Smoke alarms are an important defense against injury or death in house fires. Here’s what you need to know:
- As in real estate, location is key! Smoke alarms should be in installed every bedroom, outside every sleeping area, and on each level of the home.
- It’s best to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for placement, whether on the wall or ceiling. High, peaked ceilings have dead air space at the top; in these instances smoke alarms should be placed no closer than 3 feet from the highest point.
- There are two primary types of smoke alarm technology: ionization and photoelectric. According to the National Fire Protection Association, ionization alarms are more responsive to flames, while photoelectric alarms are more sensitive to smoldering fires. For the most comprehensive protection, both types or a combination unit should be installed.
- A common rule of thumb is to replace alarm batteries when changing to or from Daylight Saving Time in fall or spring. Many newer alarms have 10-year lithium batteries that eliminate the need for new batteries, but the unit itself must be replaced when the battery dies.
- If the alarms are hard-wired to the home’s electrical system, make sure they are interconnected for maximum effectiveness – meaning that if one alarm is triggered, all of the others will sound as well.
- The newest type of interconnected smoke alarms are wireless. This technology allows detectors to communicate with one another and, like their hard-wired cousins, will sound all of the units even if just one is triggered initially.
Early alerting is key to surviving a fire. Following these simple but important measures allows occupants to be warned, helping to prevent injuries and fatalities.
With these maintenance basics completed, your clients will enjoy the comforts of home all season long and protect their investment, too.
- Clear gutters of leaves, sticks, and other debris. This may need to be done more than once during the season. If the gutters can accommodate them, leaf guards are real time-savers and prevent clogging.
- Caulk around exterior door and window frames for a tight seal. Look for gaps where pipes or wiring enter the home and seal those as well to protect from water, insects and mice.
- Use binoculars to check the roof for missing or damaged shingles. Water, wind, ice and snow can cause serious damage to a vulnerable roof, leading to a greater chance of further damage inside the home. Always have a qualified professional inspect and repair the roof.
- Have the furnace inspected to ensure that it’s safe and in good working order. Most utility companies will provide basic, no-cost furnace inspections to their customers. Replace disposable furnace air filters or clean the permanent type according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
- There’s nothing like a wood-burning fireplace on a chilly fall evening. For safety, have the firebox and chimney professionally cleaned before use this season.
A note on Realtor Safety
Pillar To Post Home Inspectors is committed to the health and well-being of our clients. This is especially true during Covid-19 and Realtor Safety Month. We remain committed to providing the highest quality home inspection while adhering to the safety guidelines provided by the CDC and local governments. We also encourage you to take learn about precautions you can take to keep yourself and your team safe while showing homes and in the office. Realtor Safety resources are available at:
A pre-listing home inspection can identify areas of concern prior to the home going on the market, even in today’s market conditions. Some of the many advantages of a pre-listing inspection include:
- Upfront knowledge of the home’s condition can lead to cleaner offers and smoother transactions and get you to closing faster.
- Sellers can decide what repairs, updates or replacements they want to make prior to listing their home. This can mean both a better listing price and more interested buyers.
- If the sellers opt to sell “as-is” the pre-listing inspection report is a great marketing tool that builds buyer trust through transparency, which reflects well on you.
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With inventory at or near all-time lows, many homes are selling “as is” and moving quickly. In this seller’s market, is a pre-listing home inspection still a good idea? The short answer is “Yes.” Here’s why:
- Homes with a pre-listing inspection sell for more
- Get to closing faster
- Fully understand the home before listing
- Gain seller confidence that they’re getting the best price
- Create buyer trust through transparency about the home’s condition.
Pillar To Post Home Inspectors truly understands the challenges and opportunities this kind of market creates. As North America’s leading home inspection company, we have been ensuring confident home ownership for over 25 years. We are here to help.