After buyers move in to their new home, they should be prepared for some home fixes to present themselves each season, says Rich Escallier, a handyman in Chicago. "If you can go six months without finding something that raises your blood pressure, you're lucky,” Escallier says.
CBS MoneyWatch recently released a checklist of routine maintenance and small home repairs that home buyers should...
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Attic pests are a home owner’s nightmare. But you can’t let mice, rats, and bats — oh my! — set up house in your attic. Here’s how to remove the freeloaders.Attic pest removal can seem like Groundhog Day — the movie, not the holiday. No sooner do you shoo away pests that make your attic their home sweet home, than the little buggers sneak back inside.But attic pest removal doesn’t have to be a rev...
Are you aware of the difference between your homeowner’s insurance coverage and a home warranty policy, also known as residential service contract? All homeowners need an insurance policy to cover any loss to the home and to the contents, such as furniture, electronics and your personal belongings, due to vandalism, fire, hurricane, or hail. A homeowner’s policy does not cover any mechanical fai...
Spring also means allergy season and anyone living in Houston knows how bad it can get. However, there are things you can do in your home to protect your family from allergens. Spring is a great time to allergy-proof your house; I found these tips helpful and a great addition to my spring cleaning routine. CynthiaAttic Cleaning: What You Can't See, Can Hurt YouBy Lisa Kaplan Gordon, article origin...
Reasons to do regular
rental property inspections
Whether you are managing your own rental income property or
hiring a property m...
Here are some of our favorite tips that REALTORS® can provide their clients for a successful and smooth home inspection. You’ll be happy to know that these can be done at little to no cost!
1. Clean out dirty gutters or debris from the roof.
2. Trim trees, roots and bushes back from foundation, roof, siding and chimney.
3. Seal asphalt driveways, if cracking.
4. Clean or replace ...
an easy, doable preventative maintenance plan to keep your HVAC in top shape.
It’s a good idea to hire
a HVAC company to inspect and do maintenance on your system
every fall and spring. They’ll do things like inspect and clean the wiring and
mechanisms of the unit, which is bit more challenging for the average
But you can prolong the life and increase the ...
Inspection: DIY or Leave It for the Pros
You found the perfect new place and want to sign on all those dotted lines, but are you sure
that there aren’t any hidden issues? Is the structure sound? What about the
plumbing, wiring and the exterior?
The best way to discover any problems is to hire an expert to
conduct a home inspectionbefore you sign any
One of the biggest threats to
your house comes in the form of tiny pests that silently and invisibly consume
or live in wood—from the sills of your foundation to the rafters of your roof.
Known by exterminators as WDIs, wood-destroying insects cause more than $1
billion a year in property damage in the United States, according to Orkin, a
nationwide pest-control company.
“It’s not un...
An investigation into the pre-foreclosure inspections conducted by
mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac revealed several errors –
including reports that possibly included fraudulent data – and raised
“serious quality control issues,” claims a new report from the Office of
Inspector General for the Federal Housing Finance Agency.
The report alleges that the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac...