Exterior – CheckThisHouse https://www.checkthishouse.com Home maintenance, remodeling, repair, and improvement tips for your property Tue, 04 Aug 2020 22:47:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.15 Top 5 Heavy Equipment To Use For Your Backyard Landscape Renovation https://www.checkthishouse.com/9290/top-5-heavy-equipment-to-use-for-your-backyard-landscape-renovation.html Wed, 22 Jul 2020 12:48:09 +0000 https://www.checkthishouse.com/?p=9290 Before you enjoy the beautiful scene and comfort in your backyard, you need to put some effort into it. Renovating your backyard landscape can make your home a high-end haven of luxury for you, your family, and your visitors. You can spend time in your backyard during the summer and even during winter, as it ... Read more]]> How To Protect Your Home from Flooding https://www.checkthishouse.com/9285/how-to-protect-your-home-from-flooding.html Wed, 22 Jul 2020 12:25:40 +0000 https://www.checkthishouse.com/?p=9285 Do you think your home is safe from flooding? No matter where your house is located, there are many risks that exist that can cause flooding in your home and, consequently, expensive damage. You can prevent the headache of flooding and extensive damage by protecting your home from floods. Here are some factors you should ... Read more]]> Types Of Roofing And Their Benefits https://www.checkthishouse.com/9277/types-of-roofing-and-their-benefits.html Mon, 20 Jul 2020 12:48:12 +0000 https://www.checkthishouse.com/?p=9277 When constructing your dream home, you must take a look at every aspect and ensure that it complements the other areas of your property in terms of aesthetics and, more importantly, functionality. Your roof is a crucial part of your residence because it plays a significant role in enhancing your home’s curb appeal, as well ... Read more]]> 5 Ways to Upgrade Your Home Without Doing Major Renovations https://www.checkthishouse.com/9270/5-ways-to-upgrade-your-home-without-doing-major-renovations.html Fri, 17 Jul 2020 10:12:55 +0000 https://www.checkthishouse.com/?p=9270 After spending more time at home than any summer before, more and more home dwellers are looking to make some upgrades to their space. If you’re among the DIY dreamers, check out these five simple ways to upgrade your home. 1. A Fresh Coat of Paint Whether you’re tired of looking at the same 50 ... Read more]]> 5 Ways to Improve Your Home’s Curb Appeal https://www.checkthishouse.com/8595/5-ways-to-improve-your-homes-curb-appeal.html Wed, 06 May 2020 11:33:00 +0000 https://www.checkthishouse.com/?p=8595 People pour more money into buying a home than they do into anything else. With a purchase that huge, it’s understandable that most want their homes to look good and seem valuable. Curb appeal has a significant impact on everything from how neighbors interact with you to how much you can get should you ever ... Read more]]> How Do You Know if Your Tile is Weeping? https://www.checkthishouse.com/8424/how-do-you-know-if-your-tile-is-weeping.html Fri, 28 Jun 2019 19:17:26 +0000 https://www.checkthishouse.com/?p=8424 Weeping tile may sound like a sad state but, the truth is, you want your weeping tile to weep. Weeping tile is an integral part of your home’s structure and is important in ensuring that your basement stays dry and your foundation maintains a crack-free form. Once you know what weeping tile is, where to ... Read more]]> Landscape Tips and Tricks for Better Drainage https://www.checkthishouse.com/8408/landscape-tips-and-tricks-for-better-drainage.html Fri, 24 May 2019 16:11:50 +0000 https://www.checkthishouse.com/?p=8408 Water is a house’s sneakiest enemy. While fire will turn a home to ash in a matter of hours and heavy things like tree limbs or a wrecking ball are obvious dangers, water slowly and surreptitiously weakens a home when it seeps into spaces it isn’t supposed to be. Water damage most often occurs gradually ... Read more]]> Top 10 Ideas to Transform Your House into a Craftsman-Style Home https://www.checkthishouse.com/8404/top-10-ideas-to-transform-your-house-into-a-craftsman-style-home.html Thu, 23 May 2019 20:40:33 +0000 https://www.checkthishouse.com/?p=8404 One of the most well-known architecture types is Victorian with its grand accents from the late nineteenth century. However, there was another movement that was in stark contrast to the Victorian look. Craftsman-style homes came about at the same time as Victorian properties, but with decidedly different appearances. The Craftsman movement focused on distinct accents ... Read more]]> Shed Building on A Budget https://www.checkthishouse.com/8382/shed-building-on-a-budget.html Tue, 26 Feb 2019 23:00:37 +0000 https://www.checkthishouse.com/?p=8382 Let’s face facts; the longer time we spend at a place, the more junk we acquire. Since houses don’t tend to grow on their own, storage sheds often come into play to make up for the room. These days we don’t have to spend unnecessary time going through boxes of stuff to give away or ... Read more]]> Garage Renos: How to Finish A Garage Interior With No Regrets https://www.checkthishouse.com/8295/garage-renos-how-to-finish-a-garage-interior-with-no-regrets.html Sat, 01 Dec 2018 18:00:14 +0000 https://www.checkthishouse.com/?p=8295 Chances are, your garage is a cold, dingy, and most likely cluttered, cave that gets used solely to keep your vehicles out of the rain and snow – or even worse, as an unintentional storage space that doesn’t even have enough room left in it to protect your ride. This, my friends, is a waste. ... Read more]]> Basic Ways to Prepare Your Home For Winter https://www.checkthishouse.com/8317/basic-ways-to-prepare-your-home-for-winter.html Mon, 22 Oct 2018 18:43:51 +0000 https://www.checkthishouse.com/?p=8317 The cooler months of the year are certainly full of their own distinct charms, but for homeowners they also bring a distinct set of challenges. The precipitation levels increase, cold winds blow, and temperatures drop. Keeping our homes in good working order and ensuring they remain bright and warm doesn’t happen accidentally. Instead, it’s a ... Read more]]> Garage Safety | How to Really Make Your Garage Safer https://www.checkthishouse.com/6280/garage-safety-how-to-really-make-your-garage-safer.html Tue, 15 Nov 2011 00:38:04 +0000 http://checkthishouse.com/?p=6280 Garage Safety While checking the news this morning I stumbled upon this short article listing a few garage safety issues by U.S. Home Safety Council. To explore a little more their garage safety suggestions I followed a link to their website and looked at much longer list. I have to tell you that I’m disappointed after reading it. While working as a home inspector I‘ve evaluated close to 5000 properties and majority of them with car garages. In most cases there were serious, even life threatening garage safety issues involved, and yet, 3 of them have not been included in that list, part [...]]]> Asphalt Shingles Types | Roof Shingle Choices to Consider https://www.checkthishouse.com/6146/asphalt-shingles-types-roof-shingle-choices-to-consider.html Fri, 27 May 2011 05:07:01 +0000 http://checkthishouse.com/?p=6146 Illinois New Roof Cost Calculator | 10% OFF a Shingle Roof Installed https://www.checkthishouse.com/6139/illinois-new-roof-cost-calculator-installation-discount.html Tue, 17 May 2011 01:55:13 +0000 http://checkthishouse.com/?p=6139 Building My Shed Requires a Plan: How to Prepare for Garden Hut Construction https://www.checkthishouse.com/6118/building-my-shed-requires-plan-prepar-garden-hut-construction.html Sat, 07 May 2011 23:03:27 +0000 http://checkthishouse.com/?p=6118 Just like any project small or big, building my shed requires a plan. It doesn’t matter if you’re an experienced carpenter or still going through the learning curve, it’s always extremely important to have everything ready in place before beginning the project. Just follow the steps I took while preparing to build my shed. Those ... Read more]]> 3 Ways To Get Free Shed Plans | Blueprints For Woodworking Projects https://www.checkthishouse.com/6105/3-ways-to-get-free-shed-plans-blueprints-for-woodworking-projects.html Fri, 06 May 2011 03:22:15 +0000 http://checkthishouse.com/?p=6105 Wood Shed Plans Collection of Everything Made Out Of Wood https://www.checkthishouse.com/6097/wood-shed-plans-collection-blueprints-of-everything-made-out-of-wood.html Mon, 02 May 2011 21:00:35 +0000 http://checkthishouse.com/?p=6097 10 Tips on How to Use Free Shed Plan and Build an Outdoor Storage Shed https://www.checkthishouse.com/6089/free-shed-plan-tips-build-outdoor-storage-shed.html Tue, 26 Apr 2011 00:43:42 +0000 http://checkthishouse.com/?p=6089 There are ten easy steps you should follow after downloading this free shed plan. Even if you’re not a skilled carpenter you can build a shed by sticking to the plan described below and inside the “free shed plan” file. If you didn’t have a chance to download it from “My shed plans decision” post,  click on the ... Read more]]> My Shed Plans Decision| Garden Shed Blueprints https://www.checkthishouse.com/6082/my-shed-plans-decision-garden-shed-blueprints.html Fri, 22 Apr 2011 02:56:09 +0000 http://checkthishouse.com/?p=6082 Roof Rain Gutter Downspout Maintenance & Cleaning Tips https://www.checkthishouse.com/5643/roof-rain-gutter-downspout-maintenance-downspout-cleaning.html Thu, 23 Sep 2010 20:13:02 +0000 http://checkthishouse.com/?p=5643 Roof Rain Gutter Downspout MaintenanceThe amount of the roof rain gutter downspout maintenance depends mostly on the rain gutter maintenance and the downspout bottom end / its extension condition. There's not much to worry about if you're living in a tree-free neighborhood, where your rain gutter downspout will (in most cases) require no maintenance. However, every tree located close to your house will increase the chances of losing some of your valuable time on rain gutter downspout maintenance. The closer and taller the trees are, the more maintenance might be required. The simplest method to minimize it and keep the gutter downspout interior clean is to install the rain gutter strainer. The gutter strainer will stop leafs and other debris from flowing into the downspout, and in some cases, contaminating it. You have to remember to clean the gutter strainer periodically (depending on the number of trees surrounding your house) to prevent it from blocking the water flow. Your rain gutter downspout should do OK without the gutter strainer if there are no trees in your area. Clogged Rain Gutter Downspout 1. Observe your rain gutter downspout discharge while it’s raining. If there's little or no water coming out the downspout bottom end - check the gutter outlet first (top of the downspout / at the rain gutter attachment point). If it's contaminated - clean it and watch if that improves the water flow.]]> How to Clean Gutters and Other Gutter Cleaning Tips https://www.checkthishouse.com/5618/rain-gutter-maintenance-gutter-leaf-guard-gutter-screen.html Mon, 20 Sep 2010 03:05:39 +0000 http://checkthishouse.com/?p=5618 House Roof Asphalt Shingles Maintenance Tips https://www.checkthishouse.com/5449/house-roof-asphalt-shingle-maintenance-tips.html Mon, 30 Aug 2010 21:30:12 +0000 http://checkthishouse.com/?p=5449 Garage Door Sensors & Overhead Door Opener Sensor Troubleshooting https://www.checkthishouse.com/4175/garage-door-sensor-overhead-door-opener-sensor-troubleshooting.html Wed, 12 Aug 2009 02:30:46 +0000 http://checkthishouse.com/?p=4175 garage door sensor troubleshootingGarage door sensors, also called photoelectric sensors, are designed to protect people and their belongings (not just cars) by constantly checking for an obstruction in the path of an automatically closing overhead door. As soon as something is detected, the garage door sensors send a signal to the garage door opener to reverse its movement and open the door.]]> Why Plumbing Vent Flashing Does Not Work with Roofing Cement https://www.checkthishouse.com/2384/plumbing-vent-flashing-does-not-work-with-roofing-cement.html https://www.checkthishouse.com/2384/plumbing-vent-flashing-does-not-work-with-roofing-cement.html#comments Tue, 13 Jan 2009 03:53:53 +0000 http://checkthishouse.com/?p=2384 plumbing vent flashingHouse plumbing vent flashing is required around the pipe at its roof surface penetration. Without it, or if improperly installed, rain water or melting snow will seep around the vent and damage the roof decking material, sometimes making its way down to the wall / ceiling surfaces inside the property. Depending on your roofing material ... Read more]]> https://www.checkthishouse.com/2384/plumbing-vent-flashing-does-not-work-with-roofing-cement.html/feed 1 3 Useful Patio Sump Pump Tips & Tricks https://www.checkthishouse.com/2228/patio-sump-pump-solutions.html Fri, 02 Jan 2009 22:46:14 +0000 http://checkthishouse.com/?p=2228 Patio Sump PumpHouse walkout basements opening to a patio (or just a patio located below the grade) sometimes require a dedicated drainage system. A combination of a drain tile and / or sump pump ensures that moisture intrusion will not threaten the living space located at the same level; it will also prevent your patio from turning ... Read more]]> Crawlspace Venting: How Many Foundation Vents, Requirements & Beyond https://www.checkthishouse.com/1560/venting-or-not-the-crawlspace-dilemma.html Sat, 25 Oct 2008 04:11:35 +0000 http://checkthishouse.com/?p=1560 Read more]]> Importance of Attached Garage Firewalls & Garage To Room Entrance Safety https://www.checkthishouse.com/744/garage-fire-wall-separation-wall.html https://www.checkthishouse.com/744/garage-fire-wall-separation-wall.html#comments Thu, 21 Aug 2008 03:37:07 +0000 http://checkthishouse.com/?p=744 Garage Firewall SafetyGarage fire wall / separation wall between the house and an attached garage is very often mistreated  by the home owners. I’m assuming that they are simply unaware of the fire safety requirements and how critical it might be to gain those extra minutes that garage fire wall should provide in case of fire. As always. check your local jurisdiction requirements, because they might exceed the IRC (International Building Code). #1. Garage fire wall / separation wall – materials used on the garage side of walls and ceiling common to the house must meet certain requirements in order to slow [...]]]> https://www.checkthishouse.com/744/garage-fire-wall-separation-wall.html/feed 2 Garage Door Opener Safety Manual Bottom Line https://www.checkthishouse.com/696/garage-door-opener-safety-manual-bottom-line.html Tue, 19 Aug 2008 19:05:58 +0000 http://checkthishouse.com/?p=696 Garage Door Springs Safety, Avoiding Serious Injury https://www.checkthishouse.com/656/garage-overhead-door-springs-and-more.html Sat, 16 Aug 2008 02:06:51 +0000 http://checkthishouse.com/?p=656 Back-Up Sump Pump – it’s Always About Taking Chances https://www.checkthishouse.com/488/back-up-sump-pump.html https://www.checkthishouse.com/488/back-up-sump-pump.html#comments Sat, 02 Aug 2008 22:10:30 +0000 http://checkthishouse.com/?p=488 Read more]]> https://www.checkthishouse.com/488/back-up-sump-pump.html/feed 2 Proper House Sump Pump Installation & Maintenance Checklist https://www.checkthishouse.com/385/sump-pump.html Wed, 30 Jul 2008 01:15:13 +0000 http://checkthishouse.com/?p=385 sump pump installationHouse Sump Pump Pump in the hole / house sump pump, is just another component of our precious home that we tend to forget about. I know that for a fact because it’s a very popular item in the “servicing required” section of my inspection reports. Wake-up call from a broken house sump pump in your basement or crawlspace may be sometimes very painful (wet and expensive), so bare with me for a few minutes. How an entire drainage system around and inside your property is designed will go into another post, for now I’m assuming that you don’t care what’s [...]]]>