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Tips to prepare for Fall with Home Inspections OKC

Fall is here and Sharpshooters Home Inspections OKC is here to help Fall-Proof your home.

Fall can really wreak havoc on a home. From leaves filling gutters to pests looking for shelter from the cold, your home takes quite a beating in this beautiful season. Here are some tips from Home Inspections OKC to help get your home, and your wallet, through Fall.

Seal up Windows:

Heating and Cooling can account for up to 47% of a home’s energy costs. Proper sealing and insulation of your windows can reduce your annual energy bill by up to 10%! Air leaks in your windows and doors can be found be running your hand over these areas and feeling for drafts. Holes and gaps can be filled with Caulk to help better seal your home. Keeping cold air out and warm air in, or vice versa.

Check and Clean your gutters:

Keep your gutters clear of debris to keep them in working order. If your gutters can accommodate them, consider adding leaf guards to make the job easier. Don’t forget to check the corners of your gutters as this can hide blockages that keep your gutters from working properly. Clearing out debris like this also give pests fewer places to hide in your home.

Have your Chimney Inspected before you use it:

There’s nothing like the crackling of a real wood fire in Fall and Winter. Just be sure to have your chimney checked and cleaned before you use it this season. Burning wood creates a by-product known as Creosote. Left unchecked it can build up to dangerous levels and cause a very serious chimney fire. In addition, chimney’s can become clogged and not vent smoke properly causing smoke damage and potential carbon dioxide problems.

Sharpshooters Home Inspections OKC can inspect your homes, wells, and septic systems for damage. Give us a call today at 405-538-6007!

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Home Inspections OKC & Pest Control For Fall Preparation

Rain Making Way For Interesting Home Inspections & Pest Control Needs

Have you wondered why there are still so many pesky bugs still active at this time of the year? Our pest control and home inspections OKC team knows that during warm spring and summer months the ants, flies, wasps, spiders, and other creepy bugs have something in common; they need time to reproduce! The reason you usually start to see more pests in warmer months is because they’ve had more time to lay enough eggs and potentially produce thousands of babies. With Oklahoma’s crazy weather this year ranging from wet, damp, rainy days all the way to the extremely and unusually warm days in between it’s no wonder the fluctuating temperatures made the perfect “storm” for incubating a staggering amount of reproduction for various insect species.

Did you know it only takes one burst of wet weather, for example, to create a breeding ground for flies? The astonishing part is that flies have the capability of laying up to 900 eggs! The offspring can then hang around for nearly a month afterwards. Annoying, right? If you’ve seen an increase in flies around your home in the last few weeks, it could be a result of rainy days all the way back from the beginning of August. On the other hand, many bugs start to make their way out of their resting places when temperatures become more stable and when weeds, flowers, and grass are still alive to help the insects have places to hide and feast.

This is why after the rainy month of August, the many bugs that usually are gone by early September have stuck around. With that being said, our home inspections OKC team have a little more to look our for when we look at a home for a customer as we have to watch for standing water or places that promote even more breeding of insects. That also means that our pest control side of the business is still in full action!

As we continue to stay relatively busy this season to ward off the bugs of the last season, we’re also going to be preparing our customers for the fall. If you’re in need of assistance with checking out a home you might want to purchase, please schedule your appointment with our home inspections OKC team as soon as possible to secure a spot.

Our pest control and home inspections OKC team will be serving the OKC metro area and we’d love to add your home to our list of stops to help keep your yard protected. You can reach out to Sharp Shooter Home Inspections at 405-538-6007 to get started with your pest control and home inspections OKC services this September!

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Home Inspections OKC: The Importance Of Proper Windows

Home Inspections OKC: Explaining Egress Windows

When our home inspections OKC team is out looking at potential problems in a home one of the items on our checklist is whether there are “proper” windows. When we say proper we mean windows that follow today’s regulation codes.

If your home is older, then you may not realize that your windows do not meet the current safety standards. Even some newer homes may not be up to par with the code.

Our home inspections OKC team doesn’t check the windows to be bothersome, but instead to ensure safety. The fact is that egress windows are a requirement for homes that are now being built and, perhaps, should be considered for installment in older homes for safety reasons.

What does “egress” mean?

The word egress is Latin. It’s defined as “a way to get out of a place or the act of leaving a place”.

Egress windows are meant for emergency exiting or rescue. While completing our home inspections OKC checklist, we often see windows that not even a normal sized child could squeeze out of. You might be surprised just how many people don’t have an emergency exit plan from their bedrooms, or a way to exit from their bedrooms safely in case of a fire.

By today’s standards every residential sleeping room is required to have at least one operable window or exterior door approved for emergency exit in case of a fire. The egress windows are also required in basements with habitable space. Even if you have a basement without sleeping space, it would still be safe to have one installed. I would like to share with you from a home inspections OKC perspective more about egress windows; how they measure, why they’re beneficial and how they should function.

1.) The minimum net clear opening height must be 24 inches and the minimum net clear opening width must be 20 inches. An egress window must also have a sill height no more than 44” above the finished interior floor. It has to be large enough for you to get out of or a fully dressed fire fighter to get into!Egress

2.) Not only are they meant for safety, but egress windows are economical, because they are adding value to your home. They may also be more energy efficient than your current windows which could be allowing drafts of air in.

3.) The egress window must be operable from the inside to a full clear opening without the use of a key, tool, or special knowledge.

Any way you choose to look at it, egress windows are essential lifesaving equipment.

Final thoughts from our home inspections OKC team:

If you’re replacing a smaller window with a larger one that meets egress requirements, keep in mind that enlarging the height of the opening takes less structural work than enlarging the width.

If you’re in need of a home inspection, feel free to give our home inspections OKC team a call. Sharp Shooter Inspection Service & Pest Control LLC can be reached at 405-538-6007.

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Home Inspections OKC And Summer Pest Control Services

Sharp Shooter: The Home Inspections OKC & Pest Control Team

Imagine that you’re in the market to buy a new home. The last thing you’d want to see when walking through the yard is a swarm of insects, right? Luckily, our home inspections OKC and pest control team can take care of potential problems such as these during routine home inspection procedures. We have the upper hand, because after identifying an insect problem we are also equipped to take care of it so another pest control company doesn’t even have to be called!

Have you ever wondered why so many species of insects are more active during the summer months? Everything from ants, flies, wasps, and spiders love this humid weather Oklahoma has to offer and after the cold and rainy seasons they’ve had plenty of time to reproduce.

Besides, who doesn’t prefer to move around in the warmer months? It’s the same for house hunters looking to move. Most people do not like moving in the winter! For both the insect population and the common human behavioral preference to buy real estate in the summer, our home inspections OKC and pest control team is available to help.

As the busiest season comes to full swing, we do encourage you to schedule your OKC pest control appointment as soon as you can. While home inspections OKC is something we can usually squeeze in due to there being more time in between them, pest control schedules can get booked up rather quickly.

No matter what service you need help with, our home inspections OKC and pest control team will be serving the OKC Metro area and we’d love to add your home to our list of stops to help keep your yard free from critters (whether you’re buying, selling, or still living in the same home you have lived in for years).

You can reach out to Sharp Shooter Home Inspection Service & Pest Control at 405-538-6007 to get started with your next home inspection or pest control services this summer!