Categories Energy Savings, Home Inspection, Home Maintenance

Draft-proof Your Home Before Cold Weather Hits

Cooler weather has arrived! So you can start pulling out your winter clothes and turning the heat up in your home! Unfortunately, with cooler weather you may experience drafts within your home.


Drafts or air leaks can enter any home through doors, windows, fireplaces, and even electrical outlets, which drive up your heating bills and make your home colder. To avoid this in the upcoming months, take our steps to draft-proof your home!



Checking for Drafts in Your Home


Not sure if your home has a draft or where it’s coming from? Check these common areas to stop air leaks!


Take a look near unwanted gaps in the construction of your home, and where openings are left uncovered in places like:


  • Around windows
  • Around doors (and keyholes)
  • Between floorboards
  • Near pipework leading to the outside
  • Rooms that produce a lot of moisture (bathrooms, kitchens, and utility rooms)



Save Energy and Money With These Cooler Weather Tips

Once you’ve identified drafts, take these steps to block them.


  1. Keep windows locked, install self-adhesive foam strips, and brush strips for sliding windows.



  1. Purchase a purpose-made cover for your keyhole, replace or install a hinged flap to prevent airflow at the bottom, and install foam, brush, or wiper strips around edges similar to those used for windows.



  1. Seal cracks with fillers that tolerate movement as your floorboards expand and contract often, depending on the weather. Additionally, look to add insulation below flooring to keep rooms warmer.



  1. Hang insulated curtains to keep a room warm (or even next year block out the summer sun). But remember to work effectively, curtains must be closed.



  1. Add a dryer vent seal to reduce unwanted drafts (and keep out pests and rodents) through your dryer duct. This will keep the duct closed except for when your dryer is in use.



  1. If you have a fireplace, install a thick foam to cover the opening when not in use.



  1. Look into landscaping. Shrubs and trees around your home can protect it from winds and add an extra layer of protection against the cold.



  1. Schedule an inspection with a professional, like EIG, to identify air leaks or even perform a scan with thermal imaging.




You can never really be sure if your home is fully protected against winter weather, which is why you should seek a professional opinion. Let the experts at EIG put your mind at ease with a full home inspection!


Our team will make sure your home isn’t susceptible to drafts or other vulnerabilities to save you from the time and cost of expensive repairs. Schedule an inspection here or get in touch with us to learn more about our services and how we can help you!

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Categories Home Inspection, Home Maintenance, moving tips

Four Important Moving Tips for Newlyweds

First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes … the stress of combining households? If you’re about to tie or have recently tied the knot, you’re probably on cloud nine. Yet if you and your new spouse are moving into a new place or combining existing homes, there are few things you’ll need to know before making the big move.


If you’re buying a place together, make sure that you have a home inspection! Doing so can save you a lot of time, money, and stress.


Make Moving Easy With These Suggestions


If you’re in the middle of planning a wedding, then you know just how important organization and anticipation really is. Ensure your new life as a married couple starts off on the right foot with these helpful tips.


1. Have A Solid Moving Plan

It’s never too early to start planning, but once you have your moving date set, you’ll want to have concrete plans.

Here are some ideas of where to start to have a good moving plan in place:

  • Decide on a moving company
  • Create a moving day itinerary
  • Make a detailed home inventory
  • Get a binder for all important documents
  • Get boxes for the move
  • Change your mailing address
  • Call your utilities company and any subscription services.



2. Consolidate Items

If you and your partner live separately, be sure to have a fair and in-depth discussion about which items will make the final cut.

If you guys decide to start fresh, then time the sale of your items to ensure you can make some money, but not live without furniture for a few weeks.



3. Only Take What’s Necessary

This is where making an inventory list will come in handy.

Go through your items and decide what’s practical, what fits in the new space, new color schemes, etc. Allow yourself and your partner a few sentimental items, but try to donate or sell whatever else isn’t necessary in your new home.

This will cut down your moving time/costs and unpacking time.



4. Practice Self-Control

Wedding checks and gift cards will be piling up. But do your best to hold on to them until after your move. This way you’re not hauling extra things and you can use them on items you really need once you’re settled in your new place.



No matter what, moving is going to be a crazy time. However, you can make things easier on yourself by practicing the above tips and especially by planning well ahead of time.


Moving can be stressful at any time in your life, but around a wedding can amplify nerves even more. Check out one of our former posts on staying calm during a move. Also, check out this post about tools every homeowner should have, or this post that covers common questions about home inspectors.


Ready to schedule your new home inspection? Schedule quickly with this easy contact form! We’ll be in touch soon and can help put your new home stress at ease!



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Categories Home Inspection, Home Maintenance

Did You Know the Color of Your Home Could Affect Its Value?

When putting your house on the market, there are many pressing things on your to-do list: getting a home inspection, finding a realtor you trust, and taking care of any repairs, just to name a few. You do all of these things to make sure buyers know your home’s value.


But you probably don’t rank paint colors as one of the more important items.


Well, a recent study from Zillow shows that the colors you use for certain rooms and even your door can have a big impact on your home’s value! Read a good summary of the study by Forbes here and stick with us to learn about some simple paint preps that can earn you more money when selling your home.


A fresh coat of paint is a low-cost way to update your home, with an exterior paint job costing less than $3,000, and interior for under $2,000 on average. However, choosing the wrong shade could actually cost you thousands in a home sale.


Avoid These Color Shades When Selling Your Home



1. Neutrals in the Kitchen

While most homeowners think they’re playing it safe with a neutral like off-white or eggshell, it’s actually been rated poorly among potential buyers.


Instead, go for a pale yellow or wheat yellow in the kitchen to attract more natural light.


The exception to the rule?


Rooms that are large or have great natural light can do well with white walls.



2. Brown Bedrooms

This may seem weirdly specific and that’s because it is. Buyers across a global scale have rated bedrooms with dark brown tones very unfavorably.


Blue is the way to go when looking at bedrooms; light cerulean to cadet blue are great tones to utilize when prepping your home for a sale.



3. Old Doors

If you take only one piece of advice from this article, we recommend this one.


No matter what, make sure your front door’s paint is new. A fresh coat of black paint on your front door will do you wonders. Your door is the first thing buyers will see, so make it impressive.


Black paint in shades like Peppercorn and Tricorn Black make buyers feel safe and give the appearance of a home that is stately and serious.



4. Stucco Exteriors


Brown, taupe, and stucco home exteriors are a dying trend. Instead give your home a pop of modernity by painting it gray, beige, or even a mix of the two with “greige”.


Why is a safe color like taupe turning buyers away? It’s depressing, and reminiscent of an inexpensive flowerpot.




Choosing the right color for your home is a simple but important fix and should come as no surprise. Colors have always affected our moods, and there are various studies that support the notion.


Want to try your hand at discerning between the right and wrong colors for your home? Check out this fun quiz from Zillow!


For all your other home needs, we have your back! If you’re in the process of or about to list your home, make sure you’ve had an inspection! Elite Inspection Group is ready to perform your inspection, and you can schedule one here.



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Categories Foundation Repair, Home Inspection, Home safety

Walk Away From These Home Inspection Results

We say it all the time: your home is the biggest purchase you’ll make in your life. Therefore getting a home inspection will help you protect your investment.

For many, getting blinded by your love for a home is easy. But the reality is once you get that home inspection report back, there will be a few marks and possibly some that are worrying.

A perfect home inspection report does not exist, as there will always be some marks. And while it’s natural to feel a little anxious about it, it’s totally normal. You’ll need to have an idea of your deal breakers and tolerance level before beginning the search for a home. There will always be issues that some people are willing to stick around and tackle while others would rather cut their losses and continue with the search.

However, there are red flags that both realtors and home inspectors agree on as signs to kill the deal and move on. If you come across these issues, you may want to think twice before proceeding.


1. Major Foundation Issues

Cracks and other irregularities in the foundation can be extremely expensive, upwards of $10,000, to repair. Aside from this, you must consider the fees for landscaping repair to correct the problem if an excavation is necessary.

Although some foundation repairs are minor and only require a couple hundred dollars, you can only be sure after contracting a licensed structural engineer to assess the problem.

Many seasoned home professionals agree that first-time buyers should avoid major foundation issues as they may lack the funds and experience to take on this problem.


2. Buried Oil Tanks

While more common in areas with harsher winters, such as the Northeast, this American tradition is one that could be harmful to your home today.

Before electrical heating, many had underground tanks that sent propane to the house throughout winter. Obviously, there is a handful of possible problems that could come from this. But common ones are leaks (that lead to soil contamination), sink holes, and drainage problems. Much like the foundation issue, a tank removal will cost you well into the thousands.


3. Polybutylene Plumbing Pipes

If this comes across your report, we say make a run for it. These plumbing pipes are a product of the 80s and they should have stayed there.

These pipes were initially favored as cheap alternative to copperbut are more likely to leak and could cause issues like mold, structural damage, or the headache that goes with a burst pipe.

Most homeowners haven’t replaced the pipes if they haven’t personally encountered an issue. Save yourself the trouble from having to deal with this potentially disastrous problem.


Should You Stay or Should You Go?

In the end, the choice to stop the buying process or decision to tackle the issues is your decision alone. Your financial standing, how much you’re comfortable with shelling out, and the amount of time you have will be the biggest factors.

You don’t have to make these tough decisions alone. An expert home inspector can be a huge help! Let a home inspection add an extra layer of security to the biggest investment you’ll ever make.

Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today!


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Categories Home Inspection, Home safety

For Sellers: You’ve Had a Home Inspection, Now What?

You’ve heard time and time again WHY getting a home inspection is important and helpful. But do you know what to do once it’s over?


Whether you’re buying or selling a home, making sense of an inspection report can be challenging.


The big questions come in for the sellers: Do you need to fix everything? Do you HAVE to? Where do I begin?


These are all common questions that homeowners have after receiving their inspection report. And while there is no definite answer, we’ll try to shed some light today.


Before getting started, we want to address the importance of required repairs. First of all, typically sellers must repair any health or safety-related issues. While every state has its own laws and requirements regarding safety issues, these are the common areas that must be addressed.



Health and Safety-Related Repairs That Sellers Must Do After The Inspection


  • Significant water damage
  • Missing smoke detectors
  • Mold issues
  • Structural damage
  • Building code violations


Both parties have rights in this situation. The buyer has the right to ask the seller to fix the issues uncovered in the inspection. Or they can then negotiate a lower price.


Whereas if you, as the seller, do not agree with the report, you have the right to hire your own licensed inspector to perform an inspection as well.


When it comes to cosmetic repairs, i.e. broken door handles or the normal wear and tear, you generally aren’t required to fix them. However, be sure that you are fully aware of your required repairs in the contract before signing.



Sellers Must Decide to Continue Or Not


As a seller, once you receive the inspection report and the list of the buyer’s requested items to be fixed, you have two choices:


  • Fix the items
  • Discontinue the sale of the home


You must decide which is best for you and your situation.


But remember that if you discontinue the sale and new buyers come along, you are legally bound to share the previous inspection report with the new buyers. The cycle will likely not end and you will continue to incur more costs.



Negotiation Is Possible


You also have the opportunity to negotiate.


It’s possible that some of the requested repairs could become shared expenses.


There are some reasonable requests for shared expenses, like a water heater. If you didn’t promise a home with a brand-new water heater and the buyer didn’t expect to go 15 years without replacing it, it’s possible to discuss splitting the costs.


Keep in mind that an average repair could be between $500 and $5,000.


If this or major repairs (like a roof replacement) are not possible with your budget, don’t sweat it.


In this case you should simply note the age and condition in the property disclosure and reflect the repair need in the asking price or offer a repair credit at closing. By being upfront and asking a fair price, buyers won’t accuse you of being suspicious.



When you’re selling your home, the first impression is your only impression.


So get ahead of any issues and save yourself from being blindsided by getting a seller’s inspection. If you have any questions about the inspection process (before, during, and after) we’d be happy to speak with you!


Schedule an appointment here or get in touch with one of our home inspection experts today!


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