In the market for your first home? First off, congratulations! Becoming a homeowner is an exciting and rewarding milestone, but before signing on the dotted line, there’s still a lot to consider as far as the shape your new home will be in. Remember this is a big investment and when there’s a little problem with the cosmetics of your home it can turn into something major and a lot of money can be spent with just one little thing. It’s not just like renting an apartment where you can call your landlord and tell them to come fix it for you, here you will have to call a professional to come check the problem out for you.
What’s the shape of your first home?
Once you know where you want to live, you want to make sure your home is in good, solid shape. Unforeseen repair costs can easily put a hard pinch on a first-time home buyer already financing an expensive move.
To help first-time home buyers hunt for the perfect home, here’s a list of structural items to consider:
Are there any roofing problems?
Look for missing or curling shingles. Moss may mean that the shingles are old or in need of roof replacement. Inadequate ventilation can also prematurely age a roof — make sure that any venting issues have been addressed.
Is the gutter system in working order?
Broken, damaged, leaking or clogged gutters need to be replaced. Depending on the amount of time these gutters were left untreated, there could be water damage to soffit, fascia, roofing or foundation. Look for warning signs like discoloration, rot, mold, cracking, shifting or peeling.
How does the chimney look?
As a first-time home buyer, you may not have a lot of experience with chimneys. Check for visible cracks in the mortar that could call for repairs. Is there a chimney cap to keep rain, debris and critters out of the chimney? A chimney will need to be inspected to determine the functionality, and a cap should be added if there isn’t one already.
Checking the home exterior
Examine the exterior walls and foundation for cracks, discoloration, or bowing, which could indicate water damage or a shifting foundation. These can be big-ticket repairs that must be done to maintain the home’s structural integrity. Note any shifting, cracking, or drainage issues near the driveways and sidewalks or any retaining walls. Concrete work can be a major expense.
Checking the home interior
Windows and doors are another detail that is often overlooked. Watch for discoloration, moisture, or visible gaps around windows and doors. Single-pane windows and wooden windows and doors are common in older homes. Even if there aren’t signs of rot or water damage, these older items aren’t nearly as energy efficient as their modern replacements, so you’ll want to consider replacements costs before you make an offer. Floors and walls are great indicators of a home’s structural integrity. Discoloration on walls or floors can be a sign of water damage or mold. Bowed walls or floors may be a red flag for a moisture or foundation problem—both potential fixes that any first-time home buyer should investigate further before talking numbers.
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Synthetic roofing might not be the first thing that comes to mind when building your new home, but it should at least make it on your list. This amazing new material which is also referred to as composite roof tiles, is quickly taking over the industry for its impressive look and unbeatable value. Offered with companies like Brava Roof Tile, you can easily customize your roofing selection to mimic any of the popular roof styles, including slate tile, Spanish barrel tile, or shake roof. While the look might be the same, the value is not— as synthetic roofing far outranks its natural alternatives with regards to quality. Read on for a few reason this new material is taking over the market.
Made to Last
Most roofing systems have an expected lifetime that is relatively short. Natural brittle materials like those in slate and shake style roofs can only last so long until they need to be replaced. Severe weather can also contribute to this shortened life-cycle as these materials don’t always endure winds and rains as we’d hope. With synthetic roofing, many of these concerns no longer apply. Enduring wind, water and fire damage better than natural alternatives, these new roofing systems won’t require replacement after a few years, or possibly even ever. Backed by a 50-year warranty, composite roof tiles are meant to last at minimum the lifetime of one homeowner in a house, if not much longer. Contact Texas First Roofing for a quote!
Unlike brittle slate and clay tiles, synthetic roofing is extremely malleable and durable. It won’t arrive to your work site damaged or broken like so many natural alternatives will and it will also outlive the exceeded expectations of other roofing solutions. Withstanding extreme cold and hot temperatures better than other tiles on the market, it also even performs well in thaw season, a time that many homeowners experience a higher risk of leaks and damage.
What many new homeowners don’t realize about about slate and tile roof systems is the incredible weight they bring to a structure. Extra support and work is often required to alleviate this weight, which can run up costs and slow down projects. With synthetic roofing tile this isn’t a concern as its extreme lightweight makes a simple installation possible. Composite roof tile can also be nailed down with a gun, and installed even in cold temperatures.
Overall, synthetic roofing is a much better value for your home. Made from 100% recycled material, it’s even better for the environment as it goes outside the normal processes of draining natural resources from quarries and the like. Extra materials won’t need to be ordered for common reasons such as damage and excess weight, and your new roof can be installed virtually any time of year with its easy installation methods. Fully customizable to your liking and made to last for years to come without fear of weather-induced damage, there’s really no question that composite roof tiles are one of the best roofing solutions on the market today.
By: Nicole Keli
Saving money is something that most people can appreciate, whether it be saving a few pennies at the grocery store to saving big bucks on a new car. But one thing that people might not think about is saving energy. Whether we realize it or not, saving money and saving energy go hand in hand. We all want to save a little money and with the following tips you will be able to do that and have an energy efficient home!
Tip #1 : Install a programmable thermostat
The hot summer days can cause us to crank down our thermostats, but then what happens to all that air once we leave? Nothing. It stays comfortably on and runs up our electricity bill while we’re gone. Installing a programmable thermostat would allow for you to set a schedule on when the thermostat comes on and when it goes off, meaning you can enjoy all the cool air you want and not have to worry about it going to waste when your gone.
Tip #2 : Plug home electronics, such as TVs and DVD players, into power strips; turn the power strips off when the equipment is not in use.
With today’s technologies, we are all bound to have more than one digital device in our home. Plugging these devices into a power strip provides you with not only an energy efficient home but also easy access to all your devices in one place.
Tip #3 : Lower the thermostat on your hot water heater to 120°F and take short showers instead of baths
Setting your water heater to a lower setting not only saves energy and money, as water heaters can waste anywhere from $36 to $61 dollars annually, but also slows the build of minerals and corrosion in your pipes. This means that you save your hard-earned money in the long run on repairs. Although hot baths are relaxing after a hard day of work, consider taking a short hot shower instead to help reduce water loss.
Tip #4 : Wash only full loads of clothes
We all have a favorite shirt or pair of pants that we might give a little more attention to than the rest of our clothes. But, before you push that start button know that you are wasting water and ultimately YOUR money when you only wash a few pieces of clothing at a time. Consider giving some of your other clothes a chance to shine throughout the week and in turn ensure that you have a full load of clothes on laundry day.
Tip #5 : Air dry dishes instead of using your dishwasher’s drying cycle; only wash full loads of dishes and clothes
Make sure before you start that dishwasher cycle with your favorite cup, that you fill it up with other dishware, so that you optimize your energy. Another great tip for energy is allowing your dishes to air dry instead of using your dishwasher’s drying cycle. Air drying dishes will also help prevent streaking on your clean dishes.
That’s all folks! With these few low-cost or no-cost energy saving tips you will be saving dollars and planning your next summer vacation in no time! For more information on how to save energy or more tips for your home you can visit www.energy.gov . Be sure to be on the lookout for more posts on money saving tips and how to make the most of your home this summer!