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  • WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT BUYING ENERGY-EFFICIENT WINDOWS

    Posted by: Karin Beuerlein |

    Installing energy-efficient windows is an expensive project that can pay off but may not be necessary. Here’s what you need to know. If your windows are more than 15 years old, you may be putting up with draftiness, windows that stick in their frames, and skyrocketing energy bills. Energy-efficient windows would be a great improvement, but replacement can be very expensive. All-new vinyl windows for an average 2,450-square-foot house run about $15,000, according to the “Remodeling Impact Report” from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®. But that doesn’t mean the numbers can’t make sense for you. For starters, window replacement is one of the…

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  • HEALTH RISKS OF ASBESTOS

    Posted by: Elementary Home Inspections |

    Learn about asbestos and how exposure can be dangerous to your health. Also find out how to properly handle a potential asbestos problem. What is asbestos? There are several minerals commonly known as asbestos. These minerals can be used to make products strong, long-lasting and fire-resistant. Before 1990, asbestos was mainly used for insulating buildings and homes against cold weather and noise. It was also used for fireproofing. Industry, construction and commercial sectors have used, and, in some cases, continue to use, asbestos in products like: Cement and plaster Industrial furnaces and heating systems Building insulation Floor and ceiling tiles House siding Car and truck brake pads Vehicle transmission components, such…

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  • 7 SIGNS YOU HAVE A DRAINAGE PROBLEM

    Posted by: Jeanne Huber |

    Finding drainage problems when they’re smaller and easier to fix can save you thousands of dollars and plenty of headaches down the line. You don’t have to be a geophysicist to know that puddles in the basement or a lake on the front lawn are signs of drainage problems. But many drainage problems aren’t so obvious. Here’s how the pros read some of the more subtle signs of bad drainage, and why you’ll save big bucks if you tackle these problems now instead of later. You don’t have to be a geophysicist to know that puddles in the basement or a lake on…

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  • TIPS TO HELP SELL YOUR HOME

    Posted by: Elementary Home Inspections |

    Whether you're looking for tips on how to select the right real estate agent, or whether you want to sell your property yourself, this article contains some great tips on how to sell in the real estate market in general. These tips will shed light on some of the aspects of the market you once thought were difficult. Once you decide to sell your property, add some energy efficient updates to increase the interest of buyers. If you install certain items, such as outdoor solar-powered lights, an energy monitor, and LED bulbs, then buyers may be interested in your home due…

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