House Hunters Blog

Who is watching at the open house?

Danger! Open house For sellers: It has long been obvious to us that open houses are not safe for the owners of the house. Agents for the seller cannot protect the house, were someone to come in with a notion to steal. Stealing is common at open houses. Since cameras became common, more are getting

By Rona|2020-02-19T09:43:06-05:00February 19th, 2020|Categories: buying process|

Home Modifications – Part 2

Here's the second of a series of guest posts on home modifications for accessibility from Terri Williams, of reviews.com. Toilets Technology has great potential to make lives easier, and that includes those who want greater independence at home – and especially in the bathroom. A popular project at the moment is swapping out the existing

Looking at Chimneys

Chimneys get no love. In the cities, they hardly get any attention, since they are hard to see. They sit up there, in all kinds of weather, in wind and rain and freezing. How chimneys age: Flashing: The most short-lived part of a chimney is where it attaches to the roof. When the roof is

By Rona|2020-01-30T11:30:00-05:00January 29th, 2020|Categories: Problems and repair|

Baby, it’s cold outside! What to do inside

Here are four things to do to make sure you and your house survive a frigid winter night. Close and lock all your windows. They seal better that way. Close draperies on cold and windy nights to reduce the feel of drafts that invite you to raise your thermostat temperature. If you have insulated drapes

By Rona|2020-01-26T18:25:44-05:00January 22nd, 2020|Categories: Problems and repair, sustainable house ideas|Tags: air duct, cold rooms, furnace, heating, prevent freezing pipes, radiator|

Seasons of real estate

Not every year is the same, but there’s a pattern. Spring The spring market begins when sellers start listing their properties in larger numbers. Look for these harbingers: No snow on walkways due to light snowfall or warmer weather. Easter has passed. (This year, Easter is April 12.) The spring market is driven by increased

Credit scores

If you are thinking of buying a house or condo, your credit score matters. A low score can Cause you to be unable to get a conventional mortgage. Drive up the price of your mortgage, because you are a higher-risk borrower. Sudden changes in your credit score, after you apply, can cause your mortgage to

2020

May all your dreams come true. Whatever you do, do it in good health.

By Rona|2020-01-06T15:08:04-05:00December 31st, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|

Modifying your home for older and disabled people

Here's the first of a series of guest posts from Terri Williams, of reviews.com. According to 2017 U.S. Census population estimates, there are nearly 50 million Americans who are 65 years of age or older, and by 2060, that number will surpass 98 million. In addition, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that older Americans experience