I believe I could make the argument that home ownership, in its current form, is making us poorer because of the depreciating consumer goods we choose to fill it with. While at its very heart, a home is a magnificent kernel of responsible living and financial well-being, over the years it has become something more…and certainly more destructive. We have come to believe it is obviously the wise financial choice for anyone in a position to buy a home to simply do so. It does not take much more thought than that. Of course, this is not the nature of investing. Rarely is there a financial choice that we can all make that simply produces profit without risk…but more on that in another post.
Several questions need to be answered when determining the approximate lifespan of a roof that has been correctly installed. To start, one must examine the type of a roof. Whether the roof is sloped or flat, it has two basic elements: the roof deck and the wood planks, plywood, or oriented strand board, otherwise known as particle board. These elements are usually used in residential construction and have a weather-resistance or waterproof finish. A sloped roof can be finished with asphalt composite shingles, wood shingles/shakes, clay tiles, metal, or slate tiles.
A wood-burning fireplace is a great way to warm your home during the cold winter months. But if your home doesn't have a fireplace already built-in, there are several options available for wood-burning systems that can be installed.
So What is Radon?
Radon is a gas that is formed by the breakdown of uranium in the soil. Uranium is a natural radioactive material found in rock and soil throughout the United States. The reason that radon is of concern is that it is a cancer-causing natural gas that you can't see, smell or taste.
Renting a home is a good option for some, but buying a home just might be the best thing for you.
A chimney is designed to exhaust products of combustion from a fuel burning appliance to the exterior of the building. A masonry chimney is typically built on its own footing and foundation with brick or concrete block on the exterior. Flaking sometimes occurs on a masonry chimney due to the moisture in the exhaust gases that are a product of combustion. The moisture gets absorbed into the brick and freezes in the winter when the warm exhaust gases stop flowing out the chimney. When water freezes, it expands, and over time this freeze-thaw cycle leads to deterioration of the brick, clay tile, and mortar. The damage is usually located at the top portion of the chimney for many reasons. The top portion of the chimney is the most exposed area and therefore the most vulnerable to weather. Moisture may also enter the top portion of the chimney from the exterior if the cap is cracked or missing. Once the exhaust gases reach the top of the chimney, they may have cooled sufficiently for the moisture to condense, making the concentration of moisture higher.
SHOULD BUYERS AND SELLERS AGENTS BE AT HOME INSPECTIONS?
One of the popular questions I get from homeowners after accepting an offer on their home is who will be at the home inspection. If you have not sold a home in a while it is certainly a legitimate question to ask. The answer however, is not clear cut and dry. Let me start by saying that I try to attend every home inspection whether I am representing the buyer or the seller.