Free Residential Energy Audits

Last year I paid $3500 to heat my home for the entire year. Due to the fact that my house was built in 1910 and has no real insulation in the walls and 45 original windows, I know that my house doesn’t stand a chance at being energy efficient. You, on the the other hand, may be able to improve the energy efficiency of your home, and here’s a free way to find out… If

Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire…

The warm weather is SO over. It’s about time to turn the heat on. Some of you may use your fireplace for ambiance, some of you may use it for warmth. Whatever its purpose, please make sure your chimney is inspected on a yearly basis if you plan on using your fireplace. The chimney professional will tell you if it needs to be cleaned or if more extensive corrective work needs to be done. The

Water in the Basement- Now What?

This week I went to preview a house for some clients. They indicated interest, so rather than waste their time, I went to check it out to see if the floor plan would meet their needs. The house is in a very desireable neighborhood in West Hartford. I walked around the first floor and the layout seemed to meet their needs. So far, so good. Then I checked out the upstairs. Good sized bedrooms and

Knob and Tube Wiring

If you’re looking to purchase a home that was built between the late 1880s and early 1930s, your home inspector may discover knob and tube was used as the electrical wiring. While some argue that the knob and tube is actually superior to current electrical wiring practices, the age of the system typically leads to some type of degredation, therefore necessitating that it be at least partially replaced and upgraded. It’s becoming more and more

Pest Control and Identification

We’re moving into the wet season and this is when we start to see pest infestations. Here’s a great website to check out regarding different types of pests, how to identify them, the damage that they do, and how to prevent infestations. While the site is sponsored by UC Davis, we still see many of these pests in New England. Enjoy! Integrated Pest Management