A new treated wood industry standard requires “Ground Contact” rated lumber even for above-ground deck joists and beams.
Would-a Could-a Should-a … Here are 7 truths you should know about the home inspection process that will leave you with sound advice.
Each week handymen across the country earn great money repairing homes under contract for sellers who listed their “not ready for prime time” home. There are literally dozens of issues I find each week that, if repaired in time, could have saved the seller hard earned cash. Most repairs are simple and could have been […]
I received a note from a potential client last month. It went like this: Hi Gary -I’ve been looking for a home for months now and finally settled with the seller. It’s being offered by a FSBO (for sale by owner) and the seller has been truly wonderful to work with. They’ve invited me in […]
Now that we’ve given your place a thorough inspection let’s take the purchase decision a step further. Here are 20 things to consider when buying a home. Home-Buying Checklist: 20 Things to Consider Beyond the Inspection Here are 20 things you should consider “after” you’re finished with the home inspection. Click To Tweet
If it’s red – there’s lead! We tested this window last week. Are you buying an older home (prior to 1978)? Your real estate agent will ask you to sign a lead paint disclosure statement (An EPA-approved information pamphlet on identifying and controlling lead-based paint hazards) encouraging you to consider having your home tested for […]
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Over the years I’ve built hundreds of fireplace mantels. I’m often asked: What is the typical and safest distance between the mantle piece and fireplace? RULE OF THUMB (considering the mantel is wooden) The most common measurement is to place it 12″ above the top of the fireplace system, and for every additional inch that the […]