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HAPPY NEW YEAR & THANK YOU FOR ANOTHER GREAT YEAR!

Is it just me or is time flying by? Staying busy with work, family and friends has that effect, I suppose.

During the transition to a new year, I often enjoying reflecting on the previous 12 months while looking ahead to my hopes and goals for the next 12.

One big theme that I keep coming back to as I think back to the previous year: gratitude. Gratitude for my family and friends. Gratitude for my health. And gratitude for you, the people who give me a chance to do a job I love in a place I’ve called home my whole life.

I hope this new year finds you as fortunate. Happy New Year from the Hance family! 

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INFOGRAPHIC: WANT TO RUIN YOUR HARDWOOD FLOOR? DO THESE 3 THINGS

You know the saying: “Owning a hardwood floor doesn’t have to be hard.” 

Okay, I don’t think that’s actually a saying, but it really should be because that’s pretty clever (if I don’t say so myself). Bottom line: If you follow a few basic rules, your floor will last for many years and decades to come. 

If you have questions or comments about flooring issues or home inspections in general, tweet me (@AIHomeInspect).

A SPECIAL INVITATION TO MY READERS

Hello, All Islands blog readers! I want to extend a special invitation to you today: if you ever think of any topics you’d like me to cover or questions you’d like me to answer, please let me know. I mean it. My goal is to provide you with the most helpful information possible.

Additionally, I invite you to connect with me in other ways, too. I’ve listed my social media channels below. Please take a look. Thanks for reading!

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INFOGRAPHIC: A FEW OBVIOUS SIGNS OF ELECTRICAL ISSUES

Electricity: Thank you, Thomas Edison! While power is lovely, sometimes it doesn’t always work the way it is supposed to. This infographic features a quick (but non-comprehensive) list highlighting a few obvious issues that something may be amiss in your home’s electrical system. Thanks for reading!

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INFOGRAPHIC: HOW TO HIRE HOUSE PAINTER

Everyone so often, your house needs a makeover. Last month, we learned that a typical home needs a new exterior paint job about every decade on average. If you own your house for a while, that’s potentially a lot of painting.

If you are going to hire a house painter, you may want to ponder a few things in advance that will help save you money, time and general potential annoyances/pitfalls. We hope the tips below help!

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DO YOU HAVE A QUESTION YOU’D LIKE ME TO ANSWER? LET ME KNOW!

When you are an expert in a particular field, it’s sometimes easy to forget that not everyone has the same background knowledge as you do. It doesn’t matter what industry you may be referring to—whether it’s home construction, dentistry, or owning a restaurant.

It’s also easy to forget that not everyone speaks the same language. As a home inspector, I try my best to break down information for homebuyers and home sellers in a way that informs but doesn’t overwhelm. My number one goal is successfully sharing useful information with my clients in a clear and thorough manner—without tons of jargon.

If my clients have questions—”What Romex electrical wiring?” or “What is an ABS vent pipe?”—I pride myself on being accessible and answering them promptly and thoughtfully. Today’s post is all about that accessibility.

I invite you to send me your home inspection questions (no matter what they are!) and I’ll do my best to answer them. You can tweet me (@AIHomeInspect), or send me an email. Thanks for reading!

Sustain Your Siding

I like to say, “Mother Nature is constantly trying to bring your home back to nature.” Keeping the exterior of your home well-maintained and sealed will help keep Mother Nature at bay and protect the underlying elements of your home from water and insect damage. 

There are a variety of siding materials available to clad and protect your home. My aesthetic favorite is cedar siding. However, my low-maintenance favorite is cement-fiber siding like Hardie board or equivalent. 

I’ve seen cement-fiber siding installed on a home—never painted and 30-plus years old—in perfect condition; this stuff is amazing! Ideally, cedar wood siding should be painted or stained to extend serviceable life, but some—like my wife—prefer to risk it a bit, keeping the siding bare and letting it “weather” over time to build character (e.g., it turns gray and black over time). Ultimately, I recommend keeping all exterior elements well sealed to safeguard against water/insect damage and to extend serviceable life. 

Composite siding and SPF wood trim, for instance, should be proactively painted and caulked to prevent rapid deterioration. Vinyl siding, on the other end of the spectrum, requires little-to-no maintenance. Obviously, November isn’t the best time of year to paint or stain, but you can still maintain caulking details and cut vegetation back from the building’s exterior. 

Maintaining the exterior of your home and keeping Mother Nature away will go a long way towards reducing and eliminating costly damage over time.

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LOOKING FOR HOME INSPECTION NEWS YOU CAN USE? I CAN HELP

Feeling social? Well, so am I. 

I thought I’d take a few minutes to let you know about the many ways we can connect on social media. When I post, my goal is to share useful information with my audience while having fun along the way.

Click on the links below for more details. Thanks for reading (and hopefully following!).

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