Columbus Ohio Home Inspections https://king-inspections.com Home Inspectors in Columbus OH Tue, 30 Apr 2019 01:02:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2 Are Birds Your Friends or Enemies? https://king-inspections.com/are-birds-your-friends-or-enemies/ https://king-inspections.com/are-birds-your-friends-or-enemies/#respond Tue, 30 Apr 2019 01:02:25 +0000 https://king-inspections.com/?p=1101 When does a bird become a pest? While some might enjoy feeding birds and listening to them chirp, there is a major downside to having a lot of birds in your yard. Bird droppings contain uric acid, so if a large amount of droppings were to be sitting on your sidewalks, driveway or other places, […]

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When does a bird become a pest? While some might enjoy feeding birds and listening to them chirp, there is a major downside to having a lot of birds in your yard. Bird droppings contain uric acid, so if a large amount of droppings were to be sitting on your sidewalks, driveway or other places, it can damage the surface.

Birds also tend to build nests in inconvenient places, which might block airflow through vents, or even be a fire hazard in your chimney.

On top of this, some birds also carry diseases that are harmful to humans.

So, if you want to keep birds away, what can you do? The first step is to remove easily accessible food. They might go after seeds that you sow, so this can be tricky. If you put down grass seed, you might want to cover them with straw as a protection. If you want some more resilient protection, you could cover the grass seed with a burlap sheet.

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Caring for Elderly Family https://king-inspections.com/caring-for-elderly-family/ https://king-inspections.com/caring-for-elderly-family/#respond Tue, 23 Apr 2019 01:21:15 +0000 https://king-inspections.com/?p=1098 Do you have elderly parents that live in your home with you? Or maybe you have parents that live on their own, but need your help with much of the work around the home. This is the reality for many families, and we are happy to give back to those that took care of us […]

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Do you have elderly parents that live in your home with you? Or maybe you have parents that live on their own, but need your help with much of the work around the home. This is the reality for many families, and we are happy to give back to those that took care of us growing up. Sometimes, though, declining health, agility, eyesight and hearing can mean that additional steps need to be taken to keep older ones safe in their home.

Two very common dangers to elderly ones are slips and falls. They might not have as keen a sense of balance as they used to, and their poor eyesight could make it difficult to spot trip hazards. To limit this danger, you should make sure that any carpet in your home is firmly attached so it doesn’t cause them to trip. You should also avoid running extension cords over areas where an older one will walk.

The tub can be very dangerous, as well, since it can get slippery when used. Installing an anti-slip surface in the tub is important, as well as, sturdy handholds along the walls.

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Protect Yourself https://king-inspections.com/protect-yourself/ Sun, 31 Mar 2019 12:01:13 +0000 https://king-inspections.com/?p=1095 PPE stands for Personal Protective Equipment. What it means is that PPE is made for protecting you from harm when doing various jobs. Some power equipment and some chemicals will provide you with information on what PPE is appropriate for the job, but you should be able to figure out what would be wise to […]

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PPE stands for Personal Protective Equipment. What it means is that PPE is made for protecting you from harm when doing various jobs. Some power equipment and some chemicals will provide you with information on what PPE is appropriate for the job, but you should be able to figure out what would be wise to wear in certain situations. If there will be a lot of noise, hearing protection is needed. If you’re dealing with chemicals or sprays, a mask and goggles would be safe. If you will be working with sharp objects, gloves are great to have on hand.

Unfortunately, even those that use PPE can get hurt, and it is usually because of taking off the PPE for some reason. Maybe you feel like you need to get a better grip, or maybe those goggles make it difficult to see clearly. While this might be the case, it is not worth getting injured over. Instead, take your time and do the work the right, safe way.

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Can a Remodel Improve Your Sale? https://king-inspections.com/can-a-remodel-improve-your-sale/ Tue, 26 Mar 2019 01:21:29 +0000 https://king-inspections.com/?p=1092 Selling an older home can be complicated at best, and usually you will not be able to sell it for as much as you would like. If you are in this situation, you might be considering a remodel of your home to increase its value, but is this really the best way to go? The […]

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Selling an older home can be complicated at best, and usually you will not be able to sell it for as much as you would like. If you are in this situation, you might be considering a remodel of your home to increase its value, but is this really the best way to go?

The plethora of home remodeling shows that are on TV can really make you think that it is the easiest and most exciting thing you could do, but reality and television differ greatly. In fact, as a general rule, you will lose 20%-50% of your investment into a remodel when you look at the difference in sale price.You are much better off leaving the remodeling to a buyer instead. What you can do instead is repairs. Making sure that your home is in the best shape will have a much better return on your investment. If you feel like your home needs freshening up, painting it is a cheap way to make it look better without being too demanding.

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How to Keep Energy Costs Down https://king-inspections.com/how-to-keep-energy-costs-down/ Thu, 28 Feb 2019 01:35:12 +0000 https://king-inspections.com/?p=1089 Energy usage is a concern for every homeowner, especially with rising energy costs. There are many factors influencing the amount of energy you use, such as, the size of your home, the insulation, and how you heat or cool it, just to mention a few. To lower your bills, you need to take a look […]

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Energy usage is a concern for every homeowner, especially with rising energy costs. There are many factors influencing the amount of energy you use, such as, the size of your home, the insulation, and how you heat or cool it, just to mention a few. To lower your bills, you need to take a look at all these different factors and remedy any problems you find.

Your heating and cooling will usually be the biggest expenses. To make sure you’re not wasting energy on heating or cooling your home when you are away, you might want to invest in a smart thermostat. Depending on the model, these can be programmed and remotely controlled and, in some cases, even figure out whether or not you are at home. Replacing filters regularly will also benefit you since your equipment will run more efficiently.

If you have many lamps still using old fashioned bulbs, replacing them with LED or CFL bulbs will also help in lowering your energy bills.

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Is Your Home Owner Association Your Friend? https://king-inspections.com/is-your-home-owner-association-your-friend/ Thu, 21 Feb 2019 03:17:01 +0000 https://king-inspections.com/?p=1086 Depending on where you are looking for a new home, it is possible that you will find a neighborhood where there is an HOA (Homeowners Association). While some might not think too much about this before they go to purchase a home, many HOA’s have a lot of power over many aspects of your home. […]

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Depending on where you are looking for a new home, it is possible that you will find a neighborhood where there is an HOA (Homeowners Association). While some might not think too much about this before they go to purchase a home, many HOA’s have a lot of power over many aspects of your home. You should always take a look at the bylaws of your HOA before you decide whether or not you can live up to them. While HOA bylaws for the most part are meant to keep a neighborhood looking nice and to be safe, there are rules that will limit what you can do with your own home and yard. In some states, HOA’s also have the power to do “non-judicial foreclosures” if a member isn’t paying their fees. If you find that a neighborhood has had a lot of foreclosures, you might want to look into how the HOA wields its power.

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Do You Get Your Water From A Well? https://king-inspections.com/do-you-get-your-water-from-a-well/ Thu, 31 Jan 2019 02:02:25 +0000 https://king-inspections.com/?p=1082 Getting your water from a private well has many benefits. Usually you won’t have the amount of chemicals in your drinking water from a well as you do from a municipal source. You also have full control over your water source, so there is no need to worry about terrorist threats or disasters cutting off […]

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Getting your water from a private well has many benefits. Usually you won’t have the amount of chemicals in your drinking water from a well as you do from a municipal source. You also have full control over your water source, so there is no need to worry about terrorist threats or disasters cutting off your water. However, with the average American using around 90 gallons of water every day, you need to be sure that you have a sufficient supply. During long periods with no rain, it is a possibility that your well could run dry. The location of your well is also important. You don’t want it near your septic system or leach field, since this can contaminate your well water. If you haven’t done so, it is important to have your well water tested to make sure there are not harmful substances in the water. You can send a sample in to a lab to have a thorough test done.

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Gone With the Wind https://king-inspections.com/gone-with-the-wind/ Sun, 27 Jan 2019 13:47:00 +0000 https://king-inspections.com/?p=1079 Do you live in an area where heavy winds are a concern? It could be that you have a lot of open areas around your home, and when the wind picks up to high wind speed, this causes damage to your property. If this is the case, you might want to consider investing the time […]

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Do you live in an area where heavy winds are a concern? It could be that you have a lot of open areas around your home, and when the wind picks up to high wind speed, this causes damage to your property.

If this is the case, you might want to consider investing the time into growing a windbreak.

The thought behind a windbreak is very simple. A row of trees is planted in such a way that the heavy winds are diverted over your house so as to provide protection for your home and property. For this to work properly, the trees need to be fairly dense and tall and located at a distance of about 4 times the height of your house.

Usually, a first line of fast growing trees will be planted to attain quick cover, but for longevity, a second row of slower growing trees will be planted. This way you can quickly enjoy the benefits of a windbreak without having to worry about the trees dying soon after they have started being effective.

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Are Termites Eating You Out of Your Home? https://king-inspections.com/are-termites-eating-you-out-of-your-home/ Fri, 28 Dec 2018 19:46:41 +0000 https://king-inspections.com/?p=1076 Termites. You might have seen the damage they can do to wood, and you surely would hate to have them do the same to your home, but how do you keep them away? There are a few things to take into consideration to prevent your home from being inviting to termites. First, termites will be […]

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Termites. You might have seen the damage they can do to wood, and you surely would hate to have them do the same to your home, but how do you keep them away? There are a few things to take into consideration to prevent your home from being inviting to termites. First, termites will be looking for 3 things where they might make a home. Food, moisture and shelter. While it might be difficult to prevent them from finding one of those, you should be able to prevent them from having access to all 3 in your home. If there is wood right up against your house, whether it is old barrels, pallets or firewood, this can make entry into your home very easy. The same goes for wooden siding that ends close to the ground.

Sometimes you won’t notice a termite infestation until it is too late, but keeping an eye out for sawdust in odd places or swarming queens, might give you a clue that something is up.

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How To Get Rid of Pet Allergens https://king-inspections.com/how-to-get-rid-of-pet-allergens/ Wed, 26 Dec 2018 17:49:28 +0000 https://king-inspections.com/?p=1074 If you are an allergy sufferer, you might be careful to minimize your exposure to pets. You might have friends who you don’t visit because of this. Imagine, though, that you buy a new home, and then realize that the previous owner had pets. Unfortunately, there are many places in a home where the dander […]

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If you are an allergy sufferer, you might be careful to minimize your exposure to pets. You might have friends who you don’t visit because of this. Imagine, though, that you buy a new home, and then realize that the previous owner had pets. Unfortunately, there are many places in a home where the dander from pets might be trapped, causing you to be affected for a long time.

The only solution to the problem is to have the house cleaned thoroughly, and in the proper way. If there is carpet in the house, it needs to be vacuumed with a vacuum that is equipped with a HEPA filter. These filters prevent the dander from becoming airborne and spreading to other areas of your home.

If you have a forced air HVAC system, there could also be dander trapped inside of the ductwork, as well as, in filters. Replacing the filters might help, but it could be necessary to have a professional duct cleaning to make sure that it is as clean as possible.

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