Prepare For Winter Power Outages


Cold weather often brings heavy snow and wind. Winter has become a hazardous season for many homeowners. Power outages occur more often and they can result in major problems. Electrical outages are mostly caused by trees falling on power lines. This loss of power can last for days and leave you without heat. No heat may lead to frozen pipes and flooding. Nobody can prevent winter storms but we can prepare for them, and Aurora Home Inspections, LLC offers some tips for winter storm power outage preparation.


Try To Fill The Pantry Before The Arrival Of A Storm


Usually we have plenty of warning before a major winter storm. This allows us to stock up on essentials for keeping the family fed. Non-perishables are the best thing to have on hand as you probably won’t have refrigeration. Canned goods, dry cereal, nuts and healthy snacks and plenty of bottled water are a start. Stock up on food for pets too. If medication is needed daily, be sure to fill prescriptions. Batteries for flashlights are good to have on hand, and wood for the fireplace. A supply of warm blankets is also something to think about.


Generators Are A Good Investment


Montvale NJ Home Inspections - Winter Storm Power OutagesSince the length of time being without power can drag on many families in New Jersey are investing in generators. There are two options when it comes to having a power back-up plan – portable generators, or automatic standby generators. The automatic generators generally are about the size of an air-conditioning unit and stand outside the house much like an air-conditioning unit. They are the more expensive option, but they do go on automatically when the power goes out. Automatic generators hook up to a home’s gas line. Portable generators cost less, but need to use fuel to keep them running, and have to be manually operated outside of the house.

Be Careful After The Storm!


When the storm has passed we feel relieved. Don’t allow that relief to make you incautious. Get weather reports and if you plan to drive get traffic reports also. There could be downed trees or wires outside, so keep the flashlight with you. Don’t allow pets to run loose until you’ve checked on the grounds. It’s also neighborly to remember to check on elderly or disabled people in the area.


Post-Storm Home Inspections


Aurors Home Inspections, LLC is the most qualified and most experienced inspection service in Bergen County NJ and environs. If the worst has happened and you need fast inspection service because of storm damage, we are always prepared to help. You want to be able to gauge the damage so you can get it repaired quickly.

Of course, Aurora is available year round to perform home inspections for home sellers and buyers. We have high standards and offer the best and most complete House, Condo and Townhouse inspections as well as Commercial Building inspections in the Bergen County area. Inspections for Mold, Termites, Radon and Tank Sweeps are also offered. We can be reached at (201) 476-9200 for appointments.


Good Reasons For Tank Sweeps


Montvale NJ Tank Sweep ServicesAlthough you are not required to remove a buried oil tank, it is a good idea to do so. When the tank is no longer in use to hold oil to heat your home, it should be dug up. Time and moisture can degrade the tank and can allow pollutants to seep into the ground. This can be an environmental hazard, expensive to remediate.                             Aurora Home Inspections provides tank sweep inspections and testing in NJ.

Also, if you don’t remove an unused oil tank sitting in the ground under your lawn, you may not be able to sell your home so easily. Any buyer will want it removed.

Aurora Home Inspections offers tank sweep inspections and testing to Bergen County and surrounding area homeowners. We are professionals and have the tools needed to find buried tanks and test them. We do not remove buried oil tanks but recommend removal when necessary.  


What Is A Tank Sweep?


A tank sweep is essentially a “sweep” of the ground for the location of a tank or other container buried there. Some oil tanks are located above ground and are easy to remove. The underground tanks require a “sweep” to determine their location. Aurora Home Inspections can sweep for an underground tank during a home inspection, or as a separate service. When located, we test the tank for deterioration and if necessary recommend removal. Removal depends upon the condition of the buried tank.

Naturally, if the home is being sold and it is still being heated with oil, the tank needs to stay. This can become a negotiation issue in the sale of the house. Some buyers may require that you switch to gas heat and remove the tank.


Tank Sweeps Should Be Left To Professionals


When preparing to sell a house that has been heated with oil, a tank sweep is a prudent choice. In some cases you might not even know that the house was once heated with oil and that there is a tank buried in the ground. Before your house goes on the market, call Aurora Home Inspections for an oil tank sweep and test. We are qualified to do this kind of inspection and to recommend removal if necessary. If you are a homeowner in NJ and mean to sell your house, we want you to get the best price. We can help you gather all the pertinent information regarding the condition of your house prior to putting it up for sale. For complete home inspections, including oil tank sweeps, give us a call at (201) 476-9200.


Professional Home Inspection – Essential Tool For Buyers and Sellers


Montvale NJ Home Inspection ServicesIf you are in the process of selling or buying a house, a home inspection is an indispensable tool. Sellers want their house to be shown in the best possible light. The services of a home inspector will inform you of any necessary fixes that will help sell it. A prospective buyer will require the services of a home inspector to point out any problems that exist and some that may crop up in the future. In either case a professional home inspector like Aurora Home Inspections LLC will be an essential factor in your decision making process.  Home Inspection is important for home buyers and home sellers.


For Sellers


As a seller you want your house to show at its best, and to bring the best price. A home inspector will inform you of any problems that can easily be fixed right away. We will also let you know about any larger problems that might become negotiation points in the sale of the house.


For Buyers


A house is usually a family’s biggest investment. You might love a house so much that you overlook details that will be costly in the future. A thorough professional inspection is your best way to learn of things that you might not take note of yourself. Construction, roofing, plumbing, electical systems are all big things that you need to know about. Since a home inspector offers an unbiased view, you will be provided with an honest inspection report.


How Much Time Is Involved With A Thorough Inspection?


A complete home inspection typically takes between 2 and 3 hours. You should be present during the inspection and follow the inspector, take notes and ask questions. You should be presented with a detailed inspection report at the conclusion of the examination of a house.


We Offer Totally Professional Inspection Service


Aurora Home Inspections provides Mold, Termite, Radon, and Tank Sweep inspections for private homes and for commercial buildings. We offer a variety of inspection services to Bergen County NJ and nearby area clients. When looking for a comprehensive, certified inspection of property, give us a call at (201) 476-9200.


Risks Mold Can Pose To Your Family’s Health


Montvale NJ Mold Inspection ServicesMold loves dark, moist places to grow and it often goes unseen. When it begins to affect the health of family members, including beloved pets, we don’t always realize the problem is due to mold. Although homes near the water are more susceptible to the growth of mold because of increased moisture, mold can grow anywhere. Aurora Home Inspections, LLC inspects for mold and after testing can determine what kind of mold is present, how extensive the growth is and whether it is likely to cause health problems. Mold can cause respiratory illnesses, exacerbate allergies, and seriously affect those with compromised immune systems. Mold can be a health hazard for families and pets.


How Do We Look For Mold?


A mold inspection may include taking samples from surfaces or from the air. We measure the temperature and humidity in your house, and determine moisture levels in wood, drywall and concrete. Our agents have the experience required to know where to look for mold and are very thorough in their mold detection techniques.


A Certified Mold Inspection Can Help Prevent Health Issues


Since mold is most often undetectable and is hiding on surfaces and in the air, an inspection by a qualified mold inspector is essential. Mold sometimes emits a musty odor, but very often you are completely unaware of its presence. Aurora Home Inspections is the most experienced, qualified and competent Bergen County NJ home inspector. Inspecting for mold is one area of our expertise. If you suspect the presence of mold in your home, call us to schedule an inspection. We can be reached at (201) 476-9200. You won’t regret being proactive about the possible growth of mold in your home.


Some Tips On Home Maintenance For Autumn


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Although we are seeing record high temperatures now, in a few short weeks Fall begins. Getting your home ready for colder weather is a good idea. A few basic home maintenance tips below will go a long way to protecting your home for the coming winter.  Aurora Home Inspections LLC recommends Fall home maintenance to Bergen County NJ homeowners.


Roof-Gutters-Downspouts For Fall Home Maintenance


Neglecting to periodically check your roof can lead to expensive repairs. Clearing debris from the roof, gutters and downspouts is called for. Maybe installing some kind of debris filter on gutters should be considered. Checking roofing material for problems is good maintenance. Making sure the flashing around a chimney is sound and there are no leaks can prevent more serious issues later on.


Replace Filters 


Air conditioning air filters should be replaced, and wall units should be covered with waterproof material. Stove vent filters and clothes dryer filters should be checked and possibly replaced. You will be spending more time indoors and this could help alleviate seasonal allergy issues. An inspection by a certified NJ home inspector can determine the state of the indoor air quality of your home.


Clean Fireplaces and Chimneys


Before starting to have indoor fires, the fireplace should be cleared of old ashes. The chimney should be checked and freed of creosote if necessary, and the flue should be cleared. These should be done by a professional chimney sweep, who will do a thorough inspection of fireplaces and chimneys.


Check The Water Heater For Debris

Rusty water heater tanks filled with debris are not energy efficient. Now, before it gets cold is a good time to check the water heater and possibly drain the tank. Speaking of water, outdoor spigots should be drained and turned off as soon as there are a few cool nights. Water pipes that are near exterior walls should be insulated against exposure to extreme cold.


Fall Lawn Maintenance


Fertilizing your lawn as the weather cools can be helpful to try to prevent damage from cold weather. This provides a healthier start for your lawn in Spring.



Home Inspection Is Never Out Of Season


Fall home maintenance is recommended for NJ homeowners. Having a professional home inspection before winter sets in is a good idea. Calling on an experienced home inspector to look for prospective problems that arise in cold weather can save you money and a lot of aggravation. Aurora Home Inspections LLC is highly qualified and offers comprehensive examinations, inside and out. Our inspection report comes with photographs and a number of benefits that are included with every inspection. Call us today for a full home inspection consultation. We can be reached at (201) 476-9200.


What Should You Look For In A Home Inspector?


Montvale NJ Home Inspection ServicesAt some point you will need the services of a home inspector. Do your homework when looking for the best home inspector. Research industry organizations and trade groups that a qualified inspector would belong to. An ideal inspector should be certified and licensed, and have lots of education and experience in the home inspection business. An endorsement from a family member or a good friend is also a way to find a home inspector. Realtors and attorneys can sometimes be of assistance in the search as well. Finding your ideal home inspector requires a little bit of detective work.

Ideally a home inspector should be located near you. This could lower the cost since there would be minimal travel involved. Also a local inspector will be familiar with construction regulations and standards for your area.

Many people who are moving into a newly built home think they don’t need an inspection. A new house should certainly be up to code, but a thorough inspection by a professional can’t hurt. Aurora Home Inspection, LLC is a certified, licensed and highly qualified home inspector.


Some Things For A Home Inspection Checklist


Typically a home inspector’s checklist would include the following:

  • House construction – foundation
  • Exterior and interior siding and walls
  • Roof
  • Plumbing
  • Electical Wiring
  • Heating and Air Conditioning
  • Fireplaces
  • Air Quality

When you call on Aurora Home Inspections LLC for an examination of your home, more is offered than the typical report. We also look for mold, radon, termites. These are standard in our inspections.


Look For Qualified Home Inspection


In order to feel that you are being made aware of any pitfalls in the purchase of a house, you want a full and comprehensive inspection report. Aurora Home Inspections is the most fully qualified service in the Bergen County NJ area. We make finding your ideal home inspector easy. For the most complete home inspection report call us at (201) 476-9200 for an appointment today.


Home Inspection Is An Essential Aspect Of Home Buying


commercial property inspections njAccording to a recent newspaper article, the hot New Jersey housing market has prompted some buyers and sellers to forego the home inspection. Sellers are off the hook as buyers are willing to forgive an inspection. Buyers have been so aggressive they are willing to buy without an inspection. In fact the present market is making home buyers and sellers do a lot of unwise things. A thorough inspection by a licensed inspector can save you headaches and money in the long run. Aurora Home Inspections is the most qualified and knowledgeable home inspection service in Bergen County and environs. We advise against foregoing an inspection, because home inspections are necessary in NJ.


Don’t Skip A Home Inspection


When buying a house you want all the necessary information about the house. An inspection by a thorough and knowledgeable inspector is the way to have this information gathered. Bergen County home inspectors are experienced in examining houses and offer the greatest advantage for making an important decision. Home Inspectors work to help you understand the pros and cons of the specific property you are interested in buying. This can eliminate expensive surprises after you have taken ownership.


Call On A Professional For Your Home Inspection


When selecting a Home Inspector, a recommendation is always a good idea. Your attorney may be able to offer the name of a respected inspector. Maybe a trusted Real Estate Broker can help, or maybe your friends and relatives have had a good experience with a Home Inspection Service. Aurora Home Inspections is an experienced and highly qualified inspector in NJ and is often recommended by previous home buyers. We offer a formal and detailed report. We are conversant with local and state construction regulations. An Aurora Home Inspections report is a guide to help you in deciding whether to make one of your family’s largest investments.

Our goal is to be of assistance in finding your dream home and living happily ever after. When contemplating the purchase of a house in NJ give us a call at (201) 476-9200.

We also offer certified home inspections, commercial building inspections, and mold inspections.


What Is Radon?


Montvale NJ Radon InspectionsRadon is an odorless, colorless gas that occurs naturally in the environment. It is toxic and generally undetectable so testing by a professional is required. Radon is the result of the breakdown of uranium in soil and rock. Aurora Home Inspections LLC is a certified home inspector and provides Radon Inspection for our Bergen County NJ and surrounding area homeowners. We test for Radon and inform you of the need for remediation. Knowing about the presence of Radon in NJ homes is important and we want to emphasize awareness to homeowners.


How Does Radon Enter The Home?


This odorless, colorless gas can enter your home through the ground, ground water and through building material. A crack in your house’s foundation can allow Radon to enter. It is imperative to test for Radon when inspecting a home. When you buy a house you need a full inspection, but Radon should also be tested for periodically while you live in a house.


Why Is It So Important To Be Aware of Radon?


Radon is associated with Lung Cancer and other respiratory conditions. Testing for Radon by a qualified home inspector can help to ensure good indoor air quality for the health of you and your family. Aurora Home Inspections is Bergen County’s most highly qualified home inspector and performs thorough and professional inspections regularly. Testing for Radon is part of our comprehensive inspections and we then recommend remediation. We inspect and test for Radon, we do not remediate.


Detecting Radon Is Part Of An Overall Inspection


When you have your home inspected by Aurora Home Inspections, you are getting the most comprehensive inspection in NJ. If you are purchasing a home and need a full inspection, or if you are concerned about the presence of Radon in your house, give us a call at (201) 476-9200. We are interested in the well being of NJ homeowners and in the health of their homes!


Don’t Provide Food For Termites


certified home inspector bergen county njThe number one goal for termites is to find a ready food source.  Termites are determined to gain access to your home. They thrive and multiply when there is a supply of wood for food.  Aurora Home Inspections LLC offers some tips for preventing termites from invading your home.


Prevent Access and Try To Starve Them


Being proactive in the fight to keep termites from invading your home is always the best strategy. Here are some tips gleaned from professional home inspectors.

1. Be sure cracks and holes around the foundation of your house are sealed. Termites can enter through the tiniest of openings.

2. If you store firewood outside your house – keep it a good distance from the house and have it raised off the ground. Firewood is a place termites love to settle in and multiply. Check the wood before bringing it into the house too.

3. Moisture also attracts termites. Fix leaks that might create moisture in the walls of your house or in the basement. Don’t let standing water pool anywhere near your house.

4. Be sure to remove dead trees, branches, firewood and any other dead wood that may be on the ground near your house. This can be a feeding source for termites.

5. We advise getting a termite inspection annually. Spotting it before an infestation starts is the best way to prevent the damage that can result.


Call on the Experts for Termite Inspection


Aurora Home Inspections offers an industry-leading 100% guaranty of satisfaction with our services. Our inspectors are trained in all aspects of termite and other wood destroying insect detection. A termite inspection should be thought of as an investment! An investment against the damage and destruction that termites and wood-destroying insects can cause to your home. Spring is a good time for Bergen County homeowners to have a termite inspection. We also offer certified home inspections, commercial building inspections, and mold inspections.

Give us a call today at (201) 476-9200.


Follow A Regular Home Cleaning Routine


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For allergy relief most people use antihistamines and nasal spray. Keeping your home clean and free of allergens, pollen and dust mites is just as important to combat seasonal allergies and hay fever.  Home cleaning for allergy relief is an effective strategy.


Vacuuming Often


One very effective way to minimize allergens in the home is to vacuum regularly and often. The use of attachments for getting to high places is a good start, and work your way down. Curtains, drapes and upholstery should be vacuumed, paying extra attention to entryways and around window edges.  We recommend regular home cleaning for allergy relief.

Frequently changing vacuum bags and filters, and using accessories that are designed to capture allergens is important. Some vacuum bags are made of synthetic material to capture allergens, dust and pet hair. Filters are also specially designed to trap dust mites, animal dander, molds and pollen.  


Change Often, And Wash Bedding With Hot Water


Sheets, Blankets and Comforters attract dust mites and should be washed once a week in hot water to try to avoid allergens. Protective covers for mattresses and pillows can also stop dust mites from embedding themselves.


Keep Moisture Out Of The Air


Too much moisture in the air can lead to mold. Use a dehumidifier to control the spread of dust mites and mold, especially in humid climates or in summer months anywhere.


Not Too Many Indoor Plants


We’ve always been led to believe that having plants indoors is healthy. To a certain extent that may be true, but some indoor plants release spores and allergens into the air. If you want to have plants indoors, research plants that are less likely to increase pollen and mold exposure.


Home Inspection Can Find Hidden Mold and Other Allergens


Aurora Home Inspections LLC provides 5 Star Home Inspections to Bergen County NJ and surrounding area homeowners. We perform mold inspections also. For allergy sufferers a mold inspection can help keep your home healthy and provide relief. For a friendly, professional and expert inspection of your home, call us at (201) 476-9200.