Do you have a home inspection coming up and don’t know which questions to ask home inspectors? Because One Avenue Inspection is about trust and the long term-relationships that we have built with agents and homebuyers, we want to provide a list of questions that you should ask and why they are crucial to the process. So, to get things started, we’ll let you in on the One Avenue secret… we’re the best inspection crew around.
Buying a home in Arizona or anywhere in the country can be frightening for inexperienced home buyers. Fortunately Arizona home inspections are a great way to minimize risk and give the buyer a good overview of the property they are planning to purchase. However, there are some common myths about an Arizona home inspection that buyers and sellers should be aware of and not take as fact.
Many new homebuyers consider the home inspection to be an added expense on the final costs of buying a home, however it can actually save you thousands of dollars! Be sure to have a certified home inspector take a look at your Phoenix home before you talk money with your realtor. Here are some tips to have your home inspection save money before you buy your home!
Oh, we have been there. The feeling of pure bliss as you discover the leaky pipe underneath the kitchen sink. With each twist of the wrench, you regain mastery over your abode, without having to hire outside help. One Avenue wants to prolong that feeling of accomplishment through a little plumbing education.
Here are some facts and tips about the pipes that are the lifeblood of your Arizona home. [Read more…]
Summer is coming.
Although it is only January, we Arizona homeowners can feel the heat lurking in our not-too-distant future. Is your new home ready to embrace the weather? One Avenue Inspectors always find the following little problems in Arizona homes, old and new. These easy fixes can greatly decrease your energy bill and increase your home’s efficiency. In reality, this is a beginning checklist for any Arizona homeowner, not just the new family on the block. [Read more…]
One Avenue Inspection exists to provide you advanced home inspection services and professional home maintenance advice. The Do-It-Yourself Turn Key Tips we talk about are meant to encourage you to improve your home safely and efficiently to both increase the value of your home for resale and make you love your bit of Arizona real estate even more. We love hearing from our clients about projects that worked out (or fell through) for them!
This week, we want to bring your attention to your backyard. While the temperatures outside are still tolerable, we encourage you to step outside and create a lovely, social atmosphere that you and your family will want to sit around year-round!
Steps for an Easy Fire Pit:
1. Measure your space.
Decide on a location in your yard that can fit chairs and lounges around it. Measure about 2-3 feet diameter, if it is circular, or whatever length and width you want for a rectangular fire pit. Remember that you want to contain the fire and be able to converse over it!
2. Buy your materials.
Depending on the height and width of your pit, you will need to purchase a certain number/size of concrete blocks (or brick, stone, etc.) One Avenue recommends talking to an associate who is familiar with outdoor building in Home Depot or Lowes before purchasing your base! You will also need a steel ring, capstones (if you decide to get extra fancy!), drainage gravel, and cement mortar.
3. Dig out the base.
Dig out a hole as deep as you want the pit to sit in the ground. We have seen some beautiful “buried” fire pits! For extra safety, line the pit with a steel ring so that the brick or concrete blocks don’t get burned and worn down.
4. Set up the base and the first layer.
Line up the bottom blocks and make sure they fit the size you want, adjusting the size of each block accordingly. Make sure the circle (or rectangle) is tight and that the edges fit together. Fill the hole with 6-7 inches of drainage gravel. Put the first layer into the hole you dug, lining it with about a foot of steel. Constantly make sure the blocks are level so as to prevent a big difference in the end!
5. Set up the next few layers.
Using caulk or mortar to fix the second and third layer of blocks in place, proceed to hammer them in with a rubber mallet. Pour in more gravel to create a solid base for the block wall and the fire’s bottom. Remember that whatever adhesive you use dries quickly so work efficiently and swiftly!
6. Finish it up.
Build the fire pit walls as high as you desire. Once you have reached the last layer, attach your capstones with mortar to the top, as always, using a level. Read more about how to use concrete properly. Wait three days before lighting a fire.
One Avenue team members hope you love your Arizona home and backyard to the fullest! Remember to get home inspections every five or six years, even if you are not selling your home. This will give you peace of mind and maybe even prevent an expensive future disaster! Contact the professionals at our office for more informations and home help tips. 623.299.2142
Radon is a dangerous, invisible gas that emits alpha radiation, like plutonium or other alpha generating radiation sources. Basically, it is extremely damaging to living cells, especially when exposed directly to it in the home! It is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States! While technically there are not ‘safe’ amounts of radon, the EPA recommends taking action if the radon levels are 4pCi/L or lower. Our experience with dangerous radon levels during Phoenix home inspections has been fairly high in Valley homes, but the only way to determine your home’s level of risk is to test for radon.
Choose your method:
Short Term Testing
This is a good method for quick and easy results, ranging from two to ninety days. There are several different radon-testing devices to chose from. There is a passive device and an active device. The passive test contains alpha track detectors, electret ion chambers, and charcoal canisters. In contrast, the active test must be plugged in and works continuously in its detection, usually having to be installed by a professional. We recommend conducting two of these short term tests at the same time for precision and a better representation of the seasonal radon exposure in your home.
Long Term Testing
This is a slightly more accurate account of your home’s radon levels, remaining in your home for more than ninety days. There are alpha track and electret ion chamber detectors. Be sure to contact a professional or contact One Avenue Inspection for recommendations about which test to use given your home’s size and situation.
The difference between the long term and short term tests is the level of year-round accuracy vs. the time it takes to produce results. We recommend several short term tests a year, and maybe a long term test, which can confirm the results of the short term tests. Remember to always conduct a radon test for more than 48 hours, although it is usually a longer period for best results.
It is easy to conduct the radon tests yourself, which can save you quite a bit of money and time dealing with professional radon testers. Be sure to follow all instructions on the kit’s box! Each test’s requirements are different, often including shutting all windows and outside doors for long periods of time. If your test results are between 2 and 4 pCi/L, fix it immediately by calling a radon contractor, or a Phoenix home inspection company, like One Avenue, for advice about who to hire and what steps to take to safeguard your home.
This checklist should help make the process a piece of cake!
Before Conducting a Radon Test:
During a Radon Test:
After a Radon Test:
A lot of homeowners only think about home inspection when they are moving. However, home inspection is not meant just for the buyers and sellers in the market, but anyone who has been in their home for more than seven years or who has remodeled in any way. We are home professionals.
What makes One Avenue different from other inspection agencies?
All of our inspectors use state of the art home inspection software during each meeting and while they work. This allows them to document more closely, and in terms each homeowner will understand, their every observation. Our use of tablets and other technology allows us to print and email all of your information at your home on the same day! We have experience with out of state buyers and investors primarily because of this way of business. It does not matter where you are at the time of inspection- you will receive any and all updates immediately.
All of our inspectors are State Certified and fully insured. You would be surprised how many companies claim these kinds of qualifications, but have no way to back it up. We are professionals invited into your home to catch any problems- you should never have to consider our presence a liability. One Avenue is a member of the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors, which means we are always up to date on any new technological advances, code updates, or repair details in our field. Our specialists not only tell you what is wrong with your home, but provide insight and advice as to what steps to take next.
All of our inspectors work to fit your schedule. You tell us what time is a convenient time for your home inspection, and we will make sure one of our inspectors is on the scene at the designated time. We have a team of home inspectors, property specialists, and even an emergency dispatcher for last minute situations.
We have a great relationship with many real estate agencies and home repair contractors in the Valley, if you ever need recommendations!