Simple Water-Saving Tips Can Have a Big Impact on Your Wallet

October 12, 2018 | Environmental Services

The average household spends as much as $500 per year on its water and sewer bill, but by making just a few simple changes to use water more efficiently, you could save approximately $170 per year and help the environment, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. HomePro Inspections provides environmental assessments and home inspections to the Jacksonville area.

Read More

Demand for Healthier Building Options Drives the Rediscovery of Ceramic Tile

October 5, 2018 | Environmental Services

If you’ve ever had new carpeting installed in your house and found yourself suffering from a nagging cough for days afterward, you’ve experienced the effect some home improvement materials can have on your health. Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) can be a significant health concern, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Concentrations of VOCs can be up to 10 times higher indoors than out, and building materials are among the sources of these noxious chemicals, the EPA says. While VOCs and other home toxins can cause respiratory irritation in healthy people, they can be particularly troublesome to anyone who suffers from asthma or allergies. Many homeowners, striving to minimize the impact of their home improvement or new building projects on the environment and their health, are opting to use less toxic building materials.HomePro Inspections provides quality home inspections and environmental assessments to the Jacksonville area.

Read More

Say ‘THANK YOU’ with Oktoberfest Jacksonville!

October 1, 2018 | Around Town

What’s the easiest way for you to say ‘Thank You’ to your favorite friends, customers, builders and affiliates in Jacksonville? Invite them to attend Oktoberfest Jacksonville for FREE on Friday Oct 12th!It came to me in a vision. The answer to the marketing question that has perplexed real estate professionals since The Flintstones bought their first home in Bedrock… How could you bring the best and brightest builders, Realtors and affiliates together with 10,000 potential home-buyers in a single venue for a live business development event? The vision became clear — the answer was beer!Research reveals an interesting intersection between the early development of beer and the evolution of the modern real estate agent. In ancient Mesopotamia, clay tablets indicate that brewing was a well-respected occupation and that the majority of brewers were women. A coincidence?… I think not!Oktoberfest Jacksonville is being presented by Anheuser-Busch and Client Focused Media — the people who … Continued

Read More

Four Simple Ways to Modernize Your Home Decor

September 28, 2018 | Featured

If you’re like many people, your home interior could likely use some updating. But you don’t need to hire a professional designer to modernize your home decor. No matter how much of a decorating novice you may be, a few simple updates can give new life to your living space and bring your home to the forefront of interior design. HomePro Inspections provides quality inspections to the Jacksonville area.

Read More

A Guide for Getting Through Emergency Home Repairs

September 21, 2018 | Featured

A surprise can be fun on some occasions, like your birthday. But when it comes to home repair emergencies, a surprise is the last thing you want – especially in these economically challenging times. Unfortunately, this is a situation all too many homeowners find themselves in after a home emergency. Often they discover that a repair they assumed would be covered by their home insurance or local utility is actually their responsibility to fix. From water and drainage systems to electrical and heating/cooling configurations, your home is a complex network of pipes, wires and electrical components that could require an emergency repair at any time. HomePro Inspections provides quality inspections to the Jacksonville area.

Read More

Selling Your Home Out of Season? A Great Deck Makes a Difference

September 14, 2018 | Featured

In a perfect world, no one would ever have to face the challenge of trying to sell a house when there’s snow on the ground and the trees are bare. In reality, people have to sell and buy homes throughout the year. While winter may not be the optimum season to showcase your landscaping, there is one improvement you can make that will help you boost your home’s outdoor appeal no matter what the season: a deck. When potential buyers visit your home in winter, they might not be able to envision how green and lovely your backyard will look come spring. But they will be able to see with their own eyes the square footage that a deck adds to the home’s living space. HomePro Inspections provides quality inspections to the Jacksonville area.

Read More

Increase Your Home Value, Simple Ways to Improve the Exterior of Your Home without Breaking the Budget

September 7, 2018 | Featured

Whether you want to prepare your outdoor spaces for entertaining or you’re trying to make a great first impression on home buyers, now is the time to get the outside looking great. From fixing up the deck on the front porch to adding some colorful flowers to the landscaping, there are plenty of elements to make your home look more inviting. Start by determining your home’s best exterior features, and then assess some improvements that you can tackle on your own and get the biggest bang for your buck. HomePro Inspections provides quality inspections to the Jacksonville area. Here are some simple ways to help boost your curb appeal: Clean up clutter Getting rid of clutter and scrubbing down grime should be the first steps in giving your home’s exterior a fresh new glow. Start by removing any unused items or dead plants from the yard. Clean out the gutters … Continued

Read More

The Home and Garden Show is coming to TV

September 5, 2018 | Featured

In collaboration with the Northeast Florida Builders Association and Client Focused Media, “The Home and Garden Show” is expanding to television!It’s been 15 years since “The Happy Home Inspector” show first aired on News 104.5 WOKV in 2003, and ten years since morphing to become “The Home and Garden Show.”  Time does fly when you’re having fun!Radio was not my original venture into mass media, it began for me on HGTV as a featured expert inspector on the show “House Detectives.”  That show was a fun four-year run until production went to the west coast, eliminating any Jacksonville episodes.The East Coast production company rebranded that show as “Finders Fixers” and moved to the DIY Network, where it aired for another season before the screen went dark on my national television career.  In 2007 with co-host Mike Cella, we launched “My Buddies Boat TV,” which was the nautical version of “The Real … Continued

Read More

Is Vinyl Siding Right for your Jacksonville Home?

August 31, 2018 | Around Town

Through tempestuous weather and extreme four-season cycles, today’s vinyl siding is living up to both the style and durability demands of discerning builders, remodelers, architects, homeowners and multifamily developers. Manufacturing advancements allow the market’s innovative producers to artistically recreate looks of genuine weathered cedar, reclaimed brick and deeply-faceted stone. Contact HomePro Inspections to schedule a quality inspection in the Jacksonville area. Vinyl Siding Options One manufacturer, Foundry Siding by The Tapco Group, offers a line of Shakes, Shingles and Shapes along with various stone siding profiles and colors in its expanding Stone Collection. While their authenticity to the “real thing” rings true, these premium vinyl panels surpass natural counterparts with an optimal blend of affordability and stout performance – top level Class 1(A) fire resistance, 170 mph wind load rating, 60-plus pounds per inch of &;impact resistance and limited lifetime warranty. “The Foundry has great looks and I like the … Continued

Read More

Let the Jacksonville Sun Shine in with an “Enlightened Roof”

August 24, 2018 | Energy Audits

Enlightenment isn’t just a state of mind – it can also be an important energy-saving state of being for your home’s roof. By “enlightening” your roof, you can use less energy, save money, and dress up the interior of your home at the same time. All roofs protect us, and the interiors of our homes, but they can do so much more. They can be the collection and distribution point for an inexhaustible supply of free natural light and energy. HomePro Inspections provides quality home inspections to the Jacksonville area. Benefits of a Skylight A roof that uses Energy Star qualified venting skylights, for instance, admits healthful natural light while providing passive ventilation through the natural “chimney effect” of rising air. This is not an insignificant consideration especially in kitchens and baths that have higher moisture and humidity levels than other areas of the home. Another kitchen- and bath-specific issue … Continued

Read More