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Pillar To Post Newsletter Volume 22, No. 4

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NEWS AND INFORMATION

VOLUME 22, NO. 4

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

  • 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

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.

Here’s what our homebuyers are saying about

The Ultimate Home InspectionSM


Technology coupled with deep knowledge allows us to provide an exceptional home inspection with unique and innovative features, all 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.

“Quick response time. A very thorough inspection with photos, a binder and explanations of each issue. The PTP360 video walk through is amazing! I love that we have everything we need to make improvements and keep accurate updates of our home moving forward. A+.”

“As a new homeowner, I now have confidence in my home and the tools to keep it in great shape for the future. Our inspector was kind, professional, and explained everything to me in a way I could understand. He was patient and helpful with all my questions.”

“We were able to request a no-cost third-party estimate for recommended repairs called out in our report. I don’t know of any other inspection company offering anything like PTPEstimates.*

“Very thorough. Explained all findings. Really liked the thermal imaging, PTPFloorPlan, and interactive Visual Summary. Would recommend to others looking to have a thorough inspection.”

“Pillar To Post is the most thorough and engaging inspection experience we have had. The 3D record will help us plan to move in, and the appliance records in our PTPHomeManual will last us long after the closing.”

“Pillar To Post was extremely thorough in their inspection and provided quality, easy-to-understand feedback, which I greatly appreciated as a first time home buyer. PTP360, the detailed PTPFloorPlan and list of repairs were extremely useful as we prepared to move in. I highly recommend using their services.”

“Our inspector was amazing. He was very thorough throughout the entire process and so communicative. The PTPFloorPlan and PTPHomeManual are useful and awesome!”

SEASONAL SENSE

Top Tips to Get Your Grill On!


There’s nothing better than cooking out on perfect summer day. Before you fire up the grill, review our top 6 safety tips:

1. Make sure the grill is on a stable surface and can’t be tipped over. If it has locking casters, check to see that they’re engaged.

2. Never use a grill under an overhang, porch, carport or deck, in a garage or indoors.

3. Keep young children and pets away from the grill during and after cooking. Charcoal grills in particular can remain very hot for a long time.

4. Periodically check hoses and connections on gas grills throughout the season. Replace cracked or brittle hoses immediately. Propane tanks must never be stored in a garage or other structure at any time.

5. Use a charcoal chimney starter instead of lighter fluid to get the coals going. Not only is a chimney starter safer, but your meal will taste better! If you use fluid, never add it to coals once the fire has been lit.

6. Help prevent grease fires by removing accumulated grease and residue from inside the grill lid every 5-6 uses. Keep baking soda nearby to extinguish a grease fire within the grill unit.

AROUND THE HOUSE

Right Tree, Right Place


“Location, location, location” doesn’t only apply to real estate. Locating trees in the right spot on your property can make your yard more pleasant and prevent headaches down the road.

• A common problem is trees that grow too large for their location. To avoid this, research how tall and wide a particular tree will be at maturity. That lovely sapling at the nursery could grow up to be a giant you don’t have space for.

• Don’t plant trees too close to the house. At full size it may damage the roof, gutters or the structure itself and need to be cut back or removed.

• If a tree you’re considering is deciduous (loses its leaves each fall) will the winter sun cause nearby rooms to be too bright?

• Trees with aggressive and/or shallow root systems shouldn’t be planted near the house, pavement or other surfaces as they can eventually cause serious damage to walkways, the driveway or the foundation.r best production.

There are so many wonderful trees available – and by doing some homework you’re sure to make a great choice!

Experience the Pillar To Post Difference. Schedule a home inspection today!

Pillar To Post Newsletter VOLUME 22, NO. 3

NEWS AND INFORMATION - VOLUME 22. NO. 3

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SEASONAL SENSE

Your Summer Checklist


Spread these tasks over a few weeks and you’ll be set for a worry-free,
comfortable summer.

INDOORS              

  • Change the rotation of ceiling fans to the summer setting (usually counterclockwise) and give the unit a good dusting.
  • Close the chimney damper to prevent insects from entering and to help keep cool air in.
  • Switch out heavy bedding for lightweight summer fabrics. Have the winter bedding cleaned before storing it away for the season
  • Repot houseplants to give their roots a fresh start for the summer.

OUTDOORS

  • Power wash decks and patios and seal surfaces as appropriate.
  • If paint is peeling, cracking, or chipped, repair and repaint now to limit damage to the underlying materials.
  • Remove window screens and clean them with a soft brush and soapy water. Rinse well and allow them to dry in the sun before reinstalling.
  • Have the air conditioning unit serviced to ensure peak operation. Promote good air flow by keeping plants around the outside unit trimmed back.
  • Clear dirt and debris from gutters and eaves.
  • Seal driveway cracks and keep walkways clear of debris and overgrown plants.

INSPECTION INSIGHTS

After Closing Inspections For Peace Of Mind


If you had to waive your home inspection to get your offer accepted, you are not alone. But that doesn’t mean it’s too late to benefit from a home inspection.

Why get an After Closing Inspection:

  1. Safety: Detect safety or health hazards
  2. Planning: Identify needed repairs/upgrades so you can budget for them
  3. Documentation: Recorded condition of the home could be important for home warranty claims or something not disclosed by the seller
  4. Learning: It’s the perfect opportunity to learn about the operation and features of the home
  5. And much more: Get a floor plan, a 360° visual inspection summary, recall notifications and more
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There’s no better way to get to know your new home than a thorough, professional home inspection. Schedule an inspection today!

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.

inspection
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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
PTP Estimates, Hammer on Shingles

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.

SMART LIVING

Vacation Planning For Your Home


Ready to hit the road? While you may already monitor a security setup remotely, here’s some more good advice to give you added peace of mind about your home while you’re away.

  • Make your home appear occupied. Schedule lights throughout the house to turn off and on at various times after dark using simple plug-in timers or a smartphone/smart speaker-controlled app.
  • Use extra caution when referencing your vacation on social media. Information spreads quickly, and you don’t want it to get into the wrong hands. Consider refraining from posting photos and updates until you’re back home
  • Tell your close friends and trusted neighbors of your travel plans. Let them know when you’re expecting to return and how you can be reached if there’s an emergency.
  • Have the post office hold your mail and suspend any newspaper and package deliveries, or ask a neighbor to collect them for you.
  • Ask a neighbor to park in your driveway on occasion so it looks like there’s someone at home.
  • Arrange to have someone mow the lawn in your absence if you’ll be gone for more than a week or so.
  • Close the window coverings on the first floor so would-be thieves aren’t tempted by valuables and other items visible from outside.
  • If possible, load your vacation gear into the car while it’s in the garage so you’re not announcing to passersby that you’re on your way out of town.
  • Lock the garage, gates and sheds. Don’t forget to lock any side doors and doors leading into the house from the garage.
  • Now relax and enjoy your time away!

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Experience the Pillar To Post Difference. Schedule a home inspection today!

Pillar To Post Newsletter Volume 22, No. 2

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NEWS AND INFORMATION

VOLUME 22, NO. 2

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

  • 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

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.

Here’s what our homebuyers are saying about

The Ultimate Home InspectionSM


“Pillar To Post is the most thorough and engaging inspection experience we have had. The 3D record will help us plan to move in, and the appliance records in our PTPHomeManual will last us long after the closing.”

“Very thorough. Explained all findings. Really liked the thermal imaging, PTPFloorPlan, and interactive Visual Summary. Would recommend to others looking to have a thorough inspection.”

“Quick response time. A very thorough inspection with photos, a binder and explanations of each issue. The PTP360 video walk through is amazing! I love that we have everything we need to make improvements and keep accurate updates of our home moving forward. A+.”

“As a new homeowner, I now have confidence in my home and the tools to keep it in great shape for the future. Our inspector was kind, professional, and explained everything to me in a way I could understand. He was patient and helpful with all my questions.”

“Pillar To Post was extremely thorough in their inspection and provided quality, easy-to-understand feedback, which I greatly appreciated as a first time home buyer. PTP360, the detailed PTPFloorPlan and list of repairs were extremely useful as we prepared to move in. I highly recommend using their services.”

“We were able to request a no-cost third-party estimate for recommended repairs called out in our report. I don’t know of any other inspection company offering anything like PTPEstimates.*

“Our inspector was amazing. He was very thorough throughout the entire process and so communicative. The PTPFloorPlan and PTPHomeManual are useful and awesome!”

Technology coupled with deep knowledge allows us to provide an exceptional home inspection with unique and innovative features, all 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.

HOUSE WISE

Say Yes To The Home Inspection


With so many homes selling “as-is” these days, a home inspection is truly a must-have. Why? There is simply no better way to get to know a home, learn about any issues and understand its features. The inspector will objectively evaluate the home’s major systems and components and note their findings in your inspection report. Accompanying the inspector during the process is strongly encouraged so you have the opportunity to ask questions along the way.

Already settled into your new home? Even after the sale has closed, a home inspection will provide peace of mind about the home’s condition and safety.

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 electrical system up to date? Is the furnace on its last legs? Is the attic properly vented? These are just a few more examples of how buyers can benefit from an inspection.

Contact your local Pillar To Post home inspector to learn more and schedule an inspection.

HOME & GARDEN

Ready, Set, Garden!


Has poring over seed catalogs sparked your spring spirit? Here’s our handy checklist to make sure you’re ready for a new season in the garden.

• As soon as weather allows, rake up winter debris and old mulch from planting areas.

• Remove any plants that have died over the winter. But first make sure they aren’t just dormant!

• Have mower blades, pruners, loppers, hoes and other tools sharpened.

• Read up on how and when to prune fruit trees for best production.

• Pulling weeds when they’re still small makes the job easier.

• Add compost to planting beds for better soil and healthier plants.

• Check the irrigation system for leaks and broken sprinkler heads and emitters.

• If you don’t have a “smart” irrigation controller, consider getting one to help conserve water.

• Sketch out your planting plan for summer crops and flowers.

With these tasks completed, you’ll be ready for a beautiful and healthy garden.

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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  • 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.

inspection

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
inspection

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!