maintaining your home

This article was written by Stacey Lamirand.
Purchasing a home is a large investment and buyers are advised to do a careful investigation of the property.  There are six areas of potential trouble that should be thoroughly investigated by a licensed home inspector. Sometimes cracks, bulges and spots are an indication of trouble, sometimes they are not.  Better to be safe than sorry--hire a licensed contractor to inspect your property before you complete while you are in escrow.
1).  The...

GreenFinanceSF launches its services this week, helping San Francisco homeowners pay for retrofits to their homes that save energy and money.  This city backed program allows these homeowners to borrow money to make improvements, and repay the city from the savings on their energy and water bills.  These loans are attached to the property and repaid through property tax bills.  This is really a no-brainer, a very effective model for encouraging home owners to take action and make...

This morning, I was touring Zephyr's new listings.  I was driving to see a great condo in a great location close to cafes, restaurants and shops.  Easy access to the freeway, close to many different forms of public transportation.  Hmm, nice block with a nice mix of architectural styles represented. As I spied the facade, I noticed peeling paint. A lot of it. I had a moment's hesitation. The same hesitation that I suspect that many buyers are likely to have.

I went into the condo. It's a...

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