Single Strand Aluminum Wiring – Is it Safe?

Single Strand Aluminum Wiring – Is it Safe?

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC): Houses wired with single strand aluminum wire that is used for 15 and 20 amp circuits are 55 times more likely to have one or more connections reach “fire hazard conditions” than homes wired with copper. This wiring was primarily used in houses built between 1965 and 1972. If you are looking to buy a house built […]

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4 Compelling Cases for The Pre-Listing Home Inspection

4 Compelling Cases for The Pre-Listing Home Inspection

Thinking of listing your house for sale in the near term? One option your real estate agent may mention is the pre-listing home inspection. A pre-listing home inspection is done by the seller of a house to prepare the house for sale. This blog will go over 4 compelling reasons to invest in a pre-listing home inspection from the point of view of a home […]

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Why Home Shopping Takes Detective Work (and How to Do It)

Why Home Shopping Takes Detective Work (and How to Do It)

Purchasing a home may be the most expensive item we as consumers buy. I wrote this article as a tool for looking at homes. Why Home Shopping Takes Detective Work (and How to Do It) I encourage you to read the full post. Happy house hunting! I hope this helps. -Dylan

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7 Tips for Controlling Carpenter Ants Without Chemicals

7 Tips for Controlling Carpenter Ants Without Chemicals

Springtime is carpenter ant season!  Springtime is a good time of year to watch for carpenter ants. Carpenter ants are both seasonally active and nocturnal, so they can be difficult to find until the weather warms in the spring, which can bring them out in droves. Though they are generally less destructive to houses than termites, carpenter ants can cause severe structural problems if left […]

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Up in Your Feelings About a Fixer-Upper? Read This First.

Up in Your Feelings About a Fixer-Upper? Read This First.

Most home buyers will be buying a previously owned home. This will lead to the inevitable update, remodel or complete system repair. I encourage you to read this article on reviewing the lifecycle of the systems in any home. Up in Your Feelings About a Fixer-Upper? Read This First. Hope this helps! -Dylan

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The Home Inspection: How it Works and Why You Need One

The Home Inspection: How it Works and Why You Need One

I encourage you to read this post on Realtor.com. I try to demystify the home inspection process. Great information for those of you currently House Hunting. The Home Inspection: How it Works and Why You Need One Hope you find it helpful! Dylan  

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5 Tips for Efficient House Hunting

5 Tips for Efficient House Hunting

Buying a house is one of the most stressful life events. Juggling work and family obligations with finding a new place to call home can be overwhelming and will leave little time for rational decision-making. In addition, buying the most expensive asset in your life means leaping inevitably into some amount of anxiety-inducing risk. The key to efficient and confident house shopping is quickly getting […]

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My Fireplace is Sucking the Heat Out of My House!

My Fireplace is Sucking the Heat Out of My House!

I grew up in an 1880’s Victorian house in New England that was built, coincidentally, right about the time central heating systems began finding their way into American and European houses. Before that time, most houses were heated by burning wood and coal in fireplaces. Our old house reflected this technological transition because it had both an antique boiler as a central heating system and […]

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Understanding LP Siding

Understanding LP Siding

The 1990’s was not our finest hour of residential construction. In many respects, this decade represents a transition decade as we went from the way we used to build houses to the way we  build houses today and as often happens when innovative technologies are unveiled into the building industry, the laws of unintended consequences prevail and some new products and inventions do not live […]

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Letter to the Author: House Hunting for the Handicapped

Letter to the Author: House Hunting for the Handicapped

Memo to: Dylan Chalk House Talk From a reader, Chuck Ramey, who loves The Confident House Hunter and wishes to add information for handicapped and wheelchair dependent buyers: I am a big fan of your new book which provides much-needed information about houses for prospective home-buyers. As a professional in the building trades, with a long career as an executive at Weyerhaeuser, I do understand […]

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