Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Nashville Public-Guest Speaker - DIY Home Maintenance Inspections

Nashville Public - Guest Speaker: Do-It-Yourself Home Maintenance Inspections

HABITEC Home and Building Inpections, LLC,
offers public guest speaker classes in Home Inspection topics of interest to all home owners and renters. Please see the list of subjects below. These classes are available to your group with Richard Acree as the Guest Speaker. Whether it be a civic organization, church congregation, work group, renters association, or just a group of friends, these classes will educate and entertain your group with information everyone needs to know.


The classes are offered as a power point presentation with hundreds of fascinating pictures and interesting perspectives offered by Richard. These classes also give those attending a chance to interact with a certified and licensed Home Inspector, ask questions and discuss in general and in detail the issues that all home owners or renters should be aware of. The classes are offered for a small fee. Please call 376-2753 for more information about the fee and to schedule Richard to speak to your group.

PURPOSE: The purpose of these classes is to explain to home owners or residents how they can look at their own homes or residence to better maintain them. Many of the issues that are identified by a Home Inspector could have been identified by a home owner or renter if they simply knew where and how to look at their own residence. Terminology, methods of inspection, tools and limitations of the Do-It-Yourself Home Maintenance Inspection processes will be included. The end result of these courses will be to help home owners know and understand how to safely and visually look at their residence to better maintain their residence.


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SUBJECTS


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Top 10 Items You Need to Know About - 1.0 hours - The Top 10 Items identified by HABITEC in most Home Inspections are things you need to know about. Hear from Richard what the most likely issues are with any home that HABITEC sees in a Home Inspection. Knowing about these 10 issues will help the home owner or resident avoid some of the most costly and difficult issues that can be a problem in any home. Once you know what to look for and how to spot these issues, you can prevent these issues from becoming a problem in your residence.


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Amazing Home Inspection Pictures - 1.0 Hour - Richard presents a full hour of amazing photographs of issues found on Home Inspections. You won't believe some of the things HABITEC Home Inspectors find while completing everyday Home Inspections. Informative, funny, scary - you name it. You will feel all these emotions as you see what we see as we go about the business of completing Home and Commercial Building Inspections. See the pic below for an example of these amazing pictures.


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Water Management Systems - 1.5 hours - The #1 issue in most Home Inspections and Commercial Building Inspections is a failure of one or more component of the building water management system. Mostly located on the outside of the house, failure of any components of this system can lead to structural failure and/or mold, two of the most costly and difficult issues to deal with. Listen to Richard explain what the components of this system include and what you can do to prevent failure within this system from costing you thousands of dollars and a lot of headaches.

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Exterior Surface and Components - 1.0 hour - The purpose of this session is to learn how to evaluate all exterior components of the residence to include exterior shell material, windows, doors, drainage, landscape material, driveways, walkways, patios, decks, steps, stoops, porches, electrical connection, and plumbing devices. This is similar to the Water Management System Course above but goes even further to include components not directly related in the management of water mostly outside the residence.

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Interior Spaces and Components - 1.0 hour - The purpose of this class is to learn how to evaluate interior components common to all interior spaces such as walls, floors, ceilings, doors, and windows and to discuss topics particular to kitchens, bathroom and laundry rooms such as appliances, sinks, showers, toilets, GFCI electrical, drains and ventilation.

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Plumbing Systems and Components - 1.0 hour - The purpose of this session is to learn how to evaluate plumbing issues including supply piping, drain/waste/vent system, leak identification, pipe support, faucets and fixtures, plumbing fixtures and hot water heaters. Issues pertaining specifically to kitchens, bathrooms and laundry rooms are discussed.

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Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning - 1.0 hour - The purpose of this session is to learn how to evaluate the systems used for heating, venting and air conditioning the structure. Session discusses furnaces, air conditioning systems, fireplaces, and insulation.

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Structure and Foundation; Roof and Attic - 1.5 hour - The purpose of this session is to learn how to evaluate the building structure is constructed looking at the building from the foundation up, into the attic and on the roof. Items covered include materials used, construction methods and installation, ventilation, insulation, water management, the exterior roof coverings and the inside of the attic spaces with special attention as to how the attic components make up the roof and attic ventilation.

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Electrical Systems - 1 hour - The purpose of this session is to learn how to evaluate electrical components including panels, conductors, circuit breakers, outlets, switches, lights, and the grounding electrode system. Richard helps make sense out of the mystery that often surrounds a home or commercial electrical system.

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Environmental Issues: Radon and Mold - 1 hour - The purpose of this session is to discuss two of the most significant environmental issues common to many homes and buildings in Nashville and Middle Tennessee. Radon is a colorless and odorless gas that can seep into any building and create elevated concentrations of radon gas. The EPA credits radon with approximately 20,000 deaths per year due to lung cancer caused by radon gas. Mold is common in Nashville and Middle Tennessee. Richard will explain how mold can become an issue inside your residence or building and what you can do to prevent mold growth or mitigate should you already have a mold issue.

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FEES: Fees for these classes are very affordable, especially if your group can provide the venue, projector and projector screen. Please call HABITEC at 615-376-2753 to discuss fees and scheduling a presentation. Thank you!

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Thank you,

Richard Acree

HABITEC Home and Building Inspections, LLC

http://habitecinspections.com

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