What Kind of Home Do You Want?

Houses that are for sale

Some buyers set out to find a Complete and Total Disaster when they are shopping for a new home. Is that what you’re looking for? Because we come across them periodically and can point you in the right direction. Most buyers don’t want to do quite that much work on their new home, so they stick to the upper half of the quality chart shown above. The real challenge is knowing whether the home you

Historic Homes Rehabilitation Tax Credit Q&A

Two previous articles about the Historic Homes Rehabilitation Tax Credit have generated a number of questions. We have gathered the most common and reached out to an expert to get the best answers possible. Hopefully this will point you in the right direction if this program is relevant to you… What is the Historic Homes Rehabilitation Tax Credit? We’ve written two versions of the overview. The first was in 2011 and focused on the nuts

It’s a Brick. House.

I learned something interesting today during a home inspection, so I thought I would pass it along. Take a look at the photo below. Is this house solely brick exterior construction or is it brick and stud construction (essentially the brick is only a veneer)? How can you tell? This home, built in 1884 according to town records, is solely brick exterior construction. That means there are several layers of brick which make up the

Time to Turn off the Water Outside

We’ve had some frost. And we’ve had a dusting of snow. Although it’s not bone-chilling cold, most of us won’t be using the outside water spigots again until spring. Here at the Bergquist house that means it’s time to shut off the water. Water spigots are at risk of freeze damage over the winter because water sits in the pipes outside the main walls of the house. Even though the house itself probably does protect

Radon, Radon Everywhere

Radon is a naturally occurring gas, and is part of the normal mix of elements that make up the air we breathe. However, the concentration varies greatly throughout the country, within individual towns, and even within neighborhoods. If the concentration is too high, then radon can be a health hazard. We always recommend that our buyers test for radon as part of their home inspection. If elevated levels are found, then our buyers have an