Stanwood WA Home Inspections https://reliancehomeinspection.net Home Inspectors in Stanwood WA Thu, 18 Apr 2019 10:26:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2 Help To Improve Your Credit Report https://reliancehomeinspection.net/help-to-improve-your-credit-report/ https://reliancehomeinspection.net/help-to-improve-your-credit-report/#respond Fri, 03 May 2019 11:46:17 +0000 https://reliancehomeinspection.net/?p=2127 A credit report is something that is required when applying for a loan to buy a house.  The decision the lender makes with regard to your loan can largely depend on what your credit report reveals.  For example, it will let the lender know if you pay your bills on time or if you have […]

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A credit report is something that is required when applying for a loan to buy a house.  The decision the lender makes with regard to your loan can largely depend on what your credit report reveals.  For example, it will let the lender know if you pay your bills on time or if you have a lot of debt.  Naturally you will want to have a good credit report, so what are some ways you can improve it?

One way is to never miss a credit card payment.  If it is hard for you to remember, set up an automatic payment plan to at least pay the minimum amount due.  This will ensure you don’t have a late payment and the fees that go with it. 

If you have credit cards you no longer use, contact the company to cancel the card.  Having numerous accounts open might make a lender think you are giving yourself too much available credit and that you will put yourself in economic danger.  Keep in mind, however, that its not a good idea to cancel your oldest credit card because this will show a longer credit history.

It’s a good idea to obtain a copy of your credit report before you decide to apply for your loan.  You are legally entitled to one free copy of your credit report every year (or 12-month period).  Finding out your credit report ahead of time will enable you to be prepared ahead.  On occasion, a credit report might contain an error that would affect your loan application.  Finding this yourself would enable you to have the error fixed before you go through the application process. 

This is just a few of the ways you can improve your credit report and help you to be better prepared to buy your own home.

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Looking For Someone Trustworthy To Work On Your Home https://reliancehomeinspection.net/looking-for-someone-trustworthy-to-work-on-your-home/ https://reliancehomeinspection.net/looking-for-someone-trustworthy-to-work-on-your-home/#respond Mon, 29 Apr 2019 16:30:55 +0000 https://reliancehomeinspection.net/?p=2124 If you have recently relocated to a new area and are looking for someone to do work on your home, how can you find a contractor who is honest and will do a good job for you?  This can sometimes be a challenge if you don’t know anyone who can give you recommendations.  But, there […]

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If you have recently relocated to a new area and are looking for someone to do work on your home, how can you find a contractor who is honest and will do a good job for you?  This can sometimes be a challenge if you don’t know anyone who can give you recommendations.  But, there are some ways to tell if a trades person is less than honest.  Here are a few of the warning signs:

If you are contacting a company by phone or email, try to have them give you a quote for the work before disclosing your address as some companies will quote a higher price to people living in more affluent areas.

Be wary of companies who require a large deposit or even the whole amount up front for the job, while it is normal to ask for a small deposit, any more than that is not advised.  Its also a good idea to get a fixed price for a job and put it down in writing.  Some companies like to add “unforeseen extras” to their prices at the end of the job. 

Find out as much as you can about the company or trades person you are thinking of hiring.  Don’t be afraid to ask them questions such as previous jobs they’ve done, insurance details and their address etc.  An honest trades person with nothing to hide will not have any problems providing the information you desire.  Be careful of anyone who is too pushy or wants an immediate decision on the being hired for the job. 

Yes, it is possible to find someone trustworthy to work on your home.  These few warning signs will help you in making a good decision.

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Can You Assist Your Home Inspector? https://reliancehomeinspection.net/can-you-assist-your-home-inspector/ Thu, 18 Apr 2019 10:26:31 +0000 https://reliancehomeinspection.net/?p=2121 If you are selling your home and are about to have a home inspection performed on it, are there any ways you could assist your home inspector? What do we mean by this? Well, while a good home inspector wants to be as thorough as possible when inspecting a home, sometimes there are things that […]

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If you are selling your home and are about to have a home inspection performed on it, are there any ways you could assist your home inspector? What do we mean by this? Well, while a good home inspector wants to be as thorough as possible when inspecting a home, sometimes there are things that can stop this from happening.  Here is a list of just some of the ways the homeowner can assist the inspector so that they can perform a thorough job:

Beloved household pets are often protective of their territory which can sometimes present a problem for home inspectors.  On the day of the inspection, it would be a good idea to keep pets in a secure place or even away from the property.

A home inspector needs clear access to many areas of the house, this includes attic spaces and basements.  If a home owner can, ahead of time, have these areas free of possible obstructions, it will greatly assist the inspector.  It is also important to have doors and gates unlocked.

Check that smoke alarms and Co2 detectors are in good working order and make sure light bulbs have been replaced etc.  If these are not working on the day of inspection, it could alter the inspectors report.

If you are working to give the home more curb appeal, you will probably have a list of repairs to do on the home.  It will help the inspector if you can have these jobs done before inspection day.  Think too about having trees and shrubs trimmed back if they are too near to the home. 

Remember, the home inspection is there to help you so, the easier it is for the inspection to be performed thoroughly, the better it will be for you.  Keeping this in mind will help you in assisting your home inspector.

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What is on Your Spring Maintenance List? https://reliancehomeinspection.net/what-is-on-your-spring-maintenance-list/ Thu, 21 Mar 2019 12:36:03 +0000 https://reliancehomeinspection.net/?p=977 The post What is on Your Spring Maintenance List? appeared first on Stanwood WA Home Inspections.

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Now that Spring is here, it is time to “get doing” as they say. But what should be some of the things on your Spring maintenance list?

Some of the primary things are the most simple painting, washing, and trimming. Doing those little things now saves you big problems later on.

 

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After Your Home Inspection – What’s Next https://reliancehomeinspection.net/after-your-home-inspection-whats-next/ Fri, 15 Mar 2019 13:14:20 +0000 https://reliancehomeinspection.net/?p=1003 The post After Your Home Inspection – What’s Next appeared first on Stanwood WA Home Inspections.

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So you had your home inspection, worked through all the hurdles of negotiations, and you have finally moved in. Congratulations! It was likely a long journey to get to where you are today. But that begs the question: What next?

If you are a first time home buyer, it can seem like a big job to handle your new home. On the home inspection, there were likely many maintenance items and issues that were pointed out. So where do you start? What are the first few steps?

The video below will help you see what steps you can take to start yourself off in the right direction.

 

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Should Your Hire a General Contractor, or a Specialist? https://reliancehomeinspection.net/should-your-hire-a-general-contractor-or-a-specialist/ Fri, 22 Feb 2019 13:12:32 +0000 https://reliancehomeinspection.net/?p=999 The post Should Your Hire a General Contractor, or a Specialist? appeared first on Stanwood WA Home Inspections.

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Should you hire a general contractor or a specialist? That is a great question to ask. Most of us like the idea of having one contractor that can do it all. We like to have one phone number for all our home needs. But is that always a great idea?

When it comes to a home, there is a lot that goes on behind the scenes. While a general contractor has his place in things, there is an advantage to having a specialist come in at times.

Plumbing is a good example of this. Whenever a plumber comes into a home, he has only one focus – your plumbing. So when he comes to fix your plumbing, you know that you are getting someone who has likely fixed that issue before, and you can be relatively confident that his repair will hold.

With a general contractor, on the other hand, he may not have even seen your particular plumbing issue before. Will his repair hold? Will you have an unpleasant surprise after he leaves?

Plumbing, electrical, roofing, and other trades have specialists for a reason. There are many jobs that a general contractor can handle, but sometimes it is better to hire a specialist.

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Negotiations Just Got Easier https://reliancehomeinspection.net/negotiations-just-got-easier/ Thu, 14 Feb 2019 19:11:32 +0000 https://reliancehomeinspection.net/?p=2026 The post Negotiations Just Got Easier appeared first on Stanwood WA Home Inspections.

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Make negotiations easier with our new Repair Request Builder! No more fumbling through papers or receipts – now negotiations are a breeze!

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Green Lumber https://reliancehomeinspection.net/green-lumber/ Sat, 05 Jan 2019 13:01:56 +0000 https://reliancehomeinspection.net/?p=995 The post Green Lumber appeared first on Stanwood WA Home Inspections.

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Green lumber, which is a term also referred to as wet lumber, is wood that has a higher moisture content, and is used in construction.

When a tree has been freshly cut, it tends to hold a lot of water in its cells. A term used for the water that has collected in these cells is ‘free water’. After the tree has been cut, this ‘free water’ will slowly evaporate. It will stop this process when it has reached the same level of moisture as the environment it is in. This is a process which is referred to as EMC (equilibrium moisture content).

If we want to use dry lumber in construction, we would naturally expect it to have had time to reach EMC before being used. This is not the case when it comes to green lumber. As the name suggests, it has not usually had the required amount of time to reach EMC before use. Generally, after processing, green lumber has been wrapped in plastic and stored, which hampers the process of evaporation. The result of this is that the wood is used while still retaining a lot of moisture.

There are some areas of the country where green lumber will often be used. These are drier and hotter areas like Arizona and areas of California, where that wood will dry out much quicker.

Perhaps you’re thinking “why use this type of lumber in construction then?” A very simple reason for this is that it is normally cheaper to use. It is also a softer wood which makes things like hammering nails a lot easier, and less prone to splitting

Maybe after this brief description, you are wondering what kinds of problems could possibly arise from the use of green lumber. Please feel free to contact us with any questions.

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Adjusting a home to the growing needs of aging parents https://reliancehomeinspection.net/adjusting-a-home-to-the-growing-needs-of-aging-parents/ Thu, 13 Dec 2018 13:00:01 +0000 https://reliancehomeinspection.net/?p=991 The post Adjusting a home to the growing needs of aging parents appeared first on Stanwood WA Home Inspections.

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As our aging loved ones get older they need extra care but do not necessarily want the upheaval of moving from their residence.  This is described as ‘aging in place’. This term refers to the desire of aging ones and their families to adjust their current residence to cater to their growing needs. While there are many ways to help them with these needs, making appliances more convenient to use may be a good place to start.

Here are some tips:

  • Location of microwave oven should be in an easy to reach location.  On the countertop or above the oven may be a convenient location.

  • Place the refrigerator and freezer side by side and not on top of each other.  This will eliminate unnecessary reaching or crouching.

  • Side swing ovens are much easier than an oven door that opens towards the floor. Alternatively, an oven mounted on the wall may also make it easier to reach.

  • Stoves that are electric and have level burners will help the user to transfer items without difficulty. Also, controls that are easy to read and located on the front can draw the heat away from the user.

  • Front loading Washers and dryers make it much easier than top loading ones.

These are just some ideas to help our aging loved ones ‘age in place’ and make it easier while they use their appliances.

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Power Strip Safety https://reliancehomeinspection.net/power-strip-safety/ Wed, 21 Nov 2018 12:46:39 +0000 https://reliancehomeinspection.net/?p=987 The post Power Strip Safety appeared first on Stanwood WA Home Inspections.

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So many things in our home nowadays are electric, from kitchen appliances to iPads and phones, everything requires an electrical outlet. In many older homes, there are simply not enough outlets, so a power strip seems the obvious choice to keep up with the demand, but how can we make sure that we are using them safely?

Consider the following:

  • Never interconnect power strips, even if the power strip has a surge protector. These can become overloaded and cause a fire hazard. It is also a violation of OSHA and NEC regulations.
  • You may think that old power strip you’ve had for years with its exposed wires and scorch marks is still in workable condition, but it is not safe and should not be used.
  • Stop use immediately if a power strip becomes hot to the touch
  • When plugging in your device, make sure that none of the metal prong parts are exposed as this presents a danger also
  • Power strips are not intended to be a permanent solution, but only for use temporarily.

As you can see, power strips can be very useful, but only if used correctly.

Please give us a call with any questions you may have about electrical outlet safety in your home

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