Top Tips To Help First-Timers Navigate The Fast-Paced Housing Market

From your friends at Doctor J's Inspections! (BPT) - Across the U.S., the housing market is picking up pace moving into the peak of the summer homebuying season. In city after city, home prices are on the rise, up 2.3 percent on average between April 2017 and 2018, according to the RE/MAX April 2018 National Housing Report. And there are fewer houses on the market to choose from, with total housing inventory down by 11.3 percent. Based on home sales in April 2018, the national supply Continue Reading ...

Are Hidden Leaks Damaging Your Home, Boosting Water Bills And Harming The Environment?

Helpful information from your friends at Doctor J's Inspections! (BPT) - Home water leaks waste 1 trillion gallons of water per year, and 10 percent of American homes have leaks that waste 90 gallons of water a day, according to the EPA. Fixing easily detectable leaks like dripping faucets and malfunctioning toilets can reduce water bills and water waste. But what do you do about the leaks you can't see? Hidden leaks can be dangerous. Leaking pipes within walls can cause mold. Continue Reading ...

A Great Lawn Begins With A Great Engine

From your friends at Doctor J's Inspections! (BPT) - As the days grow longer and the snow begins to recede, homeowners will once again venture outdoors to get their yards and lawn into tip-top shape for summer fun. But just like your lawn has been hibernating over the long winter, so too has your lawn mower and other small engines. Even if you properly winterized your mower, there are a few things you'll need to do to ensure it works like it should. To get there, follow these five Continue Reading ...

Easy And Breezy: 6 Tips For Controlling Summer Cooling Costs

The Article Courtesy of Doctors J's Inspections! (BPT) - As Americans gear up for sun, surf, barbecues and all the other fun activities that represent summer, they're also concerned with how to keep themselves and their homes comfortably cool this season. Of course, they're also concerned with controlling costs. The average homeowner spends nearly half of their yearly utility bills - an average of $900 - on heating and cooling, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Continue Reading ...

Reclaiming The Rooftop: Tips For Decks With A View

Helpful information from your friends at Doctors J's Inspections! (BPT) - Once reserved for the urban elite, rooftop decks are popping up all over the country as an attractive option that offers a mixture of space savings and an unrivaled view. Rooftop decks take what was formerly unused space - the top of a building or the flat roof over part of a home - and reclaim it for a unique entertaining area or family gathering spot. "Especially when we're working in cities, rooftop decks are Continue Reading ...

5 Ways Gardening And Plants Can Reduce Stress

From your friends at Doctors J's Inspections! (BPT) - In today's busy world, we're continually searching for new ways to slow down and unwind. This has led more people to discover the calming benefits of gardening and how incorporating plants into decor provides a way to reduce everyday stress. Studies have shown that indoor plants clean the air by removing 87 percent of airborne toxins in 24 hours, and can make people more relaxed. In fact, the very act of planting and maintaining a Continue Reading ...

Make The Most Of Your Landscaping Projects This Year With These Tips

Brought to you by Doctors J's Inspections! (BPT) - Home improvement projects aren't constrained to a single season, but during these warmer months, your focus is no longer simply on your home's indoors. Now there's outdoor yard work to do as well, and if you're looking to recreate your outdoor space, your outside projects may include some landscaping. If you have landscaping as part of your to-do list this season, the right strategy can ensure that you get the most benefit from your Continue Reading ...

Hard Water Proves Hard On Your Wallet

From your friends at  Doctors J's Inspections! (BPT) - Hard water, which contains high levels of calcium and magnesium, can be found in nearly 90 percent of American homes. These minerals cause scaling, a buildup that clogs waterlines and plumbing forcing appliances to work harder and operate less efficiently. The scale may also harbor bacteria. The only way to truly remove the hard and soft scale from household water systems is with salt-based water softeners. The environmental and Continue Reading ...

Is My Bathroom Properly Ventilated?

Bathrooms are a very important room in the house. Most of us like to spend a good amount of time there, so it’s wise to have a check of the ventilation system to make sure that it's functioning properly, thus improving your bathroom experience. If you’re not sure if your ventilation system is working properly, keep your eye out for these indications: Is mold starting to appear on the ceilings and walls of the bathroom? Does it feel very humid in there? Do you notice a lot Continue Reading ...

Should I Carpet My Bathroom?

Carpet in a home can feel comfortable and cozy, and can look very appealing, but is it a good idea to have it everywhere? What about the bathroom for example? A carpeted bathroom can seem appealing as it is a lot warmer underfoot, especially when it gets very cold here in New York State. It is also a lot more slip resistant than a tiled floor, and it can look very nice. Here are also a few things to keep in mind when deciding if it is right for your bathroom. Moisture! Moisture! Continue Reading ...