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Homeowners References

I have an excellent resource for all homeowners who are willing to maintain their home and keep (or improve) its value over the years. Please refer your home buyers to my "Know Your Home" guide as a reference point for maintaining their home or to simply obtain answers to their home related questions.

 

AIR QUALITY ALUMINUM BRANCH WIRING ASBESTOS - WHAT IS IT
ASBESTOS IN YOUR HOME ASBESTOS HAZARDS ASBESTOS - REMOVING IT
ATTIC INSULATION UPGRADE ATTIC VENTILATION CARBON MONOXIDE
CARING FOR YOUR HOME CARPENTER ANTS CARPENTER BEES
CAULKING CHIMNEYS AND FLUES CIRCUIT BREAKERS
CRACKED SURFACES CRAWL SPACE DRUG TESTING A HOME
DECK MAINTENANCE DRIVEWAY MAINTENANCE DRY WELL INSTALLATION
ELECTRICAL ISSUES ELECTRICAL SAFETY TIPS FOUNDATION MAINTENANCE
FPE BREAKERS FUSES GFCI RECEPTACLES
HAZARDOUS MATERIALS IN YOUR HOME HEATING APPLIANCES AND MAINTENANCE ICE DAMS
INFRARED THERMAL IMAGING INSULATION UPGRADE KNOB AND TUBE WIRING
LEAD PAINT AND LEAD PIPES LEAD IN YOUR DRINKING WATER MOLD IN YOUR HOME
PLUMBING SYSTEMS RADON - WHAT IS IT? RADON - HEALTH EFFECTS
RADON - HOW IT SPREADS RADON TESTING RADON MITIGATION INSTALLATION
RECALLED APPLIANCES RETAINING WALLS ROOFS
ROOF SHINGLES ROOF MAINTENANCE SEPTIC SYSTEMS
SINK CABINETS SMOKE ALARMS AND CO DETECTORS TERMITES
UNGROUNDED OUTLETS VEGETATION AND TREES AROUND HOME VENTILATING YOUR ATTIC
VERMICULITE INSULATION WATER HEATERS WATER TESTING
WATER WELL (PRIVATE) WET BASEMENTS WOOD BORING INSECTS

 

 

 Good Luck on maintaing your home.

Comment balloon 0 commentsDavid Valley • January 08 2013 06:44PM
Homeowners References
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