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.