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2011 

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An interesting aspect of being in a real estate related business is seeing how people live in their homes. Some homeowners I find simply do that, live in them. I often find it intriguing how a homeowner may come up with a clever solution to a problem. On the flip side disregard issues that may be...
12/30/2011
I have said it hundreds of times, because I have seen it hundreds of times, aesthetics trumps function. Add to that some contractors who, at least from where I stand, do not seem to understand that A + B = problems and so I find things like this water stained soffit. Water stained soffits have bl...
12/28/2011
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Two of something should be twice as good as one. Every kid I know always wants two scoops of ice cream, not one. Twofer sales are another perfect example of two is better than one. Of course there are instances where two of something might not be as good as the one. Like the two cozily together c...
12/26/2011
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The jolly old elf flies tonight. The anticipation around here is ramped up to a fever pitch. Is there truly anything more exciting than a visit from Santa? Actually according to NORAD Santa is already on his way. He will be entering Russian air space in the next few minutes. I have a photo sent t...
12/23/2011
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I’m pretty sure everyone over the age of 16 has heard of Murphy’s Law. The old adage states, “Whatever can go wrong will go wrong”. I’ve heard it said Murphy was an optimist. What people may not know is there are many corollaries to Murphy’s Law. One I heard many years ago that has stuck with me...
12/23/2011
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Closeness, there are times when we desire to be close to someone and other times we need our space. The funny thing about space, even a house needs it. Homes when built are often required to have so much space from one another. Property boundaries define the space the house sits on. Inside the ho...
12/22/2011
Yes it’s December, the mercury has dropped, the landscapes bare and the heat is on. It’s cold outside. There is nothing like a nice cozy and warm house when the temperature outside is below freezing. The morning is always the coldest part of the day, usually inside and out. The heat in the house...
12/20/2011
Cold weather makes people aware of their homes’ over all weatherization. Drafts, poor windows, high heat bills, these things are all related to how well a house is sealed and insulated. As one of a very few independent energy auditors in Connecticut, I find this to be the reactive time of year. R...
12/19/2011
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During quite a few inspections I happen upon something that makes me stop and scratch my head in wonder. Could explain the growing bald spot on my noggin.  Not long ago while inspectiong a basement in an older home I found this cut through floor joist. Now it is clear to me it was cut in order t...
12/16/2011
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Recently serviced, two words I find attached to the description of various components in a house. For example, the furnace has been recently serviced. The good thing about a piece of heating equipment having been serviced is the company usually leaves a tag on the unit with the date and sometimes...
12/16/2011
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