How to Stay on Top of Your End-of-Summer Home Maintenance

As the summer winds down and the warmer weather transitions into fall, many homeowners resolve to finish some home maintenance projects before the weather gets too cold. This is a wise decision, especially considering that severe winter weather is the third leading cause of insured catastrophic losses. (The other leading causes, tornadoes and hurricanes, can also happen during this time of year.) Homeowners can literally save themselves upwards of tens…

5 SIMPLE PROJECTS TO RE-MAKE YOUR BACK YARD.

Your focus changes during the warm weather months. Your backyard becomes your new living room and the most memorable evenings are spent outdoors with friends and loved ones. This is provided, of course, that you have the perfect space for such gatherings. If you don’t, not to worry, the right project can get you there. DIY was made for goals such as this, and a simple weekend project can recreate…

Landscape Grading and Drainage

The most common defect I find on homes is improper grading. Improper grading is when the landscape contour or some other element near the foundation doesn’t effectively carry rain water away from the foundation. This can be a huge problem because it can cause damage to the foundation and allow moisture into the basement or crawlspace. Another example of poor drainage and grading is exterior basement window bulkheads that don’t…

What are the Risks In Not Having New Construction Inspected?

With a tight Real Estate market in Northern Colorado, many home buyers are purchasing new construction and forgoing the traditional home inspection. They feel secure doing it because they are told that the home has been “inspected” by the city several times during the construction process. This is a VERY risky way to invest hard earned savings and a giant liability for the Realtors involved. Here’s why: The city does…

Cement Siding

Common knowledge says that the new cement siding is almost indestructible. Well I’m here to tell you that is not always true. Yesterday I inspected a house with cement siding, and there was what appeared to be a gutt er leak on either side of a chimney. The siding was nearly destroyed in this area. So with any siding it is very important to make sure it is painted properly…

Home Inspectors Promotions 

​Wow! I just looked at a video from another inspector about why they are the greatest inspection company around. I wonder how many people will fall for all of these special offers, warranties, guarantees, etc. If you really want a good inspection you need to remember that home inspection is unlike any profession on the planet. It really does require specialized knowledge, attention, to detail, report writing, and the ability…

Head Flashing 

Windows need to be flashed in a specific way to prevent water intrusion into the wall system. One of the most important types of window flashing is something called “head flashing”. This type of flashing is located at the top of the window trim. It starts out underneath the siding and then it’s wrapped over the top of the window trim. This is very important to prevent wind driven rain…

Best Kitchen Remodel Ideas

Whether you’re undergoing a full-scale kitchen renovation or a simple refresh, design decisions can oftentimes feel overwhelming. “Your kitchen is command central in the home. We spend so much of our time here, whether its day-to-day activities with the family or hosting weekend get-togethers with friends. So, making timeless design decisions up front can help create the perfect space that you’ll enjoy today and still love in twenty years,” Berkus…