Rental Property Checklist

Many cities have friendly neighborhoods with great properties. However, it’s important to know what to look for in a rental listing, so you can make a smart assessment about each rental listing you’re interested in. Use this rental property viewing checklist to stay organized and prepared when viewing properties. What is the cost of rent? […]

Buying a New Home?

There’s many calls which we field from new home owners suspecting their is mold or visibly seeing an issue after they moved in.  There are some cases upon inspection which have severe growth, or very costly remediation that went undetected by the home inspector.  I’ve spent years trying to inform everyone about home inspectors and […]

Rent Escrow

Some States impose an obligation on landlords to repair and eliminate conditions which constitute, or if not promptly corrected will constitute, a fire hazard or a serious and substantial threat to the life, health, or safety of occupants. Under this law, if a landlord fails to repair serious or dangerous defects in a rental unit, […]

Buying a Home

Recently I went into a home which was purchased just a few weeks ago.  They never got a mold inspection, as their Realtor and Home Inspector, advised them that it wasn’t needed.  But after a few weeks of living in the home, they noticed a smell and decided to give us a call.  When I […]

Avoiding Foreclosure

If you are unable to make your mortgage payment: Don’t ignore the problem. The further behind you become, the harder it will be to reinstate your loan and the more likely that you will lose your house. Contact your lender as soon as you realize that you have a problem. Lenders do not want your […]

10 Ways to Lose Your Home – Part 2

Picking the Wrong Neighborhood The three most important words in real estate: location, location, location, are a joke to you, but you never got the punch line. Besides, driving through a neighborhood will tell you everything you need to know about an area. There is no point in asking the police department about crime statistics […]

Getting What You Pay For – Part 4

Concluding our 4 part blog on the differences that can attribute to contractors having varying estimates for the same project, we’ll not only focus on the totals for the example job, but also a type of material.  After the complete cleaning of an attic, the final step is encapsulation.  Encapsulating is sealing the surface with […]

Getting What You Pay For – Part 2

Continuing with our blog and using the differences between Contractors #1 and #2, this time we’ll focus on employees. Still using the pricing for an attic, which was Contractor #1 coming in at $5,500, while contractor #2 is charging $8,900. Contractor #1 has two employees both of which have no previous training and haven’t any […]

Mold & Landlords

Even if your state or city doesn’t have specific mold laws, your landlord may still be liable for a mold problem in your rental. Here’s an overview of the issues. To learn more about the landlord’s duty to repair, see the Nolo section Repairs and Maintenance, which includes articles on getting your landlord to make […]

Being Misguided By Home Inspectors

Over the last fifteen plus years that we’ve been in business, there is one particular item we hear from new home owners quite often.  Why didn’t the home inspector notice the problem?  Many new home buyers purchase a home and also walk into thousands of dollars in repairs they never anticipated.  From water damage, to […]