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To repair or replace an appliance, that is the question.

Are your home appliances on their last legs or just needing a second wind?

Submitted by SterlingBrown on Sat, 12/17/2011 - 06:53

Expected useful life for home components and appliances

Replacing or upgrading the many components in our home is a costly enterprise and one recurring question is always, “How long before I have to do this again?”

Submitted by SterlingBrown on Mon, 11/14/2011 - 21:41

Carbon Monoxide the Invisible Killer

Carbon Monoxide – Invisible Killer

Fall is well on us and the leaves are nearly gone. This is the time of year we try our best to seal out the colder weather by making our homes as air tight as we can. Storm windows go up, caulk installed and heating systems fired up for the first time in months.

Submitted by SterlingBrown on Wed, 11/02/2011 - 20:27

Halloween for Homeowners - Scary shouldn't mean dangerous!

Halloween for Homeowners - Scary shouldn't mean dangerous!

Submitted by SterlingBrown on Fri, 10/28/2011 - 15:38

Common House Defects Part 2

Common House Defects Part 2

Submitted by SterlingBrown on Tue, 10/25/2011 - 21:46

Bi-partisan support for real estate green card may benefit Minnesota lake region

Bi-partisan support for real estate green card may benefit Minnesota lake region

Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) have proposed a bill that would grant foreign investors a three year residential visa if they purchase real estate valued at $500,000 or more.

It does come with a few strings.  The purchase must include a property valued at $250,000 while the balance of the $500,000 can be income producing property. Sorry, cash only and they must live in the property 180 days each year to fully qualify.

Submitted by SterlingBrown on Sun, 10/23/2011 - 14:36

Common Housing Defects, Part 1

Common Housing Defects, Part 1

Home Inspectors may disagree on the exact order of a list of prevalent defects found in the course of home inspections. One thing they will almost universally agree on is that water is the enemy of a house and those defects that lead to water problems are among the most devastating.

Submitted by SterlingBrown on Sat, 10/22/2011 - 08:21

A New Fire Station in West Fargo

For several months now my daughter Kyra and I have driven by a construction site of a new fire station in West Fargo. Lucky for us, once construction was complete they held an open house to celebrate the new station and It was an excellent opportunity as a family to learn more about the roll firefighters play in our community and steps we can take in our own home to stay safe in case of a fire.

Our visit made me think of how, as a home inspector in the Fargo and Moorhead area, I am always highlighting areas where fire could be a concern for a new home buyer.

Submitted by SterlingBrown on Wed, 10/19/2011 - 16:32

Making a home more aging friendly

Making a home more aging friendly

 

Aging in place access issues.

Safety in the home as we age is of paramount importance but still to utilize, and enjoy, our home we must also have reasonable access. In ideal circumstance the design would serve all users without regard to ability.

Submitted by SterlingBrown on Sat, 10/15/2011 - 20:45

A Home Inspectors Day Off and A Trip To Fargo's Yonker Farm

A Home Inspector’s day off

On a rare Saturday off I had the chance to take my family to Yunker Farm in north Fargo for a very nice Fall festival. My daughter loved the children’s museum and I would recommend the fun activities and hands-on learning to any parent looking for an affordable and educational outing.

Submitted by SterlingBrown on Sun, 10/09/2011 - 19:40
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