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Does Your Old Home Have A Finished Attic?

Say what you want about old homes, but I think they’re amazing. I mean, they’re literally time capsules. In the wood framing that came from slow-growth trees harvested from ancient groves and built with 2×4’s that were actually 2 inches by 4 inches that I’m pretty sure get stronger with age. In the stacking of … Read more

How long does it take to perform a professional home inspection?

How long does it take to perform a home inspection?

There are 4 factors that affect the time it takes to do a professional home inspection: #1 The size of the home The larger the home, the longer it takes.  There are more places to go and more things to see. That part is pretty straightforward. #2 Condition of the home A home is like a … Read more

8 Quick Winter Home Repairs That Always Need Fixing

8 Quick Winter Home Repairs That Always Need Fixing

Attacking small home repairs can lead to more than a feeling of accomplishment. They can clear the way for larger projects in spring. And as I walked through my home with my notepad app open, I found myself staring at a list of home repairs that always need fixing at one point. 8 maintenance items … Read more

Is your wet basement sucking you dry?

Is your wet basement sucking you dry?

A WET BASEMENT IS THE NUMBER ONE PROBLEM IN MANY KANSAS CITY HOMES. But before we go sloshing around knee-deep dankness, we begin our wet basement banishment in an unexpected place: The roof. Because lousy grading is hard to see when you’re right on top of it, but there’s no hiding when you look down from above. … Read more

How to survive your first old home purchase

Kansas City Foundations and inspection

An older home is a wonderful thing. Aside from the charm and character, an old home brings a host of problems not found in newer houses.  Like poor wiring, cracked foundations, clogged pipes, and weak roofs. Now, don’t avoid an older home because of these issues, they’re normal. But old homes need special attention because … Read more

Undersized Service In Older Homes

60-amp electrical service was once a standard in older homes, but it has since become outdated and inadequate for modern electrical needs. Here are the 5 biggest hazards associated with undersized electrical service in older homes: 1. Overloading 60-amp service is simply not enough to power modern electrical devices and appliances. This can lead to … Read more

Radon Gas Is No Joke

DID YOU KNOW RADON GAS IS THE 2ND LEADING CAUSE OF LUNG CANCER IN AMERICA? In fact, it’s in your home right now and you breathe it every day. Especially around Kansas City where high levels are common. It comes from the soil and you’ll never know the level is high unless you get it … Read more

Septic Systems: Buried But Not Forgotten

Septic systems are easy to understand but hard to inspect so be on alert if buying a home with one installed. But, in time, even a well-maintained septic system clogs up and breaks down. And before they’re replaced, lots of things can go wrong. Common Problems 1. Damaged Pipes Believe it or not, when it comes … Read more