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Water Damage Prevention

Question: I recently purchased my first home and have concerns about the cost of maintenance. What is the most important preventative step for me to take? Answer: While water is a necessity of life, it is also a cause of major destruction ...

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Tankless Water Heaters

Q: My water heater is rapidly approaching the end of its life. I’ve been reading a lot about tankless water heaters but they seem so expensive. Do you think they are worth the higher price? A: What appears to be a large expenditure at th...

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Home Warranty

Question: I’ve lived in my home for almost 20 years and have made upgrades along the way and now it’s for sale. My agent suggested that I offer a home warranty for the buyer. She said it’s going to cost a couple of hundred dollars and I...

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Staging

Q: I am selling my home and moving out of state. My real estate agent tells me I should have it staged to show better and sell faster. Do you think this is really necessary? A: Although for different reasons, Burt Bacharach had the right i...

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Roof Gardens

Question: My husband and I are building a new home. Most of the yard will be dedicated to a play area for our dogs which means there won’t be enough room for the garden of my dreams. I’m trying to talk my husband into putting a garden on t...

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Sealing

Question: This past winter when we had torrential rain and gusty wind I sensed a draft in my house although the heat was on and a fire was going in the living room fire place. What would cause this to happen and what can I do about it? Answ...

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Energy Home Rating

Question: I own a 1920’s cottage that is not at all energy efficient. I truly believe that I should become more aware of what I can do on my part to help fight global warming. I have no idea where to start. Can you help me? Answer: Thank...

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Windows

Q. I’ve lived in my home for thirty years and never had any termite repairs done. There is a lot of exterior wood that needs to be replaced and most of the windows are so damaged that there’s little hope of keeping them. Now I have to make ...

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Mold

Q. My friends call me a neat freak. I’m obsessed to pick up even the littlest speck of dust. Lately, a strange thing has happened. My home has a terribly musty smell and I’m sneezing a lot. The stink won’t go away no matter how long I lea...

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Time is of the Essence

Q. I have just been through the worst experience of my life. I truly had the buyer from hell! The transaction was going so smoothly until the very end when he just would not get his money to escrow and close at the appointed date for, it appear...

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