Benefits Of Pre-Listing Inspections

Your Rochester, New York home inspection company, HomePro Inspections, is pleased to share with you, the benefits and importance of a pre-listing inspection on your home

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There are many benefits to having your home inspected by HomePro Inspections before listing. With a pre-listing inspection your home could sell faster and for more money without any renegotiations because results of the inspection will be presented ahead of time. Your potential buyer will be reassured about the condition of the home from the detailed inspection report. A pre-inspected listing will also give you the ability to fix any problems and deal with any issues ahead of time, so there won’t be any surprises.

How about the weird rationalization that the buyer will get their own inspection, anyway, so why should the seller go to the trouble and expense to get their own? Or even the belief that pre-listing inspections are more trouble for the listing agent than they’re worth because the buyer’s and seller’s inspectors will each find different things, which could blow up in the listing agent’s face.

Most of us know that pre-listing inspections aren’t for the meek or weak agent. They represent a shift in thinking from the traditional to the rational and are often a tough sell to many seller’s who believe that the buyers are responsible for the inspections, which results in their heavy resistance to the pre-listing inspection idea and, many times, its rejection.

Also, by getting the pre-listing inspection the seller has also enhanced the likelihood of a successful closing by creating a feeling of honesty and trust since they’ve disclosed or repaired all the necessary items.

Let me explain why and how this new pre-listing inspection works.

As you know, home buyers want a home that is in tip-top shape regardless of the age. That’s why having a pre-listing inspection makes complete sense. Since this pre-listing program requires the seller to confirm that there are no major systems in need of immediate repair or replacement and that there are no known safety hazards (which is what requires the seller to address the important things found in the inspection), the home is now more marketable and will help the sellers get their maximum selling price.

So why jeopardize the sale (and your hard earned commission) by waiting for the buyer’s inspector to develop a long list of unexpected repair items? Making the repairs in advance of the sale and then properly positioning and marketing the pre-listing inspection will sell your listing for more money, in less time, and with less hassle!

As real estate market conditions continue to soften, you need every advantage possible to help your home sell. Don’t wait with your fingers crossed, hoping the buyer’s home inspector doesn’t find any problems. Consider a pre-listing home inspection to put you in the driver’s seat and to present your home in the proper light.

Having a pre-listing home inspection by a qualified home inspector before you list your home for sale can have great benefits. Eventually your buyers are going to conduct a home inspection. You may as well know what they are going to find by getting there first. Home For Sale Sign

Careful consideration of these points will help the seller see it is more of a benefit to inspect than not to inspect. More and more people are choosing to have a pre-listing home inspection in order to avoid the problems of killing the deal with surprises just before the sale goes through. This trend is becoming more popular and will increase rapidly as the marketplace feels the positive impact it is having. If you want to sell your home for more and get it done faster, then consider the benefits of a pre-listing home inspection by HomePro Inspections today.

george cline rochester, new york home inspector and owner of homepro inspections

George Cline is President of HomePro Inspections which he founded in 1991. George is a  NYS licensed professional engineer, a NYS Certified Radon Measurement Provider, and a NYS approved Technical Instructor for continuing education. In addition to full home and commercial property inspections, George consults with home and building owners on specific concerns such as wet basements, structural issues, roofing problems, heating and cooling systems, ice damming and attic ventilation problems. He has trained several home inspectors in the field and is a certified member of the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI). Give George and his Team a call to schedule your Rochester Home Inspection at 585-670-6323 or schedule your inspection Online at http://www.rochesterhomepro.com/blog/schedule-now/


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HOW SAFE IS YOUR HOME FROM RADON GAS? ARE YOU AT RISK FOR RADON POISONING?

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Your Rochester, New York home inspection company, HomePro Inspections, is pleased to share with you the importance of getting your home tested for radon.

WHAT IS RADON GAS?

Radon is a radioactive gas that is produced from uranium in rocks and soil.  It can reach high levels under your home and enter through cracks in your foundation, walls, well water etc.

 WHAT ARE THE HEALTH RISKS OF RADON?

Radon gas can contaminates the air in your home. The gas is breathed in, entering and releasing radiation into your lungs. The radiation damages the cells that line your lungs and can make you susceptible to acquiring lung cancer. Your exposure risk depends on the levels of radon and the time spent in your home.

The Environmental Protection Agency estimates 1 out of 15 homes in the united States, approximately 7 million homes have high radon levels. Radon is thought to cause an average of 21,000 deaths a year.
Radon is thought to be the second leading cause of lung cancer in smokers and the leading cause for nonsmokers.

Radon gas can’t be seen or smelled, the only way to know if it’s in your home is to test for it.Radon

Do not purchase your next home without getting it testing for radon gas!

george cline rochester, new york home inspector and owner of homepro inspections

George Cline is President of HomePro Inspections which he founded in 1991. George is a NYS licensed professional engineer, a NYS Certified Radon Measurement Provider, and a NYS approved Technical Instructor for continuing education. In addition to full home and commercial property inspections, George consults with home and building owners on specific concerns such as wet basements, structural issues, roofing problems, heating and cooling systems, ice damming and attic ventilation problems. He has trained several home inspectors in the field and is a certified member of the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI). Give George and his Team a call to schedule your Rochester Home Inspection at 585-670-6323 or schedule your inspection Online at http://www.rochesterhomepro.com/blog/schedule-now/

Turn Your Outdoor Living Space Into A Party Area

Outdoor DeckYour Rochester, New York home inspection company, HomePro Inspections, is pleased to share with you ideas about getting decked out: prep your outdoor living space for a party

Whether you’re hosting a backyard barbecue or entertaining a late-night dinner party on the deck, summer is the perfect time to throw a get-together in your outdoor living space.

The outdoor living experts at Trex offer these tips for creating a party-perfect deck, porch or patio.

Plan a weekend makeover

If your deck needs a “face lift,” replace old, rotting or warping wood boards with wood-alternative decking that combines superior durability and low-maintenance with long-lasting appearance. High-performance composite decking like Trex Transcend, available in a variety of sought-after tropical colors, can withstand years of heavy foot traffic and severe weather, as well as outdoor entertaining mishaps like food and drink spills, or dropped grilling tools. With Trex’s protective shell technology, it’s resistant to fading, staining, scratching and mold and only requires an occasional soap and water cleaning to wipe away any signs of barbecue accidents.

Define your space

When prepping for a party, establish areas for relaxing, dining and socializing. Create a defined space for conversation by placing weather-resistant sofas and chairs around a coffee table or fire pit. This will help the flow of conversation and make your guests feel at ease. And, since most people flock to the food, set-up a food and drink station with portable bars and serving carts in the dining area. Treat your guests to seasonal snacks and an assortment of refreshing drinks.

Create coverage

A pergola can act as an extension of your house, creating the effect of an outdoor room. The overhead framing contributes to the architectural details of your space – not to mention shade from the summer’s heat. Consider adding a waterproof, retractable canopy into the structure so your party can carry on – rain or shine.

Incorporate outdoor lighting

The sun setting doesn’t have to darken your outdoor party. To set the mood, add outdoor lighting that enhances both ambiance and safety. From deck lighting to landscape lighting, there is a wide array of lighting solutions available to help extend your entertaining into the night. Trex OutdoorLighting allows you to install lighting fixtures directly into your deck, railing or landscape. For added flair, string lights in trees, pergolas or trellises, decorate with candles or hang lanterns.

Add finishing touches

When selecting furniture for your outdoor living space, look for durable materials, like composite that will withstand use and environmental elements. Lend personal charm and style to your deck with accessories and decor. Incorporating patterned throw pillows, eye-catching tableware or vibrant seasonal plants are easy, cost-effective ways to spruce up your space, and they’ll add extra pops of color to your party.

For more outdoor living inspiration and advice, visit www.trex.com/inspiration/blog.

george cline rochester, new york home inspector and owner of homepro inspections

George Cline is President of HomePro Inspections which he founded in 1991. George is a  NYS licensed professional engineer, a NYS Certified Radon Measurement Provider, and a NYS approved Technical Instructor for continuing education. In addition to full home and commercial property inspections, George consults with home and building owners on specific concerns such as wet basements, structural issues, roofing problems, heating and cooling systems, ice damming and attic ventilation problems. He has trained several home inspectors in the field and is a certified member of the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI). Give George and his Team a call to schedule your Rochester Home Inspection at 585-670-6323 or schedule your inspection Online at http://www.rochesterhomepro.com/blog/schedule-now/

The Value Of The Ideal Color For The Exterior Of Your Home

Your Rochester, New York home inspection company, HomePro Inspections, is pleased to share with you the value of the ideal exterior color

Beige colored house When it comes to designing a home – whether it’s new construction or a renovation – choosing beautiful exterior colors and complementary accent hues is critical to creating an appealing household.

“To select the right colors for your home, view siding colors as an exterior project tool that both turns a home into a showpiece and increases its value,” says Leslie Harrington, executive director of The Color Association of the United States.

Color and architecture trends vary from city to city across the United States. The homes and buildings within a neighborhood define its character and in some ways, culture. Before deciding on the best design, take into consideration the local geography and design trends.

Here are four general recommendations to help a homeowner determine the best color choices for a home:

* Location – Consider the neighborhood as a whole. Think about the next-door neighbor and the homes down the street. Regardless of the neighborhood, the streetscape – sizes and facades of homes, landscape architecture, balance of light and shade – plays a role in creating an idyllic neighborhood and affects the value of individual homes and communities, overall. The natural surroundings also play a significant part in color selection. For example, a green wooded area would blend better colors with earth tones than a home near the blues and grays of the ocean.

* Color combinations – Selecting the right combination of colors for a home varies, but a good rule of thumb is to use three to six, depending on the siding and trim of the home. A best practice is to avoid selecting more than two siding colors, one trim color and one accent color for features like doors and shutters.

* Balance of color choices – A home’s visual balance can be disrupted by color hues that don’t mix or match. The eye is naturally drawn to light colors, so consider pairing a brighter, lighter garage door with a darker siding shade. Contractors, builders or remodelers can help guide homeowners on choosing multiple siding colors and trim hues that not only create a classic look for a home, but also help it blend in with its surrounding environment.

* Color performance – A home is a reflection of the person and family in it. It’s also an investment. If exterior products are both functionally and aesthetically sound, they offer a greater curb appeal, which can also help with resale value when the time comes. James Hardie developed its proprietary ColorPlus Technology: a multi-coat, baked-on color application process that provides a vibrant, consistent finish for its fiber cement siding and trim. The finish has better fade resistance and superior adhesion compared to field-applied paints on other exterior siding materials. James Hardie fiber cement siding comes in more than 20 classic colors, with varying collections across the U.S. and Canada, that can be mixed and matched seamlessly to create beautiful homes and neighborhoods.

From the primary color of the home, to the shades of the architectural details, a homeowner can create value with design using the tips above. To learn more about the James Hardie siding and trim with ColorPlus Technology, please visit http://www.jameshardie.com/homeowner/products-colorplus.shtml.

george cline rochester, new york home inspector and owner of homepro inspections

George Cline is President of HomePro Inspections which he founded in 1991. George is a  NYS licensed professional engineer, a NYS Certified Radon Measurement Provider, and a NYS approved Technical Instructor for continuing education. In addition to full home and commercial property inspections, George consults with home and building owners on specific concerns such as wet basements, structural issues, roofing problems, heating and cooling systems, ice damming and attic ventilation problems. He has trained several home inspectors in the field and is a certified member of the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI). Give George and his Team a call to schedule your Rochester Home Inspection at 585-670-6323 or schedule your inspection Online at http://www.rochesterhomepro.com/blog/schedule-now/

 

Tools And Tips For Do It Yourself Outdoor Kitchens

Outdoor Kitchens

Your Rochester, New York home inspection company, HomePro Inspections, is pleased to share tools and tips to do it yourself outdoor kitchens

Outdoor kitchens are one of the hottest trends for exterior home improvements in 2014, a survey by the American Society of Landscape Architects reveals. If you’re considering creating a backyard kitchen this year, you may be wondering how much of the work you can do yourself in order to get the most out of your budget. Fortunately, many aspects of the job are within the abilities of the average do-it-yourselfer, and resources like rental stores mean you can easily obtain the tools you need to get the job done.

Getting started

Your first step is to assess your outdoor space, decide where your kitchen will be and determine how much area you can dedicate to it. Will you start from scratch, perhaps creating a patio of pavers or building a new deck to accommodate the kitchen? Or will existing structures provide a starting point?

Next, seek inspiration. Resources like Pinterest, YouTube, home improvement shows and outdoor living websites can provide ideas and insight into current design trends in outdoor kitchens. Gathering ideas can help you decide what elements your kitchen must have – such as a multi-burner stove and ample lighting for nighttime entertaining – and what might be on your list of possible features, like a wet bar or built-in seating around the kitchen.

Designing your outdoor kitchen

Once you know where your outdoor kitchen will go and what features you will include, it’s time to start laying out your plans. Plenty of online tools are available to help you design an outdoor living space, including the kitchen of your dreams.

You’ll need to consider many factors, including the dimensions and layout of your outdoor kitchen, materials you will use and how you will landscape around it. Popular building materials include pavers, stone, wood or composite materials, and each imparts its own look to your outdoor entertaining area.

The building process

While most homeowners will have at least some of the tools needed to complete an outdoor kitchen, it’s likely you’ll be missing others. Renting tools through an American Rental Association member store is a cost-effective way to obtain the equipment you need without a long-term investment of money and storage space. To find a rental store in your area, visit www.rentalhq.com.

Tool rental can also ease another reality of DIY construction – the ability to work around your schedule and at your own pace. Renting tools means you can get what you need when you need it, without having large or expensive pieces lying around when not in use.

Give yourself plenty of time to work on your outdoor kitchen, and don’t be afraid to seek help. Friends and family can pitch in on basic tasks, but some higher-level jobs – such as installing a gas line for a built-in range – may require professional help.

george cline rochester, new york home inspector and owner of homepro inspections

George Cline is President of HomePro Inspections which he founded in 1991. George is a  NYS licensed professional engineer, a NYS Certified Radon Measurement Provider, and a NYS approved Technical Instructor for continuing education. In addition to full home and commercial property inspections, George consults with home and building owners on specific concerns such as wet basements, structural issues, roofing problems, heating and cooling systems, ice damming and attic ventilation problems. He has trained several home inspectors in the field and is a certified member of the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI). Give George and his Team a call to schedule your Rochester Home Inspection at 585-670-6323 or schedule your inspection Online at http://www.rochesterhomepro.com/blog/schedule-now/

Home Improvements For Safety, Comfort And Home Value

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Your Rochester, New York home inspection company, HomePro Inspections, is pleased to share with you 5 home improvements that boost safety, comfort and the value of your home

Home improvement season is in full swing, and homeowners across the country are deciding which projects to tackle this year. By taking a strategic approach to selecting home improvements, you can go beyond adding value to your property – you can also boost your comfort and safety as well.

“Many homeowners select stylistic updates when deciding which projects [they want] for their house, but some of the most valuable home improvements aren’t visual,” says Ed Del Grande, home improvement expert, author, TV host and spokesperson for Kohler. “Things that add comfort and safety to a home typically have the best return on investment, as well as the most pull with today’s savvy homebuyers come resale time.”

Del Grande recommends five home improvements to enhance the value, safety and comfort of your home:

1) Standby Home Generator
A standby generator is installed outside your house (like a central air-conditioning unit) and comes on automatically within seconds of a utility power outage to keep your property up-and-running whether you’re home or away. Standby generators are connected to existing gas lines in your home (propane or natural gas), so there’s no refueling necessary. A standby generator like those from Kohler can power critical appliances and systems in a home, including lights, heating/cooling systems, refrigerators/freezers, sump pumps, security systems, office equipment and sophisticated electronics. Adding a standby generator not only increases your comfort and safety, it’s a sound investment. In addition to preventing losses due to power outages, a backup power generator recoups 67.5 percent of its cost at resale, according to Remodeling magazine’s 2014 Cost vs. Value Report. To learn more, visit www.kohlergenerators.com for educational videos, sizing calculators and more.

2) Lighting
Updating lighting can have a dramatic effect on a home’s aesthetic, but beauty is just one benefit of redoing light fixtures inside and out. Lights highlight architectural features plus add a safety element to the property. Properly lit paths, stairs and entranceways make it easy to navigate throughout the home. Use solar light to brighten pathways, stair lights to illuminate steps, wall sconces to light functional areas within the living room or bathroom, and under-cabinet lighting to illuminate kitchen surfaces for safer cooking.

3) Front door
In addition to properly lighting your entrance, there is another simple and affordable update you can make to boost curb appeal and home security: a new steel front door. Doors that feature decorative glass might look nice, but they make it easy for criminals to break into your home. Give your home’s facade a facelift and added security by replacing your entry door with a steel option. With a 96.6 percent recouped cost, it is the number one remodeling project for resale value, according to the Cost vs. Value Report. Plus, steel front doors can be purchased in a variety of colors or easily painted to match your home’s existing color palette.

4) Security system
A security system assures owners that their family and property are secure day and night. Whether you hire a company to install it or you go the DIY route, there are numerous options. Smart security systems go beyond cameras, fire alarms and motion detectors; they allow homeowners to monitor their homes online so they can see when children come home, packages are delivered, or whether they forgot to shut the garage door. Adjustments to locks, lighting and temperature can all be made remotely. Plus, adding a security system often qualifies for a discount on homeowner’s insurance, so ask your agent.

5) Sump pump
With the recent storms in the Northeast and across the country, flooding has become a major concern. If your home has a basement, it should have a functioning sump pump. Often located under stairways or in basement utility spaces, a sump pump is a special pump that is only activated when water reaches a certain level in a basin that collects water and enables proper drainage around the home. Sump pumps are critical to prevent basement flooding, and they reduce dampness around a home’s foundation. The upfront cost of a sump pump is easily justified when you think about the thousands of dollars in damages it prevents: the average cost of a flooded basement is $21,000 according to FloodSmart.gov (2-inch flood in 2,000 square-foot home).

george cline rochester, new york home inspector and owner of homepro inspectionsGeorge Cline is President of HomePro Inspections which he founded in 1991. George is a NYS licensed professional engineer, a NYS Certified Radon Measurement Provider, and a NYS approved Technical Instructor for continuing education. In addition to full home and commercial property inspections, George consults with home and building owners on specific concerns such as wet basements, structural issues, roofing problems, heating and cooling systems, ice damming and attic ventilation problems. He has trained several home inspectors in the field and is a certified member of the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI). Give George and his Team a call to schedule your Rochester Home Inspection at 585-670-6323 or schedule your inspection Online at http://www.rochesterhomepro.com/blog/schedule-now/

How To Choose A Patio Door

Your Rochester, New York home inspection company, HomePro Inspections, is pleased to share with you how to choose a patio door to transform your home’s view

rochester, new york patio door ideaIt’s the time of year to get outside, dine on the deck, bask in the backyard or relax on the patio.

Is your home ready for summer entertaining or is it time for a remodeling or replacement project? If the answer is the latter, now’s the time to get more out of your home by improving access to the great outdoors.

You can do this by replacing your patio door. Replacing it can transform your home’s view and comfort year-round. Here’s how you can begin the process.

Select a style: hinged or sliding

Hinged – Hinged patio doors, often called French doors, add an elegant look to your home. Choose from popular options like two movable doors that swing open from the sides to allow room to move in big furniture or groups of guests, or movable and fixed door combinations that can hinge from the center or a single door for simple elegance. You can also create a custom design, complete with sidelights or transom windows, to span your home’s unique architecture.

Sliding – If floor space is limited or if your patio door opens to a balcony, consider a sliding patio door, since they take up less floor space. Look for a patio door with the sliding panel on the outside, so that when the wind blows against it, the design creates a tighter, more energy-efficient seal to help keep your home comfortable.

Many sliding patio doors from Pella offer the Rolscreen retractable insect screen option to refresh your home with fresh air. Roll the Rolscreen in place to help keep insects out and simply roll it out of sight to blend in with the patio door’s design when not in use.

Choose energy-efficient options

Look for the ENERGY STAR to easily select energy-efficient patio door styles, like those from Pella made from wood, fiberglass or vinyl frames with double- or triple-pane insulating glass options.

Wood – Consider the natural warmth, beauty and energy-efficiency of wood patio doors. They are available in virtually any shape, size, grille pattern, and exterior color. You can save time by choosing factory prefinished wood interiors and trim.

Vinyl – For exceptional energy performance, outstanding strength and weather resistance, consider a vinyl patio door. Low-maintenance vinyl sliding doors will look great for years, without the need for painting.

Fiberglass – For a durable product that withstands extreme weather, plus resists dents and high traffic from people or pets, consider a fiberglass patio door. Sleek, strong, highly-energy efficient fiberglass withstands extreme heat, cold, and moisture. With a long-lasting powder coat finish, fiberglass patio doors like the Pella Impervia line don’t need painting and resist sagging and warping, even in dark colors, even in hot climates.

Decide on decorative options

Optional between-the-glass shades or blinds help reduce dust accumulation, eliminating the dreaded chore of cleaning blinds or shades. Blinds or shades between-the-glass are a natural for patio doors, since they don’t interfere with the operation of the door itself, yet make it a breeze to control light and privacy. Plus, shades and blinds without roomside cords are safer options for homes with pets or children.

Choose from grilles permanently applied to the exterior of glass surfaces or with the added convenience of between-the-glass grille options that make cleaning a breeze. You can also consider removable grilles to transform your home’s look from contemporary to Colonial in a snap.

Transform your home’s view

Visit Pella Windows and Doors on Houzz for more design inspiration and Pella.com/news to learn more, and schedule an in-home consultation. Call 855-735-5232 to connect with your local Pella representative to discuss your home improvement project.

george cline rochester, new york home inspector and owner of homepro inspectionsGeorge Cline is President of HomePro Inspections which he founded in 1991. George is a  NYS licensed professional engineer, a NYS Certified Radon Measurement Provider, and a NYS approved Technical Instructor for continuing education. In addition to full home and commercial property inspections, George consults with home and building owners on specific concerns such as wet basements, structural issues, roofing problems, heating and cooling systems, ice damming and attic ventilation problems. He has trained several home inspectors in the field and is a certified member of the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI). Give George and his Team a call to schedule your Rochester Home Inspection at 585-670-6323 or schedule your inspection Online at http://www.rochesterhomepro.com/blog/schedule-now/

Expert Curb Appeal Tips For Increased Value

Your Rochester, New York home inspection company, HomePro Inspections, is pleased to share with you how from driveways to mailboxes, these oft-overlooked items help drive curb appeal.

rochester, new york home boosted with curb appeal featuresSelling or staying, it makes no difference – everyone wants a home that looks great from the curb. Curb appeal comes together when all the elements of a home’s facade are in good shape and working together. Driveways that are cracked or pitted with potholes, dingy front doors and other seemingly minor complaints like a shabby, scuffed mailbox, can all significantly detract from a home’s overall curb appeal.

Here is a handful of projects – many of them quick fixes – that can greatly enhance a home’s appearance.

* Repair or resurface your driveway.

For many homes, the driveway is one of the largest visual elements of the home’s overall curb appeal, ranking right up there with siding, the roof and the lawn. If winter was rough on your driveway, it’s time to think of making repairs. Concrete can crack and crumble, and asphalt develops potholes. Both can be repaired quickly and easily.

For any driveway repair, make sure the area to be repaired has been cleaned of debris and loose materials.  Cleaning with a hose or pressuring washing can improve the entire surface. For asphalt driveways, Sakrete U.S. Cold Patch is a ready-to-use recycled asphalt product that permanently patches potholes, cracks and other defects without the oily mess or bad smell of a conventional blacktop patch. Simply pour the product into the pothole and tamp it down. It is not oily or sticky, so you can even use your car to do the job – just drive tires over the patch to compress it.

Concrete driveways can develop different types of cracks:  very small and shallow resembling a dry river bed; cracks between 1/8 and 1/4 inch wide; and cracks wider and deeper than 1/4 inch. Your choice of repair method will depend on how you want the finished product to look and how much time you have to make the repair.

Portland cement-based Sakete Top n Bond can be used to repair all three types of cracks, and will provide a finished look that most closely resembles the existing concrete driveway. For tiny cracks, simple coat the entire area with a thin layer of the patching material. Top n Bond easily fills cracks wider an deeper than 1/4 inch. You can also use it to repair areas where one slab of the driveway has sunk lower than the slab next to it. If appearance is less important, an even easier option for repairing cracks 1/8 to 1/4 inch wide is to use a tube product, like Sakrete Concrete & Mortar Repair, and apply it with a caulk gun.

Repairing damaged asphalt or concrete driveways not only improves its appearance, it can help extend its life, too.

* Put the shine on your mailbox

It sits at the end of your driveway and often plays a key role in helping guests find your house. But do you give your mailbox the attention – and the credit – it’s due? Little things can mean a lot when it comes to creating curb appeal. While a mailbox that looks good might not get much attention, one that’s ugly or shabby is sure to draw the kind of attention you don’t want.

If you live in a community that restricts what type of mailbox you can have, simply give your rusted, stained mailbox and the post it sits on a fresh coat of paint in its original color. If your community has no standards for mailboxes, you can swap out an ordinary looking box with something that compliments your exterior design. Does your home have a brick facade? Consider a mailbox set in or on a brick pillar. If your house features fieldstone accents, consider carrying that over to the mailbox with a small, stone-trimmed planting bed at its base.

* Lavish your front door with some TLC

The door is the point where your exterior design meets your interior décor. It’s also an element that significantly impacts how visitors view your home. Give yours a fresh coat of paint or stain, and don’t forget the trim around the door.

Next, consider lighting. Is the area around the door well lit? Good lighting is key not only for safety at night but also to enhance the appeal of the area. Consider sconces beside the door or an attractive overhead fixture if your door has an awning, porch or overhang. Ground lights can accent the effect, either illuminating the pathway that leads to the door or lighting up the door itself.

Finally, take a look at the door hardware. Is the handle or knob looking rusted and shabby? Replacing worn or dated door hardware is an easy, cost-effective way to improve the overall look of your entryway.

Anyone hoping to sell their home during warmer months can greatly enhance curb appeal by investing in these seemingly minor design elements. If you plan to stay in your house, boosting the curb appeal will make you feel even better about coming home every day to a fresh, appealing house.

george cline rochester, new york home inspector and owner of homepro inspectionsGeorge Cline is President of HomePro Inspections which he founded in 1991. George is a  NYS licensed professional engineer, a NYS Certified Radon Measurement Provider, and a NYS approved Technical Instructor for continuing education. In addition to full home and commercial property inspections, George consults with home and building owners on specific concerns such as wet basements, structural issues, roofing problems, heating and cooling systems, ice damming and attic ventilation problems. He has trained several home inspectors in the field and is a certified member of the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI). Give George and his Team a call to schedule your Rochester Home Inspection at 585-670-6323 or schedule your inspection Online at http://www.rochesterhomepro.com/blog/schedule-now/

Don’t Be Confused By Home Owner’s Insurance

Your Rochester, New York home inspection company, HomePro Inspections, is pleased to share with you helpful information about homeowner’s insurance.

homeowner's insurance as an example for rochester, new york homesMany people have home owner’s insurance but do not really understand the details of that means. This has become very common and is something that needs to be fixed. By reading the following article, you are not going to fall into that category. You are going to be given relevant information that will help you better understand your home insurance policy.

A lot of people that rent don’t think about getting renter’s insurance. While your landlord may cover the building, your belongings won’t be covered. You have to buy your own insurance policy to protect your things in case of flood, fire and theft.

As you compare rates and request quotes for homeowner’s insurance, don’t forget to include any information about security features in your home. You can cut premium price as much as 5% if you get a security system which alerts a security service offsite if there is a fire or burglary.

Having a home security system installed, especially one that has a monthly monitoring system against burglary, can seriously reduce a homeowners insurance premiums. The cost of your system can be partially recouped in the monthly or yearly savings you will make, and of course, you will have peace of mind. It can also mean that you will feel safer when you are at home.

You should always review your homeowner’s insurance policy annually to make sure that you still have the right policy for your home. Compare your premiums with quotes from other insurance policies. Be sure to take note of any changes that could affect your premiums, both on your property and in the neighborhood.

You may not think you need flood insurance if you live outside a high-risk flood area, but it may be a smart idea anyway. About one-quarter of the federal disaster claims made for flooding come from homes and residences outside of high-risk areas. Living in low or medium risk areas means big discounts on flood insurance.

An alarm system can help lower your premium. Insurers want to know they’re insuring people who care about safety. After you put in something like this, let the company know so that your policy rate can be adjusted accordingly.

As stated at the beginning of this article, many homeowners do not understand what their home insurance policy is really about. The information given to you in the above article will help you get a better understanding to what the details of your home insurance mean for you and your family.

george cline rochester, new york home inspector and owner of homepro inspectionsGeorge Cline is President of HomePro Inspections which he founded in 1991. George is a  NYS licensed professional engineer, a NYS Certified Radon Measurement Provider, and a NYS approved Technical Instructor for continuing education. In addition to full home and commercial property inspections, George consults with home and building owners on specific concerns such as wet basements, structural issues, roofing problems, heating and cooling systems, ice damming and attic ventilation problems. He has trained several home inspectors in the field and is a certified member of the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI). Give George and his Team a call to schedule your Rochester, New York Home Inspection at 585-670-6323 or schedule your inspection Online at http://www.rochesterhomepro.com/blog/schedule-now/

Be A Savvy Buyer: Try Using These Tips When Buying Real Estate

Your Rochester, New York home inspection company, HomePro Inspections, is pleased to share with you how to be a savvy buyer of real estate.

home being sold in rochester, new york as an exampleBuying real estate can really be a risky venture, one that can take everything within you to get through; but that is only if you aren’t prepared. With these tips, you can prepare yourself for any real estate search, whether you are starting online or getting a start through an agency in your area.

Ask your realtor for information on sales from their brokerage or themselves over the last year. This can be a determining factor in whether or not you have a strong enough realtor making decisions with you. This gives you a good idea of both their experience and strengths in the real estate market.

If you have kids and are looking at buying a house, try to include your children during the search process. So much of their life will be changing with the move and by including them in the search you will make the transition a little bit easier. They will feel like they can have some sort of input in the change.

An important aspect to consider when buying a house is the number of bedrooms. Each neighborhood was built in a family model in sight so it is easier and usually cheaper to find a 3-4 bedroom house in an area where most of the houses have 3-4 bedrooms. If the neighborhood usually has smaller houses, you will pay much more for the extra bedroom.

Working with a realtor when looking for a new home will benefit you in many ways. They can arrange the showings of the houses, track the properties that you have already seen and find the homes that have the features that you are looking for. It will save a great deal of time and effort on your part by hiring an experienced agent.

Always sign a contract to buy a home “subject to satisfactory inspection”. No matter how beautiful a home is, there could be hidden problems that a good inspector can uncover quickly, such as a bad roof or untrustworthy wiring. If the inspector does discover any major issues, the contract can be ammended so that the seller either has the repairs made before the sale closes or the sales price is lowered to reflect the defects.

If you really want to be sure of the purchase you make in real estate, you want to have the information needed to make a wise decision. With the guidance provided in this article, you can understand better what it takes to make a successful real estate purchase, and how to safeguard against common risks.

george cline rochester, new york home inspector and owner of homepro inspectionsGeorge Cline is President of HomePro Inspections which he founded in 1991. George is a  NYS licensed professional engineer, a NYS Certified Radon Measurement Provider, and a NYS approved Technical Instructor for continuing education. In addition to full home and commercial property inspections, George consults with home and building owners on specific concerns such as wet basements, structural issues, roofing problems, heating and cooling systems, ice damming and attic ventilation problems. He has trained several home inspectors in the field and is a certified member of the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI). Give George and his Team a call to schedule your Rochester, New York Home Inspection at 585-670-6323 or schedule your inspection Online at http://www.rochesterhomepro.com/blog/schedule-now/