Here we are on another Saturday morning building homes with Habitat for Humanity of Indian River County. This day we set roof trusses on two houses. Home ownership is a wonderful thing and I am grateful for the opportunity to give back to the community.
If you are considering putting your home on the market you might want to consider having a pre-listing home inspection done. This is a great way to avoid surprises and be sure that your home is in top condition to bring the best price. Call me today to schedule a pre-listing inspection!
I have recently added a sample report to the website. Just go to the “A Typical Inspection” page and below the list of items inspected you can click to download and view a typical inspection report just like one you would get you had Estey Home Inspections, LLC inspect a property for you. (In your actual report the picture resolution would be much higher than it appears in this sample report.)
Well, mid summer is upon us here on the Treasure Coast, and if we have a pool, this is the time of year we like to hop in it and cool off for a while (if it stops raining long enough). I’d like to take some time to talk a little bit about how we can make sure that our pool is safe and operating as it should so that we can best enjoy it with our families.
All swimming pools should have adequate fencing, gates, barriers, alarms, and or other protective devices installed. If your pool is not enclosed in a screened lanai, it needs to have fencing at least 48 inches high around the pool, or around the yard containing the pool, in order to keep children (especially small children) from getting in there unsupervised. Access from the house should be protected with an alarm at each point of access so that small children can’t wander out and fall in. It only takes a few minutes for a tragedy to occur. If you disable the alarm so that you can keep your patio door open, it’s not going to protect those little ones from drowning. Doors to a screened pool enclosure should be self closing and the latch should be a minimum of 54 inches above the ground to keep small hands from opening them when we are not looking.
Another important safety consideration is the main drain at the bottom of the pool. This drain MUST have a grate, or cover that will not allow someone to become stuck to it by the suction of the water flowing through it. This cover must be bolted securely to the pool’s bottom. Again, this is particularly important when children are using the pool, but even adults can become trapped by the drain’s suction if it is not protected.
No electrical switches or receptacles should be within five feet of a pool, and any that are in the pool area should be GFCI protected. No overhead wires, such as service entrance cables, should pass over any pool.
The pool deck should be kept clear of clutter, and any ladders, stanchions, rails and other pool equipment should be tightly secured in place. Pool chemicals should always be stored in a secure area, safe from children.
These are just a few safety tips, and by no means cover all safety issues. A great source for more safety information is: www.poolsafely.gov/ .
Other considerations are maintenance items. Of course, all water quality and chemical levels should be kept within acceptable ranges. Skimmer weirs, skimmer baskets and deck covers should be installed and in good working order. Skimmer baskets should be checked and emptied once or twice a week, or possibly daily if the pool is not screened over and especially if there are trees nearby. The pool pump should be secured to it’s base and operating quietly. The hair and lint strainer basket at the pump should be checked and cleaned weekly. The pool filter should be cleaned regularly. For cartridge type filters this should be done about once a month. Every so often the visible pipes and fittings should be inspected for leaks.
A pool can be a liability and an expense, what with the maintenance, chemicals and electricity to run the pump, but when maintained properly a pool can be a great pleasure for the whole family, and Florida is a great place to have a pool. So get out there and take care of your pool and enjoy the summer!
Well, the fourth of July has come and gone so summer is in full swing. Is your home ready? Hurricane Arthur is history, and luckily here on the Treasure Coast we were fortunate and only got a small dose of stormy weather, but just in case you haven’t already done so, here are a few things you can do to be better prepared.
If you have hurricane panels in your garage our shed, you should get them out and match them up to your windows and doors and make sure you have all the fastening hardware and the proper tools for installing your panels, and that no panels are missing or damaged.
Clean up or put away loose yard ornaments, temporary structures and trash barrels. It’s a good idea to leave out in your yard only items that you can pick up and put away quickly and easily.
Landscaping should be trimmed. Branches from bushes and trees should not be touching or hanging over your house. As a general rule all vegetation should be kept back at least eighteen inches from the walls, eaves and gutters. Branches hanging low over your roof can cause considerable damage to roof coverings during a storm even if they don’t break off and come crashing down, causing more serious damage.
If you have a generator, make sure it is going to work if you need it. If it does not start or it runs poorly, now is the time to get it serviced. Make sure you have fuel in the tank and good (not old) fuel safely stored in an approved container or containers.
Make sure you have emergency food, water and medical supplies on hand. You should have one gallon of water per person per day for everyone in your household. It’s a good idea to keep five days supply or more.
Don’t forget your furry friends. keep food and water on hand for them as well. If you have dog and/or cat crates, make sure they are clean and ready for use, and that you know where they are in case you need them for an evacuation.
Keep your gutters and downspouts clean. Even without a hurricane or tropical storm our normal summer downpours can test the limits of your roof’s drainage system. Make sure downspouts direct water away from the house.
Your home’s roof is your first line of defense against summer storms. Loose, damaged or improperly installed roofing materials and flashings can lead to costly repairs. Consider having your roof covering and structure inspected by a roofing contractor or a certified, licensed home inspector, such as Estey Home Inspections, LLC to make sure everything is in good condition and that you are as ready as possible for whatever Mother Nature sends our way.
I just got back from another morning working on a house for Habitat for Humanity with some of the good folks at the Realtors Association of Indian River County. It is always rewarding to spend time working to help others in our community here in Vero Beach. Today we put felt paper on the roof to keep things dry inside and get ready for shingles. We had a good turnout and a nice group.
Here at Estey Home Inspections I have just started a new website, and I am exited at the opportunity to reach more potential clients and build new relationships throughout the Treasure Coast region in the upcoming months and years.
With my extensive background in residential construction, remodeling, and maintenance, my thorough training at the Institute of Florida Real Estate Careers, my InterNACHI certification and continuing education, and my passion for getting things right, not just good enough, I feel I have a lot to offer anyone considering the purchase of a home.
If you choose me to perform the inspection of your potential new home, I promise to provide you with the best, most thorough inspection and most comprehensive report possible to assist you in making an intelligent, informed decision and purchase.
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