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Pillar To Post Newsletter Volume 22, No. 1

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NEWS AND INFORMATION

VOLUME 22, NO. 1

INSPECTION INSIGHTS

Radon Testing For Peace Of Mind


Colorless and odorless, naturally occurring radon gas seeps into homes from underground. Exposure to dangerous levels of radon can be harmful to your family’s health. Here’s what you need to know:

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A fresh, new color palette will make you fall in love with your home all over again.

  • Radon is the #2 cause of lung cancer after smoking.
  • Radon can cause cancers in pets, too.
  • Illness from radon exposure is preventable if measures are taken to reduce high levels in the home.
  • An estimated 1 in 15 homes in the US and Canada has an elevated level of radon.
  • Any home can have a radon problem – old or new, drafty or snug, with or without a basement.

The only way to know if a home has excessive levels of radon is by testing. Your Pillar To Post Home Inspector conducts radon testing using continuous monitoring technology, then reports on results and recommends steps to reduce excessive radon levels if found.

Keep your family safe and schedule a radon test for your home today.

BUYER AWARE

Do I Really Need A Home Inspection?


There is simply no better way to get to know a home, learn about any issues and understand its features than by getting a complete, professional home inspection.

  1. Learn about any major defects or damage that will need to be addressed. Things like a new roof or repairing a foundation are costly but necessary.
  2. The home inspection can reveal potentially dangerous conditions, including problems with the electrical system or a malfunctioning furnace.
  3. A home inspection is also the best way to get to know the general condition of the home. Is the attic adequately insulated? Is the water heater on its last legs? Is the dryer vented properly? These are just a few more examples of how buyers can benefit from an inspection.

You’ll gain peace of mind (and a lot of knowledge) by getting your home inspected.

Do I REALLY need a home inspection?

The Ultimate Home InspectionSM


Pillar To Post Home Inspection Packages include even more exclusive and innovative features than ever. These new services deliver speed, ease and convenience, getting you to closings faster, saving you time, and delighting your clients.

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Standard with every Home Inspection:

PTP360*


Interactive 360° Visual Inspection Summary

  • Brings the inspection report to life
  • Includes every room and the exterior
  • Accessible any time
PTP360

PTPEstimates*

Powered by PunchList


Cost estimate for Inspection Summary items

  • Learn what recommended repairs will cost
  • Estimate based on local costs
  • Request an estimate with just a click
PTPEstimates
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Also included with Premium and Prestige Packages:

PTPFloor Plan


An accurate floor plan of the entire home

  • Use to determine furniture fit and placement
  • Share dimensions with contractors for estimating
PTPFloorPlan

PTPHomeManual

Powered by Centriq


The digital owner’s manual for the home

  • Download user manuals/warranty information
  • Find safety recalls on appliances
  • Indicated age and useful remaining life of systems
PTPHomeManual
Get a preview here

*Where available. Not all services are offered by every office. Each office is independently owned and operated.

HOME SMARTS

Controlling Indoor Humidity


High relative humidity (RH) in your home encourages mold growth and dust mites, can make the house smell musty and can potentially damage your home and belongings. Here are our top tips for identifying and controlling humidity in the home:

MEASURE IT

Use an inexpensive hygrometer from the hardware store to measure humidity levels in several locations. 50% RH is normal for summer; in winter it depends on the outdoor temperature—RH may be less than 30% on colder days.

CONTROL IT

If your whole house is humid, it could be due to:

Lack of ventilation. Without fresh air circulation humidity can build up indoors, especially in newer, well-sealed homes. Consult an expert on ventilation.

Oversized air conditioner. Central air is an excellent dehumifier, but if the system is oversized for the home the on-cycles are too short to effectively remove humidity.

A gas-fueled appliance that isn’t vented properly. If you suspect this issue, contact a qualified contractor to investigate.

Localized high humidity can be caused by overcooling a particular area, not using bathroom exhaust fans, or basement/crawlspace dampness. Correct these conditions to resolve the problem.

In some cases, a dehumifier may be the only way to control moisture in a damp area. Be sure to use a unit sized appropriately to the space. An undersized unit won’t reduce moisture effectively. But be aware the dehumidifiers use quite a bit of energy, even as much as a small window air conditioner.

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storage solutions for smaller homes

SIMPLE SOLUTIONS

Storage Solutions for Smaller Homes


It’s no surprise that one of the biggest challenges in smaller homes is a lack of storage. Take a look at these tips to help find a place for everything!

Office Space

Home offices aren’t used just for video calls and other day-to-day work activities, but for evening schoolwork, projects, and more. Repurpose closets by replacing hanging rods with shelving and a small desktop for homework.

The Drop Zone

Create a drop zone near the most-used entry door where everyone can unload their backpacks, shoes, jackets and more. Baskets under benches provide both seating and storage. Or consider adding a dedicated shelf or cubby for each family member’s gear.

Pantry Solutions

The smaller kitchens found in smaller homes need to at least accommodate kitchen staples and bulky items such as mixing bowls and seldom-used small appliances. Shallow pantry shelving for food items ensures that everything is easy to find and reach. This type of shelving can even be added to a niche in the wall between two studs.

Smaller homes continue to be especially popular as starter homes and with downsizers. With efficient and practical storage solutions, even a smaller home can accommodate the needs of almost any family.

Experience the Pillar To Post difference. Schedule your next home inspection today!

Radon Testing Special

January is Radon Action month. 

Call our office and mention this ad to get a radon test for $100 for your current home.  We are also offering radon tests for pre-purchase inspections for $145. 

Offer good through January 31st 2022.

JANUARY: RADON ACTION MONTH IN THE UNITED STATES

Any home can have a radon problem – old or new homes, well-sealed or drafty homes, homes with or without basements. An estimated 1 in 6 homes in the U.S. is affected by radon. Prolonged exposure to unsafe levels of radon can increase the risk of lung cancer; in fact, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking. There is real risk in not knowing if a home has a high level of radon.

WHAT IS RADON?

Radon is a naturally occurring, odorless radioactive gas formed by the ongoing decay of uranium in soil, rocks, sediments, and even well or ground water. While radon that escapes into the atmosphere is not harmful, dangerously high concentrations can build up indoors, exposing occupants to possible health risks.

HOW DOES RADON GET INTO A HOME?

Radon can migrate into the home in several ways. Openings or cracks in basement walls, foundations or floors are common avenues. Sumps, basement drains, and spaces between gas or water fittings can also allow radon into the structure. Other entry points can include gaps in suspended floors and cavities within walls.

HOW CAN I MAKE SURE MY CLIENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES AREN’T AT RISK?

Testing is the only way to measure radon levels. Your Pillar To Post Home Inspector will set up monitoring equipment and report on the results. If an elevated level of radon is detected, steps can be taken to reduce the concentration to or below acceptable levels inside virtually any home. Professional mitigation services can provide solutions for a home’s specific conditions.

Request radon testing when you book your next home inspection with Pillar To Post Home Inspectors.

Ultimate Home Inspection Experience

The Ultimate Home Inspection ExperienceSM

Pillar To Post Home Inspection Packages include even more exclusive and innovative features than ever! These new services deliver speed, ease and convenience, getting you to closings faster, saving you time and delighting your clients.

Standard with every Home Inspection:

PTP360 Interactive 360° Visual Inspection Summary*

PTPEstimates, a cost estimate for Inspection Summary items*

Also included with Premium and Prestige Packages:

PTPFloorPlan, an accurate floor plan of the entire home

PTPHomeManual, the digital owner’s manual for the home

Technology coupled with deep knowledge allows us to provide an exceptional home inspection delivered within a seamless brand experience. This experience, and the people who deliver it, has made Pillar To Post North America’s largest home inspection company.

Contact us to learn more about everything Pillar To Post has to offer for you and your clients.

*Where available. Not all services are offered by every office.

Each office is independently owned and operated.