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Halloween for Homeowners - Scary shouldn't mean dangerous! - 10/28/11 06:40 PM
Halloween for Homeowners - Scary shouldn't mean dangerous! As a home inspector in the Fargo and Moorhead area I spend a lot of time looking at the exterior of homes. With Halloween approaching the process of inspecting the landscaping, siding and roof of a home involves a lot of stepping over, under and sometimes through elaborate holiday decorations. During a recent home inspection in West Fargo I came across several inflatable lawn ornaments. These are more common nowadays and typically require power from the house. The ornaments are very cool but it was the extension cords that caught my eye (3 comments)
Common Housing Defects Part 2 - 10/25/11 11:39 PM
About 1000 people die each year from electric shock in the US. The majority, about 400, occur on the job with the rest in a variety of locations including the home where we like to feel safest. In inspecting homes, the most common defect to the electrical system is missing covers from switches and receptacles. This can easily allow contact with potential lethal voltage. Exposed wiring, arguably more dangerous but less commonly found, is another potential life threatening occurrence and is often the result of incomplete work. Other electrical defects commonly found in the course of a home inspection are ungrounded (3 comments)
Bi-partisan support for real estate green card may benefit Minnesota lake region Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) have proposed a bill that would grant foreign investors a three year residential visa if they purchase real estate valued at $500,000 or more. It does come with a few strings. The purchase must include a property valued at $250,000 while the balance of the $500,000 can be income producing property. Sorry, cash only and they must live in the property 180 days each year to fully qualify. A BBC article said that foreign investors bought $82bn worth of (4 comments)
Common Housing Defects, Part 1 Home Inspectors may disagree on the exact order of a list of prevalent defects found in the course of home inspections. One thing they will almost universally agree on is that water is the enemy of a house and those defects that lead to water problems are among the most devastating. Landscaping problems are often a simple matter of assuring that the soil slopes away from the structure for the first 10 feet or so at a rate of about 1 inch per foot. When coupled with a proper gutter system, this will help reduce (41 comments)
A New Fire Station In Town - 10/19/11 06:16 PM
For several months now my son, Sterling, and grand daughter, Kyra, and have driven by a construction site of a new fire station in West Fargo. Lucky for them, once construction was complete they held an open house to celebrate the new station and it was an excellent opportunity for the family to learn more about the roll firefighters play in the community and steps they can take in their own home to stay safe in case of a fire. The visit made my son think of how, as a home inspector in the Fargo and Moorhead area, he is always (2 comments)
Making a home more aging friendly - Aging in place safety issues. - 10/16/11 08:46 AM
Making a home more aging friendly Aging in place safety issues. Buying a new home or remodeling a current residence, making our homes better serve our needs as we “mature” is often just a matter of a few simple changes. These changes can make your home safer, easier to navigate and more comfortable and comforting. As always, the primary concern is safety and can often be addressed by the attention to a few details. Your Realtor or Home Inspector can often help in detailing these for you. Install grab bars in the bathrooms at the shower, tub and by the toilet. (2 comments)
Making a home more aging friendly Aging in place access issues. Safety in the home as we age is of paramount importance but still to utilize, and enjoy, our home we must also have reasonable access. In ideal circumstance the design would serve all users without regard to ability. Generally this would start outside the home with a proper ramp to at least one of the entrances. For a residence there is no minimum width but 36 – 48” is recommended. Guard rails and handrails are required on both sides and the rise should not exceed one inch per foot. (3 comments)
A Home Inspector’s day off and a trip to Fargo's Yonker Farm - 10/09/11 09:30 PM
A Home Inspector’s day off On a rare Saturday off I had the chance to take my family to Yunker Farm in north Fargo for a very nice Fall festival. My daughter loved the children’s museum and I would recommend the fun activities and hands-on learning to any parent looking for an affordable and educational outing. While waiting for my wife and daughter to finish their mini-train ride around the grounds I found myself checking out the house the museum is located in. I couldn't help but notice the poor condition of the roof shingles. Many were missing and I could (1 comments)
Those beautiful fall colors forming on the trees and shrubs are not just for your enjoyment. They are also a warning that cold weather waits just around the corner. Those, who do not heed the warning, run the risk of spending more money this winter than they need to and not being as warm and cozy as they might like.
These suggestions can help you, and your clients, be as cozy as can be this winter and not break the bank at the same time.
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