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6 Assumptions That Fail the FHA 203(k) Remodel

MS Consultant Gary Smith Remodeling Advice

It’s not wise to take on any project without doing a little homework. With respect to the 203(k) talk it up, ask for recommendations and begin to gather an experienced “team” of professionals. You’ll be the team’s coach.

Brass Has No Class!

Gary Smith - Brandon MS Home Inspector

Jeeezzzz, I remember choosing this fixture for ALL my spec homes back in the 80’s and we didn’t think our homes were “cheap”! According to Mary Umberger of Inman News in her recent post at “Rooms for Improvement”, brass has no class when it comes to impressing buyers.

5 Warning Signs of an Unsafe Deck

There about 40 million decks in the US. About 1/2 of them need either repairing or replacement. The cause? Improper construction or/and lack of maintenance. July 28th – 2013 :: Tinley Park, IL Fourteen people were injured Saturday night after the second-floor Read More

3 Reasons to Leap into the Housing Market this Spring

Happy Leap Day! It only happens once every 4 years – how will you take advantage of the extra day? We’re looking at all the ways we can share a little more information with home buyers today, because we’re seeing all kinds of good news on the housing market. Low prices, low interest rates and great mortgage programs all point to one thing: it’s a buyer’s market.

POORLY INSULATED ATTIC ACCESS PANELS

For at least the last twenty years or so, the most common way of insulating attics in Minnesota is to use loose-fill insulation – either cellulose or fiberglass. This is a huge improvement over fiberglass batts, because batts are nearly impossible to install in attics and they cost more money. Despite the decline of fiberglass batts in attics, I still find a small section of fiberglass batting used above the attic access panel at about 90% of the homes that I inspect, even on new construction.