3 Tips for Choosing The Right Home Inspector

It would be an understatement, to say that there is no shortage of home inspectors to choose from. To make matters even worse, the state of California does not regulate or require licensing for property inspections. Now, whether or not that is a good or bad thing for the home buyer is a double edged sword and a whole different blog to be saved for a later date. That being said, how on earth do you choose from one to another. If you call an inspector and ask they a certainly not going to say… “well, I’m not very good at inspections but, I can take your money anyway” or “I’ll be done in a jiffy I save you a lot of time by not getting on roofs, in attics, or crawl spaces” LOL. How do you know what your really gonna get and if its worth your money in the end.

Don’t sell yourself short. Your Investment is worth a complete, thorough Inspections by a company you can trust. At Next Generation Property Inspections we put together a few videos to hell you decide.

Landscaping and Drainage

We have all seen the house who's owner decided to let the ivy creep all over the exterior of their home and take over like a cozy cottage in the the forest right?  While the look can be appealing, it may be more damaging then you think.  

allowing plants and foliage to gather or grow near your property comes with a list of problems.  

Plants near the foundation will promote water retention near the foundation which is counter productive to the grading and drainage of your property that all slope away from the foundation. 

Plants being too close to your exterior cladding can cause damage or shorten the life expectancy of your coverings. In addition when trees or larger plants get bigger they can also start to damage roof coverings and/or eves in the wind or become passage ways for rodents and animals to gain access to areas you don't want them to be.  Some plants or shrubs will make great areas for pest or rodents to nest as well.

Large trees also have large root structures which can life dirt and concrete, destroying pathways and driveways or worse move foundations and creep into plumbing. 

Don't get me wrong, I love the trees and plants and have plenty of them around my property for shade, appeal and even consumption but, I keep up on trimming them and keep a separation of the plants from the dwelling.  We recommend a separation of 6 Ft. min. as a general guide however,  some properties have longer eve areas and some plants may need more distance then that to fully mature. 

So, while that ivy can be aesthetically pleasing, At what cost to you and your property?  

Good luck and happy home ownership. 

Tips for Maintaining Your AC System.

3 REASONS YOU SHOULDN’T DELAY YOUR AIR CONDITIONING TUNE UP

May 15, 2018

If you’re like most homeowners, you want to make sure that your equipment is in tip-top shape, and this includes your air conditioner. Your air conditioner is the machine that is most responsible for your family’s comfort. If you want to keep your A/C unit up and running, you need to be sure that you are scheduling annual tune-ups.

For those that live busy lives, find the time to schedule an A/C tune-up can seem impossible. However, this is a maintenance task that should never be delayed, for a variety of reasons. Here are some reasons that you shouldn’t delay your air conditioning tune-up and advice for keeping your A/C system running with professional help.

DETECT DEVELOPING PROBLEMS

Although there are countless reasons that delaying an air conditioning tune-up is a bad idea, the most important to consider is the ability to detect small problems with your unit before they get out of hand.

Fixing a problem with your air conditioner early on can save you a large amount of money, especially if the problem would result in a major repair if ignored. During your tune-up, your A/C technician will fully inspect your air conditioner, allowing them to detect and correct developing problems before they become serious.

SAVE MONEY BY OPTIMIZING PERFORMANCE

When it comes to air conditioners, most homeowners assume that they either work or they don’t, with nothing in between. However, it’s entirely possible that your A/C can be functional but not working at its optimal capacity, which can end up costing you more money than you might think.

If the performance of your air conditioner dips, it can result in much higher energy bills than normal. By delaying your tune-up, you’ll be preventing your air conditioner from functioning as efficiently as possible. On the other hand, after your tune-up, your air conditioner’s performance should be optimized, helping you save on energy costs.

STAY MORE COMFORTABLE

As mentioned in the previous section, not scheduling a tune-up means your air conditioner may not be able to perform as well as it should. In addition to raising your monthly energy bills, this can also result in your home being far less comfortable.

When the temperature rises in the summer, your air conditioner will need to work extra hard to keep your home cool, and if there’s something affecting its performance, it won’t be able to keep your home comfortable in the way that you deserve. Scheduling a tune-up is a great way to ensures that your unit is functioning as intended.

SCHEDULING AN AIR CONDITIONING TUNE-UP

Be sure to have all repairs and maintenance done by an appropriate professional in the appropriate trade.  These tips and post are taken from the legacy air blog. 

5 Tips for Maintaining Shingle Roofs

Your roof and its covering is on of the most essential components of a home yet, most of us do not ever look at or maintain it on a regular basis. 

Here are five easy repair tasks that, according to LGC roofing blog, can prevent premature aging and decay of your roofs shingles:

  1. Make regular inspections. Inspect and clean, and repair your skylights as needed. Look at the flashing attached to your chimney; make sure it doesn’t appear to be deteriorating. Also, take a moment to examine your vents and see if they’re blocked or working properly. Remember to inspect both your roof and your attic ceilings (and any other ceilings in direct contact with your roof) for signs of exterior or interior damage, mold, wear, leaks, rot or structural problems. If you find any, repair them right away; the longer you leave them, the more expensive the fixes will become.
  2. Replace worn shingles promptly. If your shingles wear out or fall off, your naked roof is exposed to wind, sleet, snow, hail and rain, which will eventually cause it to rot or leak – and that will be an even more expensive fix.
  3. Apply a liquid polymer coating. These coatings can help stave off water and weather damage and keep your shingles looking newer for longer. They are widely available through home improvement retailers, and can be applied in just a few hours. These coatings work best when used on new shingle roofs.
  4. Cut overhanging branches. If you have tall trees around your house, prevent roof damage by trimming back branches that are hanging over your home. Consult local guidelines to see if you are allowed to cut branches that hang over your roof even if the tree is located on a neighboring property.
  5. Be vigilant about your gutters. Leaves and debris in your gutters can prevent rainwater from properly draining through your downspouts, which in turn can cause damage to both your shingles and your roof. It’s recommended that you clean your gutters at least twice annually—in spring and fall.