April showers bring May flowers and damp and flooded basements. There are numerous solutions to repair a leaking basement, some can be quite expensive, while others can be easy DIY solutions that you can do on a weekend. The most critical step is to identify anything that is allowing water to flow towards the foundation or puddle around it. Let’s focus today on the DIY tips: Read More
Following a series of winter storms here in New England, buildings large and small are suffering from roof collapses. A quick search on Twitter this morning reports 10 or more collapses in the Connecticut area in just the last few hours. What are the warning signs of an imminent roof collapse? What should you do and what can you do to prevent it? Read More
Whether you are building your own deck, hiring a professional or want to inspect your existing deck, there are some basic structural do’s and don’ts to follow. If you are building a new deck please don’t cut corners. Building your deck to code and with proper materials and fasteners will save you money in the long run and, more importantly, will ensure the safety of your family and friends for years to come. Read More
The leaves in New England are starting to change, the nights are cool and crisp and the days are getting shorter. New Englanders love this time of year, but it also signals the end of baseball, summer barbecues, and hanging out with friends and family on the deck. By the end of October it’ll be time to trade in the gas grill for the snow blower and bring in the outdoor furniture. Many use the last waning warm days of Fall to rake up the leaves, and clean up the yard including the deck. So, we take this time to ask “Is your deck still safe and will it still be safe next spring?” Why? Your deck is about to weather a cold, rainy and snowy winter that will take its toll on your deck. But often as spring returns, we resume our activities on the deck and most people take it for granted that the deck is still safe and solid….until it’s not. Read More
Last week I talked about some of the frustrations our clients experience when renovating their home with a septic system. Sometimes the spaces are defined as a bedroom, other times they are not. The definition of a bedroom can be vague depending on your local health department. For example, according to one local health department in our area, to be considered a bedroom it must meet the following conditions: Read More
This may seem like an odd question requiring a simple answer. But, in fact it is one of the most widely misunderstood and misinterpreted parts of a home. More to the point is why does it matter and and to whom does it matter? The question of what is a bedroom affects those who are:
- building a new home,
- renovating or adding an addition to their home, and
- buying an existing home from either a private seller or a Realtor. Read More
Our customers are often surprised when we decline to recommend a builder or remodeler. It’s not that we are unwilling to do so but we do business with literally hundreds of different builders and remodelers. It would be unfair to give preference to some builders and not others. However, that doesn’t mean we are unwilling to help you make educated decisions when choosing the building contractor.
In our experience, there are 9 questions you should consider when interviewing and choosing a building contractor. Read More
For years now we have know about the serious side affects from Lead exposure and poisoning. Fortunately in 1978 the use of lead based paint was banned for residential use. If you purchased a home building after this date, then your home should be free of lead, but what if your home was built prior to 1978? Chances are good that your home has lead in it. Normally this is not a major problem unless you have young children who like to suck on the windowsills or if you have significant cracking and peeling on interior or exterior painted surfaces. Read More
The Senate has approved a plan to give home buyers an extra three months to finish qualifying for federal tax incentives that boosted home sales this spring.
The plan would give buyers until Sept. 30 to complete their purchases and qualify for tax credits of up to $8,000. Under the current terms, buyers had until April 30 to get a signed sales contract and until June 30 to close the sale.
The proposal would only allow people who have signed contracts to finish later. About 180,000 homebuyers who already signed purchase agreements would otherwise miss the deadline.