend checking for water leaks.

Inside Your Home:

  • Annually check the hoses and connections to all of your appliances that use water. Often you can catch leaks and make affordable repairs when they’re small. If you find small puddles or damp spots on the floor, it’s likely that you have a small leak. We recommend that you isolate the source and make the repair as soon as possible.
  • Regularly check under sinks and around the toilet. One of the most common places for water leaks to begin is in the bathroom. Remember that even if you don’t see a water leak in the bathroom, it may still be dripping to the level below. If you notice a water leak coming from your bathroom at any point, we recommend finding the source and shutting off the water via the shut-off valve as soon as possible. Make the repair while the leak is small.
  • Locate the master water shut-off valve to your home. In the event of a major water leak or pipe burst, knowing how to shut off the water can spare you a major headache caused by an unexpected lake in your basement.

Outside Your Home:

  • Let’s take it from the top. A faulty roof is often a major culprit of unwanted water leaks in the home. Inspect the roof annually by searching for any missing or damaged shingles. If it looks like water could seep through, it can.
  • Get your mind in the gutters. As seasons change, gutters and downspouts tend to get clogged with anything you can imagine. Clean out the gutters a few times per year to assure that they do their job in directing water away from your home.
  • Walk around the perimeter of the home and take note of any cracks that could allow water to seep in. Filling the cracks with a foam sealant can be a huge help in preventing water leaks.

A water leak can be just the beginning of a major problem. Check these items around your home often. If you find water where it shouldn’t be, don’t ignore these first signs of a problem. Find the source of the problem and take care of it right away. Catching leaks early can save you loads of time and money. For a professional and honest assessment, contact the home inspection experts at Inspect-It 1st. One of our qualified inspectors can come to your home and check for water leaks and damage. Take care of your home, and it will take care of you.

7 Spring Clean-up Tips for Your Home

Posted on: April 7th, 2015 | No Comments

Spring cleaning a countertop with sponge.Whether or not you are looking to sell your home, an annual cleaning is a great way to get rid of clutter and make your home a more inviting environment. Here are our 7 spring clean-up tips that will help make your home a more pleasant, organized, and welcoming place to live.

  • Clean out your closet. We all have clothes in our closets that have been long forgotten or no longer fit. Take the time to go through your closets and evaluate the contents. If you haven’t worn a jacket in the last six months, it’s time to get rid of it. Set aside all the gently used items and donate them to a local charity or homeless shelter. Not only will this spring clean-up tip help you clean out your unused items, but it will also help somebody in need.
  • Organize your home by the seasons. There’s no need to clutter your home with items you won’t need again for months. Head down to your local home improvement store and pick up a few large storage bins. Go through your seasonal items that are only used a few months out of the year, then organize these items into the storage bins. Clearly label the bins by season and move these goods to a crawl space or storage room. This spring clean-up tip is effective during each seasonal change and will help keep your home clutter-free.
  • Get rid of stains and odors. Your home should be pleasing to all five senses, so don’t overlook your sense of smell. Locate the source of foul smells in your home and clear them out. Odors can stem from stains, garbage cans, fabrics, carpets – you name it. Clear out the odors and fill your home with a pleasant aroma that immediately feels more welcoming. Especially when you are trying to sell your home, stains and odors can be a distraction that may completely turn away potential buyers.
  • Clean your walls. Many people are unaware that you can and should clean your walls. Over time, walls get marked up with handprints, dirt, and grime. Keep your walls looking as good as new by gently washing with soap and water during your spring clean-up routine.
  • Don’t forget ceiling fans and light fixtures. Dust is found everywhere in the home. Much of it can easily be taken care of by dusting on a regular basis. However, there are overlooked places that can harbor loads of dust and dirt. The most commonly forgotten places are ceiling fans and light fixtures. By cleaning these regularly, you may also help keep spring allergies in check.
  • Use your spring clean-up to change the mood of the home. Changing the mood of the home can be as easy as rearranging your furniture or swapping seasonal home accessories. A few simple changes can bring life back to your home. If you are planning to sell your home this spring, create a neutral mood that will increase the home’s appeal to a wide variety of potential buyers.
  • Organize your shelves. Shelves are great for displaying books, mementos, and family photos. If your bookshelf or mantle is overrun with junk mail and too many knick-knacks, it’s time to clear the excess. Extra clutter can make a space feel uninviting and overwhelming. Spring cleaning is a good excuse to refresh and simplify your home.

A thorough spring clean-up can make your home feel more spacious and inviting. Whether you plan to sell your home this spring or live there for years to come, a major clean-up and reorganization of household belongings can improve your home and the quality of your life. When you do plan on selling your home, get in touch with the home inspection experts at Inspect-It 1st for all of your quality home inspection needs.

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