Maximize Space In A Smaller Home

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Downsizing your home is a great way to cut down on heating and cooling costs, effectively lowering your carbon footprint. I've discussed the benefits of downsizing on my previous blog entry, Building The Right Size House. As easy as it sounds in theory, it really is a lot of work to pare down your belongings … Continue reading Maximize Space In A Smaller Home

Home Inspector: What A Proper Inspection Should Include

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You saved your down payment. You secured financing. You found your dream house. Now you're about to pull the trigger on your first home. It has everything you want and it looks like it's in great shape, so do you really need to pay the extra money to have a home inspection done? YES! The … Continue reading Home Inspector: What A Proper Inspection Should Include

Proper Roof Ventilation

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It's hard to believe the amount of damage that a little bit of condensation can do. In less than ten years, this roof has completely fallen apart. The reason: Lack of ventilation.I'm currently tearing open a roof on a custom home that was built ten years ago. The ceiling inside is vaulted, which means there … Continue reading Proper Roof Ventilation

10 Money Saving Tips For New Homeowners

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Buying a home for the first time can be exciting and overwhelming. With so many things to keep track of it's easy to overlook some pretty basic stuff. On the list of things new homeowners should do, I've covered Preparing For The Repair: knowing where your utility shutoff switches are in case of an emergency. … Continue reading 10 Money Saving Tips For New Homeowners

A Greener Way To Remodel

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There are so many easy ways to increase the environmental friendliness of your home, many being cheap or even free, that going green has become pretty simple. Changing bulbs as they burn out to more efficient, longer lasting LED bulbs. Lowering your thermostat by 3 degrees in the winter or raising it in the summer. Lowering … Continue reading A Greener Way To Remodel

Review: Bug-A-Salt Insect Killer

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Are you fed up with bugs invading your home? Do you want to keep flies from landing on your food at the picnic or barbecue? The Bug-A-Salt insect killer is a great option. As someone who lives in a woodsy area in the Pacific Northwest, I have no shortage of insects invading my home. I … Continue reading Review: Bug-A-Salt Insect Killer

Think Long Term When Planning A Remodel

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You may have already read my post about the house upgrades that get you the best return on your investment, but a lot of people still don't consider the long term financial affects of a home upgrade. You'd be surprised how many times I've heard someone insist that they remove the only bathtub from their … Continue reading Think Long Term When Planning A Remodel