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Useful HomeOwner Tools

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We want to be more than just your home inspectors. We want to be helpful throughout your homeownership. So we have created some free and useful homeowner tools.

Homeowner Calculators

Roof Replacement Cost Calculator

This is our most popular homeowner tool. It’s accurate and easy to use. Plus, it contains a wealth of knowledge on choosing your next roof and roofing contractor wisely.

Decking Material Calculator

There’s nothing worse than making multiple trips to the hardware store because you bought too little material. It’s even worse when you don’t realize until you’re almost done. Use our decking material calculator to make sure you get the correct amount.

Bathroom CFM Calculator

Steamy bathrooms can wreak havoc on your home. They cause mold and mildew to build up on the walls, and rust metal surfaces. Most bathroom fans are too small because builders put in the minimum required which is usually 50CFM. Fortunately, you can use our bathroom fan cfm calculator to upgrade your fan to the optimal size.

Homeowner How-To Articles

How to Sweep Your Chimney

A crash course on fireplaces and chimneys. Plus, all the tools and steps on how to sweep your chimney.

How to Clean Moss Off Your Roof

Moss on the roof seems cute and cozy, but it wreaks havoc on your roof. Make sure you learn how to clean moss off your roof to prevent expensive repairs.

How to Upgrade Older Two-Prong Outlets

Virginia has many older homes. Likewise, many homes still have older two-prong outlets. Unfortunately, many homeowners create safety hazards when upgrading their outlets. Make sure you learn the right way to upgrade older two-prong outlets.

How to Identify Powder Post Beetle Infestations

Virginia is home to many wood-destroying insects. As a homeowner, you’ll want to have regular professional inspections or learn to do them on your own.

How to Fix a Sagging Gutter

Sagging gutters are one of the most common repair items a homeowner faces. Lucky for you, we have a whole video on how to fix a sagging gutter.

How to Tell Bat Poop from Mouse Poop

We hope you never need this. But if you find little droppings in your attic, you may be wondering what you’re dealing with. You’ll probably need to call a pro either way, but in the meantime, you can learn how to tell bat poop from mouse poop.

How to Install a USB Outlet

Whether you call it a wall piece, plug, adapter, or charger block, it’s a pain in the butt when you can’t find yours. The obvious solution is a permanent USB outlet and it’s cheap and easy to install.

How to Inspect For Termites

We can check for termites when you buy the house, but you’ll want to check your house twice a year. Either get on a pest control plan, or learn how to inspect for termites on your own.

Homeowner Checklists

Winter Home Maintenance Checklist

Summer Home Maintenance Checklist

Fall Home Maintenance Checklist