The nonprofit Snug Home Program starts with a brief interview with your family and a thorough visual health and safety inspection of the home conducted by a certified home inspector. Typically, this type of inspection costs $300 but we provide this service at no cost as a way to identify risks to your family and connect you to resources. This whole process is overseen by the nonprofit so that it is centered in what your family's needs are.
This step is critical as it allows us to work with your family to uncover what level of risks may be present as well as determining what the next best steps are in the best interests of your family.
Are any of the systems in your home allowing dynamics that could compromise your family’s health?
This includes indoor air quality related to mold, mildew, and other things you shouldn’t be breathing. These airborne contaminants can greatly increase allergies and asthma, along with other respiratory issues.
Other concerns include natural gas leaks or persistent low levels of carbon monoxide that don’t set off detectors but are harmful to your family.
Are any of the systems in your home causing your family to be less safe than you should be?
This includes items such as smoke alarms and other detection equipment, potential fire risks, and an evaluation of your ability to get in and out of the house safely in the event of an emergency.
Are any of the systems in your home causing your family to be less comfortable than you should be?
Comfort is an interesting topic for two reasons.
First, when it is lacking, it causes relational tension or other consequences like loss of sleep.
Second, it generally points to other home performance issues that are more significant, as a lack of comfort is a symptom; not a cause.
Are any of the systems in your home causing your family to deal with excessive or unexpected maintenance costs?
This ranges from your monthly utility bills to deteriorating structure or sudden roof leaks. These costs often force families to spend money they planned for other things, like vacations or things that improve their quality of life.
In short, you can identify and prioritize maintenance properly when you get a clear picture of your home’s overall performance, allowing you to be in control of the maintenance cycle rather than being surprised by it.