Author: First Choice Inspectors

What Happens When You Have Cracks in the Foundation?

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Cracks and defects in a home’s foundation can be a real problem for your home and your health and safety. Cracks in concrete or stone foundation could mean they’re just normal environmental stresses. It’s important to get a foundation inspection done to determine if the cracks and defects are serious foundation defects. Serious Foundation Problems… Read more »

What’s a Home Energy Audit, and Why Should I Get one?

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A home energy audit is something many homeowners desire to have done on their home. A home energy audit is to quantify the building’s overall thermal performance. It also identifies the efficiency of the heating, ventilation, air conditioning equipment, and thermostat. The Benefits of a Home Energy Audit A home energy audit can help point… Read more »

The Importance of a Home Inspection on a New Home

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Looking for a new home is an exciting time, especially if you’re a first-time buyer. Whether the home is old or newly built, it is recommended that every home buyer hires an independent home inspector like First Choice Inspectors to provide a home inspection for the house. New Homes Can Have Issues Too Just because… Read more »

If You Have an Old Home, Asbestos Might Be in It

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Many older homes built before 1980 contain asbestos in the floor tiles, ceiling tiles, roof shingles, and other parts of the home. If you’re a new homeowner, you’ll want to make sure your old home that you purchased does not contain asbestos. If it does, you’ll need to have it removed. First Choice Inspectors can… Read more »

Flooding Prevention and Restoration: What Homeowners Need to Know

Whether from a torrential rainstorm, heaps of melting snow, or a leaky dishwasher, flooding can cause massive damage in your home. What’s more, clean-up can be extremely time-consuming and expensive, especially without expert advice. That’s why Redfin rounded up flooding prevention and restoration experts from Bend to Atlanta. Read on to see the best tips… Read more »

Radon Test Before Basement Remodel

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It’s time to work on your basement finally. You have a plenty of ideas for what you may want your basement to end up being. It could mean you want an extra bedroom or a comfortable lounging area. You could also make it into a man cave for yourself. The most important thing to do… Read more »

Why It’s Important You Clean Out Your Gutters

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Some homeowners don’t realize how important it is to clean out gutters when they get clogged after the fall season with leaves and other debris. It’s extremely important if you don’t want any damage to your house to happen. If gutters are clogged from debris built up in the fall season, serious problems can happen… Read more »

Avoiding a Wet Basement Can Save You Money in the Future

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If your home’s foundation is causing you several headaches, it must mean there are major problems with the foundation that need to be fixed right away. It’s essential that your home has a solid foundation, especially when living in colder northern climates that have a stone or concrete foundation and a basement. Staying on top… Read more »

What Is Knob and Tube Wiring and Why Is it a Safety Hazard?

If you’re thinking about buying an older home, be sure to keep an eye out for knob and tube wiring. This outdated style of wiring, commonly used in homes built between 1880 and 1950, is considered obsolete and may constitute a safety hazard. Here’s what you need to know: How Does It Work? Knob and… Read more »

Keep an Eye Out for Drum Traps in Old Homes

If you’re in the market for an older home, it’s important to look for outdated plumbing and electrical components that might need to be replaced with more modern alternatives. A drum trap, for example, is an obsolete style of plumbing trap that can be found in many old homes. These traps are prone to clogging,… Read more »