December 10th, 2014

Pitfalls of house shopping overload

Posted by at 7:08 pm

Sometimes it seems there are so many homes on the market to choose from, potential home buyers can be overwhelmed. This home has a great backyard for kids to play in, and that one has a beautiful kitchen and dining room for hosting parties. The decision is going to be difficult, that’s for sure. At some point, you’ll have to pull the trigger. Houses are not people, so don’t fall in love with just one. Don’t get sloppy about the important details because you are starry-eyed over French Doors in the master bedroom. Instead, view every potential home with a discerning eye. All homes have flaws, and a good home inspector will find most of them, but there’s no harm in you also looking out for some common pitfalls. Being cognizant of these “little” issues might avoid big repair bills...
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December 5th, 2014

Mending fences

Posted by at 9:37 pm

While it’s not nice to fool with Mother Nature, there’s no harm in fighting back a little with some preparation and maintenance to avoid big repair bills down the line. With winter right around the corner, the backyard wooden fence is one of the outdoor structures most susceptible to extremes of wind and weather. Some of the more common problems with wood fences are sagging gates, rot, leaning poles, loose or broken rails and broken slats or pickets. Many of these problems can be avoided or postponed with good maintenance habits, and some small issues can be dealt with by a reasonably handy homeowner. But when damage is extensive, fence repairs often call for the expertise of a professional. Good fences make good neighbors, so it’s important to involve them in the process of repair and replacement if it becomes...
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