Problems and repair

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|

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 |2020-01-26T18:25:44-05:00January 22nd, 2020|Categories: Problems and repair, sustainable house ideas|Tags: , , , , , |

Do This Today! Winter House Care

Tuesday, November 12 will be the first very cold night of the season! What does your house need from you? If you are off today for Veteran’s Day, do yourselves a favor and do these things: Close and lock all your windows. They seal better that way. Last chance to turn off your outdoor spigot.

By |2020-07-23T07:48:23-04:00November 11th, 2019|Categories: Problems and repair, Energy efficiency|

Renovated Houses and Condos: Advice For Buyers and Sellers

Hello buyers! The National Association of Realtors® studies which renovations will excite you into spending more for your next house or condo. What will buyers pay a lot for, and what falls in the “nice to have” but does not add cash to the seller’s pockets? The defense, for you as buyers, is to keep

By |2020-07-23T07:53:18-04:00October 23rd, 2019|Categories: buying process, Problems and repair|Tags: , , , , , |

As-is House Listings

Turned off by “as-is” listings? If so, think again. “As-is” does not mean that you are about the throw your rights away and buy a money pit. The National Association of Exclusive Buyer’s Agents explain how to protect your rights when buying an “as-is” property in a recent blog post. What is “as-is”: Simply put,

By |2020-08-12T11:45:09-04:00February 20th, 2019|Categories: buying process, Problems and repair|Tags: , |

Direct Vent Heating Systems. What to Not Worry About

Direct vent heating systems are the ones that run so efficiently that they can vent through a PVC pipe instead of a chimney. Why does the efficiency matter? If the air coming out of the boiler is still very hot, it cannot travel through plastic PVC pipes. Newer high-efficiency boilers and hot water heaters use

By |2020-09-04T09:32:49-04:00February 6th, 2019|Categories: Problems and repair|Tags: , , , |

Energy efficiency for tenants

Tenants, here are things you can do to increase the heating efficiency of your apartment. You can save money on your home heating. Yes, I know that you are stuck with the system your landlord chose, but you can make it work better. Windows, the quick fix: Open and close, then lock all your windows. Locking

By |2020-09-07T11:29:31-04:00December 12th, 2018|Categories: sustainable house ideas, Problems and repair|