guide to maintaining your home

Guide to Maintaining Your Home

This collection of articles is a guide written especially for Homeowners. These articles will help owners anticipate repairs, maintenance, and other lifestyle considerations when owning

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quick guide to the epa on drinking water

Quick Guide to the EPA on Drinking Water

The following article is intended to help US residents understand the EPA’s position on where our water comes from, the potential contaminants, and the EPA’s three Drinking Water Standards that regulate water testing in our country.

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asheville and wnc drinking water guide

Asheville and WNC Drinking Water Guide

For people concerned about the quality of their drinking water, either private or public, in the Asheville area.  This article includes helpful information about testing, possible contaminants, and best practice maintenance tips.

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guide to drinking water

Guide to Drinking Water

What are your drinking water sources, the potential contaminants, and their health effects, regulations, and testing protocols? Read more to protect yourself and your family.

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guide to indoor air quality

Guide to Indoor Air Quality

This article discusses the most common contaminants in our homes, their sources, ways to identify them, their effects on our health, and how we can reduce their risks.

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quick guide to windows

Quick Guide to Windows

What are the best materials and styles for windows?  This article is based on my experiences as a general contractor and building inspector and I

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about builder buddy

Who We Are

When regular maintenance is performed the Winter Home Maintenance Checklist can be easy (Check the Fall Checklist first). Entering into service agreements with companies to come out for yearly maintenance can make our honey-do lists much shorter and help protect our home over the long-term.

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winter maintenance checklists

Winter Home Maintenance Checklist

When regular maintenance is performed the Winter Home Maintenance Checklist can be easy (Check the Fall Checklist first). Entering into service agreements with companies to come out for yearly maintenance can make our honey-do lists much shorter and help protect our home over the long-term.

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fall maintenance checklists

Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

The Fall Home Maintenance Checklist can be made easier with the help of a few different contractors (Chimney Sweep, Gas/Plumbing Contractor, Gutter Specialist, HVAC contractor). Entering into service agreements with companies to come out for yearly maintenance can make our honey-do lists much shorter and help protect our home over the long-term.

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mold evaluations

Mold Evaluations

When to order a Mold Evaluation for property owners, buyers, sellers and renters. Sample Mold Evaluation Report. What is included in a Mold Evaluation and when to Order Additional Testing.

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deck installation

Best Practice Deck Installation

Properly installed decks prevent water damage, settling, and injury to the home.  Decks are generally considered temporary structures with a 25-year life expectancy before renovation

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guide for wnc homebuyers

Guide for WNC Homebuyers

This collection of articles, written by a Home Inspection Pro, is a guide written especially for WNC homebuyers but these same principles apply to all

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siding & trim quick reference

Quick Reference: Siding and Trim

This article includes abbreviated information on the following categories of siding/trim: Masonry Siding Wood Siding/Trim Fiber Cement Siding/Trim Vinyl/PVC Siding/Trim Masonry Siding Masonry includes CMU,

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buying a remote home

Buying a Remote House

Our area is a popular destination for people looking to buy a house in a quiet, private, remote location with unspoiled views of nature.  The

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buying a neglected home

Buying a Neglected Home

What is a Neglected Home? Neglected Homes, also known as ‘Fixer-Uppers’, have experienced long periods without basic maintenance and repairs.  In a typical Neglected Home

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buying a log home

Buying a Log Home

Log homes are popular here in the mountains of Western North Carolina. Log homes or log cabins can be pre-manufactured, sold in kits, custom or

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buying a modular home

Buying a Modular Home

What is a Modular home (and what it isn’t) Modular homes have components that are partially built off-site in a factory which are then assembled

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buying a manufactured home

Buying a Manufactured Home

What is a Manufactured home? Commonly referred to as ‘double-wide’s or ‘on-frame’ home, these homes still have the steel frame or chassis in place that

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buying a 15 25year old home

Buying a 15-25 Year Old Home

When buying a 15-25 year old home buyers should consider aging components, installation defects, maintenance and repair neglect, and any additions, renovations or repairs.

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building an affordable home

Guide to Build an Affordable House

A construction expert discusses 3 design strategies to maximize the square footage and keep the price per square foot costs down for new construction in Western North Carolina and anywhere else.

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