Your House Number – Just may save a life

When you get a Shawn Chesney Home Inspection, you get a long list of items inside and outside the home checked for functionality and also safety. Our Home Inspectors look at many things to insure you are well informed and are aware of simple things to insure you are as safe as possible in any situation. One of the things to consider is should there ever be an urgent need for emergency responders to attend your home, you want them to be able to find it as easily as possible. Clearly labeling your home with the house number is vital.     Exterior Safety:  House Numbers House numbers should be clear enough so that police, the fire department, paramedics, etc., can quickly locate properties in an emergency. House numbers are often the only way that first-responders can identify their intended destinations. A number of jurisdictions have begun enforcing laws through strict fines for homeowners who do not comply with laws that impose requirements for house numbers. Common Requirements  Many municipalities and counties have implemented ordinances requiring property owners to standardize the display of their house numbers or face stiff fines. Typical requirements include displaying street numbers in block numbering at least 4 inches tall and ½-thick, with a reflective finish or with a source of night-time illumination. In order for house numbers to be visible from the street, they should: be large; be of a color that contrasts with their background. Reflective numbers are usually helpful because they are easier to see at night than numbers that are not reflective; not be obscured by any trees, shrubs, or other permanent objects; face the...

Extreme Home Safety: Panic Rooms

Safe Rooms A safe room, also known as a panic room, is a fortified room that is installed in a private residence or business to provide a safe hiding place in the event of an emergency. Some Facts In Mexico, where kidnappings are relatively common, some people use safe rooms as an alternative (or a supplement) to bodyguards. In Israel, bullet- and fire-resistant security rooms have been mandated for all new construction since 1992. Since the 1980s, every U.S. embassy has had a safe room with bullet-resistant glass. Perhaps the largest safe room will belong to the Sultan of Brunei. The planned 100,000-square foot room will be installed beneath his 1,788-room, 2,152,782-square foot residence. Why are safe rooms used?  Reasons include: to hide from burglars. The protection of a safe room will afford residents extra time to contact police; to hide from would-be kidnappers. Many professional athletes, actors and politicians install safe rooms in their houses; protection against natural disasters, such as tornadoes and hurricanes. Underground tornado bunkers are common in certain tornado-prone regions of the United States; protection against a nuclear attack. While structures near the blast may be incinerated, those far away may be shielded from radioactive fallout. This type of safe room, known as a fallout shelter and typically located outside the home, was more common during the Cold War than it is today; and to provide a temporary refuge in the event of a serious disease outbreak. Safe rooms have become a status symbol in wealthy areas such as Bel Air and Manhattan, where it is believed there are thousands of such rooms. However, it is difficult to estimate the...
How Bright are you about your lighting?

How Bright are you about your lighting?

The Home Inspectors at Shawn Chesney Home Inspections see many different things every single day when performing a house inspection. Some things are minor and some things can be dangerous. Lighting is often dismissed as a minor thought due to its reliability and ease of use and low risk, but there are a few things to be aware of. Lighting Color Rendering Index (CRI) CRI is a quantitative measure of the ability of a light source to reproduce the colors of various objects faithfully, in comparison with an ideal or natural light source. The closer the CRI of a lamp is to 100, the more “true” it renders colors in the environment. Poor CRI is the reason that a shirt and pants that seemed to match at home now clash in the restroom at work. Incandescent lights are inefficient but they have a CRI of 100, making them the most aesthetic lighting choice. Compact fluorescents lights (CFLs) are far more efficient and have a longer life than incandescent bulbs, but they have a CRI in the low 60s. Low-voltage halogen and LED lights are relatively efficient, long-lasting, and have a high CRI, although not as high as incandescent bulbs. Clothes Closet Lighting People don’t often think about the fire risks posed by the light in their clothes closet, but it’s one of the few places in the house where a source of high heat can get too close to flammable materials. Lighting must be installed safely, with adequate separation from clothes, boxes and other flammables stored in the closet. Additionally, the quality of the light, as well as bulb...

Looking for Feedback/Suggestions from Realtors about the Home Inspection Process

Shawn Chesney Home Inspections is committed to providing the best Inspection Service and also the most efficient process possible. We appreciate how valuable all our time is and that there is never enough of it. We are looking to improve all our lives by asking you for your feedback on Home Inspections. Please feel free to add any comments, you do not need to register to do so and no personal information will be collected. One of the things we do at SCHI is to sit with the Client, and set their expectations on the report, we explain red comments do not mean bad things, or that the number of photos or comments should not scare them, they are simply items to address which could be as simple as changing a light bulb. What are some things you like and things you do not like?  ~~~~~~~~~~  At SCHI, we schedule our inspections to begin on the outside, we ask to alert the home owner we will arrive at say 9am and will not need to have access till 10am. This provides the Real Estate Agents an option to arrive at 10am to provide access to the inside. What are some things that would make the process a lot better for you? ~~~~~~~~~~ What other suggestions do you have that would make the entire process smoother and easier for you? Just click the “Add New Comment” Button Below, thank you...

10 Easy Ways to Save Money & Energy in Your Home

  Most people don’t know how easy it is to make their homes run on less energy, and here at InterNACHI, we want to change that. Here are 10 Easy Ways to Save Money & Energy in Your Home . Drastic reductions in heating, cooling and electricity costs can be accomplished through very simple changes, most of which homeowners can do themselves. Of course, for homeowners who want to take advantage of the most up-to-date knowledge and systems in home energy efficiency, InterNACHI energy auditors can perform in-depth testing to find the best energy solutions for your particular home. Why make your home more energy efficient? Here are a few good reasons: • Federal, Provincial, utility and local jurisdictions’ financial incentives, such as tax breaks, are very advantageous for homeowners • It saves money. It costs less to power a home that has been converted to be more energy-efficient. • It increases the comfort level indoors. • It reduces our impact on climate change. Many scientists now believe that excessive energy consumption contributes significantly to global warming. • It reduces pollution. Conventional power production introduces pollutants that find their way into the air, soil and water supplies. 1. Find better ways to heat and cool your house. As much as half of the energy used in homes goes toward heating and cooling. The following are a few ways that energy bills can be reduced through adjustments to the heating and cooling systems: • Install a ceiling fan. Ceiling fans can be used in place of air conditioners, which require a large amount of energy. • Periodically replace air filters...