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Aluminum Wiring

by Nick Gromicko and Kenton Shepard Between approximately 1965 and 1973, single-strand aluminum wiring was sometimes substituted for copper branch-circuit wiring in residential electrical systems due to the sudden escalating price of copper. After a decade of use by homeowners and electricians, inherent weaknesses were discovered in the metal that lead to its disuse as [...]

By | 2017-05-11T03:32:15+00:00 May 11th, 2017|Electrical|0 Comments

A Garage Inspection

By Kenton Shepard   This is the exterior of a townhome I was asked to inspect. During the inspection, I ran into a neighbor who told me that the roof of another garage, identical to the one¬†pictured above two buildings down, had collapsed the previous winter under a snow load. So, I¬†decided to keep my [...]

By | 2017-05-11T03:10:19+00:00 May 11th, 2017|Structures|0 Comments

Pre-Inspected Listings, The Future of Real Estate

Pre-Inspected Listings, The Future of Real Estate Home inspections have traditionally been for the benefit of the purchaser. Pre-inspected listings benefit all parties - purchasers, vendors and Realtors. Deals Won't Fall Through Home inspections, performed as a condition of the offer, can kill deals. Sometimes this is because the purchaser gets cold feet; sometimes there's [...]

By | 2017-03-19T01:05:57+00:00 March 8th, 2017|Advice|0 Comments

Vague Real Estate Terms

Vague Real Estate Terms Through the years humorous articles have been written poking fun at comments in real estate ads. We all know that "close to public transportation" should be interpreted as "built over the subway". But the following are vague real estate terms that can get real estate salespeople into trouble. The age of [...]

By | 2017-03-19T01:05:08+00:00 March 8th, 2017|Technical|0 Comments

Home Improvement Costs

Home Improvement Costs The following costs are intended as ballpark estimates for repairs and/or improvements to a typical three bedroom home. Our experience has shown that actual contractor quotations can vary by as much as 300%. Naturally, the quality of workmanship and materials will influence costs. The complexity of the job, accessibility and even economic [...]

By | 2017-03-09T20:35:45+00:00 March 8th, 2017|Home Maintenance and Improvement|0 Comments

Knob and Tube Wiring

In recent months, a number of our clients have discovered that they can't obtain insurance for the house they are about to buy, because it has knob and tube wiring. No insurance-no mortgage. No mortgage-no real estate transaction. Needless to say, we have had a number of concerned home buyers and realtors calling us to [...]

By | 2017-06-06T06:33:48+00:00 March 4th, 2017|Electrical, Technical|0 Comments


There are two rules at work here: When warm moist air touches something cool, condensation will form. Warm air can hold a lot of moisture; cold air cannot. (While warm air can hold a lot of moisture, it doesn't necessarily have to. Take a trip to Arizona). Despite the threats of global warming, it's still [...]

By | 2017-03-09T20:38:15+00:00 March 2nd, 2017|Insulation and Ventilation|0 Comments
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