Helping first-time home buyers get from ‘I can’t’ to ‘I can’

Posted on: August 5, 2016 by in Blog
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Finally! The economy is improving, interest rates are low and many consumers now find themselves in a great position financially to become a first-time homeowner. There's a small problem though for some locations around the country - the booming real estate market is resulting in rising home prices and increased competition for the most desirable properties. The S&P/Case-Shiller national home-price index recently estimated that 2016 prices are within four percent of the peak in 2006. In Continue Reading ...

40 Years Of Urban Forests Making Cities Healthier, Safer, Happier

Posted on: July 29, 2016 by in Blog
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Apple computers, the rock band U2, "Rocky" and two national football teams - of all the things that turn 40 in 2016, none have transformed the American landscape as definitively and beautifully as the Arbor Day Foundation's Tree City USA program. Since its inception with partners from the National Association of State Foresters and the United States Forest Service in 1976, the program has supported and recognized tree sustainability programs in more than 3,400 American cities, inhabited by more Continue Reading ...

7 Simple Steps For Summer Lawn Prep

Posted on: July 22, 2016 by in Blog
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If you're a part of the nearly 90 percent of Americans who believe it's important to have a well-maintained yard, you and your backyard will appreciate these seven simple steps for tending to your natural turf lawn with minimal effort. According to Grass Seed USA, a coalition of American grass seed farmers and academics, investing a little repair time in early spring and a small amount of maintenance time in summer will pay off with a lush lawn ready for all your summer activities. 1. Continue Reading ...

Is Your High-Efficiency Water Heater Going To Lead To Heartache Later On?

Posted on: July 15, 2016 by in Blog
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It's time to replace your old, energy-guzzling water heater, boiler, dehumidifier or furnace and you've done your homework. You're going to save energy and money in the long run by switching to a high-efficiency condensing heater or boiler. It's important to know the nuances of proper installation - even if you're relying on a professional to do the job. A growing number of homeowners are turning to boilers, HVAC systems and water heaters that rely on condensing to maximize the unit's Continue Reading ...

Simple Tips To Save Money, Conserve Energy As The Heat Rises

Posted on: July 8, 2016 by in Blog
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With temperatures - and therefore, electric bills - on the rise, American homeowners are looking for the most effective ways to make the biggest dent in their energy bills; however, many may be overlooking some of the most important energy-saving strategies. Homeowners are more likely to do simple things around the house to conserve energy, according to the Lennox Home Energy Report Card Survey. Those simple things may include changing air filters in a heating and cooling system on a Continue Reading ...

5 Top Trends In Container Gardening

Posted on: July 1, 2016 by in Blog
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Gardening is a peaceful activity that eases tension, reduces overall stress and promotes longevity. One long-term study found that daily gardening reduces the risk for both dementia and Alzheimer's disease. With all of these benefits, there are ample reasons why people of all ages and lifestyles should start digging in the dirt. You don't need a big yard or lots of room to enjoy a beautiful garden. With so many options for indoor and outdoor container gardening, there's no limit on the Continue Reading ...

Not All Home Inspectors are Created Equal

Posted on: April 7, 2016 by in Blog
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Do you Really Have your Customer’s BEST INTEREST in mind? Home Inspectors are Not Created Equal – So Don’t Just Hand your Customer a List of Names Best Home Inspector Just like any other professional, Real Estate Agents, for example, there is a big difference in quality, service and value in the Home Inspector industry. All too often a Realtor will provide a list of 3 Home Inspectors to their Buyer, telling them to select one. But are you really providing a service to that Buyer? Continue Reading ...

Home Inspector

Posted on: March 31, 2016 by in Blog
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According to the United States Bureau of Labor and Data, there is an expected development of 18 percent in the variety of home inspectors between 2006 up until 2016. This can be considerably greater than other jobs, but the number of home inspectors can lower in the future since some states are considering in enhancing the certification demands amongst inspectors. A study in 2001 revealed that 77 % of property owner would make the most of home inspection services prior to their purchase Continue Reading ...

Mold Intelligence: Part One

Posted on: March 22, 2016 by in Blog
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 Mold on Ceiling Stachybotrys… Not a Problem? When we talk about “black mold”, we’re generally talking about slimy, wet, Stachybotrys.  It’s the ugliest and most infamous of the molds… not necessarily the most harmful, but that’s a story for another day. Whether you’re testing for mold or not, being educated on mold is a good thing in home inspection, and we’ve got the best resource in the world for you- Dr. John Shane of InspectorLab. Here’s the first of three things you Continue Reading ...

Home Inspection Company

Posted on: March 22, 2016 by in Blog
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Hiring a company to conduct a home inspection is about more than simply being given a report on your property, it is a very personal experience; and in order to make sure that you get not only the most efficient inspection but top service and support in addition, it is important to take certain precautions in choosing the right home inspection company. With a little research you can compile the information you need in order to choose the best home inspector for you. There are several Continue Reading ...