home owners: Exit Drills Protect Your Family. - 06/27/10 11:07 AM
While fires themselves may not always be foreseeable or preventable, in many cases the injuries they cause can be prevented with a family escape plan.
Of course, one of the important steps in fire prevention is to install smoke detectors and check them monthly. But having these safety devices is not enough. According to fire experts, once a smoke detector sounds, you and other member of your household may have less than three minutes to escape. It’s critical to have an emergency escape plan and rehearse it regularly:
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home owners: Common Electrical Concerns - 06/27/10 11:03 AM
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home owners: Tips for Boarding Up Windows Against High Winds - 06/27/10 10:21 AM
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home owners: Asphalt Roofing 101 - 06/27/10 02:42 AM
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home owners: Heat Pumps 101 - 06/27/10 02:37 AM
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home owners: HouseMaster Stresses Buyer Education as Home Sales Rise - 12/17/09 02:58 PM
HouseMaster Stresses Buyer Education as Home Sales Rise

 
HouseMaster, the first and one of the largest home inspection franchisors in North America, stresses the need for buyer education as U.S. home sales rise by the largest amount in ten years. Low prices coupled with the first-time home buyers $8,000 credit has encouraged many aspiring home owners to enter the market, providing a welcomed surge in the marketplace. With homes sales on the rise for the fourth month in a row, HouseMaster is pleased to offer first-time buyers some guidance on identifying “red flag” issues that might be signs of … (0 comments)

home owners: Exit Drills Protect Your Family! - 12/17/09 02:33 PM
While fires themselves may not always be foreseeable or preventable, in many cases the injuries they cause can be prevented with a family escape plan.
Of course, one of the important steps in fire prevention is to install smoke detectors and check them monthly. But having these safety devices is not enough. According to fire experts, once a smoke detector sounds, you and other member of your household may have less than three minutes to escape. It’s critical to have an emergency escape plan and rehearse it regularly:
Chart the Plan: Draw a floor plan of your home, one … (0 comments)

home owners: Home Maintenance Tips For Your Windows And Doors! - 12/17/09 01:58 PM
Types of Windows and Doors

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home owners: Alternative Household Cleaning Products - 08/12/09 04:04 AM
According to the National Environmental Service Center (NESC) it is estimated that the average homeowner may have up to 100 pounds of various types of hazardous household waste products at any time in their home. This includes products that are flammable, combustible, toxic, explosive or corrosive. You are probably well aware of the hazards associated with the improper storage and use of certain products such as gasoline, anti-freeze, pesticides, and varnishes. But other common products such as nail polish remover, charcoal lighter fluid, and fluorescent light bulbs are also quite hazardous to humans, pets and the environment when used or disposed … (1 comments)

home owners: Keep Your Fireplace Fit - 01/27/09 01:58 PM
To avoid unexpected mishaps that could ruin an evening around the fireplace, observe some simple precautions. Clean fireplaces annually, preferably by a certified chimney sweep. Use safety screens and doors for wood-burning fireplaces. Before lighting any fire, check to see that flue damper is open. Only burn dry, seasoned wood. Green or wet wood will not burn cleanly, increasing the rate of creosote buildup. Do not burn wrapping papers or evergreens in the fireplace. These ignite suddenly and burn intensely, increasing risk of a flash fire. Use care with "fire salts," which produce colored flames when thrown on wood fires. Keep … (5 comments)

home owners: Buying Foreclosures: Deal or No Deal? - 01/27/09 01:10 PM
Buyers and  investors often look to foreclosure sales to find real estate bargains. But newcomers to this market could find some unpleasant surprises if they go in blind. All homes should be thoroughly inspected by a professional home inspector before sealing the deal.
Why inspect if you can’t negotiate? Foreclosure homes are usually “as-is” sales. This means that buyers cannot negotiate for the cost of needed repairs, as they may do in a traditional home purchase. Buyers must absorb repair costs themselves and consider this in their purchase offer at auction. So why get a professional inspection on a foreclosure … (2 comments)

home owners: Check your homeowner IQ! Take the Quiz! (PART 2) - 01/27/09 12:56 PM
Check your know-how on various homeownership related matters. See how many questions you can answer correctly. (The answers are listed at the end.)
True or False? 1. Gutters should be hung as level as possible. 2. Flat roofs are more prone to leakage than other roofs. 3. When purchasing an A/C system, a larger capacity than required is advisable. 4. Grout and caulk are pretty much interchangeable when used in a bathroom.5. A slight gap around three sides of an exterior door (without a storm door) can cause an energy loss equivalent to an opening the size of a brick. … (2 comments)

home owners: Homeowner Maintenance Tips - 11/21/08 02:37 PM
Every house is different, but there are some common elements every homeowner can include on a regular maintenance list:
Check the grading and drainage around the foundation Seal driveway and walkway cracks Check fencing and gates Check and trim trees near the house Check for deteriorating/damaged siding Check for loose, damaged, or missing roofing and flashings Clean all gutters and leaders Check weather-stripping and seals on all windows and doors Check all tile and sealant around tubs/showers and backsplashes Check for leaks at faucets and piping below fixtures Check condition of the water heater Check ventilation openings for nests, blockage … (0 comments)

home owners: Are your Granite countertops Killing you??? - 11/15/08 03:42 AM
Chances are...  Probably NOT but here's some interesting info on the matter:
 
GRANITE PRODUCTS AND RADON

It has been known for many years that mined or quarried products such as stone can contain radioactive deposits. Granite, in particular, has been known as a potential source of radiation from naturally occurring uranium deposits and a contributing factor for elevated radon levels in homes. 
Allegations that granite countertops emit dangerous levels of radiation and radon have been raised periodically over the past decade, often by manufacturers of competing countertop materials. But with the increasing use of granite for countertops, as well … (1 comments)

home owners: How safe is your garage door? - 11/15/08 02:12 AM
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home owners: Check your homeowner IQ! Take the Quiz! - 11/13/08 12:43 PM
Check your know-how on various homeownership related matters. See how many questions you can answer correctly. (The answers are listed below.)
1. Which cut lumber is thicker: a 2-inch by 4-inch board or a 2-inch by 6-inch board? 2. Which is thinner: a termite’s waist or a flying ant’s waist? 3. Which is colder: 30 degrees Celsius or 30 degrees Centigrade? 4. Which is typically hotter: the air supply temperature of a warm air furnace or the air supply temperature of a heat pump? 5. Which is longer: a six penny nail or a ten penny nail? 6. Which wood … (2 comments)

 

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