Knowing Your Home: Planning & Prioritizing Your Repairs



Knowing Your Home- Workshop #1 February 25, 2016

By: Allison Urbanek

Last week we hosted our first workshop of the season at Buckeye Beer Engine on Madison Avenue. Each year we kick the season off with a workshop that provides an overview of our housing stock and highlights the major systems of our homes. This year we partnered with Aaron Westerburg of Inspection Tech.  Aaron has been in the home inspection business for over 10 years. He has a wealth of knowledge about  the main systems of the house and did an awesome job explaining and highlighting them.  He also included home repair information for people who are looking to buy or sell a home, providing examples of the dos and don’ts of repairs to explain where you get the most bang for your buck!

Here are a few of tips that he shared with the group:

  • There are 12 major systems of a house
    • Exterior
    • Roofing
    • Garage
    • Attic Spaces
    • Interior Rooms
    • Bathrooms
    • Kitchen
    • Appliances
    • Foundation and Structure
    • Electrical System and Panel
    • Plumbing System and Water Heater
    • HVAC System


  • When considering a roof replacement, you need to take your materials into consideration-i.e. if you have a slate roof has it been maintained well? Perhaps  with a proper maintenance plan it can be affordably maintained or if it hasn’t been maintained, is the cost to repair it going to be a realistic repair?


  • Attic Spaces- If you are considering a new roof, make sure to research ventilation options and what will work best for your home- Box vents, ridge vents and do you have proper soffit ventilation?


  • Bathrooms- Do you have proper ventilation? Do you have a fan to take out the heat and moisture? Does the vent go outside or does it vent into your attic space causing mold and mildew?


  • Structural Issues- Do you have cracks in your foundation? Are they vertical or horizontal? Horizontal cracks are concerning, call a professional to come and have a look at them. Vertical cracks may just be the house settling. Keep an eye on them and notice what is happening around them- is there water after a big rain? Are you seeing efflorecence  or other bubbling, peeling or buckling?

These are just a few tips and thoughts for consideration. Below you will find the full presentation.

Feb 2016 Knowing Your Home-Inspection Tech

Don’t hesitate to reach out to Allison, our Housing Director or Inspection Tech with any questions you may have regarding your home repairs.

Join us for our next workshop

Knowing Your Home: Pruning Trees and Shrubs in Your Landscape

Lakewood Women’s Pavilion

Saturday, March 12th from 10 am-12 noon.

You can find more information here


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