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/

Home Improvement Tips To Make A Better Home

Your Rochester, New York home inspection company, HomePro Inspections, is pleased to share with you home improvement tips to make a better home.

rochester, new yok kitchen displaying improvements of modern designHome improvement is a good way to return a home to its purchase glory. Making little fixes to a property can make a home look as if it were brand new. The home improvement tips in the following article will help you get started on your own home improvement projects.

To save money on home maintenance, check all of your faucets and pipes for leaks and have them repaired quickly. Leaking faucets can waste quite a bit of water, costing you in higher bills. Also, pipes that are leaking within your walls or under your house can lead to serious water damage.

When it’s finally crunch time and you need to replace the shingles, find a good, light color to prevent high levels of heat. The lighter color will reflect the suns rays instead of absorbing them, reducing the heat build up in your attic. A massive bill may be prevented through these simple energy-saving tricks.

Paint your floor in sections corresponding with the direction of the planking. When you paint the floor of a large room it is easy to paint yourself into a corner or to unintentionally block access to the rest of the house until the paint dries. If you paint in sections you can leave paths that run along specific boards. When you paint the adjoining section everything will match perfectly.

If you are a handy person and can understand plans, consider doing some home improvement jobs yourself. Small and simple projects can improve the overall look of your home. By doing it yourself, you save money and avoid the aggravation of researching a contractor for minor jobs. You will feel more confident and much prouder of your home.

Take special care when choosing a clog remover. Some of them are very harsh. Avoid anything that comes in a crystallized form as the crystals can stick to pipes, causing corrosion and damage. Be sure to use drain cleaning products intended for use with the septic tank you have.

Exterior lighting will give you peace of mind at night, and add beauty to your landscaping. Consider motion sensor lighting, as this will reduce the amount of energy used when the outdoors are not occupied, and can also frighten away unwanted animals or even prowlers. Install the lights in strategic places, such as the exact area visible to you from a window, and the path from your vehicle to the front door.

In conclusion, by doing home improvements, you can make your home look the way it did upon the first purchase. Small tweaks and large repairs can do a world of difference for any home. If you remember the tips in this article on home improvement, you can make your home look like a brand new showcase 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, New York Home Inspection at 585-670-6323 or schedule your inspection Online at http://www.rochesterhomepro.com/blog/schedule-now/

Progressing Technology Makes Household Chores Easier Than Ever

Your Rochester, New York home inspection company, HomePro Inspections, is happy to share with you how progressing technology is making yard work and other household chores easier than ever.

rochester, new york yard being mowed by new cordless electric lawnmower defying the expectations of peopleEach week, the average person spends between 10 and 20 hours doing yard work and other tasks around the home, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. While necessary, these routine tasks don’t exactly fit neatly into today’s busy, on-the-go lifestyles, which is why technology is stepping in.

Here are three high-tech features to look for when shopping for a way to make household chores faster, easier, and even labor-free.

1. Cordless without compromise

Lithium ion has changed the way we communicate, entertain and work and now it’s changing the way we maintain our yards. To give homeowners what they want – the power of gas mowers without the noise, fuss and fumes – the engineers at EGO spent 10 years developing a way to pack more power into a single battery. The result is the new EGO POWER+ Mower, the industry’s first 56-volt cordless mower. EGO’s proprietary power management system and Keep-Cool technology make it 40 percent more powerful than other cordless alternatives. The revolutionary battery also offers the industry’s fastest charging at just 30 minutes. On the convenience side, the mower features telescoping handles that fold in for easy, vertical storage and headlights that combine with quiet operation for anytime mowing. Visit www.egopowerplus.com to learn more.

2. Do-it-itself

What started with the self-cleaning oven more than 50 years ago is now a whole-home concept. Today’s do-it-itself solutions comprise everything from self-cleaning toilets and dustless ceiling fan blades to robotic gadgets that automatically clean windows and floors. New multi-surface floor cleaning solutions know exactly where to go and when to switch from vacuum to mop. Taking this concept vertical, the ECOVACS Winbot does the same thing but on windows.

3. Smart

There’s technology that makes household chores easier and automatic, and then there’s the kind that does the thinking and organizing for you. That’s the idea behind new smart and connected appliances that not only cook food or keep it cold, but tell you by phone what’s in the fridge and when a roast is almost done. The latest iceboxes from LG and Samsung even tell you how much time you have until the eggs go bad and how much milk is left in the container. The digital display serves as a grocery list, calendar and recipe organizer, not to mention a place to watch the morning news while making breakfast.

Technology is helping to make nearly every facet of our lives easier, and thankfully, the latest advancements are delivering a new level of ease where we can really appreciate it – household chores.

George Cline Rochester, New York Home Inspector posing for a professional photo in a shootGeorge 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 athttp://www.rochesterhomepro.com/blog/schedule-now/