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Home Nightmares: What You Should Really Worry About, and Fix Now!

termiteDo you obsess, just a little, about that crack in your kitchen drywall, the one that looks harmless, but increases to the size of a giant sinkhole in your imagination? What about those tiny droplets of water around the base of your bathroom sink? Do they converge into a gurgling river when you dream about them in the middle of the night? Are you fearful that dozens of leaves are clogging up your gutters and damaging your roof — but too afraid to actually look?

Rather than disregarding these telltale signs, take action. Preventive maintenance — in both visible and invisible places — can keep expensive disasters off a homeowner’s to-do list, saving money for the improvements that enhance your home.

Does deferred maintainance effect value?  Contact the appraisers at www.scappraisals.com for your value questions.

Cracking Up

Foundation cracks aren’t necessarily the harbinger of financial doom, he says. “Concrete will harden and will crack. There is typical shrinkage as concrete cures, so you can get cracks in concrete in the crawl space or basement.”

The rule of thumb: If a crack is a quarter-inch wide or wider, then there’s concern.

Inside the home, drywall can crack as well.

“A drywall crack that starts at any corner of a window or the upper corner of any door, at about a 45-degree angle, indicates settlement in the home,” Fenimore says. “Some settlement is normal, but if you have several of these cracks, that could be a concern and should be addressed by a qualified structural engineer.”

Read more: Home nightmares: What you should really worry about, and fix, now – The Denver Post http://www.denverpost.com/athome/ci_22965983/home-nightmares-what-you-should-really-worry-about#ixzz2PhoVTuOe

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Preventative Maintenance On Your Home

It’s a corollary of Murphy’s Law: When you are least able to afford a major expense, something big is bound to break down. The solution: Take preventive action before a breakdown turns into an emergency. To help you plan ahead, we give you an overview of what to expect for six major items. (Note: Total cost is for a 2,000-square-foot home or to install a single unit.)

Does the condition of the “moving parts” of your home effect value?  Contact the appraisers at www.scappraisals.com for your value questions.

FURNACE/BOILER

Expected life: Boiler, 13 to 21 years; furnace, 15 to 20 years.

Total cost: Forced-air furnace, $1,693 to $2,020; split system, $1,604 to $2,290; oil boiler, $2,773 to $3,069.

It’s time if: You need frequent repairs or have rising energy bills, rooms that are consistently too hot or cold, humidity problems, or excessive noise. If your furnace or boiler is more than 15 years old, an energy-efficient replacement will cut your utility bills.

Where to start: Use search tools at the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (http://www.acca.org) and Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors Association (http://www.phccweb.org).

Read more at: http://www.chicagotribune.com/classified/realestate/home/sns-201302211800–tms–kplngmpctnkm-a20130308-20130308,0,5453154.story

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Cool and Heat Your House Naturally

Drive around suburbia and you’ll quickly notice that the trend in roofing is dark, dark, dark. Black. Charcoal. Woodland Grey, or for a touch of blue, Deep Ocean.

Red is definitely out, and has been for some time.

And we’ve been hearing for a while about a global push to paint roofs white, or at least light. If not light, then with reflective paint to help reduce the absorption of heat in summer.

This extends to building regulations such as BASIX, in NSW.

It makes perfect sense, especially in parts of Australia where the summers are hot (that’s most of Australia, although if you looked at this summer only, you’d argue that that doesn’t extend to Sydney), to think about making roof colours lighter.

However, the argument is never black and white. Or Ironstone and Dune. Just how much of an effect the colour of your roof will have on the comfort inside your home will depend on a number of factors, including insulation levels and ventilation.

For the past year or so I’ve been tossing up what to do with an existing red-roofed home. Back in September I visited a few homes for Sustainable House Day to see what other people were up to.

Some had rainwater tanks, north-facing windows, double-glazing and thick curtains. Many had polished cement floors for the high thermal mass they offer.

But one had something that seemed to make good sense. A solar roof collector. The home owner had installed a product called Solectair at the recommendation of his air-conditioning supplier.

read more at: http://news.domain.com.au/domain/blogs/talking-property/cool-and-heat-your-house-naturally-20120228-1u09h.html?s_cid=FDMedia:rainbow1_29_02_12

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