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Round Rock TX Home Inspector Discovers Rotted Porch Deck Round Rock Home Inspector finds issues with the wood deck. The rotted and decayed joists, the unsupported joist splices. These are the type of issues your home inspector should be reporting to a home buyer.

If you want a home inspector that is so thorough you won’t get stuck buying a “Money Pit”, then you need Gateway Inspections working for you. We have been Protecting Home Buyers For Over Twenty years, just like you, from getting stuck with unexpected post closing expenses!

You will receive a comprehensive computer generated report complete with color pictures of all the issues we uncover. So don’t wait, schedule your inspection today and get the Peace Of Mind you deserve when buying your next home!

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Round Rock Home Inspector Shares A/C Information

hvac air conditioner heat transfer condensing unit air flow plantsHere’s an easy thing you can do to keep your air conditioner running as efficiently as possible: Don’t crowd the condensing unit, the outdoor part of your AC. In the photo at left, you see a common problem. I took this picture at a brand new house a couple of months ago, and there’s not a problem right now, but what’s going to happen to those shrubs planted around the condenser?

Yep. As the shrubbery gets bigger, it’s going to crowd that condensing unit. When it does, it’s going to restrict the air flow across the condensing coil. Remember the articles I wrote about the refrigeration cycle — part 1, in plain English and part 2, in a bit more technical language? If not, now might be a good time to go read them.

Basically, the condensing coil is where all the heat that got picked up from your home gets dumped outside. Your AC is engineered to remove the heat by having a designed amount of air flow over the condensing coil. If less air flows over the coil, less heat is removed. That means the whole cycle warms up a bit, and your AC works harder to keep your home cool.

You’ll pay extra for it in more than one way: (i) Your monthly electric bill will be higher; (ii) your equipment may not last as long, so you’ll pay more in repair bills and in having to replace the AC sooner.

There are a lot of ways that condensing units get their air flow blocked. The most common is from plants growing too close to the unit, as shown above. Dirt and leaves piling up around the condenser cut air flow, too. These are things you can easily control by trimming the plants around the condenser and clearing away any debris.

If enough dirt gets between the fins of the condensing unit, that’s also going to reduce air flow. When you get your HVAC system serviced each year (you do, don’t you?), the service tech should check and clean the coil if necessary.

Sometimes, the HVAC company creates the problem. The photo below shows one such case.

hvac air conditioner condensing unit too close bad airflow energy efficiency

Not only are those condensing units too close to the wall of the house and the fence, they’re way too close to each other, too. They’re going to be fighting each other for air when adjacent units are running at the same time. This is a terrible installation and should never have passed the building inspection.

So, keep some space around your condenser and let your air conditioner breathe!

Round Rock Home Inspector Shares Must Do Home Projects

3 Simple Must-Do Home Improvement Projects if You Want Your House To SELL

Article by: Alice T. Chan

In a competitive market, in any market for that matter, there are a few basic home improvement projects that are non-negotiable. They are the ones that can make or break the sale of your home. Those who choose to take their chances and cut corners, pinch pennies, avoid effort…live to regret it. Don’t allow yourself to be one of those people.

Here are 3 simple MUST-DO home improvement projects IF you want your house to SELL!

Flooring – Many sellers think it’s a better idea to give a buyer credit to choose their own carpet when they move into the house. The problem is, the majority of those buyers can’t see beyond what’s currently in the home. That old, dirty or outdated carpet usually deters them from purchasing the home altogether OR if they do, they will low-ball the offer. This includes worn hardwood flooring, poorly installed laminate, and old, outdated tile or vinyl. Take care of upgrading these features BEFORE putting your home on the market AND ensure that the type of product you install is at a quality level commensurate with the value of your property. You wouldn’t want to put the same type of flooring in a $300,000 home that you would in a $1,000,000 property. The buyers will know and they will NOT be pleased. Remember, flooring is the foundation (literally) for the home’s interior so make it count.

Paint – Touch up paint just does not do the job. The color (even if it came out of the same can) won’t match due to time, wear, and fading. I have seen touch ups done in the wrong finish. Then your wall just looks like it has a skin condition. Do yourself a favor and invest in a fresh paint job. It will frame the rooms in a clean, fresh manner and fresh paint psychologically engages buyers in the home buying process. It feels like a new home to them and that’s what you want – for them to envision themselves in their new home.

Window Treatments – Fancy drapery are personalized items that generally don’t add a lot of value to the resale process. In fact, it can hinder it. It is usually my recommendation that drapery be removed unless it truly complements the décor and furnishings. If your drapery keeps much needed sunlight from coming through, is mismatched, and does not complement the home’s interior, I highly recommend removing it. Also, if you have blinds that are warped, dusty, and broken, it’s time to replace them. Keep in mind that there are two levels of window treatment. Blinds and shades are for light filtration and privacy and drapery is to frame the windows and add softness and color. For selling purposes, blinds are all that’s really needed. Leaving windows naked can be a negative in many cases and is not advisable. The home just doesn’t look finished and it can be a magnet for burglars.

Having helped hundreds of clients prepare their houses to sell, these 3 home improvement projects were always addressed. This is also the reason I decided to incorporate products from Empire Today into my schedule of services. Empire Today has quality, name-brand products which include Carpet, Hardwood, Laminate, Ceramic, Vinyl Flooring and Window Treatments. I am very impressed with their product selection and their next day installation service which is especially important with home selling clients. I invite you to contact me for an in-home consultation to discuss product options. Whether you are selling now or later, I will always keep the resale value and the prospective target buyer in mind.

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Round Rock Home Inspector Reveals Smelly Home Selling Tips

Sell your home with ambient aromatherapy

(ARA) – Staging a home visually with a thorough cleaning and appealing decorative touches can help make a sale, but why stop there? Use essential oils to infuse a property with a pleasant background aroma to stealthily ply the senses and break down the defenses of potential buyers.

Shopping malls and upscale boutiques use the technique of applying ambient scents in retail spaces to not only make the place smell good, but to elicit a planned psychological response that is meant to transform all of those “no thanks, just browsing” guests into cash paying customers. You can do the same to propel sluggish real estate sales.

Known as ambient fragrancing or scent marketing, the practice has spawned a whole subcategory of experts and products within the traditional fragrance industry. The result is an exciting new diversification of a category of goods and services that has been limited to perfume and scented body care applications.

Ambient fragrance started to trickle into the real estate market years ago with savvy agents baking cookies or cinnamon rolls in the homes they were showing to create a comforting, deliciously scented atmosphere that was meant to entice buyers. If you are struggling to sell a home in today’s frozen real estate market, you may have tried this technique. But with the dismal state of the economy and the glut of available homes, you are surely going to have to bake a lot of cookies before a buyer will be impressed enough to make an offer on your house.

“The essential oils that are used in the practice of aromatherapy offer a more practical and potent way to use scent marketing to move a tired property,” says Tom Havran, branded products developer with Aura Cacia. “Using even tiny amounts of familiar, tempting aromas like the oils of cinnamon, clove, vanilla and orange can fill a whole house with pleasant ambient fragrance and make it an attractive purchase for potential buyers.”

An added bonus is that since essential oils are all-natural and distilled from plants, they are less likely to illicit the kind of adverse reactions that often come with harshly synthetic wall socket plug-ins or spray fragrances. Learn more at

Create a warm, comforting atmosphere that can help put potential property buyers at ease with Vanilla Amber Aroma Crystals. Use real vanilla (such as Vanilla Precious Essentials oil from Aura Cacia).

1 cup coarse-grained, chunky sea salt
1 teaspoon jojoba or grapeseed oil (just enough to make the salts glisten and gleam)
20 drops vanilla Precious Essential oil
10 drops lavender essential oil
10 drops sweet orange essential oil

Mix salt and oils, pour into a classy-looking dish or bowl and set out on a table. Placing the crystals in a warm sunny window or near a heat register will help diffuse the delicious aroma throughout the room. Stir in additional essential oils to boost the scent as needed. This recipe sets a restful and romantic mood in the bedroom area.

The light floral/citrus scent of Fresh Flowers and Bergamot Vacuum Powder will create a cheerful, friendly and clean atmosphere to impress visitors. Since you need to vacuum before each property showing anyway, this is a great way to turn the chore into a smart real estate marketing move.

1 cup baking soda
35 drops bergamot essential oil
5 drops ylang ylang or neroli essential oil

Mix baking soda and essential oils in a canister and lightly sprinkle over carpets then vacuum.

If baking cookies or apple pie sounds too involved, simply create an Apple & Spice Simmer. Here is an easy way to fill a house with the alluring, homespun fragrance of baked goods without the toil and mess of baking.

5 dried apple slices
5 sticks cinnamon bark (or 2 to 3 tablespoons ground cinnamon)
1 vanilla bean
1 tablespoon whole cloves
Medium size pan of simmering water (approximately 5 cups)
30 drops cinnamon essential oil
5 drops clove essential oil
5 drops lemon essential oil

Toss apples slices, cinnamon, vanilla bean and cloves with essential oils. Place in simmering water on the stovetop. Add more water and oils as needed.

Natural, familiar aromas of essential oils are more recognizable and appreciated than the harsh and strange scents of many synthetic fragrances. Using essential oils to craft your own bit of psychological scent marketing could provide a big return on a small investment when you finally sell that home. The home you need to sell is one of thousands available in the current market and aromatherapy may give you a much needed unique and surprising edge.

Round Rock Home Inspector Finds Torn Vent Duct

Round Rock Home Inspector finds this vent duct that is torn during a home warranty inspection. This is some of the type of items we find during home warranty inspections, that your home builder will repair under your home warranty agreement.

If you want a home inspector that is so thorough you won’t get stuck with unexpected repairs after your home warranty runs out, then you need Gateway Inspections working for you. Over the past twenty years we have been Protecting Home Buyers, just like you, from getting stuck with home warranty repairs.

You will receive a comprehensive computer generated report complete with color pictures of the issues we discover. So don’t wait, schedule your home warranty inspection today and get the Peace Of Mind You deserve before your home warranty period runs out, call 512-639-9905 or email:

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Round Rock Home Inspector Receives Endorsement

I have known Charles over 40 years. He posses honesty and integrity 2nd to none! His background in the building industry provides him the expertise and knowledge needed to be the best home inspector ever.

Round Rock Home Inspector Says Open Your Car Windows First


My car  book says to roll down the windows to let out  all the hot air
before turning on  A/C.

WHY?  Car Air-conditioning – No wonder  more folks are dying from cancer
than ever  before.  We wonder where this stuff comes  from but here is an
example that explains a lot  of the cancer causing incidents.

Many people are in their cars first thing in  the morning and the last
thing at night, 7 days  a week.

As I read  this, it makes me feel guilty and ill.
Please pass this on to as many people as  possible.
Guess it’s not too late to make  some  changes

Car A/C (Air Conditioning) MUST  READ!!!

Please do NOT turn on  A/C as soon as you enter the  car.

Open the windows after you enter your car  and then turn ON the AC after a
couple of  minutes.

Here’s why:   According to  research, the car dashboard, seats and air
freshener emit Benzene, a Cancer causing toxin  (carcinogen – take time to
observe the smell of  heated plastic in your  car).

In addition  to causing cancer, Benzene poisons your bones,  causes anemia
and reduces white blood cells.  Prolonged exposure will cause Leukemia,
increasing the risk of cancer. Can also cause  miscarriage.

Acceptable  Benzene level indoors is 50 mg per sq. ft.
A  car parked indoors with windows closed will  contain 400-800 mg of

If  parked outdoors under the sun at a temperature  above 60 degrees F, the
Benzene level goes up to  2000-4000 mg, 40 times the acceptable  level.

People  who get into the car, keeping windows
closed  will inevitably inhale, in quick succession,  excessive amounts of
the  toxin.
Benzene is  a toxin that affects your kidney and liver..  What’s worse, it
is extremely difficult for your  body to expel this toxic  stuff.

So friends, please open the windows and door  of your car – give time for
interior to air out  -dispel the deadly stuff – before you  enter.

Thought:  ‘When someone shares something of value with you  and you benefit
from it, you have a moral  obligation to share it with  others.’

This is what  _snopes.com_ (    says.  It is not the air
conditioning in  the car but the Benzene producing agents that  cause
cancer. _

Round Rock Home Inspector Reveals Issues With a Waterheater

Round Rock Home Inspector finds water heater issues during a home inspection.

If you want a home inspector that is so thorough won’t get stuck buying the “Money Pit” then you need Gateway Inspections working for you. We’ve been protecting home buyer, just like you, from getting stuck with unexpected post closing expenses!

You will receive a comprehensive computer generated report complete with color photographs of the issues we uncover during your home inspection. So don’t wait, schedule your home inspection today and get the Peace Of Mind you deserve when buying your next home!

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Round Rock Home Inspector Reveals Improperly Placed Rebar

Improperly placed rebar

Improperly placed rebar

The Round Rock Home Inspector found the steel exposed to the weather. The steel reinforcing bar should be placed in the foundation forms to allow the rebar tobe fully encased in the concrete. This does not allow the steel to properly support the foundation as designed. The foundation walls should be underpinned to protect the steel from rusting.

When you are buying a home you need a home inspector that is thorough will keep you from getting stuck with unexpected post closing expenses.

You will receive a computer generated report complete with color pictures of all the issues we uncover.

So don’t wait, schedule your inspection today at 512-639-9905 or for a price quote at email:



Round Rock Home Inspector Finds Improper Roof Flashing Round Rock Home Inspector finds improper roof flashing on a small storage closet added to the side of house. The improper roof flashing will allow rain water to leak into the closet a decay the siding on the side of the house and the framing members in the closet.

Counter flashing should be installed under the existing siding and then over the step flashing.

When you are buying a home if you what a home inspector that’s so thorough you won’t get stuck buying the “Money Pit”, then you need Gateway Inspections Inc working for you. We been Protecting Home Buyers for Over Twenty Years, just like you, from getting stuck with unexpected post closing expenses!

You will receive a computer generated report complete with color photographs of the issues we’ve uncovered. So don’t wait, schedule your inspection today and get the Peace Of Mind you deserve when buying your next home!

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