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5 FALL MAINTENANCE ESSENTIALS

With these maintenance basics completed, your clients will enjoy the comforts of home all season long and protect their investment, too.

  1. Clear gutters of leaves, sticks, and other debris. This may need to be done more than once during the season. If the gutters can accommodate them, leaf guards are real time-savers and prevent clogging.
  2. Caulk around exterior door and window frames for a tight seal. Look for gaps where pipes or wiring enter the home and seal those as well to protect from water, insects and mice.
  3. Use binoculars to check the roof for missing or damaged shingles. Water, wind, ice and snow can cause serious damage to a vulnerable roof, leading to a greater chance of further damage inside the home. Always have a qualified professional inspect and repair the roof.
  4. Have the furnace inspected to ensure that it’s safe and in good working order. Most utility companies will provide basic, no-cost furnace inspections to their customers. Replace disposable furnace air filters or clean the permanent type according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  5. There’s nothing like a wood-burning fireplace on a chilly fall evening. For safety, have the firebox and chimney professionally cleaned before use this season.

A note on Realtor Safety

Pillar To Post Home Inspectors is committed to the health and well-being of our clients. This is especially true during Covid-19 and Realtor Safety Month. We remain committed to providing the highest quality home inspection while adhering to the safety guidelines provided by the CDC and local governments. We also encourage you to take learn about precautions you can take to keep yourself and your team safe while showing homes and in the office. Realtor Safety resources are available at:

www.nar.realtor/safety

www.beverlycarterfoundation.org

Getting a Pre-listing Home Inspection Matters, Heres Why

A pre-listing home inspection can identify areas of concern prior to the home going on the market, even in today’s market conditions. Some of the many advantages of a pre-listing inspection include:

  • Upfront knowledge of the home’s condition can lead to cleaner offers and smoother transactions and get you to closing faster.
  • Sellers can decide what repairs, updates or replacements they want to make prior to listing their home. This can mean both a better listing price and more interested buyers.
  • If the sellers opt to sell “as-is” the pre-listing inspection report is a great marketing tool that builds buyer trust through transparency, which reflects well on you.

BOOK A PRE-LISTING INSPECTION TODAY!

Experience the Pillar To Post difference for yourself. Schedule your next pre-listing inspection today!

Pillar To Post Newsletter Volume 21, No. 4

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NEWS AND INFORMATION

VOLUME 21, NO. 4

HOUSE WISE

Don’t Skip The Home Inspection!


With so many homes selling “as-is” these days, a home inspection is truly a must-have. There is simply no better way to get to know a home, learn about any issues and understand its features. The inspector will objectively evaluate the home’s major systems and components and note their findings in your inspection report. Accompanying the inspector during the process is strongly encouraged so you have the opportunity to ask questions along the way.

Already settled into your new home? Even after the sale has closed, a home inspection will provide peace of mind about the home’s condition and safety. Know what you’re buying by getting a complete, professional home inspection!

THE GREAT OUTDOORS

5 Tips For Your Summer Garden


Your garden is established and growing great. Keep it going strong by staying on top of these summer garden tasks:

  1. Water thoroughly where needed. Container plants normally dry out faster than plants in the ground, so you may need to water them daily when the weather is very hot and/or dry.

  2. Practice smart pest control. Some offending insects, like aphids, can be washed off with a blast from your garden hose. Familiarize yourself with both harmful and beneficial insects and worms in your area so you know who to target and who to leave alone.

  3. Deadhead faded blooms and trim dead or wayward growth. Removing dried flowers keeps your plants looking good and can help certain types reflower.


  4. Mulch for maximum benefit. A 3”-4” layer of mulch helps keep weeds down, promotes moisture retention in the soil and makes your garden look clean and neat. Keep mulch at least a few inches away from the base of the plant to allow for good air circulation.

  5. Fill in bare spots in beds with summer annuals or mulch to keep things looking fresh

COLOR YOUR WORLD

Pick Your Palette: Choosing Exterior Paint Colors


You’ve decided to update your home with fresh paint in a new color. Here are some guidelines that will help you find colors you’ll love now and in the years to come.

  1. Look around. Take photos of homes with colors that catch your eye, and check out design websites for inspiration. This is the easiest and most direct way to start narrowing down your options.

  2. Take a good look at your home. If it has existing brick, stone or other surfaces that won’t be painted, you’ll need to take their tones into account when selecting your new colors. Avoid clashing tones by painting sample swatches next to these materials. The color of your roof may need to be considered as well.
  1. Get outside. Be sure to look at color swatches outdoors before you decide on paint samples. Outdoor light is much brighter than inside your home and has a significant effect on how colors look.

  2. Test, and test some more. Paint colors will appear very different depending on the time of day, direction of exposure, and in full sun vs. shade. Be sure to view painted samples under all of these conditions tomake sure you’re happy with what you see.

A fresh, new color palette will make you fall in love with your home all over again.

SEASONAL SENSE

Beat The Heat!


House heating up? Try these practical ideas to cool off
in comfort.

  1. Close window coverings on south- and west-facing sides of the house until dusk.

  2. Switching ceiling fans to the summer rotation setting (usually counterclockwise) creates a downward breeze and makes the room feel cooler.

  3. Give the stove a rest and opt for the microwave and outdoor grill instead.

  4. Use a programmable or smart thermostat to raise the AC temperature when you’re away from home. Be sure to raise the temperature overnight, too.

  5. Take a break for an ice-cold drink or a frozen treat. Enjoy!

HEALTHY AT HOME

Lead-based Paint – Should You Worry?


If your home was built before 1960, it probably has some lead-based paint. If built between 1960 and 1990, there is likely to be lead-based paint on the exterior. A home built after 1990 is unlikely to have lead paint because household paints in the U.S. and Canada were no longer manufactured using lead.

How can I learn if my home has lead-based paint?

An approved testing kit provides instant results, or you can sent a sample to a lab for testing. The most common areas where lead-based paint is found is on walls and interior trim, door jambs and window frames.

If my house has lead-based paint, should I worry?

Lead poisoning doesn’t happen overnight, so there’s no need to panic. But living with lead should not be an option, especially if there are very young children in the home. You can have your children tested for lead poisoning with a simple blood test by your family physician.

What can be done about it?

Painted surfaces that are in good condition with no flaking or chipping can be painted over with two coats of high-quality paint to encapsulate the underlying paint. Wear surfaces can be replaced rather than encapsulated. For example, you can remove and replace door jambs with new wood.

When encapsulation or wood replacement is not practical, the paint can be removed using chemical strippers. This should only be done by a professional contractor since proper containment of the lead material is essential.

Experience the Pillar To Post difference. Schedule your next home inspection today!

The Seller’s Advantage is even greater with a pre-listing home inspection!

With inventory at or near all-time lows, many homes are selling “as is” and moving quickly. In this seller’s market, is a pre-listing home inspection still a good idea? The short answer is “Yes.” Here’s why:

  • Homes with a pre-listing inspection sell for more
  • Get to closing faster
  • Fully understand the home before listing
  • Gain seller confidence that they’re getting the best price
  • Create buyer trust through transparency about the home’s condition.

Pillar To Post Home Inspectors truly understands the challenges and opportunities this kind of market creates. As North America’s leading home inspection company, we have been ensuring confident home ownership for over 25 years. We are here to help.