New mobile app puts flooring in hand

orlando real estateApplications for smartphones and tablets are everywhere today. And more than ever, people are using these applications to save time and money while finding that perfect product to enhance their busy lives.

In 2011, there were almost 1.2 billion mobile Web users worldwide, the International Telecommunication Union estimated. This includes nearly half (46 percent) of Americans, according to a 2011 study by comScore.

Naturally, many of these mobile Web users are homeowners and maximizing the value of their biggest investment is at the forefront of their minds. Flooring is vital to achieving that goal, and a new flooring application for iPhone and iPad is leading the way.

Lumber Liquidators – North America’s largest specialty retailer of wood flooring – recently introduced a new version of its Floor Finder application with features that make finding the perfect floor a breeze.

In addition to providing mobile access to every floor in Lumber Liquidators’ inventory, the latest Floor Finder app includes a feature called The Visualizer. This allows users to see how a floor will actually look in their very own room, using a room photo taken by the user. These photos can also be uploaded to social media platforms where friends and family can share their opinions on the new, virtual flooring.

Users can also make purchases directly from the app or scan QR codes located in stores or in catalogs to get more product information and exclusive deals. And when they’re ready to buy, there’s a store locator in the application and a calculator to help customers determine the amount of flooring needed for the upcoming project.

Lumber Liquidators Founder Tom Sullivan believes everyone deserves to get the best for less and find flooring that’s right for their home. “Now, in addition to the free samples and expert advice homeowners can get at a Lumber Liquidators store, they have a new app to help them pick the perfect floor,” Sullivan says. “And just like our advice, it doesn’t cost a dime.”

To learn more about the Lumber Liquidators’ free Floor Finder app, see a video of it in action, or enter its sweepstakes to win an iPad plus $1,000 toward Lumber Liquidators flooring, visit http://www.lumberliquidators.com/ll/flooring/FloorFinderApp.

Homeowners’ emphasis on energy efficiency grows

ORLANDO REAL ESTATEEven in a volatile economy, homeowners are making home upkeep a priority. While the number of projects annually had been on the decline in recent years, a study from BuildFax, a resource for building, remodeling and repair information, found remodeling activity was up in 2011 over 2010. Additional data shows homeowners are opting to invest in what matters most with projects that benefit their wallets, personal comfort and the environment.

Know the facts

Before buying anything, shoppers are taking time to learn more about the products they put in their homes. For one in four consumers, knowing and understanding what makes up general household products is important. As options continue to increase, this attention to research is key to finding efficient products that offer maximum value. For instance, homeowners will find that a few newer home insulation products that help provide greater energy efficiency also boast new sustainable formulations. Owens Corning EcoTouch insulation is made from 99 percent natural materials, contains a minimum of 58 percent recycled content and is verified formaldehyde free.

Energy-efficient essentials

According to the 2010 Home Improvement Research Institute Trends Program Report, reducing household energy usage and bills through energy-efficient improvements continues to be the No. 1 reason homeowners make home improvements. That same report also indicated six out of 10 consumers need help identifying what they can do to be more environmentally conscious.

“Now is the right time to make efficiency improvements around the home because homeowners will see an immediate impact on their monthly utility bills, and will reap even greater benefits in the long term,” says Frank O’Brien-Bernini, chief sustainability officer at Owens Corning. “According to the U.S. Department of Energy, buildings use more energy in the United States than either transportation or industry, accounting for the consumption of 40 percent of our nation’s energy resources. On a more granular level, the primary use of energy in a home is for heating and cooling. In many homes, excessive energy is wasted through poorly sealed and insulated attics, walls and ductwork – all problems that can be solved by handy do-it-yourselfers or through experienced contractors.”

The Home Improvement Research Institute reports roughly one in three homeowners plans to purchase more energy-efficient doors, windows or HVAC systems in the coming year. Sealing all openings around doors and windows can help homeowners make the most of their investment. Air ducts should also be inspected to ensure they are clean, are free of leaks and holes and direct air to the right spaces.

Recycling 101

While recycled content is commonly focused on, recyclable materials are also important. Often with home improvement projects, old materials are thrown out and replaced with the new. What many homeowners may not know is that many building materials and appliances are recyclable. Recycling is a better solution for the environment, and may be less costly than taking material to a landfill.

“There are more recyclable materials on and in a home than you might first assume. Millions of tons of shingles torn off from roofs end up in our country’s landfills each year. Fortunately, the technology now exists for all those shingles to be recycled instead,” says O’Brien-Bernini. “In 2009, Owens Corning Roofing and Asphalt, LLC formed an alliance with Heritage Environmental Services to create a Shingle Recycling Program with roofing contractors to make recycling convenient, cost-competitive and differentiating and have since recycled more than 90,000 tons of asphalt shingles.”

Homeowners looking for more information about shingle recycling and other types of recycling can turn to Earth911.com, with whom Owens Corning Roofing and Asphalt, LLC recently also formed an alliance. The site hosts the largest and most accurate recycling directory in North America and provides information about what materials can be recycled as well as lists of recyclers in local markets.

For more tips on efficient home improvements, visit www.OwensCorning.com.

Federal Pacific Electric Panels

Federal Pacific Electric Panels

A federal pacific panel is one of the electrical panel that most home inspectors will note on there Home inspection report and in my opinion all home inspectors should make their customers take notice that the property or home has this panel and they should note and recommend that the panel be evaluated by a licensed electrician to assure that the panel has no major issues.

ACF Home Inspections makes note of this panel in there report because we know that some of these panels have been listed as having problems with these system having a failure to function as intended.

ACF Home Inspections in Orlando, Florida Has seen these panels and recommends that they be evaluated or replaced not only because of the reports that the system has the possibility to have a failure but because we have found from our clients that the insurance companies have canceled or raised their insurance premium because of these types of electrical Panels.

ACF Home Inspections Inc recommends that you visit Your panels to see if you have a Federal Pacific Panel or FPE and it may say stab-loc breakers.

Federal Pacific Electric Company (FPE) was one of the most common manufacturers of circuit breaker panels in North America from the 1950s to the 1980s. Millions of their panels were installed in homes across the country. Yet, as the years passed, electricians and home inspectors often found Federal Pacific Electric panels failed to provide proper protection to homeowners and their families. Experts now say that FPE panels can appear to work fine for years, but after one overcurrent or short circuit, they can overheat and become fire hazards.

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RADON

The EPA recommends that homes should be tested for Radon every two years

Radon is a naturally occurring, invisible, odorless, tasteless, radioactive gas produced from the radioactive decay of radium, found in most soils and earthen construction materials. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S. after smoking, and the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that radon is responsible for more than 21,000 lung cancer deaths per year. Data collected by the department indicates that 1 in 5 Florida residences have elevated radon levels. The only way to know the radon levels in your home is to test.

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What To Expect

What to Expect

 

ACF Home Inspections Inc

Over 5731 Families In Orlando and Central Florida
Have Chosen ACF Home Inspection Inc
For Their Home Inspection Since 2001!

We provide our Clients the “Information” they need to make an informed decision about the Property Being Inspected in a Clear, Concise, Professional Manner, with Photographs .

The Reports Are easy to read in terms you the buyer and Your agent can understand.

In other words, we provide our Clients “Peace of Mind!”

Here’s what we Do.

Our Licensed Certified Inspectors will spend two to four hours to thoroughly evaluate all aspects of the Property you are purchasing, from the Roof to the Foundation and all areas in between.

The Inspections are preformed to meet the NACHI Standards Of Practice     http://www.nachi.org/sop.htm

Let me mention one other issue:

Home Inspectors in Florida are now licensed and regulated and the quality of work varies greatly. Insurance companies in Florida Require Licensed Home inspectors to perform 4.0 & Mitigation Inspections and Home Inspections to obtain Homeowner’s Insurance or to meet some lending requirements. Not many people, including most Real Estate Professionals, are aware of this issue. To save you time and money, we recommend you hire someone with the proper licensing to perform All your Inspection needs.

Only Licensed Home inspectors can preform A Home Inspection ( Contractors must be A State licensed as a Home Inspector to Preform a Home Inspection )

Professional Home Inspectors are State Licensed and A Member of a National Home Inspection Association

When Choosing A Home Inspection Company or A Home Inspector Also Ask For there License And Association Certification ( InterNachi , ASHI, FABI )

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Remember a Home Inspector will never do repairs for a fee on homes they inspected, we are not affiliated or have any company pay a fee for referral repairs ( so beware of home inspectors that do repairs or have affiliations that pay them a fee for repair referrals)

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4 Point Inspections

4 Point Inspection

 

A four-point Inspection is often required when obtaining a new homeowners insurance policy or renewing an existing policy. This 4-point insurance inspection includes a limited scope evaluation of the following four systems:

  1. roofing
  2. electrical
  3. heating-air conditioning
  4. plumbing

The focus of the inspection is to determine the approximate age, components, and general condition of these systems. Note: this type of insurance inspection should not be confused with a “standard home inspection” which is more comprehensive in regards to both detail and scope.

The Insurance company will typically require that the inspections be performed by suitably licensed and qualified persons. All of our 4-point inspections are performed by a Florida State licensed Certified Home Inpector or NACHI Certified Inspectors.

Of course, there are many insurance companies and inspection requirements can vary and change at any time. You should consult with your insurance provider concerning any specific requirements.

Note: sometimes all that is required by the insurance company is the evaluation of a specific system of the house, such as the roof, electrical system, or a limited combination of systems. Partial inspection services are available.

4 Point inspection may also be performed by other State licensed Professional.

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