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Preparing for a Home Inspection

 Preparing for a Home Inspection

 

If you are selling your house, here are some ways to make your home inspection go smoother, with fewer concerns to delay closing.

  1. Make sure the inspector has access, not only to the house, but also to the furnace, water heater and air- conditioning units (especially in closets, attics and crawlspaces).
  2. Remove items blocking access to HVAC equipment, electric service, panels, water heaters, etc.
  3. Check to see that the garage is open and that any water heater, utility panel and shutoffs and resets for ground-fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) within are accessible.
  4. Unlock areas the inspector must access, such as attic doors or hatches, electric service panels, closets, fence gates and crawlspaces.
  5. Ensure that all utility services are on, with gas pilot lights burning.
  6. Be sure pets won’t hinder the inspection. Ideally, they should be removed from the premises or secured outside. Tell your agent about any pets at home.
  7. Replace burned-out bulbs to avoid a “light did not operate” report that may suggest an electrical problem.
  8. Remove stored items, debris and wood from the foundation. These may be cited as conditions conducive to wood-destroying insects.
  9. Trim tree limbs to 10 feet from the roof and shrubs to 1 foot from the house to allow access.
  10. Attend to broken or missing items such as doorknobs, locks and latches, windowpanes, screens and locks, and gutters, downspouts and chimney caps.

 

Checking these areas before your home inspection is an investment in selling your property, and will expedite your closing.

Charles Schiller Professional Home Inspector TREC #2717 512-639-9905

 

 

Home Inspector Does Radio Show

Charles Schiller President of Gateway Inspections Inc, a professional home inspection company licensed in Texas, is invited to talk about home inspections on the Hurdie Burke radio program.

We discuss things like issues found during home inspections, take a listen to the link below.

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Charles Schiller

Professional Inspector TREC #2717

 

Home Safety and GFCI Protected Outlets

Home Safety and GFCI Protected Outlets

 

As a licensed professional home inspector, I test electrical outlets every day during home inspections. Ground fault circuit interrupters or GFCI is an inexpensive electrical device that can either be installed in your electrical system or built into a power cord.

These devices are used to protect you from severe electrical shocks, burns and injuries by detecting ground faults.

A ground fault is an unintentional electrical path between a power source and a grounded surface.  Ground faults most often occur when equipment is damaged or defective, such that live electrical parts are no longer adequately protected from unintended contact. If your body provides a path to the ground for this current, you could be burned, severely shocked or electrocuted.

Areas that GFCI protection should be in or around all wet areas such as:

Pools, hot tubs, and receptacles that are located:

  • Outdoors
  • Bathrooms
  • Garages
  • Kitchens and island cabinets
  • Wet bars
  • Laundry rooms/utility sinks
  • Crawl spaces/basement
  • Near pools or spas

Consider using a GFCI protected cord if you are using power equipment outdoors.

GFCI’s can be damaged by voltage surges from lightning, utility switching or simply for normal usage and there may be no outward evidence or damage. If they are not working properly, they are not protecting you from shock or electrocution.

GFCI receptacles should be tested once a month it takes no special equipment or devices to test the plugs. To test a GFCI:

  1. Push the RESET button
  2. Plug in a night –light or similar device
  3. The night –light should be ON
  4. Press the TEST button
  5. The night-light should turn OFF
  6. Push the RESET button again
  7. The night- light should turn back ON
  8. If the night-light did not turn off, the GFCI is not working properly.

Malfunctioning GFCI’s do not provide shock protection. I recommend having a licensed electrician check the GFCI and correct the problem if your GFCI is not working.

Many home injuries can be avoided each year by using and testing these devices.

Charles Schiller is a licensed professional home inspector in Texas TREC #2717 For over twenty four years and president of Gateway Inspections Inc.  512-639-9905 email: schillercharles@gmail.com  For additional inspection articles and videos go to: http://www.roundrockhomeinspector.com Follow on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/GatewayInspectionsInc

Toilet Flapper Issues Home Inspector

http://www.RoundRockHomeInspector.com Round Rock Home Inspector inspects toilets to make sure they are functioning properly. Flapper valves can allow for water to leak past and cost you the home buyer money in unnecessary water usage.

So don’t delay schedule your home inspection today at: http://www.georgetowntxhomeinspector.com/quote/all/ for a quote on your home inspection.

I’ve been protecting home buyers, just like you, from getting stuck with those unexpected post closing expenses. Gateway Inspections Inc Protecting home buyers for 20 years.

Charles Schiller
Professional Inspector TREC #2717
Gateway Inspections Inc
512-639-9905

EIF System Not Sealed Home Inspection

http://www.RoundRockHomeInspector.com Round Rock Home Inspector inspects the exterior of homes to looks for any areas that would allow for water penetration into the wall cavity.

Don’t get stuck with those unexpected post closing expenses, schedule your home inspection today at: http://www.georgetowntxhomeinspector.com/quote/all/ and get a free quote.

Charles Schiller
Professional Inspector TREC #2717
Gateway Inspections Inc
512-639-9905

Dryer Vent Next to HVAC Home Inspection

http://www.RoundRockHomeInspector.com The Round Rock Home Inspector inspects for proper location of dryer vents. Vents should not be installed near an a/c condensor. The dryer lint can be pulled into the cooling coil and restrict the air flow. Over time this will affect performance of HVAC unit and cost you money.

Round Rock Home Inspector has been Protecting Home Buyers for 20 years, protecting them from getting stuch with unexspected post closing expenses. So don’t delay schedule your home inspection today at: http://www.georgetowntxhomeinspector.com/quote/all/ and get a free quote.

Charles Schiller
Professional Inspector TREC #2717
Gateway Inspections Inc
512-639-9905

Garage Door Sensors Placement Issues Home Inspection

http://www.RoundRockHomeInspector.com Round Rock Home Inspector finds sensors not properly installed on the door. This can be a very dangerous issue for childrens safety. Garage door openers are always inspected during a home inspection along with the full operation of the garage door.

Round Rock Home Inspector has been protecting home buyers for over 20 years from those unexpected post closing expenses. So don’t delay schedule your home inspection day at: http://www.georgetowntxhomeinspector.com/quote/all/ to schedule and for a free quote.

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

Charles Schiller
Professional Inspector TREC #2717
Gateway Inspections Inc.
512-639-9905

Round Rock Home Inspector Shares Exploding Water Heater

Round Rock Home Inspector shares this video to show how important it is to make sure the temperature and pressure relief valve is functioning properly. If not it can be like a bomb going off in your house.

Round Rock Home Inspector can keep you from getting stuck with those unexpected post closing expenses! So don’t delay, schedule your home inspection today at 512-639-9905 or email schillercharles@gmail.com for a quote.

Charles Schiller
Professional Home Inspector TREC #2717

Round Rock Home Inspector Finds Dirty A/C Chase

http://www.GeorgetownTXHomeInspector.com
http://roundrockhomeinspector.com Round Rock Home Inspector inspects a/c units, heaters and duct systems during every full home inspection. Keeping a high quality return air filter is one of the main ways to keep your HVAC system working a peak efficiency.

When buying a home don’t get stuck with those unexpected post-closing expenses. Gateway Inspections will protect you during your home buying experience. You will receive a thorough home inspection and review of the home along with a comprehensive computer generated report complete with color pictures of the issues we uncover.

So don’t delay, schedule your home inspection today and get the Peace of Mind you deserved when buying your next home. Gateway Inspections has been protecting home buyers for over 20 years.

Gateway Inspections Inc.
Professional Inspector TREC #2717
512-639-9905
schillercharles@gmail.com

Hail Damage Home Inspection Round Rock Texas

http://www.RoundRockHomeInspector.com One of the areas for concern when you are buying a home, is hail damage on your roof. When you are buying your next home, you need a thorough inspection of all the areas of the house, before you sign those closing papers.
Not only will You receive a thorough inspection, you will receive a comprehensive computer generated report complete with color pictures of the issues we uncover. And by being present at the inspection you will receive helpful in sights on how to maintain and care for your home.

Don’t get stuck with those unexpected post closing expenses. Call today and schedule your home inspection. “We’ve Been Protecting Home Buyers for 20 Years.”

Gateway Inspections Inc
Professional Inspector TREC #2717
512-639-9905
schillercharles@gmail.com