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3 Small Things Plus Bonus Tip That You Can Do to Add Value to Your Home

Posted on: June 20, 2019 by in Blog, Home Inspection
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When it comes to your home, you want updates that make your property more comfortable, beautiful and of course, add value to your home. Whether you have a big budget or more elbow grease than cash to invest, there are numerous things you can do to improve your home's worth immediately. Here are three small things you can do to boost your home's value, plus one big one that will really make an impact. Small change #1 – Fresh paint Paint is one of the most affordable ways to bring dramatic Continue Reading ...

Home Sweet Home? 6 Safety Tips When Moving with Kids

Posted on: August 23, 2018 by in Blog, Boston, Home Inspection
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Moving to a new home can be an exciting undertaking, a fresh start that brings with it the potential for new friends, opportunities and experiences. For parents of young children, though, the process of adapting to a new home can be stressful. While you may have been proactive about averting safety hazards in your old house, a move to a new one calls for renewed awareness of anything that could potentially harm your kids. Unfortunately, the National Safety Council advises that more than a Continue Reading ...

How Homeowners Can Prepare for Summer Storm Season

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It’s that time of year again when unwanted weather patterns like severe thunderstorms, rainstorms, and tornadoes can wreak havoc on homes and businesses. While certain areas of the country are more apt to face tornadoes, virtually everyone is at risk for heavy rain, winds, and hail, which can cause flooding, power outages and structural damage. Whether you’re in the Midwest, the Southwest, the Great Plains or any other part of the country, it’s important to be prepared for the upcoming Continue Reading ...

Home Inspector Boston 10 Questions To Ask An Inspector Before You Hire

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[arve url="https://youtu.be/oja7MWO0zpg" align="center" maxwidth="900" /] This is Todd Whiting from Metro Boston Property Inspections, and today I want to talk to you about the 10 questions to ask a home inspector before you hire them. The first questions you want to ask is are the inspectors licensed? Even though Massachusetts has required licensing since 2001, there are still a few people that go out and do unlicensed home inspections. They're uninsured and you want to be careful Continue Reading ...

Silent Destroyers: Tips to Spot Termites and Prevent Infestation

Posted on: March 20, 2018 by in Boston, Home Inspection
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There are many reasons that termites have gained the nickname "silent destroyers." Five billion reasons, in fact. Termites cause more than $5 billion in property damage in the U.S. each year. If left unchecked, they can silently chew through the structural stability of a home, eating away at wood, flooring and even wallpaper. To make matters worse, the damage they leave behind is not typically covered by most homeowners’ insurance policies. How to spot termites (Termite Continue Reading ...

House Hunting? Use This Handy Checklist Before You Make the Offer

Posted on: March 19, 2018 by in Boston, Home Inspection
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House hunting can feel like an adventurous new chapter in your life. If you're lucky enough to find the property that checks off all the "must have" boxes — appearance, size, price, location — it’s easy to fall in love. Not so fast. Before making an offer on any property, it’s smart to take a deeper look at the overall structure and its systems, just to make sure warning signs of major and costly problems are not hiding in plain sight. If the households more issues than your budget Continue Reading ...

High-tech Bathroom Trends for 2018

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Technology is trending in home design and decor this year, and some of the most dramatic, futuristic and fun tech trends are showing up in the bathroom. From glass doors and windows changing from clear to opaque with the touch of a button to toilets transforming the whole experience of going to the loo, it's all about high-tech tricking out your oasis. Here are four tech trends that will take your bathroom into hyperspace. 1. Privacy glass Glass blocks are opaque but let in some filtered Continue Reading ...

Do the Math: Homebuying Now May Save a Lot

Posted on: February 19, 2018 by in Boston, Home Inspection
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It is a common misconception that a 20 percent down payment is required to buy a home. Advice to wait and save a large down payment is often based on the theory that the cost of mortgage insurance (MI), which is required when you buy with a smaller down payment, should be avoided. This may not be the best advice and is, in fact, not in line with market trends, considering 60 percent of homebuyers buy with a down payment of 6 percent or less, according to the National Association of Continue Reading ...

4 Tips for Protecting Your Home This Season and Beyond

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Winter is in full swing and extremely cold temperatures continue to grip much of the U.S.; which mean hats, gloves, and high home maintenance bills could be in your future. According to recent data from the Insurance Information Institute, in 2016 severe winter weather cost homeowners more than $1.7 billion in property damages. While the seasonal shift can be a challenge for homeowners, taking these four steps today could ease home maintenance burdens this season and all year-round. 1. Take a Continue Reading ...

2018 Remodeling Trends That Boost Your Home’s Value

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A strong housing market is giving homeowners the confidence to invest in remodeling. In fact, homeowner spending on improvements and repairs will approach $340 billion in 2018, an increase of 7.5 percent from estimated 2017 spending, according to the Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity (LIRA) from the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University. Remodeling can add value to your home while also making it more livable, but not all remodeling projects are created equal. While Continue Reading ...