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Home Maintenance: Maintaining Your Home’s Electrical System

Posted by on Oct 27, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Home Maintenance: Maintaining Your Home’s Electrical System

The electrical system is the lifeblood of any home. It is the hub of power that controls almost every aspect of a house, so it is crucial that it remains in good shape. From time to time, it is important to check on your electrical system in order to ensure that it is working properly and is efficiently powering your home. In many cases, the electrical system is not large enough for the current electrical demands of a home, so having it replaced is something to seriously consider. The following signs are things all homeowners should watch for to make sure their electrical system is safe: How To Know if the Electrical System is Not Safe One of the biggest risk factors for an unsafe electrical system is the age of the home. In general, the older the home,...

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Get That Illegal In-Law Unit Up To Code

Posted by on Oct 13, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Get That Illegal In-Law Unit Up To Code

If you are looking at buying a home that has an “in-law” or “granny flat” unit, know that the unit might not be legal to rent out as is. In many cases, these extra living spaces were not built with the right building permits. Many are in fine shape, but the lack of permits means that cities can shut down the units and potentially fine the owners. The lack of documentation can also affect your safety as an occupant of the house. With the help of building code consultants, though, it may be possible for you to fix up the unit so that you have a safe space that you can rent out. Permits Mean Minimum Standards Without a building permit, you have no idea if the unit in question is actually a hazard — maybe the location blocks...

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