Archive For: Inspections

What are the Latest Smart Home Technologies?

What are the Latest Smart Home Technologies?

More and more homeowners are turning on to what is called “Smart Home” technology. These are a variety of electronic devices that are controlled remotely from within the home or via a smartphone or the Internet to provide added security, comfort, energy efficiency, and “green initiative” conservation. Some of the most common technologies control heating ... Read More
 
Construction Dispute? Alternatives to Leaving a Negative Online Review.

Construction Dispute? Alternatives to Leaving a Negative Online Review.

You have a problem with your home’s construction company or contractor. A big problem. And you can’t seem to get it resolved. Do you leave a negative online review and move on? Or are there other alternatives? Leaving a bad online review doesn’t help anyone. You may think that it might warn others from using ... Read More
 
Poor HVAC Performance Tied to Air Flow and Improper Ductwork Installation

Poor HVAC Performance Tied to Air Flow and Improper Ductwork Installation

As the marketplace demands more energy-efficient homes, the performance of something as unimposing as the HVAC system can make a huge difference, leading to the requirement for contractors to not only offer higher-quality levels of products and services, but to look at ways to improve heating and cooling system operation. One area that is often ... Read More
 
Protect Your Family Against Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Protect Your Family Against Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Every winter we read about another instance of carbon monoxide poisoning in the news, and all too often, the deaths that occur from it. During these months when the house is closed up for winter, it is imperative to secure your home and family against carbon monoxide leaks, also known as “the silent killer.” What ... Read More
 
Electrical Deficiencies. Does Your Home Have Them?

Electrical Deficiencies. Does Your Home Have Them?

Inspectors looking at home electrical systems are finding common electrical deficiencies that not only won’t pass code, they can be downright dangerous. Many of the errors stem from electrical work the homeowner performs him/herself. Even though homeowners are allowed to work on electrical systems, a professional inspection is required prior to closing off walls or ... Read More
 
Attic Ventilation Protects Homes

Attic Ventilation Protects Homes

While homes can be considered to be sealed, proper attic ventilation is important to protecting your home and ensuring your comfort no matter what the season. Maintaining the right amount of air flow for attic ventilation is outlined by the International Building Code (IBC). The 2012 Edition “requires enclosed attics and enclosed rafter spaces formed ... Read More
 
How to Find a Construction Expert Witness

How to Find a Construction Expert Witness

So, you have a construction claim. Your contractor and you are at odds and cannot come to a resolution. And it looks like you might need to go to court. You should consider engaging a construction expert witness. One of the best ways to support your case is to engage an expert witness. But how ... Read More
 
A Dozen Red Flags for Construction Projects

A Dozen Red Flags for Construction Projects

When you have hired a contractor to remodel, rebuilt or repair your home, there are dead giveaways that trouble is soon to come. In the industry we call those “red flags.” Knowing what to look for, and how to circumvent problems before they happen, puts you in the driver’s seat when controlling your project. 12 ... Read More
 
Protection From Electrocution/Fire Lies in Electrical Outlets

Protection From Electrocution/Fire Lies in Electrical Outlets

When electrical outlets are installed, it is not a random choice as to where they are placed or what type of outlet to use. Electricians and builders must adhere to strict building codes under the National Electrical Code as published by the U.S. National Fire Protection Association, designed to provide safe usage. Kitchen Outlets The ... Read More
 
The Importance of Radon Testing in Your Home

The Importance of Radon Testing in Your Home

You’ve probably heard of radon, especially if you recently sold or purchased a home. But did you know how serious a radon problem could be? Radon testing is extremely important, whether you’ve just bought a home or have been living in for years. What is Radon? Identified by English Nobel Prize-winning physicist Ernest Rutherford, radon ... Read More