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Should you have a new home inspected just before closing? No – You should have a new home inspected at least four times. Here are the milestones: Foundation – Inspect after forms have been removed and prior to back-filling soil against the foundation walls. Minimizes potential long-term problems that otherwise may occur if not identified early and corrected by the builder. Pre-Dr...

Yes! Dirty and clogged air filters waste money on energy costs and cause damage to your HVAC system. #1 reason for HVAC system failure? Dirty air filters. #1 reason for dirty air filters? YOU! Despite our best intentions, calendar reminders, or strings we tie to our finger, we generally forget to change the filters. What's the Big Deal with a Dirty Air Filter? A dirty filter restr...

Many homeowners have homes with asphalt shingle roof coverings which are splotchy, i.e., lighter here, darker there. (Splotchy really is a word, look it up!) Take a peek at the photo and guess which areas are stained - lighter or darker? We hope it's obvious but if it's not, the darker areas actually are stained brown or black from algae. Don't worry if you got the wrong answer, lighter ...

Summer energy bills skyrocket just like fireworks when it’s steaming hot outside. Here’s a list of five cost-saving methods to help you declare independence from high energy costs. +1F:-3% No that's not some crazy, dark art Algebra. It's a simple ratio. For each 1F increment above 72F, you save about 3% on your cooling expenses. Now, we’re not math geniuses, but if your monthly energy bill...

Does it seem like there’s a month for everything? January – Cervical Health Awareness. March – Colorectal Cancer Awareness. Our favorite is September – Fruits and Veggies.  Seriously?  It’s very disappointing there’s no Pizza and Pasta Month. But never fear, June is here. And it’s National Safety Month. However, unlike a plugged toilet, home safety is not a joking matter. Because when something...

The rain in Spain stays mainly on the plane. A classic lyric from a classic musical. It's just not true. Gravity applies everywhere, including Spain. Unless you live on the moon, gravity always forces water to seek the lowest possible point, which is your home's foundation, basement, or crawl space. Rain, Rain, Go Away! Did you know that when 1" of rain falls on a 2,000 square foot roof...

What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. But how do you know that what happens on your deck will stay on your deck? Whether we have a passing fancy for an evening of five-card stud or visits to the casino, gambling with the safety of our deck is akin to playing the odds – the house always wins. We’re not in the business of scare tactics because chances are that your deck is safe, but we’ve a...

Question: Are you a heliophile? Read on and decide for yourself! Pools are great, aren’t they? Lounging lazily, watching the puppy-dog clouds drifting overhead, lollygagging in the shallows, chatting with friends and family on a dreamy summer afternoon, skinny-dipping at midnight under the stars (preferably not under your neighbor’s window). Pools are terrible, aren’t they? Futzing aro...

Imagine. A bright, warm spring morning after a drenching rain shower. You’re perusing the morning paper on your iPad, sipping a cup of coffee, when, out of the corner of your eye, you notice a small insect land lazily on the nearby window sill. Where did that bug come from?  Wait a second, that bug has lots of friends! Termites are Your Quiet Natural Disaster Termites are just bugs, right?...

Alas, poor Yorick, he tested positive for mold. Well, not Yorick, but his abode.  Yorick's home has mold, lots of mold, elevated levels of mold. In this post, we review mold remediation, which is just a fancy way of saying “fixing the mold problem.” And what, pray tell does nutella have to do with all of this? See our previous post about challenges of mold and how best to conduct a mold insp...