Tips to Prepare Your Budget Before Buying a Home

Posted on: August 14, 2017 by in Blog
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Tips to prepare your budget before buying a home

It’s virtually impossible to know what size home you can afford if you aren’t fully aware of how much money you are earning and how much you are spending each month. Start with your income: How much do you bring home after taxes and retirement plan contributions? Next, look at your expenses: What are your necessary expenses? How much are you paying each month toward your debt? What additional expenses do you have that wouldn’t be deemed “necessary?” How much money do you have Continue Reading ...

Repair or Replace? What to Do With a Worn-Out Cooling System

Posted on: August 10, 2017 by in Blog
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Repair or Replace Cooling system - Home Inspection - Dayton OH

Repair or Replace? What to Do With a Worn-Out Cooling System Sooner or later, every homeowner will face the same tough decision: Can you repair that malfunctioning system or appliance one more time, or is it finally time to replace it? Summer temperatures can heat up the repair-or-replace debate for homeowners living with an older cooling system. To arrive at an answer, you must weigh numerous factors, including which option is more cost-effective over both the long- and short-term, how Continue Reading ...

7 ‘Little’ Upgrades That Can Mean a Lot to Home Buyers

Posted on: July 31, 2017 by in Blog
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Anyone who’s ever bought or sold a home knows how even little things can sway a buyer to feel a particular house is "just right." While major features such as a good location, a big kitchen, and a certain number of bedrooms and bathrooms all drive a home’s price and how attractive it is to buyers, small details like fresh paint and new faucets can also help clinch a sale. When you’re trying to sell your home, you should be willing to spend some money on repairs and improvements to help Continue Reading ...

The 411 on HVAC Energy-Efficiency Ratings and Terms

Posted on: July 24, 2017 by in Blog
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Whether you’re looking to lower heating and cooling costs, or have a passion for protecting the environment, maximizing the energy efficiency of your heating, ventilation and air conditioning system is a smart move. The more energy efficient your system, the less you’ll spend running it every year, and the smaller your home’s environmental footprint will be. Efficiency ratings are intended to help you decide which products are best for your home, so it’s important to understand what Continue Reading ...

Allergens and Indoor Air Quality: 4 Steps to a Healthier Home

Posted on: July 24, 2017 by in Blog
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When at home, you're probably relaxing, playing with the kids or tackling chores. What you aren't likely doing is thinking about the air you're breathing. Unfortunately, the reality is poor indoor air quality in residential spaces is a major problem. The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission points to a growing body of scientific evidence that the air within homes can be more polluted than the outdoor air in large, industrialized cities. In fact, EPA (Environmental Protection Continue Reading ...

Latest Deck Trend: ‘Monster’ Size, Mega-Luxury

Posted on: July 12, 2017 by in Home Improvement
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Move over mini — the new trend in decking is anything but small. When it comes to the size of their decks, the majority of Americans feel bigger is better — as multiple surveys indicate decks are getting larger and more luxurious, RealtorMag reports. Today’s decks dwarf the outdoor spaces of decades ago, and blur the lines between indoor and outdoor spaces with features like full kitchens, dining and entertainment areas, says Kim Katwijk, owner of Deck Builders Inc. in Olympia, Continue Reading ...

3 super-simple ways to create a barefoot friendly backyard deck

Posted on: June 16, 2017 by in Blog
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Dayton Home Inspection Backyard

Three super-simple ways to create a barefoot-friendly backyard deck When the sun is out and the sky is blue, your deck should be one of the most popular areas in your yard. But, if deck boards leave you with splinters or burned feet on hot summer days, there may be little incentive to spend time in your open-air getaway. The good news is this problem is easily preventable. With the right plan, you can build a barefoot-friendly backyard deck that will be the hub of your outdoor living space for Continue Reading ...

3 backyard projects you can tackle in a weekend

Posted on: June 9, 2017 by in Blog
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Dayton Home Inspection Maintenance

Now that warmer weather has finally arrived, you want to be outside to enjoy it. Your backyard could be the perfect place to bask in the sun, entertain friends or indulge in your hobbies. It just needs a little sprucing up, and the right projects can help. Best of all, many of these projects are quick and easy. To get you started, here are three projects you can accomplish in a spring weekend — and enjoy all summer long. Forging a fire pit Whether it’s an afternoon gathering or an Continue Reading ...

Don’t sweat your summer move: 10 tips for smarter moving

Posted on: June 2, 2017 by in Blog
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Dayton Home Inspection Moving

Summer isn’t just vacation season, it’s also peak moving season. Studies show more people move during summer months than any other time of year; kids are out of school and weather is less likely to delay moves. However, moving is hard work no matter what time of year you do it. You’ll need careful planning and smart packing to ensure your summer move goes smoothly and safely. These 10 tips can help: 1. Rent the right size moving truck. Choose a truck that’s too big, and Continue Reading ...

Uniquely you hues: Decorating with your personality in mind

Posted on: May 26, 2017 by in Blog
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Whether you realize it or not, the colors you select for your home and your personal belongings tell a lot about your personality. In fact, according to a recent survey by PPG, 58 percent of 2,500 consumers surveyed agree that colors selected for their home, car and consumer products - such as appliances and electronics - reflect their personality and style all or most of the time. In addition, 70 percent of those surveyed agreed color selection is important when purchasing paint for their Continue Reading ...