Home Maintenance

Home Maintenance It could happen to you… I have a few rentals and for two of them, I pay the water bill. A couple of times in the past I’ve received what I consider freakishly high water bills. The City of Portland has been really good to deal with. They have even sent me a letter pointing out the bill seemed excessive. […]
Home Maintenance You might have heard of a Walk Score, but did you know… I am constantly amazed by how much information there is out there! Here are a few websites (and apps) that can be helpful when you are buying or selling a home or just want to know a little more about your neighborhood or the city you live in: Walc is an app. If you want to […]
Green Living Portland’s Home Energy Score I have mentioned that as of the first of 2018 the City of Portland is requiring that you have a Home Energy Audit prior to putting your house on the market. I decided to have an audit done on our house to be more familiar with how the process works. The scoring system is from […]
Home Maintenance Plumbers…be ready for next time! We were lucky and didn’t have any frozen or broken pipes. If you do, I think the best course of action is to call a plumber. If you know or suspect you have a frozen pipe and don’t want to call a plumber: turn off the faucet and look for bulges, cracks or frost on […]
Blog Roll Gutters I think I’ve said a version of this before, but cleaning your gutters is one of the most important things you can do for your house. In Oregon, all that the water seems to want to do is get inside especially in our basements and crawlspaces. So either clean those gutters or have them cleaned. If you […]
Home Maintenance Sewers The sales agreement was 6 pages, it’s now 10; when my mother sold real estate it was one page. Typically, when someone bought a house we did a home inspection and made sure if there was an oil tank, it had been decommissioned. Now there are more steps to the process and the home inspection […]
Green Living The Rebuilding Center If you’re thinking about doing a project… You might want to drop by the Rebuilding Center. Even if you don’t need any building materials you might have something to donate. They are a nonprofit whose goal of selling reclaimed and salvaged materials is a great fit for Portland’s sensibilities. Every day, eight tons of building […]
Home Maintenance Does the front of your house need a little face lift? When we remodeled our house we also had a new concrete walkway poured to our front door. That’s the good news. The bad news is – now I notice other things that look a little tired. So, we had our grass reseeded and a little path redone. I’m thinking the front and garage doors need […]
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Blog Roll Splish Splash A little while ago I featured the kitchen remodel of one of my buyers. She bought a wonderful home in NE and gutted the kitchen. After tackling that, she decided she was going to start on her bathroom. She gutted that as well and it looks just marvelous – my pictures don’t do it justice. By […]
Blog Roll Moss on your roof?? One thing I know for sure, moss on your roof is never a good thing! If you are selling your home and you have moss on your roof, most appraisers will require it be removed before the sale closes. More importantly, it will shorten the life of your roof. So what is the best solution? […]
Blog Roll Kitchen Transformation About 2 years ago a client of mine bought a great home in the Alberta Arts Neighborhood. The house had tons of potential and had been very well tended. The only problem was the kitchen and bath were original and needed some love. She did the kitchen almost right away and finished the bath not […]
Blog Roll Did I ever dodge a bullet… Not long ago I sent a contractor to a rental to replace a light fixture. While he was there, the tenant mentioned the dryer was getting really hot. On further investigation, he discovered the long vent hose was almost completely blocked by lint. I knew that clogged dryer vents are a huge cause of fires. […]
Blog Roll Going green one step at a time As we all know, Portland is taking steps to go green. More bike lanes and better recycling options are good examples. Since spring is right around the corner, now might be the time to investigate some green gardening tips like ways to have a healthy lawn and trouble-shoot garden pests and diseases without using chemicals. You can […]
Blog Roll I am on a mission to tell the world about… …cleaning their gutters. I know you know, but I tell everyone: clean them at least once a year. When I work with first time buyers I tell them over and over it is one of the most important things they can do to for their house. As long as I’m at it, it is also […]
Blog Roll What is Radon??? Radon is a colorless, odorless, invisible radioactive gas that occurs naturally in the soil and can accumulate in buildings at dangerous levels. Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. The EPA recommends that all homes be tested for radon and, if the levels are above an acceptable level, install a radon mitigation […]
Blog Roll Don’t be caught out on a limb… As of January 2015 the tree code has changed for the city of Portland. It will affect trees on both public and private property. The rules are stricter but hopefully easier to understand, and there are penalties if the rules aren’t followed. The ultimate goal is to preserve our trees which affect air-quality, shade and stormwater in addition to […]
Blog Roll Baby, it’s hot outside… I love spring and summer, but when the temperatures get into the 90s, well, I’m a weenie. Since it looks like the hot weather is going to come and go for a little while yet, I say thank goodness for air conditioning. Here are a few additional tips: Turn the lights off; and, when they’re on make […]
Blog Roll Air conditioning revisited I’ve had my air conditioner for 9 years, and I just had it serviced – for the first time. I know better than that. I think air conditioners tend to get neglected. It needs a periodic tune-up/cleaning which prolongs its life and efficiency, just like your furnace. The trick is, it should be done in […]