New consumer article: The 10 Best Places to Hide Valuables in Your Home

Burglars are generally lazy (why else choose crime as a career?), and it’s this very characteristic that homeowners and renters can exploit to protect themselves in case their homes get broken into.  One way is to find unusual places to keep your valuables, both hidden and in plain sight.  Read about some of the best places to hide your precious items (as well as some of the worst places, and why) in our new consumer article:  The 10 Best Places to Hide Valuables in Your Home.

New inspection article: Memo to Real Estate Professionals RE: Inspecting Crawlspaces with Water

InterNACHI’s message board has seen several threads about the hidden hazards of inspecting crawlspaces, especially those that are particularly damp or have standing water.  Not only can you not inspect what you can’t see, but you also may be in for a nasty surprise by forging ahead based on the pressure of a home sale.  We advise erring on the side of caution at all times and have put the real estate profession on notice in our Memo to Real Estate Professionals RE:  Inspecting Crawlspaces with Water.  Print it and hand it out the next time you find yourself put on the spot.