Are “these” guys the Jack-of-all-trades?

Do They Know Jack?

With summer quickly approaching it will begin to be the busy season for house buyers and sellers. That being said, home inspectors will be called rampantly.

A home inspection is a critical part of the home buying process and it is extremely useful. An inspection gives you a detailed layout of literally just about everything about the home. The important things such as the hvac system, roof, electrical system, walls, attic, and many more different areas of the home that “really” matter.

Yes your home may be beautiful on the outside but, is it just as beautiful on the inside? – Sounds like a sappy love story does it not?

A report from a certified home inspector will show the seller and more importantly the buyer, crucial things that need fixed or replaced with the home or property in question.

Home Inspector Bart Lichtenauer with BCE Home Inspections in Pickerington OH has some tips for the buyers and sellers looking for an inspector.

 

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Sellers

  • Preventative maintenance is the core factor when having a home considered in good-great condition.
  • To prolong the life of your water heaters, it is recommended to have them drained once a year to but back on the buildup of calcium.
  • Furnaces should be tuned up regularly. If your unit is newer, once every 2-3 years is okay but, if you have an older unit (20+ years) it should be looked at annually. Many HVAC companies provide service agreements that will help cut back costs having your unit services yearly.
  • Hand in hand with the furnace tune ups, make sure you stay on top of changing the furnace filter as well. every 2-4 month depending on the quality of filter your buy.
  • Plan on once a year shutting off the pipes underneath your sinks by simply closing them off and opening back up. This helps with calcium and lime build up and can prevent you from having to deal with the main water valve if a leak occurs.

Buyers

  • Find a good inspector (preferably a certified one). In different states the rules and licensing are different. Some states you do not need to be licensed to perform home inspections. Looking at American Society of Home Inspectors website, www.homeinspector.org, which shows ASHI certified home inspectors or www.nachi.org which shows InterNACHI certified home inspectors is a great place to begin.
  • Find out or ask the inspector about his background. Are they knowledgeable in the different areas you need inspected? A great inspector will be a Jack of all trades to say the least. Having one that has been around all things “home” would be a plus to have.
  • Tag along on your home inspection to find out the most important areas of your home that may need work done. Be wary of a home inspector that will not allow or does not welcome you to join them on the inspection.

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Have you considered a career in the electrical trade?

Electrical Trade

Not everyone is college bound these days. Some just don’t see themselves attending 4 plus years in a classroom setting. While others simply have different interests and tend to do better in more of a hands on learning environment. So what to do- consider a trade, such as becoming an electrician. Did you know there are scholarship programs for trade and vocational schools? More people can pursue their dream of a career in the trades without wondering how they will afford the training and education necessary to do so.

Scholarships can include those for people interested in management at a business or even running their own business. There are also scholarships for special training in the trades for veterans. You can apply for technician scholarships at www.nexstarscholars.communityforce.com

The biggest advantage of a trade school is the short 2 year term compared to a 4 year graduate program. This means you also acquire additional years of experience as well. Cost is considerably different too, with the average trade school degree costing $30k compared to a bachelor’s degree cost of around $125k.

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A closer look into the electrical trade

As with any career choice it all starts with the right education and training.

  1. Start with finding a program with an accredited school. Many community colleges offer an electrical training program as well.
  2. Electricians are not required to have a college degree, most states do require electricians to be licensed however.
  3. After completing an electrical program, students go through an apprenticeship before they can become a licensed electrician.

The electrical industry is broader than you might think when first getting started. Nowadays there are expanding opportunities in the field such as solar power installation, wind turbine technology and electrical grid repair. Job growth projections through 2020 have increased in the electrical field upwards of nearly 20% across the United States.

Electrician related majors often found at community colleges include

  • Building/Property Maintenance
  • Building/Construction Site Management
  • Building/Home/Construction Inspection
  • Carpentry
  • Construction Trade

The process of applying for trade school grants and scholarships is broken into three steps:

  1. Complete and file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.ed.gov and pay close attention to deadlines.
  2. Wait to receive your Student Aid Report (SAR). This will specify what kind of aid you will qualify for.
  3. Complete the form for state grants. Once you have received your financial aid award letter from your prospective school, you will then have the option of applying for grants Here is just a small list of grants and scholarships out there available to get you started:
  • Construction Intern Award
  • CREW Chicago Scholarship
  • DEED Student Research Grant/Internship
  • Construction Technology Scholarship- Yavapai College
  • Robert L Hite Memorial Scholarship
  • Empowering Women Through Technical Education Scholarship

A lot of valuable information can also be found on www.explorethetrades.org this site covers topics such as:

  • What is an electrician
  • Why become one
  • Steps to becoming an electrician
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • What is an electrical apprentice
  • Apply for a scholarship
  • Find a school

For an example of what could be you check out this electrician in Venice FL. Choosing the electrical trade as a career choice is a promising one, with lots of job opportunity, stability and growth in the future.

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