Problems and repair

Radon mitigation

What do you do if you have radon above the action level of 4.0 pci/l? What does it cost to make your house safe? There are tried and true cures for that problem. To mitigate for Radon, a system is installed that creates a slight vacuum under the basement slab.  This keeps the radioactive gas from

By | 2017-08-10T08:43:36+00:00 August 16th, 2017|Categories: Health and safety, Problems and repair|

Radon: Is it in my house and why should I care?

What is Radon and why should you care? According to the EPA Radon is a naturally-occurring, invisible and odorless radioactive gas. One in 15 American homes contains high levels of radon. Radon gas is not isolated to certain geographical areas or home types. Radon problems have been detected in homes in every county of the U.S.

By | 2017-08-03T20:58:34+00:00 August 9th, 2017|Categories: Health and safety, Problems and repair|Tags: , , |

Estimate repairs while house hunting

It is impossible to judge the value of a house without calculating a rough cost of repair. The properties around here are frequently 100 years old. When a problem begins, it is much cheaper to repair than the same problem left for years to get worse. Tip one: deferred maintenance costs roughly five times more to

By | 2017-07-17T11:10:36+00:00 August 2nd, 2017|Categories: Negotiating, Problems and repair|Tags: |

Tankless hot water heaters

“Don’t get attached to that hot water heater, it will fail on you.” We tell our clients this because direct-fire hot water heaters are unreliable appliances that are created with built-in obsolescence. Many have five, seven, or ten-year warranties. They will last five years and three weeks, or seven years and three weeks, or ten

By | 2017-06-02T07:26:13+00:00 June 7th, 2017|Categories: Energy efficiency, Problems and repair|Tags: , |

Houses that don’t belong on the land

There are some houses that never should have been built. You can't even level them and build a better house on that lot. Either the lot is too small to build on — by current standards — or the land is not fit to hold a house. I have seen both. Potentially unsolvable problem, type 1

$3000 towards knob and tube removal

Some electrical repair can’t wait. Knob and tube wiring is one of those problems. This wiring, from 80-100 years ago, has not aged gracefully. It is considered a fire hazard by most insurance companies. Our clients are often told that they cannot get insurance, or they can only get insurance if they promise to remove

Specialty windows

When do windows cost more than an arm and a leg? When the windows are unusual sizes or shapes. When the window installation involves a change in window size or when the area around the window is rotted and needs to be rebuilt, the cost goes up. There are many specialty windows that we see

Looking clearly at windows

Buyers beware! Replacing windows will cost you, big. What windows should I expect to replace? Lead paint risk: Any window that was installed before 1978 is likely to have lead paint on it. Lead paint on windows is particularly bad for risk of lead poisoning. When a lead-painted window is opened and closed, it rubs

By | 2017-02-28T17:48:52+00:00 March 22nd, 2017|Categories: Energy efficiency, Problems and repair|Tags: , , , |