July 1, 2013 6:21 pm : Blog

More and more real estate professionals are encouraging home-buyers to invest in a professional home inspection before purchasing a property.

The reason is simple – a quality real estate inspection is advantageous to everyone involved in the transaction.

Buyers learn about the property up front and can proceed with confidence.
Sellers who’ve had pre-listing inspections may sell their homes more quickly.
Make sure your clients are getting the most comprehensive, experienced, and professional inspections available by working with Nustart Home Inspections.
  • We provide a 1,000 point inspection of the home with over 150 photos.
  • We invest in the latest technology so your client gets the best property inspection possible.
  • We are one of the few inspection companies to include Infrared Thermal Imaging technology with our home inspections.
  • We inspect residential & commercial properties, mobile homes, condominiums, and apartment complexes.
  • We work in conjunction with property management and insurance companies.
  • Realtors will receive the final report within 24 hours of the completed inspection.
  • Certified 203K Hud Consultant
  • Available when and where you need us – 7-days a week servicing your clients in Clark, Cowlitz and Lewis Counties.

Now Offering MINI INSPECTIONS – A great resource for a seller or buyer without investing in a full inspection.  In most cases your client doesn’t know if there are issues with the home they are buying or selling if there are no symptoms.  Just like a car mechanic that opens the hood and knows what to look for, Nustart Home Inspections can help them find safety issues that need immediate attention before completing the sale.  Contact us today to set an appointment.
Nustart Home Inspections appreciates your referrals and we look forward to building a long-term relationship with you.  Our home inspections should always compliment your real estate transaction by giving your buyer peace of mind, as they get closer to the closing of their home.  Thank you for choosing Nustart Home Inspections, Inc.


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April 5, 2013 10:37 pm : Blog

Spring brings hope, a sense of renewal … and a long list of plans and projects as the vibrant, visionary part of ourselves is born anew. As we emerge from our winter doldrums, we tend to gravitate outdoors to soak up the sun and see our hard work blossom in the garden. But don’t neglect the house itself, which could be in dire need of some post-winter maintenance. Experts agree that a home inspection is important to conduct as the calendar turns to spring. This allows us to get ahead of major problems and save money on repairs down the road.

April is National Home Inspection Month and Nustart Home Inspections would like to remind everyone about the importance of having their home professionally inspected. Spring is a time when homeowners begin annual cleaning rituals and start preparing for summer activities or even a home purchase or sale. Whatever the reason, consumers in the market for a home inspection need to remember that the person chosen to do the inspection is just as important as the inspection itself. Working with an American Society of Home Inspector like Tom Brick at Nustart is a homeowner’s best assurance of a home inspector’s proven qualifications and professionalism.

Below is a guide to a spring assessment of your home by a professional home inspector.
Structure – including basements and crawl spaces
Exterior surfaces – including siding, decks and grading of soil
Roof coverings –
Plumbing Systems
Electrical Systems
Heating and air conditioning systems
Interior surfaces and components
Insulation and ventilation
Fireplaces and chimneys
Test smoke and fire alarms
Plus much more….

In addition to the professional inspection quarterly home maintenance and preventative measures can keep all areas of the home in good condition for years to come. To help homeowner accomplish this goal, Nustart Home Inspections recommends the following spring maintenance tips:

1. Clean or replace your furnace filters.
A dirty filter can worsen the effectiveness of your home’s heating and cooling system. If you can reuse the filter, take it out and spray-clean with a hose, then re-insert. If not, head to the local home store and replace it.
2. Check the seals around all doors and windows.
Go room-to-room and open and close all doors and windows. Tighten the screws in any loose hinges, and lubricate with a silicone spray if any are squeaking. Improper caulking results in excess moisture inside the walls, which can lead to mold. This is also an opportune time to wash and clean all dirty windows and replace tattered screens.
3. Test smoke and fire alarms.
Be sure to replace old batteries and clean dust from the covers. Make sure your home also comes equipped with a carbon monoxide detector.
4. Check for cracks in driveway/sidewalk.
Spring is the perfect time to seal up cracks in the driveway or any other broken concrete. A smooth driveway prevents damage to your car and promotes safety for yourself and others.
5. Attend to your deck.
Check for rotting materials or mold, and make sure all nuts and bolts are tightened. If the deck shakes or sways, extra bracing should be added. Decks and porches should be cleaned and sealed every two to three years. Pressure-wash your deck/patio and bring outdoor furniture out of storage.
6. Be aware of electrical issues.  Listen for any buzzing or humming from the electrical panel. If you hear anything, contract an electrician. Do not attempt to tinker with the electrical panel. Also check for any frayed electrical cords in the house, and make sure that extension cords aren’t being used as permanent wiring.
7. Wash the exterior of your house
Using ordinary garden hose pressure and a mild detergent. Pressure washers are not always the best idea – they are powerful enough to force water under the siding, where it can encourage mildew and rot.
8. Clean lint from the entire clothes dryer vent system.  Because lint is incredibly flammable, this common build up can create a fire hazard.
9. Check the operation and condition of attic fans and roof-mounted turbine vents. Also make sure that bathroom and kitchen vent fans are working properly and are not blocked or obstructed.
10. Clean any lingering fall leaves from gutters.  For clogged downspouts, try using barbecue tongs to reach in and remove leaves.

When to call a professional.
The above list of do-it-yourself maintenance projects may appear daunting, but it can easily be completed in a weekend. Remember, though, if your home requires repairs that are beyond your capabilities or if there are safety concerns, it’s best to call a professional like Nustart Home Inspections. We have been serving the Tri-County area since 2004 and are proud to be a part of our local business community. We strive to make every home inspection as fast, efficient and stress-free as possible, while offering the professionalism and dedicated service each homeowner deserves. If you’re ready to schedule your spring home inspection, contact Nustart Home Inspections to schedule your initial consultation. We look forward to helping play a role in the life of your home.

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Merry Christmas to all from Nustart Home Inspections, Inc.

December 21, 2012 1:20 am : Blog

Despite a very tough 2012 economic environment, Nustart Home Inspections has experienced tremendous growth throughout the year.  We could not have achieved this growth on our own and we are very grateful to our partners for the support you have shown us in 2012.

As this year comes to an end, Nustart Home Inspections is already planning for 2013.  Stay tuned and share with your friends as we host discussions on our Facebook, Twitter and blog pages relating to real estate, home inspection, home ownership and much, much more.

If you haven’t already, “Like” us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and please share with others your excellent experiences with Nustart Home Inspections.

We believe that the holiday season is about celebrating peace, kindness, charity and forgiveness.  In that spirit, we wish all of our new homeowners, buyers, agents and affiliates a wonderful holiday season!

Tom & Connie Brick

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