Repairing Crumbling Foundations

Photo: CT Department of Housing Property owners in a portion of Connecticut have been struggling with foundation problems. The concrete mix used to build their homes included pyrrhotite, which is a mineral that causes foundations to deteriorate due to exposure to air and water. There is no way to repair a defective foundation. The only way to save a home with pyrrhotite is to replace the foundation, a very expensive project. Home insurers didn’t think

Close the Door

Close the Door

“Close the door” is a time-tested piece of advice. Growing up in Vermont, the main reason to close the door was to keep the heat from getting out. Apparently barns are notorious for having open doors where I’m from. Being told to close the door was generally followed by a comment about how we don’t live in a barn. Which was true, we didn’t live in a barn. There’s a strong case to be made

Cleaning Out the Stuff

Empty Binders

As a homeowner and a listing agent, I dislike clutter. The more that is removed, the better. Last fall I spent some time on the perpetual project of organizing and cleaning out our basement. There were four boxes of empty 3-ring binders that had been on their way out for quite some time. All the paper they used to contain was recycled long ago. After removing the labels and other personalizations, it was time to

I’ve Got a Guy

Painter

“Do you have an electrician that you can recommend? How about a plumber? Floor refinisher? Painter? Kitchen designer? Landscaper?” A peppering of questions came from a buyer client this past weekend. They’re looking to buy a place that needs some work and feel somewhat overwhelmed by the number of contractors they need to find and hire. Well, let me tell you, I’ve got a guy. In fact, I’ve got a lot of guys. They live

Winter: For Reals

2015-01-04 Winter

Today is sort of messy, but we’re about to have a blast of real winter. The local forecast calls for lows close to zero on Wednesday night of this week. Highs on Thursday are only expected to make it up to the teens. That’s some seriously cold weather for Greater Hartford. Take a minute to make sure your home is ready. Check your heating oil level and call for a fill up if needed. Double