Licensed Home Inspector

 
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  1. Foul odor from sink
  2. Drains empty slow or constantly clogged
  3. Toilet backing up
  4. Screeching/rattling when turning faucets off and on
  5. Stains around toilets or under sinks
  6. Sputtering faucets
  7. Dripping pipes in basement or crawl space 

 
 
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  1. Exposed wires
  2. Wires with electrical tape
  3. Warm outlets
  4. Flickering lights
  5. Main breaker panel is rusty or damaged
  6. Burn/singe marks
  7. Smoke/scortched smell

 
 
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  1. Ceiling replacement seams or stains
  2. Mismatched roof sections/repairs
  3. Loss of granulation on shingles
  4. Missing, Cupped, curled or warped shingles
  5. Missing or visible gaps in flashing
  6. Dips/valleys in roofing structure
  7. Nails sticking up, above shingle surface

 
 
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  1. Leaking faucets, bath or toilets
  2. Peeling paint
  3. Wood rot around doors or trim
  4. No ventilation in bathrooms
  5. No caulking or tile in shower/bath
  6. Musty smell
  7. Visible mold
  8. Cracks around windows
  9. Water stains on walls or ceilings
  10. Bowed roof

 
 
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  1. Doors jam, mal-align or won't latch
  2. Visible gaps on top of interior doors when closed
  3. Window not square
  4. Floors visibly not level
  5. Large trees close to home with branches extending over the home or roof
  6. Yard slopes toward house
  7. Drainage not pointed away from the house
  8. Visible exterior cracks 

 
 
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  1. Insulate your pipes, ducts and water heater
  2. Think before you use lights, TVs and other electronic devices
  3. Turn off your computer/laptop when not in use, especially overnight
  4. Use power strips for all electronic devices and shut them off when not in use
  5. Seal and caulk leaky windows and doors; replace worn weather stripping
  6. Install a programmable thermostat so your heat and air are only on when you need them
  7. Consider geothermal and solar technology 
  8. Use public transportation, walk, bike or carpool when possible
  9. Replace inefficient appliances with Energy Star appliances
  10. Replace incandescent light bulbs with compact flourescents or LEDs

 
 
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  • Service an older, existing air conditioning system regularly to ensure peak performance.
  • When deciding to upgrade, opt for a high efficiency system
  • Change your air system's air filter often, refer to the owner's manual for guidance
  • Keep coils on the exterior air conditioning unit free of dirt, grass clippings and leaves
  • Turn air conditioners to the highest comfortable setting; adjusting your thermostat up a few degrees will have a significant impact on your cooling bill
  • The “ON” fan setting on your central air conditioner can circulate air continuously throughout your home, this will usually even out the hot spots in your home
  • Have your air conditioning system checked annually by a qualified heating and air conditioning contractor
  • Humidity is a significant load on an air conditioner, so check the local weather and only open windows on a cool day/night when the humidity is low

 
 
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Appliances are in every home.  Here are a few tips for conserving and maximizing home energy efficiency.
  • Upgrade to Energy Star appliances
  • Wash clothes with cold water
  • Regularly clean your dryer vent
  • Hang-dry laundry 
  • Place your water heater on the low or Eco setting
  • Wrap your water heater and pipes in insulation
  • Install a "Low Flow" shower head
  • Don't overload your dishwasher
  • Let dishes air dry
  • Scrap rather than pre-rinsing dishes
  • Don't keep your refrigerator too cold, recommended settings are 36-38 degrees Fahrenheit for the fresh food compartment, and 0 degrees Fahrenheit for a standard freezer
  • Make sure your fridge and freezer doors seal properly
  • Cook with the right size pot
  • User smaller appliances when necessary, such as a crock pot or toaster oven