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First Time Homebuyer Advice

You may well be entering into the largest financial transaction of your life. Buying a home is quite often the largest purchase most people ever make. This home buyers guide will provide you with much of the information you need to make some good decisions while pursuing this purchase.

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The Ultimate Homebuyer Protection

As Certified Professional Inspectors® trained by InterNACHI—the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors—We are able to offer not just a thorough inspection and reliable report, but something that no one else in the industry does:  InterNACHI’s Buy-Back Guarantee.

This program is a way to assure homebuyers their interests are fully protected.

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A Primer on Polybutylene

In the very late 1970s, they introduced a new type of pipe for potable water plumbing in homes. Polybutylene was touted as the next great thing and to the early 80s to the mid-90s was installed in literally millions of homes throughout the nation.

Polybutylene was most typically supplied in a bluish gray color and was stamped along its length with some identifying nomenclature including "PB 2110." In addition to being utilized for potable water supplies within the home in some cases the main supply line to the water source, either a well or utility company provided water source, was Polybutylene.

Polybutylene rapidly became very popular with builders because it was considerably cheaper than copper and required no soldering and was much easier to install because of its flexibility. The only tool required was a crimping tool for securing junctions and since soldering or even gluing was no longer required workers no longer needed to be as skilled as previously required.

With lower material costs, lower installation costs, and the predicted 50 year lifespan Polybutylene rapidly became popular. Unfortunately, the predicted 50 year lifespan turned out to be wishful thinking.

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How You Can Support A Veteran Owned Business

How You Can Support A Veteran Owned Business

Every November, the United States observes Veterans Day, to honor veterans who have served all branches of the U.S. armed forces.

Since 1978, Veterans Day has been celebrated on November 11. However, there are plenty of ways you can honor the men and women who have served our country beyond Veterans day.

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Winterizing Your Garden Plants

We’ve had our first hard freeze in the Fargo/Moorhead and Minnesota Lakes Region, so here’s a quick reminder on a few the things you should be doing to your garden right now. Get Busy Gardening, an online gardening resource, says this is the best time to winterize your plantings

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Safer Decks Bring Peace of Mind.

We too often take our decks for granted, assuming that the builder followed all of the best practices. We also assume that after years of service, and often neglect, it’s still in satisfactory condition. Check out this news clip to see why these assumptions can lead to tragedy.

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Preparing the Cottage or Cabin for Winter

Cooler nighttime temperatures, the changing colors of the trees and shrubs all indicate that the seasons are changing and Summer will soon be gone. While Fall brings with it so much beauty it also brings a number of tasks to get ready for the Winter to follow.

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Fireplace Safety

It's that time of year when we start to light up the fireplaces for more than just ambiance. But first, a word of caution from Mid America Inspection Services.

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Ten Ways to Protect Your Home Against an Invisible Killer

Each year there are about 175 Carbon Monoxide related deaths in American homes. Fargo/Moorhead as well as the Lakes Region will unfortunately see their share of these. We can prevent 100% of these deaths by taking proper precautions.

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Water Heater Efficiency, Effectiveness and Safety

We all need some attention from time to time to not feel neglected and become depressed. Fortunately, appliances don't suffer from depression, but they really do need some attention from time to time. Hidden away in some dark recess of your home is the lowly water heater. It performs its assigned task quite often for more than a decade, with little attention or maintenance. Although it seldom complains, it could certainly benefit from a couple of changes and some routine maintenance.

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