Problems and repair

Basic carpentry for the new homeowner

Attention Happy Homeowners! Time to learn some basic carpentry from Leah at See Jane Drill. Here’s the video: (link)   Table of contents: How to prevent spontaneous combustion. (Really, this is a thing. Not just something that happens to Spinal Tap drummers!) How to determine if something is plumb, level, and square. How

The home inspection

Did your buyer's agent tell you to waive home inspection in order to be more competitive? We don't recommend that, ever! We want to you know what to expect, in terms of care and maintenance on this high-priced investment you are making. With average sales well over $600,000 in most areas we work in, we

By | 2018-02-08T11:59:32+00:00 February 14th, 2018|Categories: buying process, Negotiating, Problems and repair|Tags: , , |

Why is it built this way?

I’m curious about houses. Wherever I go, I wonder why they are built the way they are. I can’t turn off my inner house-nerd, even when I go on vacation. You can call this post: “House nerd on vacation.” Roofs Almost as soon as I arrived in Key West, I noticed that all the roofs

Snow shoveling. The law.

Snow season! Here we go. As a real estate agent, I get asked about who is responsible to shovel -- the landlord or the tenant? Since that's a legal question, I depend on Attorney Richard Vetstein for accurate legal answers to general legal questions. He keeps an eye on legal changes that affect homeowners. Here

By | 2018-01-07T13:14:59+00:00 January 10th, 2018|Categories: buying process, Legal questions, Problems and repair|Tags: , , |

Do It Yourself or Hire Someone?

What projects should you take on, and which are better done by someone else? It's a personal choice. That choice changes, depending on your time and your health and flexibility. Jim Vogel from has this advice: With all of the pressures of modern life, it’s easy to forget about your house. That’s too bad

By | 2018-01-03T07:24:32+00:00 January 3rd, 2018|Categories: Problems and repair, Senior living, thinking of selling?|Tags: , , , , |

Adding heat to an unheated room

 If you have an unheated attic that is not insulated, the house heat will rise through the top floor ceiling into the cold attic. (Meanwhile, the heavier, cooler attic air will make its way down, if you have an open or uninsulated stairway.) If you have a finished attic, with no heat, the household heat

By | 2017-12-05T14:47:30+00:00 December 6th, 2017|Categories: Energy efficiency, Problems and repair|Tags: , , |

Radon Health Risks

My recent posts about radon prompted PropertECO to send me this great information to pass on to you: Home About Radon Testing Radon Mitigation Other Services Shop Contact Us The Dangers of Radon and its Health Effects Radon is a gas that occurs naturally in the ground, but if it enters a property and is

By | 2017-08-18T21:54:09+00:00 August 30th, 2017|Categories: Health and safety, Problems and repair|Tags: |

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: , , |