How often should you change your smoke detectors

October was National Fire Safety Month, and according to Invensys Controls, smoke alarms should be replaced every 87,000 hours, or about 10 years. In addition, carbon monoxide alarms should be replaced every five years.

Since many homeowners change the battery in their home safety products the weekend we return to standard time, Invensys Controls is now reminding consumers that with one glance at the back of the alarm, homeowners can know the real age of the unit by checking the date of manufacture.

The U.S. Fire Administration for Homeland Security, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) and the Red Cross agree after working for 87,000 hours, normal environmental conditions in the home can have an impact on the performance of your smoke alarm.

“We believe that over 100 million smoke alarms in the U.S. are over 10 years old, and after working for 87,000 hours, they need to be replaced,” said D.J. Crane, vice president and general manager of the Safety and Thermostat Segment, Invensys Controls.

If a homeowner is unsure of how old a fire alarm is, every alarm has a manufacture date on the back. Invensys Controls recommends replacing the smoke alarm if it was manufactured before 1997. Invensys Controls also recommends upgrading to combination smoke/carbon monoxide (CO).

Keep this in mind, as your customers may ask for help with replacements.  

Welcome to A Point of View Home Inspections

May I introduce you to A Point of View Home Inspections?

A Point of View is a locally owned and operated business for over 10 years. ( 900+ inspections and growing)  Serving Saratoga, Warren and Washington counties. I take pride in doing inspections the right way. I am honest, unbiased and fair. I maintain a high code of ethics and believe in client confidentially. I have a fast response time, normally 3-5 days and will do inspections on weekends.

I’m certain you will like the way I conduct business. Here is a list of Real Estate agents who have used me in the past, if you wish to find out more about A Point of View Home Inspections.

Jennifer Ball             Hunt ERA Real Estate                         518-361-2923

Mark Cheney           Birkshire Hathaway                               518-791-4223

Melanie Casey         Leon Barkley Realty                             518-321-7194

Denise Hill               Coldwell Banker Prime Properties        518-361-4663

Bethe Reynolds       Keller-Williams                                      518-499-0340

Stephanie Vogel     Coldwell Banker Prime Properties          518-332-4659


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Do your Home Work

Before Deciding on a Home Inspector, Call around. Ask Questions, Make sure you are getting a Qualified and Experienced Home inspector. Don’t just go by the price they give you, The average price in our area is around $300.00. If they are much lower you will get what you pay for. If they are much higher you do not get anything more. Ask about the report, Do you receive it on site or do you have to wait a few days to receive it. Time is everything in this process, If there are issues you want to be able to have your agent get right to work on resolving the issues.

With a Point of View Home Inspections, by the time we are done with the inspection, You will know the home better than the seller.

Do I Need to Attend the Home Inspection?

It is not necessary  you attend the inspection.  However, we strongly recommend that you or a representative for you attends the inspection so you are properly informed of the condition of the investment you have made.

 The reason we strongly recommend you attend is because you will be able to follow the inspector around and visually learn about the condition of your house, how the various systems operate and how to properly maintain them.  You will also have a better understanding of the contents of the report if you are able to see it from the home inspector’s perspective and can ask questions as they arise.


What is a Home Inspector?

A Home Inspector must be a highly skilled generalist with a good working knowledge of how a house is put together and how the house and its components interact with one another.

The Home Inspector educates the client about the house. Your  inspection report  includes cosmetic and maintenance information. This serves to introduce a Home Buyer to the home.

A professional Home Inspector must be able to diagnose a problem in a house, based on what can be detected from a visual inspection. Which can range from an obvious roofing problem to  a not so obvious electrical problem. Only normal operating devices will be used to activate the systems within the house.

The Home Inspector concludes the inspection with a written report given to the customer on site.