Steve Owens Keller Williams Realty
COMMUNITY HEROES INITIATIVE TOTALS
SO FAR THIS YEAR: Over $1800!!!
If your a community hero, CALL ME!!!
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So far this year, in only 5 months, through my Community Heroes Initiative, I have personally given back OVER $1800 to Lubbock's community heroes, and I'm just getting started! That number doesn't take into account the money saved or given back from affiliates ( I love my lenders and Hinton Vick of house to home inspections) , the numerous gift cards given out, meals paid for, and donations made. That's all REAL MONEY given back to our Community Heroes when they bought or sold their home. If you are military, veteran, law enforcement, first responder, teacher, or health care professional and you are thinking about buying or selling your home, CALL ME! You will get the expert representation that I, along with the Keller Williams name are known for, and you will get your special thank you! The numbers don't lie. And the best part? It's all LOCAL here in our Lubbock community.
Attic access ladders are often installed incorrectly. Common issues are found that reduce the ladders strength and stability. Often the ladders are installed at heights that are to short or to high. This causes additional stress on the hinges and lessens the ladders ability to withstand weight. Another common issue with attic access ladders is the hardware used to secure the ladder frame to the ceiling. The manufactures recommend to use 16D nails or 1/4 X 3" lag screws to support the unit and resist the sheering off of screws. As seen in the photo above, many access ladder housings are simply installed with wood screws that do not possess the sheering strength recommended. Attic access ladders can be dangerous especially under the circumstances listed above. In summary access ladders are prone to a number of defects, but mostly from improper installation. Care should always be exercised while using pull down ladders to gain access to the attic space.
Why is it important to change your HVAC air filter? Dirt and neglect are huge contributors to HVAC failure. Changing your air filter regularly will assist in cleaner air being circulated throughout your home and allows your system to perform longer and more efficiently. House to Home Inspections recommends changing your filter monthly.
As inspectors we see and hear a variety of different things, such as the famous saying "its been that way for years" to "that's grandfathered." As a home owner, the decision can be made in most areas to make what we think are acceptable home improvements/ repairs. Such as adding a deck that has minimal support by spanning the joist supports beyond the recommended load capacity creating an unsafe deck, or simply deciding that the step height should be 10" verses the recommended max of 7 3/4" height. While the existing home owner could very well have an idea of what works or have legs longer than average to accommodate these 10" steps, on average over-spanning the joists creates support issues and step heights above average pose a trip hazard while negotiating them. Simply put, we inspect to ensure things are the way they are intended to be to ensure added safety and longevity. Although inspectors do not inspect to code we follow a very stringent standards of practice set forth by the Texas Real Estate Commission to ensure your home is performing as intended.