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Advantages of Solar Panels

January 28th, 2020 · No Comments

Solar Panels 
The most common way to install solar panels is on your roof or on a ground mounted system. Solar panels are are used to convert incoming sunlight into electricity. Many people install solar panels to save thousands of dollars over their lifetime. The cost of solar panels has dropped 70% over the last 10 years.There are tax credits for residential home solar systems. One example is the solar tax credit which gives you a credit equal to 26% of the total cost of your solar system as pong as you bought the system. There are two main factors that decide how many solar panels you need to help power your house. The first factor is how much electricity you use and the second factor is your location which decides how much energy the solar panels produce. The investment on solar panels in 2020 are worth more than traditional investments!

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Problems with Synthetic Stucco

January 28th, 2020 · No Comments

Synthetic Stucco is known as exterior Insulating and Finish System.
Homes with synthetic stucco are often very beautiful and offer energy savings, but there are many problems associated with synthetic stucco
Synthetic stucco is made of 3 layers, which include the insulation layer, base coat and finish coat.
Water that gets trapped in synthetic stucco causes serious problems. In addition to this, homeowners have also reported other problems, one example of this would be diminution of home value. 
Many people synthetic stucco have a hard time obtaining insurance for their homes because of the chance of risk associated with the synthetic stucco.
Telltale signs of damage with synthetic stucco in your home is tiny cracks or water stains.
Synthetic stucco is a problem for both buyers and sellers of a home.
If you are selling a synthetic stucco home, you should make sure to have your home thoroughly inspected and be prepared to pay for repairs 
If you are buying a synthetic stucco home, you should make sure to know what synthetic stucco is and know the problems associated with synthetic stucco. If you need a home inspection in Charlotte NC Call Home Inspection Carolina. 704-542-6575

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Problems with Aluminum Wiring

January 28th, 2020 · No Comments

aluminum wiring
Many people ask if aluminum wire is safe and if it should be replaced. 
It is safe, doesn’t need to be replaced but it is good to be aware of the problems of aluminum wiring
1. Aluminum wire is very soft. This creates local hot spots and overheating2.  When aluminum wire rusts, it makes the wire not as good of an electrical conductor. This interferes with the flow of electricity, which causes overheating.3. Aluminum wiring is less ductile, meaning it will break down more easily when subjected to bending4. Aluminum wiring has higher electrical resistance5. Aluminum wiring deteriorates when exposed to oxygen 6. Aluminum wiring has a greater malleability7. Aluminum wiring has greater thermal expansion and contraction8. Aluminum wiring has excessive vibration

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Sears Homes

December 3rd, 2019 · No Comments

Long before there were subdivisions with stick built homes there was Sears. Sears was one of the largest sellers of houses prior to WW II. There were others too and it was verry interesting. Watch this video by Charlotte home inspector Preston Sandlin to find out why.

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Wood Composite Decking

July 21st, 2018 · No Comments

http://www.homeinspectioncarolina.com Charlotte home inspector Preston Sandlin talks about the pros and cons of composited wood decking vs. treated wood decking. There are difitely advantages and disadvantages of each. This is what the home inspector in this video talks about. https://askthecharlotteinspector.com

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What You Need to Know about Radon

November 4th, 2017 · No Comments

http://www.homeinspectioncarolina.com What is Radon? What are the health effects of Radon. What can you do about Radon. Those and other questions are answered in the video https://askthecharlotteinspector.com

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What You Need to Know About Aluminum Wiring

November 4th, 2017 · No Comments


http://www.homeinspectioncarolina.com Have you had trouble getting insurance because you had aluminum wiring? Why and what is it. In this video Preston Sandlin of Home Inspection Carolina answers those questions. http://www,askthecharlotteinspector.com

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Home Inspection Carolina’s 90 Day Warranty

November 4th, 2017 · No Comments

http://www.homeinspectioncarolina.com When you get a home inspection Raleigh, Charlotte, or Asheville NC you get a free 90 day warranty with every home inspection. Call Home Inspection Carolina 704-542-6575 http://www.homeinspectioncarolina.com

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Managing the Radon Risk

August 18th, 2017 · No Comments

http://www.homeinspectioncarolina.com Charlotte home inspectors Preston Sandlin, Chip Sprague, and David Storm explain the risks of Radon. They also talk about how to test for Radon and howto mitigate if Radon is found. if you have any questions about Radon please call Home Inspection Carolina 704-542-6575 https://askthecharlotteinspector.com

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Seller’s Inspection Checklist (for sellers to use prior to the inspection)

October 17th, 2015 · No Comments

Seller Inspection Checklist
-to use in preparation for your home inspection
From your friends at
Homeinspectioncarolina.com
704-542-6575

Please note: More than likely the buyers will come to
the inspection. Please have house clean. Don’t leave
dishes in the sink, pans in the oven or cars in the garage.
Also change all filters prior to the inspection. Consider
having something (water) for buyers to drink. Leave
your # for inspector if he has any questions about the
operation of your home

GENERAL
1.______All Utilities turned on.
2.______ Access clear to electrical panel, crawl space,
Attic space and garage walls
3.______Please remove or put up pets
Exterior
4. ______Make sure water drains away from the
House (downspout and splash blocks away from house)
5.______Fix any loose shingles or nail pops on the roof
6_______Clean gutters and clear downspouts
7._______Check wood trim joints for softness and caulk
8._______Check any steps for loose bricks or wood
9._______Check any handrail for looseness
10.______If there is a deck check for weathering wood
11. ______Check to make sure there is no wood or
fallen insulation is on the ground under either.
12. ______Make sure hose bibs aren’t loose or leaking
13._______Add anti-siphon attachment to hose bib if it
doesn’t have one.
Garage
14.______Check auto reverse on automobile door
15. ______Check garage walls for termite (mud) tubes
16. ______Clear items off garage walls.
17. ______Make sure fire rating (drywall is not
compromised
INTERIOR
18.______Check all window for opening and closing
19. ______Check all windows that he stay up on their own
20._______Check all windows for broken seals / cracks
21._______Check all outlet covers for loose or missing
22._______Make sure all doors open and close without rubbing
23._______Check walls and doors for punctures from door
handle or from door stop
24._______Check ceiling fans on all 3 speeds for wobbling
25. _______Check and replace all burned out light bulbs.
26. _______Consider getting carpet cleaned and re-stretched if
needed.
27._______Check for and fix any holes/nail pops in walls/ceiling
Kitchens and Bathrooms
28.________Fill all sink basins, drain, check for leaks
29.________Check disposal and dishwasher
30.________Check cabinets for looseness and rubbing
31.________Check that all burners and elements work on stove
an oven
32.________Check counter and splash block for needed caulking
33.________Check for loose tiles
34.________Check the toilet for cracks or loose/rocking toilets
35.________Check flush and supply and the toilet cuts off
36. ________Make sure hot and cold aren’t reversed (hot is on
left)
37.________Check all faucets for water pressure. Try cleaning out
aerators/screens
38. ________Check laundry connection for leaks
39._________Check water heater (TPR valve two) for leaks
40._________Check for tripped or missing breakers.

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