Molds at Home: 5 Health Symptoms You Shouldn’t Ignore

Do you suspect you have mold allergy? Guest blogger Elizabeth Shields writes about mold allergy symptoms and what you can do if you find out that you have a mold issue at home. Mold is a typical issue every homeowner has to deal with from time to time. They’re the slimy black, sometimes greenish, white,

By |2022-03-22T10:36:38-04:00March 30th, 2022|Categories: Happy Home Ownership, Problems and repair|Tags: , , , |

What is a “captured room”?

In real estate a “captured room” is a room that can only be accessed by going through another room. Captured rooms can make the house less usable, thus less valuable. Does it matter? Whether a captured room matters, for value, depends on whether it changes the way people can use the room. Types of captured

By |2022-01-25T14:02:58-05:00January 26th, 2022|Categories: House Hunting, Problems and repair|Tags: , , , , , |

Home Disasters and Industrial Cleaning

Over the years, some of our clients have needed emergency services for different kinds of house disaster. Fortunately, full-blown fires are rare. Flooding definitely happens to our clients. Disaster: basement flood Most often water in the house is from broken pipes, washing machine overflows or intake line failure, or leaking hot water tanks. Every few

By |2021-09-26T15:41:34-04:00September 29th, 2021|Categories: Happy Home Ownership, Problems and repair|Tags: , , , , |

What Does it Cost to…

What should a house cost? When we see properties in the Metro Boston area, it is impossible to judge their value without considering the cost of repairing and maintaining them. That’s why electronic valuation programs are so wildly wrong; they can’t tell the difference between a not-renovated house, a badly maintained house, or a maintained-but-not-updated

By |2021-06-08T10:24:10-04:00June 16th, 2021|Categories: House Hunting, Problems and repair|Tags: , , , , |

Squirrels in the house

It is baby squirrel season. Sometime this winter, squirrels find romance in attics and other indoor spaces. Babies start moving around in April or May. So, if you are hearing squirrels now, likely you have a family of squatters. What to do? Seriously, hire someone! We know a few good people in the Boston area.

By |2021-05-26T18:23:06-04:00May 26th, 2021|Categories: Happy Home Ownership, House Hunting, Problems and repair|Tags: , , , , |

Smelly house. It’s Summertime.

Summers in the real estate business used to be unpleasant, sometimes because houses were dirty. Houses also collect and hold odor in the heat of the summer (and in the dead of the winter). Most summers, in the cities and college towns, rental property was shown while the tenants were still there, in hopes of

By |2020-07-23T06:32:54-04:00July 22nd, 2020|Categories: Happy Home Ownership, Problems and repair|Tags: , , , , , |

Are those flying ants or termites?

Is that a termite? Relax! That’s a flying ant. Flying ants don’t eat your house, but termites do. Here’s how to know the difference. Flying ants have a body shape like any other ant. Ants have three distinct sections. Their antennae do not come directly forward; they bend.           Termites, on

By |2020-07-02T12:00:29-04:00July 8th, 2020|Categories: House Hunting, Problems and repair|Tags: , , , , |

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 |2020-05-20T10:14:08-04:00January 29th, 2020|Categories: Problems and repair|