Health and safety

May, The Beginning of Rental Season

From May until September, tenants in the Boston area move around. Some live alone, but many share two, three, and four-bedroom apartments. How are you going to interview new roommates in the age of Covid-19? Know the risks. What increases risk is your cumulative exposure to the virus. The space: High risk environments are those

By Rona|2020-05-20T10:09:40-04:00May 13th, 2020|Categories: Health and safety|Tags: Covid-19, housemate, roommate, tenant|

Fire Safety for Deaf and Hard of Hearing People

April was Fair Housing month. Unfortunately, the Covid-19 pandemic led to cancellation of Fair Housing events throughout Massachusetts. Fair Housing laws prohibit landlords and sellers from not renting or selling housing to people based on prejudice against certain kinds of people (who have historically faced housing discrimination). Sometimes deaf people are discriminated against based on

After the storm, who pays the bills for fallen trees?

Yesterday's dramatic storm poses this question for homeowners: If a tree falls in a neighborhood, does it make a sound? You bet! It sounds like this: “@%@^#$” What happens if a neighbor’s tree falls on your house? Which insurance company will foot the bill? Damage to property from falling trees or branches Every time a

By Rona|2020-04-14T17:54:17-04:00April 15th, 2020|Categories: Happy Home Ownership, Health and safety|Tags: Homeowners insurance, Richard Vetstein, roof, storm, trees|

Can I Buy A House this Spring?

Below are the steps to closing on a real estate property. Most of these are affected by public health concern about Covid19. The Realtor® association, and individual attorneys, inspectors, lenders, and real estate offices are working to keep business going during times when we are restricted from face-to-face meetings. Moving services: Can you close when

Covid-19 and Real Estate

On March 10, I was sent the National Association of Realtor’s® statement about Covid-19, the coronavirus that has infected people around the world. Risks: For Sellers: Realtors® are encouraged to discuss the risks of holding open houses, or having appointments where buyers come to your house. … Speak openly and honestly with your seller about

Asphalt Exterior Siding

That siding! You’ve seen it. The one that looks like brick-shaped wall paper that has the texture of roof shingle. Sometimes it looks like stone rectangles, sometimes like roof shingle, instead of like brick. It comes in all kinds of colors. Why would someone put roof shingle material all over their house? As with aluminum

By Rona|2018-09-24T14:48:26-04:00October 3rd, 2018|Categories: Health and safety, Problems and repair|

The Doghouse

The doghouse, in real estate lingo, is part of the house that people use, not dogs. Doghouses have advantages for people who use their basement as a workshop and for people who live in areas where there are heavy rains or snows. Do you know what it is? Here’s what it isn’t. It is not

By Rona|2018-09-09T14:06:54-04:00September 19th, 2018|Categories: Health and safety, Problems and repair|