Common Home Inspection Issues | Top Deficiencies

home inspection issues

Signing a contract to sell your home is only half the battle. The next step is the home inspection process which can be nerve racking for both parties, especially the seller. While older homes may be more susceptible to the inspector discovering deficiencies, newer homes are not immune to home inspection issues. The list of potential home inspection issues is quite extensive, below are some of the top deficiencies unveiled in an inspection. Read more

Contractor Scams | Avoid These Cons

Contractor Scams

Watch out for these contractor scams when it comes time to repair or replace your home windows. Perhaps you are planning to put your home on the market and need to complete some repairs prior to listing the home. You need to be extremely careful when choosing a contractor to perform the work. The same theory applies if you are undertaking any upgrades to a home that you have just recently acquired.

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Tilt Latches | Replacement & Repair

Tilt Latches

Most of today’s double hung windows tilt out for easy cleaning and maintenance. The tilt latches on many of these designs can be easily broken. Most of them are made of plastic and can become damaged with an over-zealous homeowner who aggressively pries on the tilt latches. Some higher-end windows have metal tilt latches which are far more durable than their plastic counterparts. Read more

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Carrying Glass | The Safe Way to Handle Window Glass

Carrying Glass

Carrying Glass on the jobsite or at home can be more hazardous than you may imagine. In this article we will discuss the safe way to properly handle window glass. These tips are useful for both the professional contractor and a do-it-yourself homeowner. So if you are repairing or replacing the windows in your home, here are a few things to keep in mind when carrying glass. Read more

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Smart Glass | Windows of the Future

smart glass

The term Smart Glass may be sound like some sci-fi futuristic fantasy for windows of the future but it is very real and available in the present. While you won’t see it in the average household just yet, the homes of the not so distant future will more than likely all be equipped with smart glass. This technology can dynamically control the amount of heat and light that enters your home. Read more

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Spring has Sprung |Spring Window Cleaning Tips

Spring Window Cleaning Tips

It’s that time of year again; spring window cleaning should be an annual event. Even high quality windows and doors require regular maintenance to prolong their life. Constant exposure to nature including rain, sunlight, snow, humidity, dust and dirt can take its toll on your windows. Addressing these issues with proper care can extend the life of your windows. Read more

Garden Window Installation | Brighten Up Your Kitchen

Garden Window

Create a mini greenhouse in your kitchen by installing a garden window over your sink. If your kitchen faces the sun, a garden window as a great place to grow plants and herbs. Your new miniature greenhouse will allow more natural light to enter the kitchen and make it feel larger. Upon completion your new garden will be at your fingertips. Read more

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Removing Window Scratches Using Cerium Oxide

removing window scratches

When preparing your home for resale you may notice some minor, yet unsightly, scratches on your windows. This can be common on older windows that are situated near tree branches that contact the glass as the wind blows. Or perhaps small children have scratched the glass while playing with their toys. In either case, removing window scratches prior to the home inspection is advisable. It never surprises me to learn that such a minor detail has turned off a prospective buyer. Read more

Interior Window Shutters | Installation Tips

Interior Window Shutters

Installing interior window shutters is a great way to dress up your new windows. Interior window shutters also provide privacy and are an excellent choice for bedroom windows and master bath windows. This is especially true for master baths located on the main floor of your home. Read more

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Replacement Windows vs Repairs When Selling Your Home

replacement windows

The decision between buying replacement windows vs repairing your current windows is a common dilemma when selling your home. A home inspector will more than likely uncover any window issues during the pre-sale inspection. In many cases this will negate the sale of your home, depending on the scope of the repairs and the issues they discover. The problems the inspector finds could range from simple component repairs such as latches to far more serious issues such as wood rot from extended exposure to water. If any of these conditions exist, you will be far better off if you move forward with the window repairs, or if needed, buying replacement windows, before you list your home on the market. Read more