New article on FHA loans

FHA was created in response to the housing crash of the Great Depression, an era of soaring foreclosures and loan defaults somewhat similar to the real estate climate of today. Prospective homeowners and inspectors alike should be aware of FHA loans and what makes them different from conventional mortgages. Learn how FHA can make things easier – or harder – for the new homeowner in our new article on FHA loan basics.

New article on barbeque safety

Barbeques are inherently dangerous, but there are things that homeowners can do to make sure their families remain safe and happy. It’s important to understand the dangers that are unique to each grill type, including charcoal, propane and electric. For instance, people have been seriously injured by unnoticed leaks in propane grills and sudden bursts from charcoal lighter fluid. Also, all of these grills need to be maintained regularly. To find out more, check out our new article on barbeque safety.

New article on residential fire sprinklers

Inspectors should expect to start seeing fire sprinklers more often in residences. But they won’t look like typical commercial sprinklers, as these new residential fire sprinklers can be made flush with the ceiling and colored to match any decor. And they’re very sensitive, too. The most important advantage of these systems is that they significantly reduce the amount of time required for action to be take against a fire, as fire crews may take a long time to reach the location. To find out more about these new systems, check out our new article on residential fire sprinklers.

New article on home repair rip-offs

With desperate economic times, con artists are getting even more clever. Some chase storms, arriving in hurricane-battered neighborhoods and offering cheap roof repairs, while other will solicit you on the phone and disappear with your money. Then there are the genuine tradesmen who rip you off on materials, overcharge you for services or scare you into unnecessarily increasing the size of a job. To find out more about these schemes and how to handle them, take a look at our new article on home repair rip-offs.

New article on furniture and TV tip-over hazards

Parents take all kinds of precautions to protect their young children, but few consider the hazards inherent to TVs and furniture. These items can easily tip over and crush a small child if preventative measures are not taken. A dresser, for instance, can be bolted to the wall behind it, and TVs should be pushed to the back of their stands. Unfortunately, not enough parents are doing these things, because 15,000 children per year visit the hospital when TVs and furniture fall onto them. To find out more about how to prevent these accidents, take a look at our new article on furniture and TV tip-over hazards.