Protect What Matters Most With These Nursery Safety Checks

Posted on: August 23, 2017 by in Test
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Nursery Safety Checks - home inspection

Is Your Family Expanding? You may have chosen the perfect color palette and all of your nursery furniture, but have you thought about some key safety checks?“The arrival of a baby means you have to take a look at your home in a whole new light,” said Tarsila Wey, marketing director for First Alert, the most trusted brand in home safety. “Take the time now to help ensure your home is safe and secure.”First Alert has outlined some crucial tasks to accomplish before the little one Continue Reading ...

Tips to Prepare Your Budget Before Buying a Home

Posted on: August 14, 2017 by in Test
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Tips to prepare your budget before buying a home

It’s virtually impossible to know what size home you can afford if you aren’t fully aware of how much money you are earning and how much you are spending each month.Start with your income: How much do you bring home after taxes and retirement plan contributions?Next, look at your expenses: What are your necessary expenses? How much are you paying each month toward your debt? What additional expenses do you have that wouldn’t be deemed “necessary?” How much money do you have Continue Reading ...

Repair or Replace? What to Do With a Worn-Out Cooling System

Posted on: August 10, 2017 by in HOME MAINTENANCE AND SAFETY
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Repair or Replace Cooling system - Home Inspection - Atlanta GA

Sooner or later, every homeowner will face the same tough decision: Can you repair that malfunctioning system or appliance one more time, or is it finally time to replace it? Summer temperatures can heat up the repair-or-replace debate for homeowners living with an older cooling system.To arrive at an answer, you must weigh numerous factors, including which option is more cost-effective over both the long- and short-term, how the existing or new system will affect the air quality of your Continue Reading ...

Allergens and Indoor Air Quality: 4 Steps to a Healthier Home

Posted on: July 31, 2017 by in Test
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Indoor Air Quality Atlanta, GA

When at home, you're probably relaxing, playing with the kids or tackling chores. What you aren't likely doing is thinking about the air you're breathing. Unfortunately, the reality is poor indoor air quality in residential spaces is a major problem.The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission points to a growing body of scientific evidence that the air within homes can be more polluted than the outdoor air in large, industrialized cities. In fact, EPA (Environmental Protection Continue Reading ...

7 ‘Little’ Upgrades That Can Mean a Lot to Home Buyers

Posted on: July 26, 2017 by in Georgia
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7 Upgrades for home Buyers in Atlanta GA

Anyone who’s ever bought or sold a home knows how even little things can sway a buyer to feel a particular house is "just right." While major features such as a good location, a big kitchen, and a certain number of bedrooms and bathrooms all drive a home’s price and how attractive it is to buyers, small details like fresh paint and new faucets can also help clinch a sale.When you’re trying to sell your home, you should be willing to spend some money on repairs and improvements to help Continue Reading ...

Latest Deck Trend: ‘Monster’ Size, Mega-Luxury

Posted on: July 12, 2017 by in Home Improvement
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Deck Constructions Atlanta Ga

(BPT) - Move over mini — the new trend in decking is anything but small.When it comes to the size of their decks, the majority of Americans feel bigger is better — as multiple surveys indicate decks are getting larger and more luxurious, RealtorMag reports.Today’s decks dwarf the outdoor spaces of decades ago, and blur the lines between indoor and outdoor spaces with features like full kitchens, dining and entertainment areas, says Kim Katwijk, owner of Deck Builders Inc. in Continue Reading ...

The 411 on HVAC Energy-Efficiency Ratings and Terms

Posted on: July 10, 2017 by in Blog
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HVAC Energy Efficiency atlanta GA

Whether you’re looking to lower heating and cooling costs, or have a passion for protecting the environment, maximizing the energy efficiency of your heating, ventilation and air conditioning system is a smart move. The more energy efficient your system, the less you’ll spend running it every year, and the smaller your home’s environmental footprint will be.Efficiency ratings are intended to help you decide which products are best for your home, so it’s important to understand what Continue Reading ...

What You Should Know About Rising Interest Rates

Posted on: May 5, 2017 by in Blog, Home Inspection
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Homeowners planning to refinance and buyers searching for a home may have an idea of what’s in store for them with regards to interest rates, but they never really know until they lock in a rate. This is in part because rates can change direction fast, and when they rise—as they have been recently—it can cost borrowers a great deal of money and time.The effect of rising interest rates on your home purchaseToday, the median existing home price in the United States is around Continue Reading ...

Reducing Risks While Taking Care Of Business: Tips To Avoid Distracted Driving

Posted on: April 28, 2017 by in Blog, Home Inspection
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The pace of business never seems to stop, and thanks to the convenience of cell phones, many people work on the go, even while they’re driving. Yet cell phone use is one of the most common type of distracted driving, and it claims thousands of lives and causes thousands more injuries every year.More than a quarter of all car crashes involve cell phone use, both hand sets and hands-free, the National Safety Council (NSC) reports. In 13 percent of fatal crashes, the drivers were using Continue Reading ...

5 Easy Ways To ‘Charge Up’ Your Recycling Habits

Posted on: April 21, 2017 by in Blog, Home Inspection
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Americans generate about 254 million tons of trash annually, according to the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) most recent figures, and only about one-third of that waste is recycled. For many, one of the main barriers to recycling is not knowing how or where to recycle certain items.For instance, many household cordless products we use every day are powered by rechargeable batteries. These batteries are not only recyclable, but contain materials that are potentially harmful to the Continue Reading ...