Lead Paint in the Home: What You Need to Know

June 25, 2015

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Aside from the occasional recall of imported toys and other products that contain lead-based paint, you probably don’t hear much about the dangers of lead in your home. Yet thousands of children every year suffer from lead poisoning, and other family members may also have dangerously heightened levels of lead in their blood. In many [...]

Bed Bugs: How to Evict Them from Your Home

January 16, 2015

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Believe it or not, bed bugs are an ancient problem. Bed bugs, lice and other parasitic insects thrived through the Dark Ages when hygiene was poor, people lived close together, and knowledge of why things happened was based more on superstition than fact. After World War II, until 1972 when the use of the pesticide [...]

Don’t Forget to Winterize Your Home—Steps You Can Take Today

October 19, 2014

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What if we told you there’s a way to make your home feel warmer, no matter how frigid the air is outdoors? And that your heating bills could actually drop, leaving more money in your pocket every month? Winterizing your home saves energy (meaning money) all year long, helps keep you comfy and prevents common [...]

Should You Skip the Home Inspection for a Better Deal?

April 11, 2014

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When real estate markets are moving quickly, sellers sometimes become uncompromising. Why make concessions if your home is leading the neighborhood’s Ms. Popularity contest? This may lead buyers, caught in the frenzy of a bidding war, to become reckless, yielding one of the most important aspects of the purchase process: the home inspection.   What [...]

Wells, Water Quality and Residential Water Testing

September 27, 2013

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In urban and suburban areas where municipal water supplies are the norm, water quality is consistent from one home to the next. In more rural areas, however, water supplies must be carefully assessed to be sure they meet standards of healthfulness and abundance year-round. Springs and wells can be wonderful water sources, but certain tests [...]

Understanding Septic Tanks: Waste Treatment for Rural Homes

September 20, 2013

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If you’re buying property in an urban or suburban setting, chances are good that the home is connected to a municipal sewage system. If, however, you’re looking at purchasing a home on acreage or in a rural setting, waste may be handled through a septic tank. Proper care and maintenance is key to keeping your [...]

Energy Inspections for Home Sales

June 29, 2012

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The global conscience regarding the environment has rapidly shifted in recent years, and an interest in saving energy (and money!) is shared by many people in all demographics. Homebuyers in particular are making more energy efficient choices in the search for their next home. As a result, energy inspections for home sales are increasingly an [...]

Home Appraisal versus Home Inspection

August 28, 2011

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The mortgage settlement process, often referred to as the mortgage closing, can sometimes seem confusing and a little overwhelming. Whether you are buying a new home or refinancing an existing home, there are various fees to be paid and steps to go through. Two steps that are often confused by homebuyers are the home appraisal [...]

What to Look for During a Home Inspection

July 1, 2011

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There are a lot of homebuyers out there who know home-buying backwards and forwards. They will march along with a home inspector from attic to basement, chuckling over chimney design and debating the pros and cons of in-floor heating. If that isn’t your home inspection style it’s perfectly fine. If you hire a home inspection [...]