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Home Inspections: Licensed Professional Engineer vs. Licensed Home Inspector

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Almost all purchasers of homes (and sometimes of apartments) want to have a professional evaluation of the premises. Some real estate agents refer to the process as “the engineering inspection” or simply “the home inspection” without differentiating between the two. In New York State, there are significant...

Sellers Should Beware of Oil Tanks

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OK, so what’s your excuse now? The election is past us, the new president-elect is to be sworn in on January 20, the stock market didn’t crash after all, mortgage rates are slowly increasing as predicted and spring is around the corner. So, ask yourself, why the wait? Your plans are to downsize, purchase a larger home or to do nothing at all. The temptation to sell might hover...when will the right time strike?

After you think you have figured it all out, lo and behold you recognize that you have an underground oil tank and are in a tizzy over what to do. Of course, you don’t have to sell, so you can leave it the way it is, or you might want to address it head on and early...

Your Ideal Buying and Selling Experience

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As an experienced home buyer turned realtor, I have learned what buyers expect from their agents. I believe it is important to be comfortable with the agent you are working with and realize how valuable they can be in helping you find the best deal and home fit for you. Here are some pointers:

Don’t Push: Buyers, don’t attempt to force yourself on a home based on what it looks like. Agents are more knowledgeable in the sense of price and value and are a great resource in that regard. However, it is important for an agent to remember that buyers know best when it comes to what they truly need for their family. Agents need to realize that it is important to show clients everything in...

Easy Ways to Make Your Bathroom Safer

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(StatePoint) You may think of your bathroom as a relaxing oasis. Unfortunately, bathrooms are actually the site of 200,000 injuries annually nationwide, according to the National Safety Council. These incidents happen to people of all ages -- from young children who may see the bathroom as a play area, to expecting women whose balance may be off kilter, to seniors.

You can reduce the risk of falling by adding grab bars near the toilet, along the showerhead wall and on the back wall of the tub or shower. Grab bars also provide assistance for getting in and out of the tub, as well raising or lowering yourself onto the toilet.

Because people of all ages are prone to injury, adding these...

Should Old Acquaintance Be Forgot?

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Out with the old and in with the new, but let’s not forget, goes the song we customarily sing at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve. A year-end review of the good, the bad and the ugly is always fun in December. Here is 2016’s Hot List of interior design trends explained, including which ones we’d like to stick around and which ones we’d actually like to forget.

ENOUGH ALREADY:

Midcentury Modernism

This trend went from “Brooklyn Ironic” to furniture mainstay. If it continues any longer, we will still be looking at it in the mid-21st century. We said goodbye to Don Draper a while ago now, so let’s clear the set please!

The Color Gray

Yes, gray had a very...

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