Home Improvements

5 Steps to Keep Fence Posts from Rotting – By Sean Kavanagh

5 Steps to Keep Fence Posts from Rotting – By Sean Kavanagh

When buyers purchase a property, home inspections often reveal deficiencies in wood fencing, more specifically, rotting posts. If your cedar fence posts are rotting at the bottom, you need to replace them. The rot probably developed because the posts were installed improperly. When you are installing a fence, be sure the posts are put in(…)

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Lots of Rain and Leaking Basements – A Bad Combination!

Lots of Rain and Leaking Basements – A Bad Combination!

As I was showing a house last night in the middle of a rain storm, my clients asked me about the hairline cracks in the foundation we saw. I said, if you aren’t seeing water in the basement on a day like today, you may not have to worry about those cracks…right now. I say(…)

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Did I Pay Too Much? – How to avoid overpaying for homes that need repair

Did I Pay Too Much? – How to avoid overpaying for homes that need repair

I recently had a consultation with a buyer and we were discussing the Pros and Cons of buying a ‘Fixer-Upper’ or homes that were selling in ‘As-Is condition’. It often seems like a great idea from a purchasing perspective because of the reduced asking prices. However, the question that needs to be asked is if(…)

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12 Home Maintenance Tips for the Fall

12 Home Maintenance Tips for the Fall

With winter fast approaching….Sorry!….You should take a look at this checklist of things to do around the home this Fall. Most of these points are simple maintenance issues that need to be addressed on a yearly basis, but some of them can save you lots of money in energy costs if done regularly. 1) Change(…)

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FIVE TIPS FOR SAFELY CLEANING YOUR RAIN GUTTERS

FIVE TIPS FOR SAFELY CLEANING YOUR RAIN GUTTERS

As the saying goes: April showers bring May flowers! This year we will have to change that saying a bit with all the rain we continue to get in May. With more rain in the springtime months of April and May, now’s the perfect opportunity to get your rain gutters in tip-top shape. As a(…)

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Keep a Lid on it!

Keep a Lid on it!

Roofs have always been a concern for buyers, but I think with all the recent shows on TV (e.g. Holmes Inspection), people are becoming more concerned with the condition of the roof as the effects of water damage are quite scary. Every time Mike Holmes identifies roof damage, interior walls are coming down and men(…)

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Seasonal ‘Work Around The Home’ Checklist

Seasonal ‘Work Around The Home’ Checklist

Spring Check the gutters – for proper flow and rain runoff. Also, check the hardware to ensure they are secured properly to the house. Inspect the attic – for water seepage, condensation or even critters that found a warm spot for the winter and decided not to leave. Examine foundation walls – to see if(…)

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What Buyers Have Told Me In 2010…..Listen Up Sellers!

What Buyers Have Told Me In 2010…..Listen Up Sellers!

2010 has been a very busy year in real estate despite all of the changes that have happened within the industry. With all that has changed, it was interesting to note, however, that buyers still seem to have the same things on their wish list when they go out in search of their next home.(…)

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Selling When It’s Slow!

Selling When It’s Slow!

As we get closer to the holidays we can expect activity to slightly slow down compared to the rapid pace we saw in the spring. Even though the market may be slowing, there is no reason to panic as long as you adhere to a few rules that will help improve the saleability of your(…)

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10 Kitchen Renovation Tips

As I was looking for ideas on what to do with my own kitchen reno, I found this helpful article in Style at Home magazine. I thought I would share some of those ideas with you in case you were also considering renovating your kitchen. Renovating your kitchen will add ease to your lifestyle and(…)

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