For years now, every time I saw two pretty little wood peckers at my back door on a little tree just off my little porch patio and near my aloe vera flower garden that I grew from tiny starters I would say a little prayer.
The interior of the house can be inspected as a whole now. Look at the walls, ceilings, floors, stairways, railings and doors. Watch for doors that don’t work properly or don’t fit correctly. Obviously, missing doors or windows should raise eyebrows, too. Look at the door leading from the house to the garage. Make sure its fire rated. If it isn’t, it will have to be replaced. Look for signs of infestation, gnawed baseboards, unusual stains, mismatched paint or anything else out of the ordinary. Ensure that any stairs are secure and railings aren’t loose. Really look closely at the basement. Any signs of water damage, like stains, odor, and mildew should alert you to possible water damage.
Any cracks or openings found in the basement foundation needs to be filled with concrete , coal-tar pitch, or plastic cement. It’s important to not use asphalt, because the termites will be able to go through it.
Make sure your ladders are in good condition and rated for the kind of load they will have to support. The ladder is one of the key danger points in the milford roofing job and more roofing accidents take place going up and down them than take place on the roof itself. Another area of equipment concern is the carrying of tools and nails. A good roofer will have a sling type harness for carrying tools and nails to leave his hands free for work and balance. Heavy roofing materials should be lifted to the roof with ropes and pulleys and not carried up the ladder. It is also a good idea to never work alone. Someone should be present not only to help, but to be there in case of an emergency.
That’s right 15%-25%. A lot of families save even more than this when building their own house, some 35%, some even 50%. How can you save so much? Well, traditionally, a builder or GC will markup the price of your home 15%-50%. Cutting out the middle man puts that money back into your pocket!
Next, look at the house’s insulation and ventilation. This includes walls, floors, attic and unfinished areas. Inspect the kitchen and bathroom for proper ventilation. When you inspect the attic, make sure no interior vents have a termination point in the attic. Also make sure the soffit vents aren’t covered by insulation.
You can also use this sheeting inside your wall for acting as a separation barrier. The paper guards the wind and dust from entering your wall. In the older homes built during 1900s, this sheeting was placed on the exterior surface. It is only after the placement of the paper that shingle was installed over it. However it is not much in use these days as Rosin does not have water resistant capacity. Nowadays other sheeting is used that provides insulation to your surface. Nevertheless you can use water control sheeting on the exterior surface of your wall and Rosin paper for your interior walls.
The tour though runs at cost and 80% of the proceeds go to a local NGO (charity). Photography is prohibited on the tour. Obviously a tour through a slum is not for everyone. Some people may see the tour as voyeuristic. For others though it puts a human face to the statistics that are so easily quoted and dissolves the assumption that slum dwellers are just sitting around doing nothing.