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Nov152013

Home Inspection Checklist

Home Inspection Checklist Although architectural details, wall and floor
coverings, modern conveniences and many other factors are important in the
buying decision, the focus of this inspection is on the
structural/mechanical/electrical condition of the property.The inspection is
designed to give the real estate agent or prospective purchaser a system to
detect some of the readily accessible major flaws or deficiencies in the
significant components and systems of a home. It is not designed to, nor does it
profess to facilitate detection of all flaws, problems or occurrences that might
exist in any given home.To maximize time efficiency and to ensure all of the
major sections of the home are take into consideration, we have developed a
systematized approach to the inspection. This is a simplified overview of
systems that professional home inspectors use when they are inspecting a home.To
assist you in following the system, we have provided a checklist that will guide
you through your own inspection.THE INSPECTION SYSTEMTHE BIG PICTUREThe first
step in inspecting a home is to examine the big picture for the home. Notice the
area the home is located in. Are there other homes of similar age and
construction details relative to the home you are inspecting huanghaiyan118? A
comparison will give you a general idea of the upkeep of the home. Have there
been significant modifications to the exterior of the building and if so, how is
the workmanship?EXTERIORStart at the exterior front of the house and work your
way around the house (clockwise or counter-clockwise) at a distance which allows
you to view a complete face comfortably. On each face (front, sides, rear) start
your visual inspection at the top of the structure and work your way down to the
ground and lot area. As an example, you would start at the front and note the
roof and chimneys, the gutters, fascia and soffits. Then, moving down the
exterior wall coverings (brick, wood, aluminum), noting windows, doors, etc.
Examine any porches or decks down to the foundation, then the grade or slope of
the lot area, followed by any coverings, such as flower beds, walkways,
interlocking brick, driveways, etc. Move closer to the house, to examine more
closely any details which may have attracted your attention, without skipping
any items. Having completed the front, move to the side of the house and start
the same procedure (roof to ground).INTERIOROn the interior, begin your
inspection in the basement and then follow the system throughout each floor in
the house. The system for inspecting the interior is to begin with the floor, go
to the walls and then the ceiling, and then consider any appliances or other
items in the room. Move from room to room, always in the same direction
(clockwise or counter-clockwise) so as to not miss any areas. If you see a door,
open it!In the utility room in the basement, first notice the floor, the walls
(possibly the foundation walls are visible here), then the ceiling (floor joists
may be visible), then go to the furnace, hot water heater, electrical panel,
plumbing system, etc. When inspecting the floors, walls and ceilings, scan the
entire area that is visible, not just one section.In a finished room you would
notice the floors, walls (including windows) and ceiling. Next look for the heat
sources, electrical outlets and switches, fireplaces, closets etc. In bathroom
or kitchen, notice the floor, walls and ceiling, then the plumbing
fixtures.CONDITIONWhile performing the inspection, whether at the exterior, the
interior or one of the mechanical systems, note the system first, then its
relative condition. For example, if you were inspecting a wall on the interior
of the home you would first note that the wall is plaster, and then examine the
wall for cracks and irregularities.PROBLEMSThe following are some typical
problems or occurrences to look for in the major components and systems of the
home.ROOFIs the ridge (peak) showing a sag, or is it straight and level?Is the
roof sagging between the rafters or trusses?Are there any signs of deterioration
of asphalt shingles, such as curling, wasping, broken edges, rounded corners or
key holes (slits) becoming wider that normal?Any loose flashings, at the
chimney, roof-to-wall connection or elsewhere? Does the wooden roof deck appear
rotten or delaminated under the last row of shingles?Are there any roof vents
visible?CHIMNEYSIs the masonry cap cracked or broken? Are any bricks flaking or
missing? Mortar missing? Is the chimney leaning?SOFFITS AND FASCIANote whether
the soffit and fascia are wood, aluminum or plastic Any loose or missing
sections?If wood, are there any paint problems Isabel Marant? Any visible
rot?GUTTERS AND DOWNSPOUTSEnsure gutters slope down toward downspouts Any rust
or peeling paint?Apparent leaks or loose/sagging sections?Are the downspouts
extended away from the foundations?WALL COVERINGSLook for missing mortarAre the
bricks flaking or cracking?Look for loose, missing or rotten siding,
deteriorated paint.Does the siding appear new? Does it hide the foundation
wall?Exterior walls bowed, bulged or leaning?WINDOWS AND DOORSLook for problems
with paint or caulking, and rotted wood components. Are the windows new or
older? Are they the original windows?How old are they?PORCHES AND DECKSCracking
or flaking masonry?Check for paint problems, rotted wood, and wood-earth
contact.Note any settlement or separation from the house.Inspect the underside,
if accessible.FOUNDATIONSCheck for cracks, flaking or damaged masonry.Note any
water markings and effluorescence (whitish, chalky substance) Any bowing,
buldging or other irregularities?Soft mortar?LOT AREADoes the grade slope away
from the house?Any settled/low areas next to the foundation, or cracked
walks/driveway? Is the property lower than the street or neighboring
properties?BASEMENTNote any evidence of water penetration (stains, mildew/odors,
effluorescence, loose tiles etc.)FLOORSCheck for deteriorated coverings or
cracked ceramics. Any water staining or other damage? Sloping or
sagging?WALLSRandomly sample to check that the windows and doors work. Are the
walls straight vertically and horizontally? Look for cracked or loose plaster.
Look for stains, physical damage or previous repair evidence. Any drywall seams
or nails showing isabel
marant camel brown bobby sneakers?CEILINGSCheck for cracks in the plaster or
loose, sagging plaster. Look for stains, mechanical damage or evidence of
previous repair. Seams or nails showing?BATHROOMS AND KITCHENSCheck that all
fixtures are secure. Are there any cracks in the fixtures? Note the conditon of
the tiles and caulking in the tub/shower area. Are the faucets working? Do they
leak? Sufficient water pressure? Look for staining and rot under the
counter-tops Randomly sample the operation of the cabinet doors and
drawers.ELECTRO-MECHANICAL CONSIDERATIONSType, style and age of heating &
cooling systems. When were they last inspected or serviced? Type of water supply
piping and drains - any visible rust and corrosion? Size and age of electical
service - are the outlets grounded? Visible wiring in good condtion? Have there
been any upgrades?Vist our website for a printable Pre-Inspection Checklist
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Nov142013

Furniture to Capture Your Imagination - Bentley Designs Isabel Marant by Kathryn Dawson

Furniture to Capture Your Imagination - Bentley Designs by Kathryn Dawson
The most popular and certainly long-lasting furniture to be crafted has been constructed using real wood huanghaiyan118. You will find three types of woods typically used in the construction of wood furniture; they are hardwoods, softwoods, and composites. To understand how quality furniture can capture our imaginations, let's start with understanding these three types of woods and the potential impact to the decisions you make on your next furniture purchase:

Hardwood is wood from deciduous trees that have broadleaves, product a fruit or nut, and generally go dormant in the winter. Hundreds of varieties of hardwood trees thrive around the world. The most common varieties, or species, used for furniture construction include oak, ash, cherry, maple, walnut, poplar, and mahogany. Certain hardwood species are not recommended for flooring us because they are not hard enough to withstand heavy wear and tear.

Not to be confusing but hardwoods are also not necessarily harder than some softwoods. You'll find an enormous variation in actual wood hardness, however, the hardest hardwoods are much harder than any softwood and there are about a hundred times as many hardwoods as softwoods.

Hardwood is synonymous with the highest quality and expense. They offer a vast range of natural colors, from very light to very dark dicker suede ankle boot. These woods can also be stained for additional color variation. They are also more resistant to warping and bending than other woods. The five most common hardwoods for furniture production are oak, maple, cherry, walnut, and mahogany.

Softwoods are conifers, evergreen, and cone-bearing trees. Some widely available softwood includes cedar, fir, hemlock, pine, redwood, and spruce. When it comes to home building, softwoods are typically used for structural lumber, such as 2x4s, 2x6s, etc. While softwood will require more care than hardwood, they are less expensive. The woods can easily scratch and dent and in general, are less attractive than hardwood because they lack the grain of hardwood and do not take stain as well.

Softwood (conifer) forests are found primarily in the northern hemisphere. Conifers are fast-growing, can be easily cultivated, and produce relatively straight trunks, which makes harvesting and processing much less expensive. Conifers are also used in the manufacture of fiberboard and paper.

Pine is the most common softwood used in furniture construction. Pine is also popular in construction, so the best looking pieces are often reserved for furniture building.

Composite Woods are made rather than grown and represent the least expensive wood available. There are four main types of composite board used in the manufacture of furniture; Plywood, Particle Board, Hardboard, or Medium Density Fiberboard. Furniture can be called "real wood" furniture, even if it is created using composite wood.

Veneer is a thin layer used on the surface of furniture; typically veneer is bonded to the surface of a less attractive or interior material. Veneer furniture is any type of furniture finished with a thin sliver of wood or other material on the surface of the piece. This thin exterior coating is known as veneer and may be composed of real wood, wood laminate, or a resin product designed to mimic the look or marble or other natural elements. In general, veneer is used to provide a richer look to furniture constructed with less expensive materials.

When it comes to furniture design, you'll find that Bentley Designs is one the leading suppliers of quality furniture in the UK and Ireland. Skilled team of designers and engineers create inspirational designs to meet ever-evolving customer desires. The manufacturing plants us the most up-to-date automated finishing line and processing equipment to ensure the highest standards of quality and workmanship. Their workmanship includes the use of natural grain hardwoods and veneers.

Extensive oak and walnut collections offer uncompromising quality and versatility. Bentley designs capture the very best in the latest market trends to create better living for your bedroom and dining room space. Strikingly clean and simple designs help to show off the natural beauty of solid, knotty American oak furniture. The classic selection of furniture includes the Bentley beds that are designed with a sprung slat bed and soft closing drawers and offer a choice of alloy and wooden handles to blend perfectly with both traditional and contemporary d�cor.

Using a wonderful dark walnut color and offering clean modern line at affordable prices, you'll find another example of crafted furniture using veneers and solid hardwood from American Black Walnut Isabel Marant. The Tokyo Furniture collection also offers a marvelous design effortlessly combining functionality and stunning contemporary style. Celebrated as the 'king of woods,' the Tokyo collection displays the rich heritage of walnut throughout its furniture collection.

Perhaps by now you have narrowed down your selection and know that investing in hardwood is the choice for you. Look for furniture that offers a blend of beauty, resilience and functionality for a lifetime of enjoyment. By shopping online and browsing the countless website catalogues, you can save a few more trees so they can be made into long-lasting furniture, rather than disposable paper. <

Nov132013

Dressing Up Shower alexander mcqueen jewelry Curtain Rods

Dressing Up Shower Curtain Rods If you are on a tight decorating budget, or just
like getting really creative, then you may want to consider using shower curtain
rods in more places than the bathroom. Sure these rods are functional. They do
hold up the all important shower curtain liner that keeps water in the shower
and off the bathroom floor. But shower curtain rods also make great decorative
poles in other room of the house.Some of the Most Unusual Place to Hang a
RodShower curtain rods can be purchased for just a few dollars but look like a
million bucks when used in some creative places around the house. It�s the kind
of home improvement project a struggling college student can use or the most
sophisticated decorator and still have a great new look.In the bedroom: Drapery
fabric or curtains are a great way to hide an unattractive wall or cover closets
where doors just don�t work. The pressure style rods simply twist to the right
size and are held in place by pressure. One consideration with this type of rod
is that it cannot usually support very heavy drapes. If you are using velvet for
example, you would probably need a rod that is mounted with good drywall
screws.Another creative place to use shower curtain rods in the bedroom is by
suspending a couple from the ceiling above the bed. Sheer fabric can drape
across both rods with a dip in the centre and then the fabric can cascade down
the wall at the head of the bed. Not only have you created a romantic canopy,
but you will also have a soft fabric headboard as a backdrop to decorative
pillows.In the Kitchen: A pantry area can be curtained off by using a shower
curtain rod and some lightweight kitchen print fabric. This can be coordinated
with caf� curtains on the windows and all of the table linens.In the Sunroom:
What to do with a sunroom that gets too hot? Most sunrooms are vented to control
temperature, but it can still heat up the connecting rooms in the house when too
much sun comes in. You can use a pressure shower curtain rod at either end of
the overhead windows in a sunroom. Then stitch a pocket �� wider than the pole�s
diameter into which the poles slip. When you hang the rods the fabric can be
taut or drape slightly. Either way you have diffused the sunlight just enough to
control the room�s temperature.Shower Curtain Rods for the BathroomThe latest
decorating trends have taken the mundane out of bathrooms If you are looking for
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might just pass your criterions.. There are s-shaped rods that make an old
fashioned claw foot tub able to support a shower spray. Also, there are new
designs in rods that suspend them from chains so that they appear to float from
the ceiling. You can dress up shower curtain rods by choosing fun coordinating
colours or attaching the curtains with interesting ribbons or clips. It doesn�t
have to be just a plastic ring through a button hole.The ideas are endless and
only limited by imagination and creativity. Spend some time looking through
decorating catalogues and you will see that whenever there is an expensive rod
used to hold up fabric, a shower curtain rod may do the job just as well, but
for a whole lot less money.

Nov132013

Cleaning Laminate Flooring � What�s Best by vente isabel marant Richard Keech

Cleaning Laminate Flooring � What�s Best by Richard Keech
One of the great advantages that laminate flooring has over other types of flooring is how easy it is to keep clean. Once installed, the after care that laminate flooring requires is very little and extremely simple, and if it is carried out regularly, your floor can be kept looking like new for many years to come.

Generally speaking a simply brush over with a soft headed brush or a very slightly damp mop, is all that is needed when cleaning laminate flooring huanghaiyan118. Follow this with the use of a vacuum cleaner around the edges of the room, and also around any larger pieces of furniture that cannot be moved, and that is all that is generally required.

Special cleaning pads are available which look very much like a mop, and have replaceable wipes that wrap around the pad which attracts the dust, etc. These make cleaning laminate flooring even easier but can become expensive.

When using a damp mop to clean the laminate, do not use to much water. Make sure you only use enough water to make the mop damp so that it holds the dust, etc., do not soak the floor, as this could cause the edges of the laminate boards to start to expand and the whole floor may start to buckle vente isabel marant.

For stain removal, do not use a strong detergent. Firstly, try using just warm water, but again, only use enough for removal of the stain in the small local area. In other words � don�t over-wet the area. If this doesn�t seem to work then try using a mild, non-abrasive cleaner. For cleaning of larger stains, etc. on laminate flooring, use a mop with ammonia or a mixture of water and vinegar.

Where ever possible try to use citrus-based cleaners, and not the conventional soap-based cleaners. When trying a cleaning product for the first time always test on an area of laminate flooring that is out of sight, such as under the cooker or fridge for example. Once you�ve tested the new product, leave this small area for 30 minute�s just to be certain that there are no adverse effects to the laminate surface.

When trying to clean laminate flooring do not use steel wool, sand paper, or scouring powder on the laminate surface, as these will quickly break down the laminate and lead to very early failure of the flooring. Also never try to sand, wax, or apply lacquer to the laminate flooring.

Try to always use a door mat at every exterior doorway. This will help to trap any dirt etc., and also trap small stones and grit which may easily scratch the surface of your laminate flooring. To avoid any marks that could potentially be left by furniture, always use felt pads under the furniture legs, or castor cups under any furniture wheels.

Always read the manufacturer�s "care" instructions that come with your flooring, and adhere to them. It is important that the correct installation and after care procedure�s are followed so that any manufacturer warranties are valid.

By following the manufacturer�s instructions and these supplementary tips on cleaning laminate flooring, your floor should look as good as the day it was installed, for many years to come <

Nov122013

Being Bright alexander mcqueen About Lighting by Jon Kilminster -

Being Bright About Lighting by Jon Kilminster -
When choosing the right lighting for you home you have to find out what type of light you would like the house to give off Here you will find a collection of fashion images, like alexander mcqueen shoes, clothing, skull scarf, clutch, wedding dresses, jewelry and more.. If you want dim lighting then there are options for that. If you would like a brighter home then you can by more powerful lighting. The most important thing in choosing lighting for you home is to know what you want your home to look like once you have the lights in it.

Different rooms can require different light as the bathroom and kitchen are generally the brightest rooms in the house. Other rooms vary depending how you want them to look. One nice option for rooms that people gather in is a dimmer switch which can change the lighting from dim to bright depending on the situation.

When lighting your home see in the house where you want the light to be directed. Just throwing up lighting can make the house look much different than you planned. Lamps can be moved and adjusted, it is not so easy to do so with wall and ceiling mounted lighting.

The style of the lights are also important especially if they are not hidden and in plain site. The style of the lighting should go with the d�cor of your room, not stand out from it. It is important to do a thorough layout of what your room will look like before purchasing the light. If the room or home is already set up this is especially important as you do not want to rearrange your house because of the lighting that you thought would look good doesn�t.

There are many lighting experts out there especially at stores that specialize in lighting. Take advantage of these people and ask them questions about lighting and your home and different lighting options.


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