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

Poor Homeowners and Their Roof Problems

For poor people, especially poor elderly people, the cost of a new roof is beyond them. The whole house can fail if a hole in the roof is left unattended. All it takes is one 18-inch-by-18-inch hole in the roof of a house to allow in the elements and bring the structure down in about

By |2018-08-30T08:19:28-04:00September 5th, 2018|Categories: Problems and repair|

What Does it Cost to…

When we show 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 house and a fully renovated one.

By |2018-07-30T14:18:48-04:00August 29th, 2018|Categories: buying process, Problems and repair|

Vinyl Siding

What is under that vinyl? My neighbors decided to spruce up their exterior, they exchanged their faded mint-green vinyl for trendy dark blue vinyl. I took the opportunity to provide you with this tour of vinyl siding. Around here, the vast majority of vinyl sided houses have perfectly serviceable wood shingles underneath. People choose vinyl

By |2018-08-03T17:03:12-04:00August 22nd, 2018|Categories: Problems and repair|

Knob and Tube Wiring

One of the common repair items that end up on a buyer’s “to do, now!” list is removing knob and tube wiring. Knob and tube is a form of electrical wiring used in the late 1800s and early 1900s, with a rubber sleeve covering the wires and porcelain knobs to prevent them from touching the

By |2018-07-08T21:17:57-04:00July 25th, 2018|Categories: Problems and repair|

Which Improvements Pay Off at Resale?

Improvements. Which ones pay off at resale? I get asked that all the time. Once our clients become homeowners, they start thinking like sellers. Some improvements pay back at a high rate at resale. Some only pay back in your enjoyment of the place (and may help you sell faster.) Here's a list from Groom

By |2018-06-03T19:29:35-04:00June 13th, 2018|Categories: Buying trends, Problems and repair, thinking of selling?|Tags: |

Avoid a Flood for $30

About five years after I moved into my house, I was working from home. I spent the morning writing and had a lunch date with a former client. At about 11:30, I heard water running in my basement. Home inspectors will warn you. New home owners don’t listen, including me. I went down to investigate

How Old is That Roof?

When you look at a roof, can you see the difference between an old one and a new one? We can! Let us give you a couple of tips. Asphalt and fiberglass-asphalt shingle are the most common roofing materials you will see in this area. They are built with a dark underside covered with granules

By |2018-04-24T14:23:26-04:00May 9th, 2018|Categories: House Hunting, Problems and repair|Tags: |