Thursday, December 11, 2008

Humor-Stay Out of the Dog House

Attention Guys, this video is a must watch. (Ladies, please forward a link to this video to every guy you know.) This is one of the best Christmas Advertisement videos I have seen. Watch this video to "Stay Out of the Dog House".

Monday, December 8, 2008

Preparing Your Home For Winter

Well it looks like the cold of winter is getting ready to set in. Everyone should make sure they are prepared for the cold temperatures. I put together a quick "Preparing Your Home For Winter" article, please take a minute to read through this. Feel free to share this will any of your Family, Friends or Clients. Bundle Up, it's going to get cold outside...

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Extension Cord Safety

I just read the article about a man in Astoria, OR that died from smoke inhalation, this happened Thanksgiving night. The Fire Investigators say the fire was most likely electrically caused. They reported "multiple extension cords powering everything from a coffee maker to a hot plate." Here is the link to the story on KATU.COM

I have gathered some information and put together a (1) page information sheet on Extension Cord Safety. Please take some time to read through this information and correct any electrical hazards you may have. Share this with others.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Ladder Safety

It's time to put those Christmas Lights up, clean the gutters, trim the trees. This time of year is when a lot of people use a ladder to elevate themselves up to do work. Don't be like the guys in the picture, this is an accident waiting to happen.

"Falls are by far the leading cause of home injury fatalities. The safest way
to climb indoors and out is to use a safe and sturdy ladder. Whether you’re
spring cleaning, hanging decorations or painting, the same basic ladder
safety rules apply."
This is a clip from an article I put together on Ladder Safety.

Please Click this link for a free one page Ladder Safety sheet. Feel free to share it with Friends, Family or Clients.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Inspecting Newly Built Homes

I'm always asked, "Why do I need to have my new home inspected?". Everyone thinks if the newly built home passed all the building inspections then all should be OK, Right?? Well, I normally find several conditions with a new home that should be corrected. If these minor items are not corrected in the near future, they can lead to very costly repairs down the road. So my answer is, "Yes, I feel it's in your best interest to have a newly constructed home inspected by a professional."

Here is a picture of a newly constructed home that I inspected today. The plumber cut the floor joist out in order to run the drain for the bathroom tub/shower. After time this floor is going to weaken and the home owner is going to wonder what is going on.

Here is another picture in the same home. They forgot to install the copper coupler for this pipe connection. They are going to have some flooding in the crawlspace when water is ran through this line. Again, the homeowner isn't going to know until it's to late.

We have all heard the stories of the toilets that didn't get hooked up. Don't let this happen to you...

Invest in a home inspection, even for the newly constructed homes.

Also, if you have purchased a new home. Another thing to think about is the 11 Month Builder Warranty Inspection. A new home typically has a 1 Year Warranty. This means that if the home has any deffects, the contractor will make the repairs within the first year. Well most people don't understand how this works, once their 12 Months are up then it's to late. So home inspectors can inspect the home at 11 Months and make a list of these conditions that need attention. The home owner then forwards this information to the contractor and request the repairs be made. Call your local home inspector and ask them if they have this program. Again, this is money well spent. Let a Professional Home Inspector help protect your investment.