Added Costs of Home Repair? Building Permits, Surcharges, and Fees

Maintenance and repairs are frustrating but necessary tasks that come with owning a home.  It’s a hassle: arranging work schedules and juggling childcare so someone is home, trying to work from home despite the noise, and possibly dealing with a messy aftermath in...

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Want a Lower Energy Bill? Insulation and Encapsulation Can Help

Even in the best of times, you don’t want to overpay for your utilities. In uncertain times, families desperately need a consistent budget.  But with weather patterns becoming more extreme and unexpected each year, wildly fluctuating fuel prices, and an uncertain...

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Do All Basement Walls Crack? Causes, Symptoms, and When to Worry.

Concrete is an essential building tool. It’s a man-made concoction that literally paves the way for our walkways and driveways.  We use it to build bridges, retaining walls, dams, and even our homes.  It’s everywhere and we rely on it heavily in everyday life. But...

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Will My House Fall Down? 3 Things Homeowners Secretly Worry About

It’s natural for us to worry.  It can be useful, even productive, if done in moderation.  Worrying about what could happen helps us anticipate problems and brainstorm ways to resolve them.  But too much worry can have a negative effect, not just our state of mind but...

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Is Your Home’s Foundation Built on an Earlier Home?

Recently, one or our project managers evaluated a home for settling issues.  The homeowner had noticed the typical signs of a settling foundation: cracks in the drywall, sticking doors, etc.  However, the cause of the settling was not so typical; the house in question...

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Helical Piers and Push Piers: A Side by Side Comparison

In an earlier blog, I wrote about the similarities and differences between helical and push piers.  This was written for homeowners who had settling foundations and were unfamiliar with the repair methods.   In this particular blog, I am speaking to those homeowners...

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