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10 Safety Tips For Gas Fireplaces

Have all gas fireplaces serviced annually. There is no acceptable reason you should smell gas. If you do, immediately shut off the gas valve leading to the fireplace and have your fireplace serviced. Never operate a sealed or direct vent fireplace without the glass securely in place. Any discoloration around walls or mantels of the unit indicates a safety problem. If your pilot continually goes out, there is a reason! Have…

Pre-Listing Inspections, A quicker way to sell

“If you’re selling a home, you’ll get the highest price in the shortest time, if your home is in top condition”. You’ll want to find out about any hidden problems before your house goes on the market. Almost all sales contracts include the condition that the contract is contingent upon completion of a satisfactory home inspection. This is known as the inspection contingency. Buyers will insist on a professional home…

Winter is coming for your home: What you can do now to protect your wallet

(BPT) –It’s here — the white, windy weather of winter. Are you ready? Is your home? Now is the time to protect your home and wallet with a quick window and door checkup to make needed repairs and reduce costs. Clear sills and moving parts of dirt and debris. Debris like sand, dirt or leaves can get caught in window sills and moving parts of windows or doors. Clean these areas with…

WHAT IS RADON GAS? HOW CAN IT AFFECT YOUR FAMILY’S HEALTH?

Radon is a naturally occurring, radioactive gas that is a Class A carcinogen. It is the number 1 cause of lung cancer among non-smokers, killing an estimated 20,000 Americans every year. It is a silent killer because it is odorless and colorless. Radon gas is naturally emitted through the soil. It isn’t dangerous outside but is dangerous and deadly when it is trapped in a house. Older homes are usually…

Windsor Deck Not Bolted To House Passed Town Inspection

It is hard to believe that in this day and age, a municipality would allow a second story deck to be constructed without bolting it to the house. On the second story this is super dangerous. This is just another example of why even newer houses need to have their home inspection when you purchase them. This is it very easy problem to fix. Just install bolts. Otherwise someday this…

Polybutylene Pipe (PB) Water Piping

Polybutylene Pipe (PB) Water Service  This blue plastic pipe is sometimes used for the main water service line and was commonly installed during the 70’s and 80’s. Unfortunately, this material turned out to be sensitive to the chlorine used in municipal water. Because your inspector cannot see pipe that is buried, only the visible part can be determined as functional. Due to the expense of replacing the buried pipe, it…

Foreclosed homeowners back in market

Are boomerang buyers returning to the market? This nickname has been given to people who lost a home to foreclosure, but are ready to buy again, now or in the near future. We think it also applies to people who had a bankruptcy or damaged their credit during the recession. Many boomerang buyers belong to either the gen X or baby boomer generations. According to real estate tracking sites, almost a…