Why Your Home Needs Egress Windows

In recent weeks I’ve inspected several homes with egress window deficiencies. This is fairly common in older Twin Cities’ homes because they were built long before there were any egress window requirements. People often assume that their property is “grandfathered-in” but the reality is that requirements change over time to protect our safety. Just because you may not be required by your city to make changes to update your home, you may suffer dire consequences if you ignore current egress safety guidelines.  Before we go any further, let’s clarify the term “egress”. Usually, when people use this word they're referring [...]

October 14th, 2019|

Selling Your Home? 10 Tips to Prepare for Your Home Inspection

People often ask what they should do to get ready for their home inspection. Taking a few thoughtful steps can certainly speed up the sale and your home inspection will go more smoothly with fewer concerns to delay closing. Here’s our Top 10 list to help you best prepare: 1. Confirm that the water, electrical and gas services are turned on. 2. Make sure your pets won’t hinder your home inspection. Ideally, they should be removed from the premises or secured outside. Be sure to tell your agent about any pets at home.   3. Replace burned-out light bulbs to [...]

October 4th, 2019|

Your Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

Fall is upon us and Minnesota-winter will be here before any of us would like to admit! I recommend taking advantage of these moderate temps by scheduling routine maintenance or repairing any outdoor damage before the first frost sets in. The laundry list can feel a bit overwhelming but is pretty manageable when spread out over the course of a few weeks. Here are some home maintenance ideas to keep your home running in peak condition! EXTERIOR MAINTENANCE Check your home’s foundation for cracks and then caulk around areas where pipes or wires enter the house, where masonry meets siding, [...]

September 25th, 2019|

Removing Moss and Algae from Your Roof

One important part of my job is inspecting the roof-covering system of a home. Yesterday, in Eagan, I encountered an issue fairly common in Minnesota due to our climate and hope to shed some light on the subject of moss and algae. (What we commonly call algae is not actually algae, but a type of bacteria called Cyanobacteria capable of photosynthesis.) These bacteria or algae spores are transmitted through the air or carried by small animals. When they land on a surface, such as your roof, they cling to it and start to grow. On asphalt shingle roofs, algae begins [...]

September 17th, 2019|