Real estate agents, home builders, and contractors can all provide useful information to homeowners and home shoppers, but this information can be biased. As an independent home inspector and energy auditor, our loyalty is to our customers. Our owner, Mike Carson, is a Building Performance Institute-certified professional with years of experience and training.
This blog was created to help inform our Marathon County, Wisconsin customers about saving money on utility bills, taking advantage of new home warranties, preventing home moisture issues, and boosting home safety.
Want to learn more about our home inspections and energy audits? Call Inspect It Right Home Inspections today to get started.
Do you want to know about the conditions of major systems in a house to make an informed purchasing decision? A professional home inspector provides an objective visual examination of the condition of a home. Because this is such an important step in making a smart financial investment in a new home, we recommend choosing wisely.
This video from our friends at Go Green Star explains how to insulate a home's walls from the exterior, for improved energy performance and reduced energy bills, with minimum intrusion. We had this done to our home by Home Insulation Company and it has drastically reduced our draft, increased our comfort, as equally as important, the amount of noise from the exterior.
Pending in the Senate is a bill called the Home Star Retrofit Act of 2010, or simply Home Star for short. Sometimes referred to as Cash for Caulkers in street slang, the bill would provide a series of financial incentives for homeowners to increase the energy efficiency of their homes through substantive, effective improvements to their homes that save homeowners money, reduce our country's carbon emissions, help to mitigate climate change, and put tens of thousands of Americans back to work.
Inspect It Right Home Inspections recently purchased a drone! Now customers have the option of having a drone take an arial view of the home and see roofing and things that we may not be able to see otherwise due to height, steep pitch, etc.
Click here to see an example of what we will be able to do for you.
Whether you are buying or selling a home, making energy efficient upgrades, or just want to know the condition of your home give us a call.
On cold winter days, a ray of sun streaming into your house can be most welcome - a free source of heat. But what about in the summer, when those rays of sun and other, less-evident solar heat, seep into our already too-hot houses
The graph below shows which structural air-leaks drive up energy costs the most, allowing you to maximize efforts toward reinforcing your home's building envelope.
One of the biggest energy guzzlers in your home (besides, most likely, your thermal envelope, which lets expensive conditioned air escape through air leaks and poorly insulated walls) is the refrigerator. Upgrading it, believe it or not, can save you a bundle of money in the long run, as long as you don't simply put your old fridge down in the basement and plug it back in. Now, before you balk at the high upfront cost of replacing your fridge, let us explain why we (admittedly, energy-efficiency/penny-pinching geeks) think it's a good idea:
Winter's coming. It's already heating season. So how do you save money on heating costs? You've got to own your heat. Simple as that. You've paid for all
Learn how smart power strips work to kill vampire power in your home. Warning: contains humor. Here at Inspect It Right Home Inspections we want you to keep more of your hard earned money. Here is a link where you can find a Bits Smart Power Strip and start saving money today. Or you can Contact Us for more information on ways you can make your home more energy efficient and may even earn incentives for making your home all toasty warm and efficient.
We're always on the lookout for clever, easy ways to make your home more