Can You Assist Your Home Inspector?

If you are selling your home and are about to have a home inspection performed on it, are there any ways you could assist your home inspector? What do we mean by this? Well, while a good home inspector wants to be as thorough as possible when inspecting a home,...

Moving Responsibly

Although it can be an exciting new adventure, moving is also one of the most stressful things you can do so, what can you do to prepare yourself for the move? The key to stress-free moving is advanced preparation. This will allow you to simplify your life and get rid...

Your Attic – Venturing Into The Unknown

What is hiding in your attic? Most people don’t know. It is not really a place that most people go to very often – if ever. During a home inspection though, your attic is one of the most important areas to be inspected. But what are some of the issues that we find in...

We Didn’t Stop the Fire.

We all know that fire needs heat, fuel, and oxygen to burn. In most common construction, almost everything becomes fuel given enough heat. Firestops are intended to eliminate fuel or oxygen in a specific opening to reduce the spread of fire. Often these openings are...

Caution: Falling Bricks!

Brick red bastions providing clean lines and a fundamental function make them a hallmark of modern homes. These simple structures, functional and beautiful, can be deadly if not cared for properly. High winds, earthquakes and poor construction can cause chimneys to...

Don’t You Truss Me?

A garage is like an unfinished painting just begging to be complete. And some people take that challenge. But much like a work of art, most people aren't really qualified to finish it. They do things that might look good at first glance, but on closer inspection it...

Gross… What’s That Smell?

Have you ever been in someone's "new-to-you-car" and asked “what's that smell?”  Sometimes they can't smell it but most of the time they just pretend not to smell it.  What is it?  Cigarrate smoke! Tabacco has an unusual ability to be deeply absorbed by...

Protecting yourself against lead in the home

There are various steps that can be taken in order to reduce the effects of lead. These range from something easy that we can all do, to more major steps, that will require a professional. Things we can all do: As simple and obvious as it may seem, cleaning...

Protecting Your Home…Electrical Safety

This is a time of year when electricity use at home is most likely greater than at other times, with added lighting and heating etc. So, we thought some electrical safety reminders were worthy of mentioning. Some simple reminders: There just doesn’t seem to be enough...

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