Heat Pump

Carrier Heat Pump Recall

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The smoke is gone, the a/c is cooling and the summer is belatedly rolling along, right?  Maybe not.  If you haven’t heard, Carrier has issued a heat pump recall.  The problem is that a faulty component, ironically, can create excessive heat on the surface of the outdoor units.  In order to keep yourself and your […]

home insurance

Home Insurance: What Doesn’t it Cover?

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This is the time of year when our home insurance comes due and like many people, I have to force myself to be interested enough to read the coverage.  So many things are bundled, and have different deductibles and coverage that the list becomes quite lengthy.  If you are like me, you gloss over it […]

cooling and drainage

Home Inspector Reports – Blog 3 – Cooling and Drainage

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Like heating and hot water, cooling and drainage systems often seem to work well until they suddenly don’t. As a result, inspectors will insist that these systems are inspected by an expert. While they will make this clear in their report, they may include other information that seems confusing at the time. Not to worry, […]

hot water and heating

Home Inspector Report – Blog 2 – Hot Water and Heating Systems

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Hot water and heating may be some of the most expensive systems in your home, but they are also among the most crucial. They are often systems that either work or don’t, making maintenance and inspection important to preventing sudden, drastic issues. Buyers expect to move in knowing that they will stay toasty in cool […]

Home Inspector Report Introduction

Home Inspector Report – Blog 1 – How to Read Them

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No one can be an expert in every aspect of life. When it comes to plumbing and heating, you’ll often want to go with a professional to make sure the job is done right the first time. Inspectors will often do the same thing. Whether you’re planning on buying or selling, if you have a […]

patio renovation

Return on Investment – Blog 8 – Patio Renovation

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Now that you’ve maximized your return on investment for the inside renovations, let’s look at what sellers are doing with patio renovations to please potential buyers. High expectations for patios and outdoor “living rooms” are typically present when buyers are looking for homes in the $3M to $4M range and up.  That’s not to say […]

Kitchen Reno

Return on Investment – Blog 7 – Kitchen Renovation

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Whether you’re planning your kitchen renovation to make selling easier, or for your own enjoyment, it’s probably the most expensive room that you’ll do.  For that reason, you’ll want to make choices that will hold their value over time.  In this series return on investment is the focus. Kitchens have endless potential features when it comes […]

bathroom renovation

Return on Investment – Blog 6 – Bathroom Renovation

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Are you renovating your home?  Ever wonder what’s worth it and what’s not?  Want to know what’s trending and what’s in the past?  Before you consider that towel warmer, read on and see bathroom renovation options that offer the best ROI for you. When it comes to bathroom options there are so many to choose […]

heated floors vs. baseboards

Return on Investment – Blog 5 – Heated Floors vs. Baseboards.

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Are you renovating your home?  Unless your plan is for a long-term occupancy chances are you’ve given some thought as to what the future buyers of your home might want and the potential return on investment.  If your plan is to sell in the next few years you’ll be competing with the ‘big boys’.  Developers […]

heating options

Return on Investment – Blog 4 – Home Heating Options

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So, the bad news is that your home heating system has just failed and now you need to choose a replacement.  The good news is that you have many heating options to choose from! You love the idea of the high efficiency appliances and want to choose the most efficient model you can.  The heat […]