Double Keyed Deadbolts
What is a double keyed deadbolt? It is a deadbolt that locks from both the inside and outside with a key. A double keyed deadbolt can be both safe and dangerous, depending on the specific circumstances in which it is used.
On the one hand, double keyed deadbolts can provide an extra layer of security for a home. It is quite easy to break the glass on a door or the sidelight next to it and turn a thumb latch. Since a double keyed deadbolt requires a key to be opened from both the inside and outside of the door, it can make it more difficult for intruders to enter.
On the other hand, double keyed deadbolts can be dangerous in emergency situations. If someone is inside the home and needs to quickly exit in the event of a fire or other emergency, they may not have easy access to the key required to unlock the door. This could potentially delay their escape and put their safety at risk.
Given the choice of a little extra security versus the safety of the people of the people in my home, safety will always win. That’s why my home inspection reports will always recommend replacing a double keyed deadbolt with a single keyed, thumb latch deadbolt. That’s my opinion…please consider the potential risks and benefits of each type of deadbolt before deciding what is best to install in your home.
Please, change your air filter
As a homeowner you might not think much about the air filter on your HVAC equipment (furnace and air conditioner). After all it’s out of sight and out of mind, right? As a home inspector, I have pulled out some really dirty, blocked air filters.
Changing your air filter regularly is essential for maintaining your HVAC system’s health and helps you ensure your home’s air quality. Here are a couple of reasons why changing your air filter is so important.
If you have navigated the housing marketing in the past couple of years, you know it isn’t an understatement to say that it is challenging. Low inventory with rising prices and interest rates have created a perfect storm. You might have needed to waive the Inspection Contingency on your Offer to Purchase. And now that you own the home, you are wondering if it is too late to have a home inspection.
It is never too late to have a home inspection.
A home inspection is a comprehensive assessment of a home’s condition, and it can reveal potential issues that may not have been visible during the buying process or apparent to the untrained eye. Identifying these issues early on can help you address them before they become more significant and more expensive to fix. Most importantly, the home inspection can identify potential safety hazards that should be repaired to help ensure your home is safe for you and your family.
During the home inspection we will walk through the house together. I will explain how things work and how to maintain them. All your questions are welcomed, and I will do my best to answer them.
After the inspection, you will receive a comprehensive report with photos, drawings and detailed descriptions. The report will help you create a maintenance schedule as well as plan and budget for repairs. A link to a home inspection sample report can be found here:
During the last couple of years, I have done many inspections after the home was purchased. Sometimes I can report that things look good, there are a few minor repairs to make, take care of the routine maintenance tasks and enjoy your new home.
But at times I have identified safety concerns and costly repairs. Some of the things I have seen include melted circuit breakers, foundations with structural issues and roof leaks. While this is never good news for the homeowner, knowing about these types of issues is so very important. The cliché “knowledge is power”, attributed to Francis Bacon, is perhaps overused but true. The home inspection provides the knowledge needed to help you live safely and comfortably in your new home.
Being a homeowner means that at some point in the future you will need to replace a furnace, air conditioner and water heater – hopefully not all in the same year. Knowing the age of your equipment will help you plan a budget for replacing them.
Determining their age is a relatively straightforward process. First of all, the go to website for almost all home inspectors is the Building Intelligence Center website: https://www.building-center.org/. This resource will help you decode the serial numbers on the equipment.
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