Problems and repair

Why Asbestos Abatement Matters

Asbestos is a very good fire-stopper. It was used in construction materials for that reason. In the older housing stock common in Eastern Massachusetts, there is frequently asbestos someplace. Over the years, previous homeowners may have already removed it. Your home inspector will look for it before you purchase (if you insist on having that

By |2022-08-29T11:46:22-04:00August 31st, 2022|Categories: Health and safety, Problems and repair|Tags: , , , , |

Buying Decision. How Important is a Porch?

The porch made a strong comeback in American home architecture. In 1993, 42% of new houses were designed with a porch. By 2005, more than half of all new construction had porches. In east south central America (Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, and Mississippi) 89% of newly constructed houses have porches. Why does America have a love

By |2022-07-20T09:08:35-04:00July 20th, 2022|Categories: Buying trends, House Hunting, Problems and repair|Tags: , , |

5 recommended insurances not always in a homeowners policy

Real estate must be insured before a lender will close on a mortgage. First time house buyers need to buy homeowner’s insurance before closing on their property and have the policy approved by the lender before closing. If they buy a condo, the condo association has already chosen the insurance and is paying for it

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: , , , , |