How Safe Is Your Home From Radon Gas?

Your Nashville, Tennessee home inspection company, All-Pro Home Inspections, is pleased to share with you the importance of getting your home tested for radon.
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WHAT IS RADON GAS?

Radon is a radioactive gas that is produced from uranium in rocks and soil.  It can reach high levels under your home and enter through cracks in your foundation, walls, well water etc.

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Radon gas can contaminate the air in your home. The gas is breathed in, entering and releasing radiation into your lungs. The radiation damages the cells that line your lungs and can make you susceptible to acquiring lung cancer. Your exposure risk depends on the levels of radon and the time spent in your home.

The Environmental Protection Agency estimates 1 out of 15 homes in the united States, approximately 7 million homes have high radon levels. Radon is thought to cause an average of 21,000 deaths a year.

Radon is thought to be the second leading cause of lung cancer in smokers and the leading cause for nonsmokers.

 

Radon gas can’t be seen or smelled, the only way to know if it’s in your home is to test for it.

Do not purchase your next home without getting it tested for radon gas.  Get your inspection today!

 

rp_Jeremy-Picture-300x225.jpgJeremy Martin of All Pro Home Inspections has been in commercial and home construction since 1987. He completed many steel buildings in the late 80’s and early 90’s before going into the home construction and remodeling industry. He then worked in sales for 10 years, continuing to remodel homes. A desire to own his own company and at the request of many to open a professional home inspection firm in Middle TN, Jeremy decided to launch All-Pro Home Inspections LLC. Jeremy continues to enjoy working with future home owners in their home buying experience. Jeremy is a member of the National Association of Certified Home Inspectors and Women’s Council of Realtors of Sumner County TN. All-Pro Home Inspections has served thousands of satisfied clients throughout all of Middle TN and looks forward to serving you and your family.

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What You Need To Know About Mold Exposure…

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And Why You Should Get A Mold Inspection.

Your Nashville, Tennessee home inspection company, All-Pro Home Inspections, is pleased to share with you what you need to know about mold exposure and why you should get a mold inspection.

 What are molds?

A mold is a fungus that can be found indoors as well as outdoors. It is not known how many different types of fungi exist, but it is in the tens of thousands or more. Molds grow best in warm, damp, areas, and spread by making spores. Mold spores can live in very harsh conditions, and are extremely difficult to eradicate.

Possible health problems and symptoms caused by molds are:

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  • Fever
  • Sore throat
  • Blurred Vision
  • Chronic cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Infections in the lungs
  • Respitory issues
  • Nasal and sinus congestion
  • Eye irritation
  • A host of life threatening diseases

Why Should you hire a mold inspector?

You will be unable to detect all of the molds that you have in your home.  Many molds can be hidden from your sight.  A professional mold inspector can find the different molds and is able to determine if the mold in your home exceeds normal levels. If the amount of molds exceed the normal levels, they will be able to tell you how to get it removed safely.

Mold is very dangerous and it is important to recognize mold problems before buying your new home.

Get a mold inspection today!

nashville, tennessee home inspector jeremy martin owner of all-pro home inspections

Jeremy Martin of All Pro Home Inspections has been in commercial and home construction since 1987. He completed many steel buildings in the late 80’s and early 90’s before going into the home construction and remodeling industry. He then worked in sales for 10 years, continuing to remodel homes. A desire to own his own company and at the request of many to open a professional home inspection firm in Middle TN, Jeremy decided to launch All-Pro Home Inspections LLC. Jeremy continues to enjoy working with future home owners in their home buying experience. Jeremy is a member of the National Association of Certified Home Inspectors and Women’s Council of Realtors of Sumner County TN. All-Pro Home Inspections has served thousands of satisfied clients throughout all of Middle TN and looks forward to serving you and your family.


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New Move In Checklist

Your Nashville, Tennessee home inspection company, All-Pro Home Inspections, would like to share with you a checklist for moving into your new home.

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Moving to a new house can be a hectic time for the whole family. There are so many details to think about that some can be easily overlooked. Unpacking is not the only thing you should worry about. The things you need to do can range from taking care of your finances to installing fire extinguisher cabinets. Organization is the key in making the whole process of unpacking and getting ready for your new home easier. With this in mind, here is a helpful checklist you can use after moving to your new place.

Install New Locks – The first thing you have to do is to install new locks. Since you are new to the building or area, you still probably have no idea who has a copy of your current keys. This will ensure that no one can get inside the house except you and your family.

Inspect Your Appliances – Inspect and make sure all your appliances are not damaged during the move. Some insurance policies have limited time in which to make a claim. If there is damage, report it immediately.

Lock Up Your Important Documents – Important documents and receipts related to your move should be placed in a safe and locked drawer. Save all receipts of the money spent on the moving process, the permanent improvements and damages that were fixed so you can use these for tax deduction purposes later on.check list 2

Check House For Damages – Check the house for any damage and have preventive maintenance as early as possible.

Register Children In New School – Find and register your children into their new schools. The sooner your children will get used to a regular routine, the easier it is for them to settle in your new place.

Set Up Emergency Storage – Have an emergency storage close to your house exit. Keep all poisons, medicines, and other dangerous substances away from children and kept in child-proof cabinets.  Flashlight, matches, batteries and candles should not be placed within children’s reach. Place it in a top drawer with a lock.

Check In With Your Insurance Company – Keep in touch with insurance companies including household, health and automobiles. Check if you are currently covered or if you need to create new policies with a new company. This is important especially if you are moving to a new state.

Take Care Of Finances – Take care of your finances by opening up new bank accounts.

Change Your Postal Address – Inform your old residence or post office of your change of address so that your mails will be forwarded to your new place.

Install Smoke Detectors Etc. – Have smoke and fire alarms installed inside your new house. If there are old ones already installed, check if it is still functioning properly and change batteries. Purchase fire extinguishers for your kitchen and garage. Have them placed in fire extinguisher cabinets to keep them from being damaged.

Get Doctor Referrals And Copies Of Your Old Records Sent – Ask your doctors and dentist for referrals in your new town and have a copy of your old records.

After you are settled in to your new home and followed this checklist, you should introduce yourself to your new neighbors. In no time you and your family will feel adjusted to your new place and enjoy bonding with your new neighbors and friends.

nashville, tennessee home inspector jeremy martin owner of all-pro home inspections

Jeremy Martin of All Pro Home Inspections has been in commercial and home construction since 1987. He completed many steel buildings in the late 80’s and early 90’s before going into the home construction and remodeling industry. He then worked in sales for 10 years, continuing to remodel homes. A desire to own his own company and at the request of many to open a professional home inspection firm in Middle TN, Jeremy decided to launch All-Pro Home Inspections LLC. Jeremy continues to enjoy working with future home owners in their home buying experience. Jeremy is a member of the National Association of Certified Home Inspectors and Women’s Council of Realtors of Sumner County TN. All-Pro Home Inspections has served thousands of satisfied clients throughout all of Middle TN and looks forward to serving you and your family.


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Foreclosure Inspections: Trust Your Gut

Your Nashville, Tennessee home inspection company, All-Pro Home Inspections, is pleased to share with you foreclosure inspections: trust your gut

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Article by Nick Gromicko and Kate Tarasenko
So, you want to buy a house cheap, and you look to the foreclosure market. Considering the over-abundance of these properties and just how little many of them are going for, it’s tempting to buy up. And it may pay off as a long-term investment. But, like any other major purchase, you should know as much as you can about a property before you buy it, which is why home inspections, are necessary.

Unfortunately, many real estate agents, who don’t like bargaining with banks, are advising clients that home inspections are of no value as a bargaining tool, since banks don’t negotiate on “as is” properties. As an added disincentive, banks selling properties “as is” have no legal responsibility for any lurking defects. While the agent’s advice to forgo an inspection as a means to negotiate on the price may be logical, it is startlingly counter-intuitive, and possibly even negligent. Would you buy a car without knowing whether it has a transmission? The same premise holds true for a house, regardless of whether you intend to live in it, or fix it and flip it. The Realtor may be trying to salvage a deal that could possibly be scrapped if an inspector uncovers damage that the bank is unwilling to pay for, and you, as the buyer, have to realize that the agent’s advice is not in your best interest. In this case, they’re putting you at risk in order to ensure they get their commission.roof inspection

Any Realtor advising against an inspection on a foreclosure (or neglecting to recommend that one be performed) is ignoring the likelihood that, long before the previous owners stopped making mortgage payments, they deferred required maintenance tasks. Moisture intrusion leading to leaks and mold are just a few of the major problems commonly found by inspectors in foreclosed properties. Tales abound of bizarre discoveries in abandoned properties, from wild boars to colossal bees nests. Former owners may loot their own properties, taking with them anything they can pry up or unscrew, and leave behind trash and junk that you have to pay for to have removed.

There are also stories of foreclosed properties that have been intentionally vandalized by their former owners in acts of retaliation against their banks. In one infamous case in early 2010, an Ohioan bulldozed his $250,000 home after the IRS placed liens on his carpet store, and then threatened to take his house. The damage done by the owner was apparent, but there are probably less extreme situations where the damage isn’t as obvious, making a home inspection of utmost priority.

You should always get a home inspection before buying a property, especially when you’re buying a bank-owned foreclosure. In such cases, it may be impossible to find out how well the home was cared for, or whether major damage was done right before the past owners left the property. Ask the bank how much time you have after your initial offer to have an inspection performed, and schedule one immediately. If it goes well, you’ll enter into the deal with peace of mind and a better idea of what repairs you’ll have to deal with. That alone is worth the price of an inspection. If the inspection reveals a costly disaster, you can back out of the deal and save tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars.  

Get Your Home Inspection Today!

nashville, tennessee home inspector jeremy martin owner of all-pro home inspectionsJeremy Martin of All Pro Home Inspections has been in commercial and home construction since 1987. He completed many steel buildings in the late 80’s and early 90’s before going into the home construction and remodeling industry. He then worked in sales for 10 years, continuing to remodel homes. A desire to own his own company and at the request of many to open a professional home inspection firm in Middle TN, Jeremy decided to launch All-Pro Home Inspections LLC. Jeremy continues to enjoy working with future home owners in their home buying experience. Jeremy is a member of the National Association of Certified Home Inspectors and Women’s Council of Realtors of Sumner County TN. All-Pro Home Inspections has served thousands of satisfied clients throughout all of Middle TN and looks forward to serving you and your family.

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Stylish Solutions To Keep Your Home Cool

Your Nashville, Tennessee home inspection company, All-Pro Home Inspections, is pleased to share with you smart, stylish solutions to keep your entire home cool – without disrupting home decor

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Don’t sweat it if your home does not have central air-conditioning. Whether you live in an older house that can’t accommodate duct work, or you don’t want to sacrifice your interior aesthetics with an unattractive air conditioning unit, you can still keep your home feeling – and looking – cool this summer with advanced air conditioning technology.

Homeowners without central AC often choose to cool their home with air-conditioners that are clunky, inefficient and downright ugly. Fortunately, you can find higher quality, more attractive ways to cool your home.

“Homeowners today are seeking products that are not only high performing, but also visually appealing and fit in to the personality of their home,” says Patrick O’Toole, editorial director and publisher of Professional Remodeler magazine. “Installing an attractive air conditioner instead of an outdated unit is a simple change homeowners can make to keep themselves cool during the summer.”

There are a number of ideal alternatives to traditional HVAC systems that can be a perfect addition to your home this summer season. Below are some tips to keep your home cool all summer long:

DUCT-FREE AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEMS

Duct-free systems have traditionally cooled just one room of the house, and most models are not made with your home’s aesthetics in mind. For example, the unique, multi-zone LG Art Cool Gallery, which has both an indoor and outdoor component, resolves both concerns by allowing users to customize the unit with their own artwork, while also heating and cooling up to four separate areas in the home. The indoor unit hangs on the wall like a picture, and homeowners can insert their own artwork or photography into a frame that conceals the front of the unit, so they don’t have to stare at the bland, protruding box on the wall. This energy-efficient system is ENERGY STAR certified and is exceptionally easy to use with a remote control and auto operation modes.

CEILING FANS

Ceiling fans not only help cool a room on their own, but also are a great way to supplement the effectiveness of an existing AC unit by creating further air flow. While older versions are often cumbersome and unattractive, it’s now easy to find fans that are both effective, and can function as a beautiful addition to your decor.

BLINDS OR SHADES

Blocking the hot sunrays from shining through your window with blinds or shades is a great way to maintain coolness. Room-darkening blinds, curtains or shades can deliver stylish looks and still shield rooms from the sun during the hottest parts of the day. Also, updating drapery with seasonal, light-colored fabrics throughout the house can help reflect heat better than dark ones, which tend to absorb light and heat.

ADJUST PILOT LIGHT ON GAS STOVES AND WATER HEATERS

Adjusting the pilot light on your gas stove and water heater can be a cost-effective solution, as they often produce excess heat that raises the indoor temperature. If you have a gas fireplace, turn off the pilot light during summer to lower temperatures and contribute to a reduction in your gas bill, which results in energy savings throughout the season.

CFL AND LED BULBS

Incandescent light bulbs turn the majority of the energy they consume into heat. Consider replacing traditional incandescent bulbs with cooler alternatives like CFLs or LEDs. These bulbs consume far less electricity, which could lower your utility bills, and turn most of that energy into light, rather than heat.

PLANT TREES

For a longer-term solution that is also environmentally friendly, plant shade trees around your house, such as Maple, Oak and Elm. They’ll help protect your home from the sun, create an aesthetically appealing landscape and contribute fresh oxygen to your outdoor environment.

From reducing the amount of sunlight that warms your house to installing the latest in duct-free AC units, simple tips like these can help you and your family stay cool this summer and save on your energy bills.

nashville, tennessee home inspector jeremy martin owner of all-pro home inspectionsJeremy Martin of All Pro Home Inspections has been in commercial and home construction since 1987. He completed many steel buildings in the late 80’s and early 90’s before going into the home construction and remodeling industry. He then worked in sales for 10 years, continuing to remodel homes. A desire to own his own company and at the request of many to open a professional home inspection firm in Middle TN, Jeremy decided to launch All-Pro Home Inspections LLC. Jeremy continues to enjoy working with future home owners in their home buying experience. Jeremy is a member of the National Association of Certified Home Inspectors and Women’s Council of Realtors of Sumner County TN. All-Pro Home Inspections has served thousands of satisfied clients throughout all of Middle TN and looks forward to serving you and your family.


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No Hassle And Low Cost Home Decor

dining room setYour Nashville, Tennessee home inspection company, All-Pro Home Inspections, is pleased to share with you custom home decor that is without the hassle and high costs

Conventional wisdom holds that in order to achieve a custom look in your home decor you either have to spend a bundle hiring professionals, or invest countless hours of hard work doing it yourself. In the Internet age, however, it’s easier than ever to achieve the look of custom home decor without the expense or hassle of traditional methods. That’s because you can buy virtually anything online these days, from custom wall art to made-to-order slip covers. And while for some items you’ll pay a bit more than you would in the local department store, online resources can provide you with virtually limitless ways to achieve exactly the look you want. Here are a handful of home decor staples that you can customize through online resources:

Wall Decor

While family photos are one of the easiest, cheapest ways to customize your wall art, sometimes a room cries out for an eye-catching canvas wrapped print. Home decor stores can yield some acceptable options, but for a bigger selection – and reasonable costs – head over to www.canvasyourway.com. The same folks who pioneered the concept of custom wallpaper murals now offer millions of image options online that you can customize in several different sizes. Perhaps you need a cityscape to add just the right touch of sophistication to a living room and haven’t been able to find it in local stores. Canvas Your Way has hundreds to choose from or you can make a custom canvas print by uploading your own image. With so many options, it’s possible to find exactly what you’re looking for at a reasonable price – without the worry that you’ll ever see a similar piece in someone else’s home.

 Lighting

Drive down any subdivision in the U.S., glance in entryway windows and you’ll likely see the same light fixtures repeated over and over again. Builders standardize home lighting and many homeowners simply never bother to change things. Or, if they do, they head over to the same home improvement store that everyone else uses, so changing a light fixture doesn’t really give them a unique look. A simple online search can yield thousands of options for customizing your home’s lighting design – from chandelier makers that allow you to specify the number, size and color of crystals to pendant lights in myriad colors, shapes and sizes.

Window Treatments

Blinds for one room, sheers for another and valances in a third – sure, you can get all those window treatments customized from local businesses, but how much time and money will it cost? Online merchants offer virtually the same level of customization for window treatments as you would find in a specialty shop, at competitive prices and with far less hassle than driving to a custom store, or having a sales person come to your home. All you need is a measuring tape and a vision, and you can find custom window treatments online to fit any home decor.

Slip Covers

From shabby couches that are still comfy to sturdy dining room chairs that just need a new look, covering existing furniture with custom slip covers is usually much cheaper than reupholstering or replacing furniture altogether. Again, it’s easy to find a host of online merchants that can customize slip covers to your specifications, including the exact size, color, pattern and fabric you desire. Easier than driving around looking at fabric samples, ordering custom slip covers online makes it simple to give much-loved, still useful furniture a whole new look and life. And most reputable online sellers will offer satisfaction guarantees, so you can be confident you’ll be happy with the look of custom slipcovers that you buy online. Customization doesn’t have to cost a lot of time and money. Some smart online searching can help you create exactly the home decor look you desire.

nashville, tennessee home inspector jeremy martin owner of all-pro home inspectionsJeremy Martin of All Pro Home Inspections has been in commercial and home construction since 1987. He completed many steel buildings in the late 80’s and early 90’s before going into the home construction and remodeling industry. He then worked in sales for 10 years, continuing to remodel homes. A desire to own his own company and at the request of many to open a professional home inspection firm in Middle TN, Jeremy decided to launch All-Pro HomeInspections LLC. Jeremy continues to enjoy working with future home owners in their home buying experience. Jeremy is a member of the National Association of Certified Home Inspectors and Women’s Council of Realtors of Sumner County TN. All-Pro Home Inspections has served thousands of satisfied clients throughout all of Middle TN and looks forward to serving you and your family.

 


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Home Improvements For Safety, Comfort And Value

Your  Nashville, Tennessee home inspection company, All-Pro Home Inspections, is pleased to share with you 5 home improvements that boost safety, comfort and the value of your home

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Home improvement season is in full swing, and homeowners across the country are deciding which projects to tackle this year. By taking a strategic approach to selecting home improvements, you can go beyond adding value to your property – you can also boost your comfort and safety as well.

“Many homeowners select stylistic updates when deciding which projects [they want] for their house, but some of the most valuable home improvements aren’t visual,” says Ed Del Grande, home improvement expert, author, TV host and spokesperson for Kohler. “Things that add comfort and safety to a home typically have the best return on investment, as well as the most pull with today’s savvy home buyers come resale time.”

Del Grande recommends five home improvements to enhance the value, safety and comfort of your home:

1) Standby Home Generator


A standby generator is installed outside your house (like a central air-conditioning unit) and comes on automatically within seconds of a utility power outage to keep your property up-and-running whether you’re home or away. Standby generators are connected to existing gas lines in your home (propane or natural gas), so there’s no refueling necessary. A standby generator like those from Kohler can power critical appliances and systems in a home, including lights, heating/cooling systems, refrigerators/freezers, sump pumps, security systems, office equipment and sophisticated electronics. Adding a standby generator not only increases your comfort and safety, it’s a sound investment. In addition to preventing losses due to power outages, a backup power generator recoups 67.5 percent of its cost at resale, according to Remodeling magazine’s 2014 Cost vs. Value Report. To learn more, visit www.kohlergenerators.com for educational videos, sizing calculators and more.

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Updating lighting can have a dramatic effect on a home’s aesthetic, but beauty is just one benefit of redoing light fixtures inside and out. Lights highlight architectural features plus add a safety element to the property. Properly lit paths, stairs and entrance ways make it easy to navigate throughout the home. Use solar light to brighten pathways, stair lights to illuminate steps, wall sconces to light functional areas within the living room or bathroom, and under-cabinet lighting to illuminate kitchen surfaces for safer cooking.

3) Front Door


In addition to properly lighting your entrance, there is another simple and affordable update you can make to boost curb appeal and home security: a new steel front door. Doors that feature decorative glass might look nice, but they make it easy for criminals to break into your home. Give your home’s facade a facelift and added security by replacing your entry door with a steel option. With a 96.6 percent recouped cost, it is the number one remodeling project for resale value, according to the Cost vs. Value Report. Plus, steel front doors can be purchased in a variety of colors or easily painted to match your home’s existing color palette.

4) Security System


A security system assures owners that their family and property are secure day and night. Whether you hire a company to install it or you go the DIY route, there are numerous options. Smart security systems go beyond cameras, fire alarms and motion detectors; they allow homeowners to monitor their homes online so they can see when children come home, packages are delivered, or whether they forgot to shut the garage door. Adjustments to locks, lighting and temperature can all be made remotely. Plus, adding a security system often qualifies for a discount on homeowner’s insurance, so ask your agent.

5) Sump Pump


With the recent storms in the Northeast and across the country, flooding has become a major concern. If your home has a basement, it should have a functioning sump pump. Often located under stairways or in basement utility spaces, a sump pump is a special pump that is only activated when water reaches a certain level in a basin that collects water and enables proper drainage around the home. Sump pumps are critical to prevent basement flooding, and they reduce dampness around a home’s foundation. The upfront cost of a sump pump is easily justified when you think about the thousands of dollars in damages it prevents: the average cost of a flooded basement is $21,000 according to FloodSmart.gov (2-inch flood in 2,000 square-foot home).

nashville, tennessee home inspector jeremy martin owner of all-pro home inspectionsJeremy Martin of All Pro Home Inspections has been in commercial and home construction since 1987. He completed many steel buildings in the late 80’s and early 90’s before going into the home construction and remodeling industry. He then worked in sales for 10 years, continuing to remodel homes. A desire to own his own company and at the request of many to open a professional home inspection firm in Middle TN, Jeremy decided to launch All-Pro Home Inspections LLC. Jeremy continues to enjoy working with future home owners in their home buying experience. Jeremy is a member of the National Association of Certified Home Inspectors and Women’s Council of Realtors of Sumner County TN. All-Pro Home Inspections has served thousands of satisfied clients throughout all of Middle TN and looks forward to serving you and your family.

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