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Summer safety advice from your local home inspector and the National Fire Protection Association
There is hope that the weather will be warm enough soon in the Fargo Moorhead and the west central Minnesota Lakes Region to start to pursue water activities. Being blessed as we are with many beautiful lakes and rivers to play in, it sometimes difficult to remember that spas, pools and hot tubs are being used more as the weather warms.

Submitted by SterlingBrown on Thu, 05/09/2019 - 12:26

Being cool!

In Fargo Morehead and the lakes region including Alexandria, Wadena, Detroit Lakes and Fergus Falls it is still hard to believe that will be using our air conditioning units very soon to provide indoor comfort we desire. But the National Weather Service does assure us that there will be a warm day before fall, maybe, or at least it’s not impossible.

Submitted by SterlingBrown on Wed, 05/08/2019 - 07:17

Costs vs. Returns in North Dakota and Minnesota

Improving and remodeling your home and the cost versus return on some important efforts

For the home buying public a comfortable home is number one on most people’s lists. Everyone’s definition of what that means, however, differs considerably but one common thread is a question, if I do X, Y or Z will I recover any of my costs when I sell?

Submitted by SterlingBrown on Thu, 04/25/2019 - 15:47

Forced air filters

Clean up your act, or least your furnace filters.

Springtime has been slow arriving this year. In our part of the country, eastern North Dakota and western Minnesota, there are still remnants of snow in shaded areas of woodlands and along the edges of parking lots where the snow was piled. But spring is here, things are starting to green and that brings the spring cleaning bug to many of us.

Submitted by SterlingBrown on Mon, 04/22/2019 - 10:36

What you need to know about selecting your home inspector

What you need to know about selecting your home inspector

Housing and Urban Development, HUD, has a list of 10 important questions they believe you should ask your home inspector. Although, I don’t agree with the order of relative importance that they choose, they do cover the major items you should be concerned about.

Home inspections are not only a technical exercise it’s also, and more importantly, an exercise in clear communications.

Submitted by SterlingBrown on Tue, 04/16/2019 - 07:24

Radon Information For Minnesota

Radon Information For Minnesota

There are some facts you should know about Radon gas as it applies to homes. Radon is a risk to health. It is accepted that it is the most prevalent cause of lung cancer among non-smokers and the second most prevalent cause of lung cancer overall.

Submitted by SterlingBrown on Fri, 03/29/2019 - 15:41

Your spring home maintenance checklist

Your spring home maintenance checklist

I know it’s very difficult to believe right now being in the midst of a bomb cyclone winter blizzard here in Minnesota and North Dakota but spring is actually next week, March 20.

Official spring or not, this winter has probably wreaked a little havoc on the exterior of your home. So as soon as the weather allows, and it’s safe to do so, there are number of things you will want to check and take corrective actions if needed.

Submitted by SterlingBrown on Thu, 03/14/2019 - 14:55

Checking smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors

This Sunday we all get to adjust our clocks and while doing that the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends we also verify the proper operation of all of our smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
Submitted by SterlingBrown on Sat, 03/09/2019 - 10:46

Checking smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors

This Sunday we all get to adjust our clocks and while doing that the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends we also verify the proper operation of all of our smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
Submitted by SterlingBrown on Sat, 03/09/2019 - 10:44

10 tips on the safe use of space heaters

10 tips on the safe use of space heaters

A space heater can provide a welcome source of localized heating either as a supplement for a home's regular heating system or for use when heating a larger space is not warranted. But their convenience is fraught with some dangers and recognizing those can help prevent disaster in your home.

Submitted by SterlingBrown on Fri, 03/08/2019 - 11:28
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