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New Building Materials

The National Association of Home Builders reports that the typical new house (i.e., 2,000 square feet) requires the following materials:
Framing lumber ..................
13,127 board-feet
Sheathing ............................
6,212 sq. ft.
Concrete..............................
13.97 tons
Exterior siding material ......
2,325 sq. ft.
Roofing material .................
3,100 sq. ft.
Insulation ............................
3,061 sq. ft.
Interior wall material..........
6,144 sq. ft.
Ducting ...............................
120 linear ft.
Windows .............................
15
Cabinets ..............................
15 kitchen & 2 others
Kitchen sink ........................
1
Interior doors ......................
12
Closet doors ........................
7
Exterior doors .....................
2
Patio door ...........................
1
Garage door ........................
2
Fireplace ............................. 1
Toilets .................................
3
Bathtubs ..............................
2
Shower stall ........................
1
Bathroom sinks ...................
3
Flooring material ................
2,085 sq. ft.
Appliances ..........................
1 range, 1 dishwasher, 1 garbage disposal,
1 range hood, 1 washer, 1 dryer.
With all of these parts, in an old or new house, it certainly makes sense to get a professional
home inspector involved in the real estate transaction!


Home Safe Home
Part One: Bedrooms

Clients who want to be sure their homes are safe should thoroughly check the house and make improvements necessary to minimize risks of injury within each room. 
The first step would be to check the
bedrooms. According to the National Fire Prevention Association, almost half of all home fire deaths result from fires that occur while the homeowner is sleeping. So the bedroom is the best place to start when preparing a fire-safety plan. 
Rechargeable flashlights should be
plugged in at all bedsides. They can be used to signal firefighters or counteract visibility problems that smoke can cause. 
Rescue ladders mounted to windowsills
create another escape path if hallways or stairwells are unreachable or congested. Also keep in mind what can cause fire in the first place. Space heaters should be kept at least 3 feet from anything flammable. They should not be left on when no one is in the room. 
Bedrooms that arenít childproofed also
prove to be hazardous. Window guards should be installed if there are young children in the home. The babyís crib should meet all safety standards and should be placed away from windows and electrical cords.

 

 


 

Note: This newsletter is for informational purposes only. When getting involved with a project, please work within your ability. If you need help with a contractor or with any other home-related issue, please contact Alban Home Inspection Service with any questions. Thank You.

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