Inspecting Your New Home - 17 Areas You Must Inspect Before Taking Possession

Written by Brendon Turner

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  • Basement-should be clean; no cracks inrepparttar walls; a floor drain inrepparttar 146190 lowest part; "healthy" looking wooden joists (a minimum of splitting); instructions and warranty cards for equipment (furnace, heater, HRV, etc.)
  • Doors-must be well-fitted and well-hung; secure locks for outside doors and door stops.
  • Windows-must open smoothly; lockable.
  • Walls-should be smooth and even; no cracks, visible seams or nail-pops; right colour; even paint coverage; no gaps at electrical switches and plugs.
  • Floors-minimum of squeaks and "spring"; smooth seams on carpet and other floor covering; even grouting between ceramic tiles.
  • Plumbing fixtures-no chips or scratches; faucets operating properly; caulking around counter tops and fixtures.
  • Upgrades and options-correct materials and quality; proper installation; right colours.
  • General state of cleanliness-no construction debris; clean heating ducts; etc.

You might want to hire a private building inspector or engineer to conductrepparttar 146191 inspection for you. Look inrepparttar 146192 phone book under Building Inspection Services.

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Deck Decoration

Written by Elizabeth Holly

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Keeping a chest inside of beach paraphernalia - floats, leis, sunglasses, and even a pirate’s eye patch will keep your children entertained as you try to prepare dinner.

You can also have a country theme on your deck. My great-aunt has this huge covered deck and on it she uses old barrels as side tables and chairs; forrepparttar chairs part ofrepparttar 146111 barrel is cut forrepparttar 146112 back andrepparttar 146113 previous top ofrepparttar 146114 barrel as nailed down asrepparttar 146115 seat. There’s kind of a country atmosphere there withrepparttar 146116 added touches of old Pepsi bottles, signs, and tools hanging onrepparttar 146117 wall as well as flowers hanging from every corner ofrepparttar 146118 roof.

Whatever theme you decide to use on your deck,repparttar 146119 essentials are a table and chairs with some extra seating and side tables. If your deck is too small for that, you can simply purchase a couple of Adirondack chairs and side tables to match. Your parties may be smaller, but you can always put a picnic table inrepparttar 146120 yard to seat more people. Choose your own theme; a deck is a place where you can put your favorite random items to good use. So from Coca-Cola to country to classic, create your own deck decorations and spendrepparttar 146121 rest ofrepparttar 146122 summer enjoying your friends on your jazzy new deck.

And no one will care if it's not an official Veranda.

Elizabeth Holly lives in the South and writes for women about fashion, fitness, frolic and focus. Visit her at

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