The Problems with Skylights

Are you considering purchasing a home with skylights or planning on installing them in your existing home? Although they can be beautiful and let in natural light, there are potential problems with skylights that you ought to be aware ...

Residential Estate Management While You’re Away

When you are traveling or plan to be away from your home for an extended period of time, you should have someone looking after and checking in on your property. You could ask a friend or a neighbor, but can you really count on their ...

Water Damage Insurance. What’s Really Covered – Or Not

The year 2018 set a record in Northern Virginia for being the wettest year since National Weather Service records were kept. As of late December, a record 66.28 inches of rain fell, breaking the previous record of 61.33 inches set back ...

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Surprise Charge From Your Contractor? What To Do Next.

Sometimes we get a call from someone who says, “I received this invoice from my contractor and we didn’t agree to it…what do I do?” As a homeowner, you might get caught in this battle of “who said what” and “who is right.” And without ...

Aging in Place: What You Need to Know

Aging in Place means proactively creating a home environment that can adapt to you as you grow older, giving you the comfort of staying in your familiar surroundings as long as you choose. Whether retrofitting your existing home or ...

What Does Licensed and Bonded Mean?

When hiring a contractor to build, renovate or remodel your home, you hear that you should ask if they are licensed and bonded. But what does licensed and bonded mean? Licensed To do business in a municipality, a construction firm or ...

How Much Does a Home Repair Cost?

When you need to repair or replace something in your home, how do you know what is a fair price? Just what does a home repair cost?  You might ask several contractors to give their bids, and may find that their estimates are all over ...

Contractors: How to Avoid Elder Fraud on a Construction Project

Most of our posts are geared towards homeowners. This one, however, offers advice to contractors on how to avoid elder fraud allegations on a construction project. We like to think that most contractors have scruples and would not take ...

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