General Home Information
I will be listing general Information for the upkeep and maintenance of your, home please look here for more information. I may list a cool item or two that may be of interest to a home buyer or seller.
Home Buyer and Seller information
Get a C.L.U.E report- Comprehensive Loss Underwriting Exchange
CLUE is a report of claims information generated by ChoicePoint, a consumer-reporting agency. Insurance companies report claim information to ChoicePoint, such as the type of claim and how much they paid on a claim. In exchange, insurance companies can access the claims history of a specific consumer or property. A CLUE report generally contains up to five years of personal auto or personal property claims history.
Structural Information For the Home Owner
HUD Information on buying a home
Free Credit Report
You can get a credit report from each of the credit companies, Experian, Equifax, TransUnion, once per year.
My suggestion is instead of getting all 3 reports at the same time, just get one report from each of the companies every 4 months. That way you're basically monitoring your credit report 3 times per year. They have mostly the same information, so you'll still see where you're at credit-wise.
Serious issues that the builder refuses to repair? Your first step is to have NCW Home Inspections document the issues. I will help you determine the seriousness of the defects. Your next step may be to consult with a legal professionally. They will want to sit down with you, your original contract and the inspection report. They can advise on what the next steps to take.
A resource for issues with a new home-
Construction Defect Litigation
Chimney Inspection Information
Home Inspection Process:
(This is a must read on the home inspection process)
Hud Guide to Residential Inspection
Inspect before you invest (good article)
Potential homebuyers can save time, money, and heartache by first having a qualified home inspector check the property.
7 Red Flags for Home Buyers ( Link )
A list of items to look for when looking at a home
Helpfull tips when preparing to purchase a Home- (link)
Appliance Age Calculater-
Home Ventilation Information-
Vapor Barriers How They Work
Practical Recommendations for Building, Renovating and Maintaining Housing
Here is very good information on healthy home renovation-
Lead Based Paint and remodeling Information
As of April 22, 2010 Contractors need to be certified
Many good articles on home maintenance-
Predicted life of home components-
10 things to look for on a roof
The Preservation and Repair of Historic Clay Tile Roofs
This old house article ( link )
Roofing Cost and Information
Water Heaters Information
Water Heater Gone Bad
Here is a good short video on what a water Heater can do if the TPR (Temperature, Pressure Relief valve fails.)
You should check these valves once a year.
Here is a MythBuster version of the same principle-
Very good to watch
Heating & Cooling Repair: Tips and Step-By-Step Guides
Information on AFCI and GFCI
NEMA (National Electrical Manufacturers Asso.) Link
Mold in your home- EPA link for mold information.
Energy saving web-sites:
Insects and Pests Information:
Other Local Businesses that may be of interest:
Stormy Mountain Soaps (click to link)
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