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Pillar To Post Newsletter Volume 21, No. 2

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NEWS AND INFORMATION

VOLUME 21, NO. 2

HEALTH & SAFETY UPDATE

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During this time of Covid-19, Pillar To Post remains committed to providing the highest quality home inspection while adhering to the safety and cleanliness guidelines provided by the CDC and local governments. We are taking the following measures with the health and well-being of our clients in mind:

  • Inspectors are prepared with PPE to keep everyone safe
  • Home Inspection Reports can be presented virtually or printed
  • Your clients can choose not to attend or only attend the last hour of the home inspection
  • Online and/or contactless payment options available on request

While our processes may have changed, our commitment to ensuring confident home ownership has not. Our job is not complete until you no longer have questions concerning the home you have asked Pillar To Post to inspect.

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AROUND THE HOUSE

Spring Maintenance Tips


Ah, spring – it’s almost here! Here are our top suggestions on how to get your home ready for the months ahead.

  • Clean gutters and downspouts of debris.
  • Check walkways and patios for cracks and any loose bricks or pavers and have them repaired.
  • Walk around and look for damaged tree limbs and branches. Have a qualified professional address any big problems.
  • Check the caulk around windows and doors and correct any problems.
  • Inspect wood, stucco and other types of siding and have damaged areas repaired and repainted for lasting protection.
  • Fix tears or holes in window screens and clean them before reinstalling.

Remember, keeping your home in good condition also helps protect your investment!

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HOME SMARTS

How’s Your Home’s Water Quality?


Water quality in the home is concerning to many homeowners. While municipal supplies are rigorously tested and monitored, certain conditions in the home can affect water quality after it’s delivered from the water main.

  • Galvanized pipes are not uncommon in older homes. They are usually corroded and should be replaced. They can rust away from the inside out, causing leaks and water damage. They can also trap contamination from old lead service lines.
  • Whenever possible, replace pipes and fixtures containing lead with new materials.
  • Filtration systems can effectively reduce many environmental contaminants. Options include faucet or pitcher filters, plumbed, and reverse-osmosis filters that treat the entire home’s water supply.
  • Other contaminants that don’t affect health may adversely alter water taste, odor, and/or color.
  • Well maintenance should be on a regular schedule and the water tested regularly for safety and quality.

PERSONAL BEST

S-T-R-E-T-C-H
For Health And Comfort


Starting your day with a short stretching routine can go a long way toward shaping how you’ll feel for the rest of the day, and will help with your range of motion. Look online for specific stretches that suit your level of flexibility, then follow these basic guidelines to prevent injury, courtesy of the Mayo Clinic.

  1. Warm up with at least 5 minutes of light activity.
  2. Stretch gently and slowly, without bouncing.
  3. Be sure to breathe through your stretches – don’t hold your breath.
  4. Hold each stretch for about 30 seconds on each side
    to the point of a slight pull.
  5. Be sure to exercise both sides of your body for equal flexibility.

Talk with your doctor about which stretches are best for you if you have an existing injury or other health conditions. Now get out there and give it your best!

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MATERIAL WORLD

Q & A: Countertops


With so many countertop materials available, it’s no wonder homeowners have a lot of questions. Here we answer some common queries.

Q: What’s the difference between quartzite and quartz?

Quartzite is an all-natural material that’s mined and cut into slabs. Hard and durable, it can handle cookware straight out of the oven. Quartzite is available mostly in shades of white or gray and has a slightly grainy feel. Quartzite needs to be sealed yearly to provide stain resistance and antibacterial protection. It’s also more expensive than quartz.

Quartz is manufactured from ground quartzite mixed with resins and color pigments, and comes in a wide range of colors and patterns to suit any kitchen. While it is durable, hot cookware can scorch it. It’s easier to maintain than quartzite because it never needs to be sealed.

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Q: I love the look of marble but I know there are downsides. Tell me more.

Marble is gorgeous, we agree! Each slab is unique, with the veining in different types ranging from bold to subtle. It’s heat resistant, too.

Yes, there are caveats. Marble is expensive and prone to scratching and chipping, and acidic foods like lemon or wine can etch the polished surface. It’s high maintenance, too, needing resealing as often as twice a year.

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Q: What’s great about natural granite?

Almost everything. Much more durable than marble, it’s heat resistant and available in a range of colors. Granite is porous, but is stain resistant with proper sealing. Resealing is usually required far less frequently than other natural stone options.

Q: What about wood?

Nothing rivals the warm, organic look and feel of wood countertops. They’re made from a number of hardwood species. While wood is obviously not as hard as solid countertops, shallow scratches can be sanded out and the wood re-oiled.

Alternatively, some homeowners opt to install just a section of wood countertop, such as butcher block for food preparation, while choosing another material for the rest of the counters.

Whichever type of surface you choose, be sure to bring home samples so you can see colors and patterns in your home’s lighting conditions and judge how well they work with your cabinet and wall colors.

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

HOW CAN PILLAR TO POST HELP YOU?

MARCH 2021

How Can Pillar To Post Help You?

Real Choice For Your Clients

We offer a choice of Home Inspection Packages so your clients will get the level of information they want and need about the home.

Printed and Digital Inspection Reports

Our state-of-the-art inspection report, with color photos and complete inspection results, is delivered in both digital and printed formats. The report is also available online for easy access anytime, anywhere.

E&O Insured

All Pillar To Post home inspectors are required to carry E&O insurance. This protects you should a client decide to take legal action against the inspector and includes you in the action for wrongful referral.

Our Commitment

We are committed to ensuring confident home ownership. When you refer us, you will know that we will bring our professionalism, expertise, quality service and excellent reporting to every inspection, every home and every customer.

February 2021

Improving Indoor Air Quality

Our homes harbor more than just our families and possessions. Home is also where pollutants, allergens, and other irritants accumulate and thrive, with possible harmful effects on our health. There are simple steps homeowners can take to improve the air quality in their home and increase their comfort and well-being.

GET A HANDLE ON HUMIDITY

Keep indoor humidity below 50% to help prevent mold and dust mite growth. Once mold gets established it can continue to grow even at lower humidity levels. Use exhaust fans in kitchens and bathrooms, make sure the dryer is properly vented to the outdoors, and address any leaks or condensation issues. A dehumidifier can help in especially humid locations such as basements.

REDUCE DUST

Dust can contain pollen, mold spores, lint, animal dander, bacteria and more. While it’s impossible to completely rid a home of dust, there are ways to help control it. Use a vacuum with a HEPA filter that traps small particulate matter. Change or clean the furnace filter regularly, according to manufacturer’s instructions. High-quality furnace filters are more expensive but do a better job of filtering dust, pet hair and other particles.

VENT IT

Open doors and windows whenever possible to improve air circulation and allow the house to “breathe” fresh air.

CLEANER CLEAN-UP

Choose cleaning products with environmentally friendly formulations. Many of these products do an equal or better job than their conventional counterparts. Dispose of old paint, pesticides, solvents and other products so they aren’t leaking fumes into the home. Check local requirements on how to properly dispose of such items.

By taking these relatively easy steps, homeowners can truly make their home a breath of fresh air.

Pillar To Post Newsletter Volume 21, No. 1

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Volume 21, No. 1


OUR COMMITMENT

During this time of Covid-19, Pillar To Post remains committed to providing the highest quality home inspection while adhering to the safety and cleanliness guidelines provided by the CDC and local governments. We are taking the following measures with the health and well-being of our clients in mind:

  • Inspectors are prepared with PPE to keep everyone safe Home Inspection Reports can be presented virtually or printed on-site
  • Your clients can choose not to attend or only attend the last hour of the home inspection
  • online and/or contactless payment options available on request

While our processes may have chanced, our commitment to ensuring confident home ownership has not. Our job is not complete until you no longer have questions concerning the home you have asked Pillar To Post to inspect.

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Middle-aged man setting up his radon equipment

Safe at home

Is Radon On Your Radar?

Colorless and odorless, naturally occuring radon gas seeps into homes from underground. Elevated levels of radon can build up inside the home, endangering your family’s health. Here are the facts.

  • Radon is the #2 cause of lung cancer after smoking
  • Radon can cause cancers in pets, too
  • An estimated 1 in 15 homes in the US and Canada has an elevated level of radon
  • Any home can have a radon problem – old or new, drafty or snug, with or without a basement

Testing is the only way to know if a home has excessive levels of radon.

Your Pillar To Post Home Inspector conducts radon testing using continuous monitoring technology, then reports on the results and recommends steps to reduce excessive radon levels if round.

For peace of mind, schedule a radon inspection for your home today.

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Personal Best

Banish The Winter Blues


Many of us are spending much more time at home these days. Here are some ideas on how to help you and your home look and feel cheerful during these winter months:

1. Have each family member create a personal playlist of their favorite music and ask everyone to take turns as digital DJs

2. Potted flowering plants will brighten up your coffee table or dining area

3. Set up a hot chocolate bar for the family. Don’t forget the marshmallows, peppermint bits, whipped cream, rainbow sprinkles and anything else you like!

4. Use pillow covers in bold patterns or colors to change up the look of the sofas and beds

5. Don your brightest sweaters and coats for an instant pick-me-up

Inspection Insights

Are You In The Know??

Take Our Quiz!


1. A pre-listing home inspection:

A. Helps sellers decide about making specific repairs and improvements

B. Can help with setting the asking price

C. Helps agents with marketing the home

D. All of the above

2. TRUE or FALSE?

Radon gas doesn’t affect homes built after 2001.

3. You’ve just learned that your home contains lead-based paint. You should:

A. Scrape off as much as possible and paint over it

B. Use a chemical paint stripper to remove it

C. Call a qualified professional to assess the conditions and advise about removal

D. Regularly wipe down affected surfaces with a micro-fiber cloth

4. The Pillar To Post Premium Home Inspection includes:

A. Infrared Scanning to detect signs of moisture and electrical overheating

B. Appliance Recall Safety Check to help keep your family and property safe

C. Lifetime Maintenance Advisory Service to help you care for your home

D. Enhanced Customer Satisfaction Commitment to ensure your complete satisfaction

E. All of the above


Answers

1. D. A pre-listing can do all this and more. Be sure to ask your Pillar To Post Home Inspector about getting a home inspection before the home goes on the market.

2. False. Radon can affect homes of any age or construction type. You can learn more about radon right here in this newsletter!

3. C. A qualified professional will be able to determine how to address lead-based paint. If removal is recommended, trying to do this yourself can create a much bigger problem by spreading lead dust around your home. Leave it to the pros!

4. E. These are just some of the reasons our Premium Home Inspection is our most popular offering. Ask about it when requesting your next home inspection!

Home Sense

Improving Indoor Air Quality


Our homes harbor more than just our families and posessions. Home is also where pollutants, allergens, and other irritants accumulate and thrive, with possible harmful effects on our health. Here are some ways to improve indoor air quality while increasing your comfort and well-being.

HANDLE HIGH HUMIDITY

High Humidity is one of the main contributors to mold and dust mite growth, both of which adversely affect indoor air quality. Keeping indoor humidity below 50% will help prevent further infestation, although once mold gets established it can continue to grow even at lower humidity levels. Use exhaust fans in kitchens and bathrooms, make sure the dryer is properly vented to the outdoors, and address any leaks or condensation issues. A dehumidifier can help in especially humid locations such as basements.

COLLECT THE DUST

Dust is more than just dirt! It can contain pollen, mold spores, lint, animal dander, bacteria and more. While it’s impossible to completely rid a home of dust, there are ways to help control it. Use a vacuum with a HEPA filter that traps small particulate matter. Change or clean the furnace filter regularly, according to the manufacturer’s instructions. High quality furnace filters are more expensive than ordinary types, but are more effective at filtering dust, pet hair, and other particles.

GO AHEAD AND VENT

Open doors and windows whenever possible. Your home will have better air circulation and “breathe” more easily, and of course it’s great to enjoy fresh air on a nice day.

mother and her baby

CHEMICAL REACTION

Choose cleaning products with environmentally friendly formulations. Many of these cleaners and detergents do an equal or better job than their conventional counterparts. Dispose of old paint, pesticides, solvents and other products so they aren’t leaking fumes into your home. Check local requirements on how to properly dispose of such items.

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