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Jeff Polakiewicz, a Knoxville home inspector, specializes in home inspections located in the Knoxville and surrounding areas. With over 30+ years of experience in the housing industry, we bring a wealth of inspection knowledge and provide a full comprehensive inspection with no ‘brick’ left unturned! www.homeinspectorknoxville.net

Blogs posted at http://homeinspectorknoxville.blogspot.com.

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Speed Up Your Home Sale!

The process of selling a home can be daunting and tedious, but a home inspector can reduce some of this stress by completing a prelisting home inspection. This type of inspection is for the seller and occurs before the home is even listed to prevent any “surprise” problems from surfacing at the last minute. No seller wants to find out about a costly, last minute, time-consuming repair that could delay the closing of a home. Therefore, by having a prelisting home inspection, the seller can fix any problems ahead of time and be confident that the home is safe and ready for sale.

In order to make your prelisting home inspection run smoother, prepare your home ahead of time by completing these 10 steps:

Move any heavy boxes, equipment, or stored items away from your HVAC unit, electrical service panels, and water heater.

  1. Replace any dirty HVAC filters and make sure they are the correct size.
  2. Clear entryways to attics and crawlspaces.
  3. Make sure water, electric, and gas services are turned on.
  4. Replace any dead batteries in fire alarms and carbon dioxide detectors.
  5. Trim tree limbs so they are at least 10 feet away from your roof, and trim bushes that could be hiding moisture problems or pests.
  6. Unlock any areas an inspector needs access to such as gates, basements, attics, crawlspaces, and electrical service panels.
  7. Replace any burned-out light bulbs.
  8. Repair any broken or missing items such as gutters, windows, doorknobs, screens, and locks.
  9. Check to ensure your gutters are free of debris and are emptying the water at least 6’ from the foundation wall.

Getting a prelisting home inspection is truly an investment that will save time, stress, and money. Call Pinnacle Property Inspections to get your home Move-In Certified and sold in no time!

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Prepping Your Home for the Holidays – 

Today is Thanksgiving- a time for eating, relaxing, and giving thanks. The end of Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the holiday season, complete with Black Friday shopping and home holiday decorating. After you finish your shopping and before you start stringing the lights and trimming the tree, make sure you’re prepping for the holidays safely by following these tips:

Outdoor Checklist

  • Before hanging lights outside, confirm that the lights are certified for outside use.
  • Inspect strings of lights to ensure there are no frayed wires, loose connections, or broken sockets. If you see an issue, either fix it or replacALCOA HOME INSPECTORe it before use.
  • When mounting outdoor lights, make sure you don’t damage the cord’s wire insulation. String lights through hooks, not nails or tacks. Click here for a quick tutorial on how to best display outdoor lights.
  • Use your ladder properly. When stabilizing a ladder against your house, make sure for every four feet in height, your ladder is one foot away from the house.
  • Plug outdoor decorations into circuits with ground-fault circuit interrupters to prevent potential shocks when switching décor on and off.
  • Minimize the use of extension cords, if possible.
  • Properly secure outdoor blow-up decorations with stakes.
  • Turn off all lights when you go to bed and leave the house for extended time periods.

Indoor Checklist

  • Before purchasing an artificial tree, verify that it is labeled “fire-resistant.”
  • Keep trees away from heat sources like fireplaces, portable heaters, candles, and radiators. Also make sure trees are not blocking doorways in case of an emergency.
  • When lighting your tree, inspect the string lights for potential issues.
  • Do not overload circuits, extension cords, or power strips.
  • Make sure the base of your tree, whether artificial or live, is steady and supported so it doesn’t tip over.
  • Do not leave cooking unattended when entertaining your guests.
  • Do not burn wrapping paper in your fireplace, for it could result in a flash fire.
  • Use your home security system if you have one, especially if you leave town.

By following these simple tips, you can ensure a safe and happy holiday season with your family and friends.

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Don’t Dodge Deck Inspections!

Decks provide the perfect place for outdoor parties, family dinners, and relaxation. This type of outdoor living space appeals to many homebuyers. Unfortunately, decks can also be extremely dangerous if they are not installed or maintained properly.  In order to prevent deck collapse or deck-related injuries, it’s important to get a home inspection and have a qualified home inspector determine if your deck is safe.

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Inspecting the stability and proper installation of a deck is so much more than just walking across it to see if it’s secure. A quick glance won’t do the trick. In fact, a proper deck inspection actually starts on the ground. Here are some of the items a qualified home inspector will check to verify the safety of your deck:

 

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  • installation of appropriate braces, joists, and beams to support the weight of people, furniture, and heavy snow loads
  • proper height and infill spacing between handrails and guardrails to prevent children and others from falling off
  • correct 1/8” spacing of boards on the deck floor to inhibit pooling water
  • presence of electrical receptacles with weatherproof covers to prevent electric shock
  • graspable deck handrails to ensure the safety of those traveling up and down the steps
  • proper attachment to the main structure and flashing to protect the exterior wall
  • adequately constructed stairs with properly attached stringers
  • presence of nails or screws poking through to prevent injury
  • tightness of various fasteners such as screws, bolts, and nails to evaluate stability
  • properly installed metal brackets such as joist hangers where needed
  • presence of wood decay and fastener corrosion
  • location of gutter downspouts and yard sprinklers to prevent water from decaying the base of deck posts

Before you buy a home and start planning your housewarming deck party, consider choosing a home inspector who knows all the ins and outs of deck installation and can guarantee the safety of you and your family. Choose Pinnacle Property Inspections today.

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The Most Important Home Safeguard: Smoke Alarms –

One of the biggest, scariest risks of home ownership is the possibility of a house fire. According to the National Fire Protection Association, a house fire was reported every 85 seconds in 2014. Cooking, smoking, heating equipment (like space heaters), faulty electrical wiring, holiday lights, and candles are some of the leading causes of house fires. Numerous factors can start house fires, but ONE product can buy you and your family members enough time to get out safely: smoke alarms. In data collected between 2009-2013, NFPA found that 59% of home fire deaths were linked to the absence of properly functioning smoke alarms.

Type Matters

There are two types of smoke detectors: battery operated and hard-wired. Battery operated smoke alarms function only on battery. Many older homes are limited to this type. On the other hand, hard-wired smoke alarms are wired directly into the home’s electrical system. These are more common in newer homes since more power sources are available. The ideal smoke detector system is comprised of interconnected hard-wired alarms with a battery backup in case of a power outage. Interconnected systems cause all smoke alarms to sound when one goes off.

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Placement Matters

Smoke alarms should be installed in a multitude of places throughout the home including in each bedroom, in the basement, in the garage, in main living areas, in every hallway, and on each story of the house. Smoke alarms should NOT be placed near HVAC units, near kitchen appliances, near windows, or in unfinished attics.

Maintenance Matters

Generally speaking, smoke detectors should be replaced every 10 years. In the meantime, homeowners must monitor the performance of their smoke alarms on a regular basis. According to NFPA, reasons smoke alarms fail to operate include dead, missing, or disconnected batteries, hard-wired power failure, lack of cleaning, and improper installation and placement. At the very least, homeowners should change the smoke alarm batteries twice a year.

Not only can an experienced home inspector ensure your smoke alarms have proper placement and installation, but an inspector can also provide you with a thorough explanation of how your smoke alarms work and need to be maintained. Make sure your family is protected by calling Pinnacle Property Inspections today.

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Inspecting the Creepiest Part of Your Home: The Crawlspace –MARYVILLE HOME INSPECTOR CRAWLSPACE 1

In the spirit of Halloween, let’s talk about the crawlspace… that dark, dirty, damp space beneath your home that most people don’t dare enter. The crawlspace of a home is like the basement in a scary movie; you never know what could be lurking in that confined, cramped space, and you do not want to be the one to check. Because the crawlspace is a highly unmonitored area of your home, a multitude of icky issues could brew under the surface, issues that must be inspected by a qualified and experienced home inspector before considering purchasing a home.

Some problems that could cause a fright in your crawlspace include the following:

Pests: The dark, dirt-floor environment of many crawlspaces serves as a dream home to many unwelcome guests including but not limited to snakes, ants, termites, spiders, bees, scorpions, and rodents. No one wants to purchase a home where these critters lurk beneath your feet. What’s even more important is reducing the risk of them damaging the structure of your home. Termites and carpenter ants are pros at eating away at moist, decayed wood, commonly found in a crawlspace.

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Mold and Fungus: Crawlspaces are a mecca for mold and fungi. These spores flourish in damp, dark, poorly ventilated spaces. Not only can airborne mold spores enter your home through the crawlspace, ultimately causing potential health problems for you and your family, but they can also cause wood decay. If left unnoticed for a long period of time, wood decay can make the structure of your home unstable.
Asbestos: More commonly found in older homes, asbestos insulation can be very dangerous for inhabitants. Prolonged exposure to this insulation can cause a dangerous type of cancer called mesothelioma that affects the lining of the lungs and abdomen. No buyer wants to move into a home that will put his or her family at such serious risk.


Improper Wiring: Over time, electrical wiring can become loose and fall in the crawlspace, potentially leading to electrical fires. This should never be a risk when moving into a new home.

Standing Water or Sewage: After heavy rains or flooding, water can seep into dirt-floor or improperly covered crawlspaces. Stagnant water can cause a plethora of issues such as mold and mildew, damage to stored possessions, strong odors, and risk of electrical shock/fires.

These are just a few of the many foul issues that could be hiding in your crawlspace. Don’t be “tricked” this Halloween. Get a “treat” by booking an appointment with Pinnacle Property Inspections today.

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CHANGE YOUR AIR FILTERS –

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One of the easiest ways to guarantee the efficiency and safety of your home is to regularly change the air filters in your HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) system. Unfortunately, this is also one of the easiest home maintenance tasks to forget since most HVAC units are behind closed doors.

Why?

The importance of changing the air filters in your HVAC unit is twofold. The first reason is to maintain the functionality and effectiveness of your heating and cooling unit. The purpose of an air filter is to prohibit dust, pet dander, spores (like mold or pollen), and other air pollutants from entering and potentially damaging the unit.  However, one air filter won’t do the job. If the air filter is soiled, airflow through the unit decreases. When the unit has to work harder to circulate the air, it will cost more money to heat or cool your home. No one wants a higher electric bill.

The second reason to change the furnace air filter is to keep your family members safe. A clean air filter prevents potentially harmful particles from being redistributed into the air you and your family members breathe in. These air pollutants can damage your lungs, incite asthmatic or allergic reactions, and make the overall atmosphere of your home unpleasant.

How?

Changing the air filter on your furnace is a quick, simple task. Before going to the store to purchase a new filter, be sure to look on your unit to see what size you need. Do not remove your old filter until you’ve purchased a new one.

  1. Turn your HVAC unit OFF.
  2. Find the one to two inch slot made for your filter. (There may be a compartment cover to remove in order to reach this slot.)
  3. Remove old filter.
  4. Following manufacturer’s instructions, insert the new filter into your unit, paying close attention to what direction the airflow is directed.
  5. Replace compartment cover, if needed, and turn the unit ON.
  6. Dispose of your old filter.

Air filters should be changed regularly and frequently, usually every one to three months depending on the type of filter you purchase. One of the easiest ways to remember to change your filter is to replace it each time you pay your electric bill. Prevent costly repairs to your furnace, higher electric bills, and hazardous air by taking a look at your air filter today.

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New Construction Homes Need Inspections, Too! 

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A common misconception about home inspections is that they only need to be done on pre-owned, older homes; however, brand new homes also need to be thoroughly inspected. Why? Think about it. Building a home is a huge undertaking. With so many hands working on your home for such a long amount of time, it’s inevitable that some details get missed along the way, even with the most conscientious builders.

As a home inspector with over 30 years of experience, I have seen countless issues on brand new homes that if left unnoticed, could lead to thousands of dollars worth of damage in the future. Some of these problems include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Faulty bathroom and kitchen exhaust fan ventilation
  • Improper chimney installation
  • Lack of a vapor barrier in the crawl space
  • Missing insulation in the nooks and crannies of the attic
  • Incorrect gutter installation
  • Nonexistent dryer vent installation
  • Inadequate deck construction

There are two opportunities to get an inspection on your new construction. The best option is to get an inspection before closing the deal on your home. If you hire an inspector to illuminate areas of concern, the builder will be held accountable for fixing these issues before you close. The second option is an 11-month inspection. In general, a builder’s warranty lasts one year, so after you move in, you have 11 months under the builder’s warranty to get any problems fixed. A home inspector can help you find these problems.

In addition to reducing potential risks, a home inspector can also teach you more about your new home. At Pinnacle Property Inspections, we take the time to answer all of your questions and concerns and make sure you get the most out of your new home.

The bottom line is this: you are making a huge investment in your new home. You chose new construction to make sure you are raising your family in a safe, problem-free environment. Ensure you are getting the most out of your money and investment by getting a home inspection with Pinnacle Property Inspections today.

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Preparing Your Home for Fall

Temperatures are dropping and leaves are falling- two sure signs that fall has officially begun. The average first frost in East Tennessee is on October 13th, and 90% of this region reaches freezing temperatures by the first week of November. With the first frost quickly approaching, make sure the exterior of your home is ready for the transition by checking the following:

Spigots

Disconnect all garden hoses to ensure spigots don’t freeze. A frozen spigot could lead to a burst pipe, a messy, expensive, and avoidable issue.

Recaulking

Air leaks can drive up your heating bill, so make sure to recaulk door and window frames to ensure your money is being put to good use.

Gutters

Clean out your gutters, and keep them clean! Fallen leaves quickly build up, resulting in water overflow. Overflow can damage soffits and erode landscaping. Even worse (and more costly), clogged gutters can lead to roof leaks. When the excess water has nowhere to go, it can seep underneath the shingles.

In addition, be sure your gutters are fitted properly. Improperly sized gutters and clogged gutters are the principal causes of basement and crawlspace water, moisture, and mold related issues. Gutters should discharge water a minimum of 6 feet from the house. The further, the better.

Spray for Insects

Just like us, bugs seek shelter indoors when the temperatures decrease. Prevent insects from traveling inside and settling in by spraying insecticide around the doors, windows, and bottom perimeter of your home’s exterior.

Roofing

The most crucial component of your home to check as winter approaches is your roof. Experts predict a winter like last year’s, which means a lot of ice. Ice challenges roof installation. If your shingles and flashings are not intact, the chances of water seeping in are high. As a home inspector with more than 30 years of experience, I have seen the extent of damage ice can cause to a roof. Roof leaks not only destroy the plywood beneath the shingles, but they can also destroy interior ceilings, walls, insulation, and other home furnishings. Fixing these types of problems is extremely costly and inconvenient. Prevent water intrusion by ensuring your roof is ready for the harsh winter conditions.

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TORNADO PREPAREDNESS –

Tornadoes occur all over the world, and of course being such a large country and having the right conditions, we get the most in the United States. It is projected that we get about 1,200 a year. The southeast part of the country gets hit the hardest in a stretch of land that is called “Tornado Alley”; the name popularized by media not actual weather teams.

As a home inspector, we know the dangers tornadoes bring with them. Whether you live in Tornado Alley or not, knowing some guidelines and safety tips about tornado preparedness are helpful for everyone.

About Tornadoes

A tornado extends from a thunderstorm and can have winds that twist as fast as 300 miles per hour. The path of destruction they leave behind can be a mile wide and 50 miles long. Although tornadoes may strike with or without warning, there are still steps you can take to be prepared. Whether you have a warning or not, here are a few things you should be aware of.

Before a Tornado

Build an emergency kit: This kit should include a wide range of items that will help you get through at least 72 hours of an emergency situation. Here is what to include:

  • Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation

  • Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food

  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both

  • Flashlight and extra batteries

  • First aid kit

  • Whistle to signal for help

  • Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place

  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation

  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities

  • Manual can opener for food

  • Local maps

  • Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger

Have a family communication plan: In the event of a tornado, your plan should answer questions like:

  • How will I get to a safe place?

  • How will I contact my other family members?

  • How will we get back together?

  • Where do I go?

Also, it will help with what to do in different scenarios that may occur.

Keep your ears open: Make sure you are listening to the NOAA Weather Radio, commercial radio or to television newscasts to stay updated with the latest information about any storm that may be coming.

Keep your eyes open: Look for possible changing weather conditions. If you see any of the following signs, a tornado may be coming:

  • Dark, often greenish sky

  • Large hail

  • A large, dark, low-lying cloud (particularly if rotating)

  • Loud roar, similar to a freight train.

If you see any of these danger signs or any approaching storms, be prepared to take shelter immediately.

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‘Drive-by’ Inspectors: Don’t Go Cheap, Go Quality

At Pinnacle Property Inspections, LLC, we pride ourselves in being a high quality home inspector. We don’t say this to bring in more business or to sway you away from other inspectors. We say it because it is true.
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Firstly, what is the point in an inspection? Is it to get an Inspection Report to prove you got one? Or, is the inspection process in place to make sure homeowners are aware of any and all problems there may be in their home? We’re sure you know the answer.
Knowing the condition of a home is the most important outcome, especially when spending hundreds of thousands of dollars, so why would anyone want to get a cheap inspection?
Here is what you get with a cheap inspection: missed problems.
There are “drive-by” inspectors who claim they can come into a home and, in just a couple of hours, they can go through your home and inspect the important details and be out the door. They also often have three or more inspections in a day.
As an experienced home inspector, we can tell you that this is not in your best interest from any angle.
True, these inspectors are licensed, but they may only be grazing the top level of possible problems in your home instead of digging deeper and looking into everything. They may not have the years and years of experience needed to even know what to look for.
The amount of time spent on an inspection is very important. This is the difference between a “drive-by” inspector and a high quality inspector: time spent.
Why save $100 on a home inspection just to find out months or years later that there has been a huge problem, sitting and waiting for you?
As we talked about before when we shared three questions you should ask when choosing a home inspector, the time spent = quality. Quality is what you and your home need. Look for that. Don’t settle for a drive-by!

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THINKING OF RENOVATING?  INSPECT FIRST!

As a home inspector ourselves, we know the importance of getting an inspection before you purchase a home. But, some homeowners don’t realize that ‘before you buy’ is not the only time a home inspection should be completed. We talked briefly about getting an inspection if you have a new build and how an 11th month inspection is very important, but there are more occasions.

This time? This time we want to make sure you understand why jumping right into renovations is not the best idea.

Oftentimes homeowners have to make exceptions and look at their list of “must-haves” in the home they purchase. It is more than difficult to get everything you want in a house (unless it’s new build, of course) from the beginning. This is why many opt to buy a house with “good bones” and then change and renovate to make it what they want.

Once you decide on what you want to change, talk to your local home inspector. Not sure why? Think of this scenario.

You want an open concept. You feel that taking down the wall between the kitchen and the living room will really let the light in and make the space feel so, well, spacious. A home inspector can come into your home, look at that wall, and tell you if it can or can’t happen. S/he will let you know if it is load bearing, which may make or break your renovation decision.

Other renovations that an inspector can help with include:

  • Upgrading any mechanical systems like the electrical, heating or even the plumbing systems.

  • Adding skylights to the roof.

  • Finishing a basement.

Take the advice of a home inspector who has helped many a client in the past get through renovations. We always take the time to advise homeowners about the realistic possibilities while separating the needs from the wants they may have.

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Carbon Monoxide: The Inside Story

knoxville home inspections co2There are many dangers that homeowners face within the home. From fireplace covers   to door locks, homes require different levels of safety. As a Knoxville home  inspector, we know about the dangers. Of the different aspects of safety that homeowners need to be aware of one of the more dangerous is the “quiet” presence of carbon monoxide (CO).

Why is CO “quiet”? 

Carbon monoxide is colorless, odorless and tasteless. There is no way to know that it is even present causing a problem unless there is a CO alarm set up in the home.

So, what makes CO so dangerous? 

Because CO is a gas, it is in the air that homeowners and their families are breathing. Traveling with oxygen, CO enters the lungs and displaces the oxygen in the blood. This displacement of oxygen causes the body to suffocate.

Are there other symptoms besides suffocation? 

Yes. If there is a high concentration or exposure over a continued period of time, there are multiple symptoms which include:

  • Dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Severe headaches
  • Cardiac problems
  • Brain Damage
  • Death

Even with a smaller concentration of CO, but still over a long period of time, someone can experience:

  • Slight headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath with only moderate exertion
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness and confusion

Okay, so what causes CO to even enter a home?

Most may not know that anything that burns fuel or generate a combustion gas can produce CO in a home. For example:

  • Gas Stoves
  • Fireplaces
  • Automobiles
  • Barbecues
  • Furnaces
  • Ranges
  • Boilers
  • Space heaters
  • Water heaters

Some gas and liquid fuels can produce little or no CO, but other solids that can burn like wood will always produce some level of CO.

And who is at the highest risk?

It’s true that everyone is at risk when it comes to CO, but there are some that are more vulnerable than others such as seniors, pregnant women, young children, infants, people with respiratory or coronary problems, and unborn babies.

This is why Pinnacle Property Inspections has talked in other blogs about the importance of checking your CO alarms. If CO alarms are set and working properly, then homeowners should have no problems with CO.

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Home Maintenance: An Ongoing Necessary BattleKnoxville Home Inspector tools

You recently purchased a home and have finally moved in every last box. After everything is unpacked, and you have settled in, you may think that the work is over. What most homeowners need to understand is the maintenance of the home is an ongoing process that starts from the very beginning of ownership. If anyone problem goes unnoticed or unattended then even more problems may arise.

So, where do you begin? Although there are many ways to keep your home in great condition, as this Knoxville home inspectorcan tell you, here are just some quick and easy tips from Pinnacle Property Inspections:

Roofing

Have your roof checked at least every two years.  A roofing expert can tell you if there are signs of wear or missing shingles.  A good roofer can tell you about problems before they ever cause any damage.   Waiting until you have a leak in the ceiling is not the best time for a roof inspection.

Air filters & vents

Check all of the air filters and vents throughout the home regularly. Ensure the filter isn’t in need of replacing and the vents are not covered or blocked.  Disposable filters should be replaced every 30 days.

Smoke/carbon dioxide detectors

Test your smoke and carbon dioxide detectors. If you push the button and there is no sound, check the batteries first. If the batteries are new, then you may need to replace the detector itself.  Replace your smoke detectors every ten years even if they appear to work.  This will ensure you are current with the latest technology for a safer home.

Furnace or Boiler

Once a year, it is a good idea to get your furnace or boiler serviced. Homeowners don’t want to be caught in the winter with a broken furnace or boiler.

Gutters

Spring and fall are the seasons for gutter checks. Clear any debris that has accumulated and make sure the gutter downspouts discharge the water at least six feet from the homes foundation.

Whether you plan on living in the home or selling it in the future, all homeowners should be in tune with their home and should make sure that they are up keeping their home and completing preventative maintenance.

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To your best home!

Jeff Polakiewicz, a Knoxville home inspector, specializes in home inspections located in the Knoxville and surrounding areas. With over 30+ years of experience in the housing industry, we bring a wealth of inspection knowledge and provide a full comprehensive inspection with no ‘brick’ left unturned! www.homeinspectorknoxville.net

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The 11th-Month Home Inspection: How Important is it?

Buying a home11thMonth-Inspections means buying it in many different kinds of conditions. You can buy a home that was built over a century ago and has had upgrades since. You can also buy a home that is a fixer-upper and needs a little (or a lot) bit of love. Another way to buy a home is to buy a brand-new home that is being built in a new community.

What’s true about most homes is that there is often some kind of problem that will need to be taken care of in the future. Whether a brand-new home or a home that has been around for a century, problems can arise at any time. For this reason, most brand-new builds come with a one-year warranty from their builder. If anything happened such as electrical, plumbing, or HVAC problems, the builder will take care of the issues within that 12-month timeframe.

What can help a homeowner with potential unknown problems is an 11-month home inspection.  An 11-month home inspection gives homeowners the opportunity to bring in a licensed and certified home inspector like Pinnacle Property Inspections, LLC to come into their home and check for any problems that need to be fixed before the 12-month warranty expires.

Homeowners are well aware of the “everyday things” that are wrong and are added to the list for the builder to fix. Problems such as the tub faucet being loose, a crack in the drywall, or a door that will not close all the way. But, a homeowner only sees things as a homeowner. They see the symptoms but have little knowledge as to the root cause. Symptoms can be temporarily corrected; but if the root cause is not properly dealt with, the issues will haunt the home for a lifetime.

Homeowners don’t usually walk up on the roof and check the ridge vent, chimney flashing, or rubber pipe boots. They don’t crawl though their crawl space to the far corner to see if the vapor barrier is intact or if any shifting occurred on the support piers. They also don’t walk through their attics looking for structural issues or ventilation issues.

A homeowner is not a home inspector.  Only a professional home inspector with a bundle of experience can spot and document these things. One thing homeowners also may not realize is that a home inspector becomes a third party to document the issues should legal action become necessary if the builder refuses to correct things.

Knoxville home inspector like Pinnacle Property Inspections, LLC is here to help ensure that you get everything taken care of within your 12-month warranty should there be any problems. So, set a reminder for your 11-months and give us a call when you’re ready.

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3 MUST-ASK QUESTIONS WHEN CHOOSING A HOME INSPECTOR-Knoxville Home Inspector Pinnacle Property Inspections

The search is over! How exciting is it knowing that you found the perfect home for you and your family? You probably looked through dozens if not hundreds of homes to find the house that has everything that you want—huge bedrooms, multiple bathrooms, and a pool even. But, the next worry has now come to your mind: are there major problems with this “perfect” house?

Who better to answer this question than a qualified inspector like Pinnacle Property Inspections, LLC? Whether or not you choose to go with us, the importance of finding a great inspector is crucial.

We put together some questions that you should always ask any inspector especially when they are the ones who will inform you of the possibility of future problems in your new home.

  • Are you a part of a professional inspection organization?

To trust an inspector, you need to make sure they are certified and licensed to survey your home. Organizations like National Association of Home Inspectors, the American Society of Home Inspectors or the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (or InterNACHI) are all reputable organizations to be connected to. Example, Pinnacle Property Inspections is proud to be licensed through InterNACHI and other organizations as well.

  • What is your background and experience?

It is a good idea to have an inspector with a background, like our 30+ years, in homes whether in building, remodeling or something similar. This gives an inspector an understanding of homes from the inside and out rather than an inspector without a background like this. Experience as an inspector is very important too. Having years of experience doing inspections under their belt or at the very least having undergone a lot of training will give you an inspector with the right experience you should be looking for.

  • How long will the inspection take and what will you inspect?

An inspection on an average home should take two to three hours, and an inspection could be longer for an older or larger home. This is important to know because an inspector claiming to be done in less than two hours may not have done a thorough enough job. Time needs to be taken accordingly to ensure everything is inspected correctly. Most inspectors are upfront about what will be inspected. Like Pinnacle Property Inspections, we list everything we will look at and make sure to do so with every detail inspected.

What we want you to understand is as important as it is to get an inspection in general, it is just as important to find the right inspector to survey your home. Whether Pinnacle Property Inspections or someone else, it is important to us that you find someone who is going to be as thorough as possible.

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A HOME INSPECTION IS THE MOST IMPORTANT PART OF THE HOME BUYING PROCESS-

home inspector is essential when property has been modified from original plans. It can have all sorts of issues: bad wiringroofing, plumbing, to mold and more. As well, previous improper additions like garages made into rooms, or full sunrooms added to the building can cause structural issues to your home from improper construction and planning.

Pinnacle Property Inspections

Pinnacle Property Inspections, LLC meticulously assess the viability of your current property or the property you consider purchasing and is able to find any errors in any area of your home.
 Unlike what most people think, property inspection is not an ol’ cousin Bob’s job. In fact, it could be the most important part of your property purchase. Inspections are best when done by an impartial person, such as a qualified property inspector who possesses hands-on know
An inexperienced inspection could cause you more harm than good. Plumbing, roofing, foundations, windows, doors, cooling systems, etc. all require professional insight and a peculiar eye to ensure a proper standing. A well maintained cooling system or home appliance will work more efficiently. Problems like a faulty furnace, asbestos inledge and practice in building construction.sulation, or cracked foundations can cost homeowners thousands of dollars and we are here to prevent that from happening.  A well-kept house makes a good home. Visit www.homeinspectorknoxville.net for more information about our home inspection services.

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DON’T MISS THE INSPECTION-

So you’ve found it: the house of your dreams and you are ready to make the move. But before moving in with your diggs, there’s another important step in the homebuying process you shouldn’t skip: the home inspection.

Home Inspections KnoxvilleGetting a home inspection before you close a property is crucial. Homebuying is perhaps the single most expensive investment you’ll make in your lifetime. A home inspection is like the final checkup for the house.

What home inspectors like us, Pinnacle Property Inspections, LLC do is essential: the home inspector physically inspects the property from the roof to the foundation, and then proceeds to assess the condition of various systems including plumbing, heating and cooling to identify any trouble spots. Then a comprehensive written report of the inspection is made available to the buyer.

While it seems routine, home inspectors are more experienced than the regular Uncle Joe and because  of our expertise, we find things that skip the untrained eye. A qualified home inspector can alert buyers to any potential damage that may have been caused by basement flooding or water damage, even in the walls.

Mold, moisture and other leaks are what we constantly look for. Up-to-date technology helps us to detect plumbing leaks and hidden moisture. We also look at the heating and cooling, electrical, foundation and structure, roof and plumbing. A thorough inspection costs upfront but saves money on the back end and provides peace of mind!

Finally, property inspections tend to be superficial so go to the specialists! You want to raise your family in a secure and problem-free environment. Visit our website www.homeinspectorknoxville.net to learn more about our services and solutions.

To your best home!

Jeff Polakiewicz, a Knoxville home inspector, specializes in home inspections located in the Knoxville and surrounding areas. With over 30+ years of experience in the housing industry, we bring a wealth of inspection knowledge and provide a full comprehensive inspection with no ‘brick’ left unturned! www.homeinspectorknoxville.net

 

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