selling a house, the last thing a Realtor wants is for
shingles to be falling off and/or
disintegrating right before the
buyers’ eyes! This tragedy doesn’t have to occur, with
the right planning and a little know-how. It
is important for Realtors and others to understand that
excessive heat build-up in the attic of a home can cause
its roof shingles to deteriorate. Some
home inspectors will tell you that the best way to prevent
this is to install an electric
attic fan, with a thermostat that activates the
fan when temperatures rise to a certain point. Although
this is one alternative, there is a cheaper, simpler way to
lengthen the life of a roof.
Adding two or more heat-driven turbine vents near the roof’s
ridgeline can work just as
effectively. You’ve probably seen such vents on the roofs of
commercial buildings. They can
be used on the average home’s roof as well. They work quite
simply. When the attic gets
too warm, the air rises, causing the turbines to spin and
expel the hot air from the attic.
Unlike attic fans, turbine vents require no maintenance and
will not raise electric costs.
This is a much less expensive, easier option to solve this
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final measures before a home’s inspection, if applicable,
make sure that vapor
barriers are installed in crawl spaces and that the
crawl spaces are dry.
Moisture needs to be removed, as moisture levels in wood
should be below 18 percent to
prevent dry rot and mildew. Also, remember
to remove any paints, solvents, gas, and similar materials
from crawl spaces, basements,
attics, porches, etc. Access to the attic, crawl
space, heating system, garage, and other areas the home
inspector will check must
be clear, with nothing blocking the way.
All GFCI receptacles need to be tested to make sure they are
If not already in place, GFCI receptacles must be installed
near all water sources. Masonry
walls in the basement need to be sealed. Window wells and
covers need to be in place if windows are at or below grade.
Finally, if the house is vacant, all utilities must be turned
on, including water, electric, water
heater, furnace, air conditioning, and breakers in the main
panel. Sellers who follow these
steps should have no problem with a home inspection, making
themselves, their Realtors,
and their prospective buyers very happy.
Is that a pool or a bath tub in your back
yard? Today’s swimming pools have
shrunk about 14% over the past ten
years, or about 3,700 gallons — enough
to fill a large U-Haul truck!
Hung Out To Dry
The clothesline is making a comeback! Due
to a combination of high electricity prices
and the yearn for the feel-good
scent of outdoor-dryed clothes,
clothesline manufacturers have
reported a jump in sales of 40%
to 80%. To account for recent homeowner
association rules, the
most popular models are the portable
ones, designed much like
a deck umbrella.
Bird In Hand
Have you ever found an abandoned baby
bird and not known what to do with
it? Check out Project Wildlife’s web
which will help
you come to the rescue!