Best Home Inspection Reviews

Some of the best home inspection reviews and tips for home owners looking for the best home inspectors.

The new November/December 2019 issue of This Old House magazine...

The new November/December 2019 issue of This Old House magazine is out now.  The TOH Idea House in New Canaan, CT photographed by Nat Rea. More at ThisOldHouse.com.  

Modern Classic: A look at the This Old House Westerly, Rhode...

Modern Classic: A look at the This Old House Westerly, Rhode Island home makeover, via the January/February 2020 issue of TOH magazine. Photographs by Anthony Tieuli

Improper shingle nailing

One of the most common defects we find with asphalt shingles is improper nailing. Manufacturers of asphalt shingles give specific instructions on how to fasten shingles, and they’re all about the sa

How big of a hole can you put in an I-joist?

Today I’ll cover the basic rules for putting holes into I-joists. I discussed notching and boring for dimensional lumber in last week’s blog post, and it was easy to cover because the rules are th

PODCAST: Big and unusual home inspection finds

Today’s show talks about how home inspectors go beyond the call of duty and help homeowners more than expected. Reuben explains wood foundations and moisture testing, polybutylene plumbing  and lea

The NerdWallet guide to finding the best car insurance rate

Comparison shopping is crucial if you want to save money on car insurance. Here’s why: Insurers look at similar factors, but they have their own “secret sauce” when it comes…

How to Earn and Redeem Points and Miles on Cruises

When it comes to sailing the high seas, there are plenty of options for relaxation, adventure and fun in the sun. Whether you’re looking for a party boat or a…

Clearing the Air: The This Old House guide to a HEALTHY HOMEFrom...

Clearing the Air: The This Old House guide to a HEALTHY HOME From the January/February 2020 issue of This Old House magazine More here.

Bonding CSST

Today I’ll cover the rules for CSST bonding. Nobody cares about any of this stuff until it concerns a house you own or you’re buying, and then it’s really important. If you came here looking for

Crypto Debit Cards: 5 Things to Know

If you find yourself wishing more retailers accepted cryptocurrency so you could pay with it directly, a crypto debit card might be what you want. And you wouldn’t be alone.…

Ten Reasons Why Businesses Need a Mobile Website

With the proliferation of smartphone usage exploding, the time for offering mobile marketing services on a local level has never been a more profitable venture. Mobile websites are a great entry point

Calgary Video Production and Marketing

 Calgary Video Production and Marketing Did you know that Google is featuring more and more videos on page one. Your Calgary video production and marketing should reflect this and if it doesn’t the

Coziest Seat in the House: A round-up of cool built-in reading...

Coziest Seat in the House: A round-up of cool built-in reading nooks, via the January/February 2020 issue of This Old House magazine.

How to build a massively successful mobile web site

HTML5 is considered by many the future of mobile web design. It has been heralded as the mobile web’s saviour by more than a few bloggers and fortune 50 companies (Silicon Angel, Mashable and Apple)

The Future for Mobile is Now

Google released this great video on the future for mobile, here are some highlights from the video: Mobile is getting so big that new consumer trends are being created changing the way people search f

In with the Old: An 1820s Cape gets an authentic restoration,...

In with the Old: An 1820s Cape gets an authentic restoration, via the January/February 2020 issue of This Old House magazine. Photograph by Gridley + Graves.

Crypto Loans Unlock Cash, but They Carry Risks

Like a house, car or other investment, your cryptocurrency can serve as collateral for crypto loans, which are loans that can have low interest rates, same-day funding and no credit…

Calgary Home Inspections Review

Calgary home inspections review of Begin Inspections Ltd. When I met Dennis Begin a Calgary home inspector, I was immediately impressed by his knowledge of construction and ability to share his know

Scam Alert: ‘Prove to Me You Are a Human and Not a Bot’

Journalist Kelly Rissman of New York City had advertised some furniture online with not so much as a nibble when “Jaree” sent a message via the OfferUp resale app asking…

Dream Remodel: A preview of the This Old House Westerly, Rhode...

Dream Remodel: A preview of the This Old House Westerly, Rhode Island project home, via the January/February issue of This Old House magazine. Photograph by Anthony Tieuli

Start Holiday Savings Now, and Skip the Regret Later

There's still time to save money for and during the holidays. Find out which strategies you can include in a last-minute plan to prevent debt and overspending.

How Much Do You Tip a Hairdresser?

Not sure how much to tip your hairstylist? We asked three etiquette experts, two salon professionals and a certified financial planner. Most of these experts suggest leaving 15% to 20%,…

PODCAST: Photoelectric smoke alarms: you’re not a conspiracy theorist if there’s really a conspiracy (with Skip Walker)

It’s Fire Prevention Week! Skip Walker, the owner of Walker Property Evaluation Services from San Bruno, California, joins today’s show to talk about fire safety. He is one of the authors of the C

Sleek Revival! An inspiring look at the 2019 This Old House Idea...

Sleek Revival! An inspiring look at the 2019 This Old House Idea House, in New Canaan, CT, from the new November/December issue of TOH magazine.  Photographs by Nat Rea.  More here.

How big is too big? Notching and boring rules for dimensional lumber joists

Every carpenter, electrician, plumber, HVAC contractor, and home inspector should know the rules for allowable cuts and holes into floor joists. Cuts and holes are known in the trades as notching and

The classic This Old House crew.Illustration by Doug Adams

The classic This Old House crew. Illustration by Doug Adams

Mobile Purchase Behavior (Awareness)

In the overview of this series we discussed at a very high level how a mobile marketing strategy can assist a consumer down the path to purchasing your product or service over your competitors. Here i

Period Pieces: A disparate house gets a cohesive whole makeover,...

Period Pieces: A disparate house gets a cohesive whole makeover, via the November/December issue of This Old House magazine.  Photographs by Gridley + Graves. More here.

PODCAST: The dark side of pest control (with Scott Dorn)

The northern part of the USA has a different situation in terms of pests. Scott Dorn, the owner of BOGO (Buy One Give One), Pest Control , joins the show to talk about managing pests.  Scott talks ab

Smoke alarms, deadly differences

There’s a very good chance that the smoke alarms in your home won’t save your life in the case of a house fire. Nearly 3,000 people die every year in house fires, but approximately 2/3 of those de

PODCAST: Major siding failures (with Mark Parlee)

Today Mark Parlee, The Building Consultant, joins the show to talk about cladding- what works and what doesn’t. Cladding is an exterior siding of a building. It can be stone, brick, steel, vinyl, or

PODCAST: James Hardie vs LP Smartside (with Ryan Carey)

Today Ryan Carey, the owner of My 3 Quotes, joins the show to talk about getting the best provider for your building needs.  Ryan shares how he provides customers an unbiased review of different prod

Adding Up: A look behind the scenes at the current This Old...

Adding Up: A look behind the scenes at the current This Old House TV project house in Westerly, RI. From the new Nov/Dec 2019 issue of TOH magazine.  See more here.

The Cost of Whole Life Insurance, and Why It’s So High

Whole life insurance is more expensive than term life insurance, and for a good reason: it’s a complex product. Along with setting you up with coverage for life, it grows…

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