Licensed Home Inspector Keith Boggs

4 DIY Tips To Save Money And Get Your Home Ready For Winter

getting ready for winterFrom your friends at Stonebriar Home Inspections!

Many people look forward to the cooler weather. The brisk autumn winds and colorful leaves signal that once again it’s time to take out the sweaters and scarves. There are the hot soups and pumpkin-flavored drinks to keep one warm as the weather gets cooler, but for the conscientious homeowner and dedicated DIYer, it’s time to start winterizing your home.

Sealing out pesky drafts around your home helps save energy while also making your home more comfortable. It also prevents water damage from rain, ice or snow and blocks out pests that might be trying to find a warm place to spend the winter.

As you’re deciding where to get started, here are four projects that will go a long way to save you money and make your home ready for whatever Mother Nature throws at it this winter. Continue Reading

The Sound Of Silence: How To Design A Quiet Home Office

home officeThe Article Courtesy of Stonebriar Home Inspections!

In today’s increasingly digital world, it’s no surprise that more employees are opting to work from home. While there may be a shift of physical locations — from the office building to the home — productivity is still paramount, making the need for quiet home workspaces more important than ever.

“As urbanization continues, builders and developers are focused on optimizing available land, which results in more homes, apartments, and condos built near highways and airports,” says Mark Montgomery, vice president of marketing for leading window manufacturer Ply Gem Windows. “The convergence of telecommuting and higher noise levels means there’s a growing need to enhance homeowner comfort with noise reduction technology.”

If your workspace needs a sound makeover, consider the following tips. For even more information on home improvement solutions, check out websites like www.plygem.com. Continue Reading

Tips To Stop Drafts, Save Money And Improve Your Home

Here are a few great fall/winter tips for helping to keep your home warm and also help on your energy bills from your friends at Stonebriar Property Inspections.

As you are aware, colder weather is here. Before those winds begin to howl, be sure your home is ready for the chill. Not only can draft-proofing your home help in colder weather, but even homeowners in warmer climates can draft-proof their homes to help save on energy and moderate their home’s indoor climate. Air leaks not only allow cold air in, but they also allow warmed air to escape. Continue Reading

10 Hot Home Tech Gifts for Every Budget!

10 Hot Home Tech Gifts for Every Budget!

‘Tis the holiday season, which means it’s prime time to find good deals on fancy new electronic gadgets that promise to make your home even more awesome! Does your home entertainment system need an upgrade? Are you looking to improve your house’s security system? What about some new technology in your kitchen appliance cabinet?

Whether you gift them for your kids, your partner, or yourself, home tech gifts are always well-received. And the perfect electronic gift begins with research. We’re giving you a head start with this list of 10 hot home tech gifts perfect for any budget.

Time to start shopping!

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Will You Survive the Nightmares of New Home Construction?

Will You Survive the Nightmares of New Home Construction?

In 2000, Sandra Bullock’s custom-built lakefront Texas mansion, which was under construction, became a house of horrors!

Mold grew on the walls, windows and doors leaked, and the chimney was cracked. An exterior wall was built directly on the ground without a foundation, and electrical wires were exposed to water leaks. These are just a few of the defects cited in the lawsuit she filed against the builder in 2001, which she won. And ultimately, she bulldozed what was supposed to have been her dream home.

If you’re building a new home, your story is unlikely to end like Sandra’s — but no home is perfect, even when built from the ground up. Are you planning to build versus buy? Or coming up on the end of your one-year new home warranty?

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Selling Your Home? Here are 22 Ways to Prepare for a Home Inspection.

Selling Your Home? Here are 22 Ways to Prepare for a Home Inspection.

Homeowners focus largely on cosmetic fixes when preparing to sell. They put fresh paint on the walls, remodel kitchens and baths, and spruce up the landscape. And these efforts pay off: The house looks and feels clean and modern, which captures the attention of buyers who don’t want to mess with those projects once they move in.

Not as much attention is focused, however, on making sure the inner workings of the home are in good shape. We recommend having a seller’s home inspection to make sure you’re aware of issues before you even put your house on the market, because when you receive an offer, the option period is short — generally, five to ten days — in which you must have your home inspected, make repairs, and possibly have it reinspected.

Additionally, you want this home inspection to go really, really well! Its outcomes have a huge influence on the profit you make from selling your home. We’ve gleaned the best advice from the field to create this checklist on preparing for a home inspection. Continue Reading

Five Good Reasons to Have Your Home Inspected Every Year

Five Good Reasons to Have Your Home Inspected Every Year

When you buy or sell a home, it’s a given that you will have a home inspection — but have you thought about having your current home inspected outside of the buying or selling process?

We’ve lived in our home for twelve years, and I can’t tell you how many times my experience as a Dallas home inspector has helped us keep minor issues from becoming major over that time.

How long have you lived in your home? What problems may be lurking? It’s time to schedule an inspection. Continue Reading

Why You Shouldn’t Skip a Home Inspection, Even on a Brand New Home

Why You Shouldn’t Skip a Home Inspection, Even on a Brand New Home

Our housing market is booming as companies like Toyota, Liberty Mutual, State Farm, and Facebook are setting up shop, bringing thousands of jobs and transplanting thousands of people to fill them. In fact, the latest census data shows that the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metropolitan statistical area issued 55,800 housing permits last year alone! More than any other metro area in the nation!

New homes are in high demand, and builders are under pressure to deliver them fast — which means that city inspectors, contractors, subcontractors, and construction pros themselves are also under pressure to meet deadlines and keep costs low. And while most don’t intentionally cut corners to save time or money, no one can keep an eye on every step of the process.

That’s why reliable, thorough home inspections on newly-constructed houses have become more important than ever.

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How to Keep Your Cool by Maintaining Your Air Conditioner

How to Keep Your Cool by Maintaining Your Air Conditioner

It’s summer in Dallas — which, as you know, means air conditioners are running and utility bills are rising. Did you know that 6% of your household energy goes to cooling your home? And homeowners spend $29 billion every year to run their A/C systems!

Air conditioners are major investments, but we obviously need them in the South — not just for comfort, but for safety when the temperatures skyrocket. And to keep them running at their peak efficiency, they require regular maintenance. Do you know what you need to do to take care of yours?

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Your 7-Step DIY Sprinkler Tune-Up Checklist and When You Can Water in DFW

Your 7-Step DIY Sprinkler Tune-Up Checklist and When You Can Water in DFW

With temperatures already in the eighties in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, it’s a good time to make sure your sprinkler system is in tip-top shape. Doing so will save you water, which in turn saves you cash. (Did you know that minor water leaks account for more than 1 trillion gallons of wasted water each year?) And it may save you a lot of time and even more money if you prevent minor problems from escalating into costly major repairs.

Many DIY sprinkler tune-up guides exist. After reviewing several, we’ve laid out the seven steps you can take to do your own springtime sprinkler check up. We’ve also included links to the 2017 watering restrictions and schedules for many of DFW’s major cities. Continue Reading

Six Steps to Keep Your Pipes from Bursting During a Freeze

Six Steps to Keep Your Pipes from Bursting During a Freeze

Did you know a 1/8-inch crack in a pipe can release up to 250 gallons of water in a single day? That’s why it’s important to protect your plumbing when the temperature dips below freezing. Water in pipes expands as it turns into ice. Pipe bursts. And you are left with an expensive mess to clean up.

The worst part? You probably could have avoided that mess by taking a few simple precautions during the winter months.

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10 Gifts Any First-Time Homeowner Wants to Receive

10 Gifts Any First-Time Homeowner Wants to Receive

Our friends just bought their first home, so we’ve been trying to find the perfect holiday/housewarming gift for them. There are so many options, and we’ve done some research. Along the way, we’ve collected 10 gift ideas we think any first-time homeowner will appreciate. Continue Reading

The Top Five Decisions to Make Before Gutter Replacement

The Top Five Decisions to Make Before Gutter Replacement

Some friends of ours recently replaced their gutters and downspouts. And while that sounds like a relatively simple project, they found there was more to consider than they expected. If you are planning for a gutter replacement anytime soon, here are the top five decisions you will need to make before you start the work. Continue Reading

Buyer’s Home Inspection Services

We will inspect your home as if we were the ones making this major investment.

Buying a home is a major step and a big investment, so discovering any defects before you’ve signed on the dotted line is a top priority. Having a detailed understanding of a home’s condition before you commit to it gives you what you need to negotiate a fair price with confidence. It also provides you with peace of mind when making your final decision. Stonebriar Property Inspections offers Buyer’s Home Inspection Services. Continue Reading

What You Wish You Knew About Fire Extinguishers

What You Wish You Knew About Fire Extinguishers

It’s the National Fire Protection Association’s Fire Prevention Week, and their focus for the third year in a row is on smoke alarm safety. Smoke alarms are a great way to protect your family, pets, and home from unnecessary fire and smoke damage. We wrote about how to maintain them in last month’s blog post.

But another safety measure you can — and should — take is to strategically locate fire extinguishers in your home. You can’t always prevent a fire, but you may be able to put it out quickly with a working fire extinguisher and an understanding of how to use it. Continue Reading

Make Sure Your Home Inspection Isn’t Botched

Make Sure Your Home Inspection Isn’t Botched

We were watching Botched the other night – a TV show about a couple of plastic surgeons who fix procedures that other people have messed up. Usually, those who botch the surgeries are not ethical, licensed plastic surgeons. Often, they’re not even doctors. Yet people allow them to perform invasive procedures on their bodies at the risk of disfigurement or even death. Continue Reading

Prevent Costly Home Repairs with Proper Grading and Drainage

Prevent Costly Home Repairs with Proper Grading and Drainage

Standing water near your home’s foundation caused by improper grading or faulty gutters and downspouts can cause damage, including slab movement, retaining wall failures, and slope instabilities. It can also lead to serious foundation problems, requiring costly repairs to your home’s structural system.

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