What Are Construction Defects

What are construction defects?

Construction defects vary greatly in nature, scope, and consequence.  Here in the Pacific Northwest, the most serious construction defects often involve inadequate waterproofing of the “building envelope”: a roof that leaks, windows and doors installed without critical head flashings, poor installation of the weather-resistive barrier that should be applied before the siding is installed, or…

“What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You” — And Other Truths For First-Time Homebuyers

Of all the investments you make in your lifetime, buying your first home is undoubtedly one of the most exciting — and one of the riskiest. People say that what you don’t know can’t hurt you, but that simply isn’t true — especially when you’re buying a home. The reality is that many first-time homebuyers…

Water in Crawlspace

What to do if your Basement or Crawlspace Floods

  If water makes its way in your basement or crawlspace, you need to take action fast.  Particularly in basements or other heated spaces, water can cause mold, mildew, rot, and other damage very quickly if it is not promptly and properly removed. Causes of water infiltration Water can make its way into your home…

How to Make a Claim on your Homeowner’s Insurance Policy

Recent, heavy storms here in the Pacific Northwest, with more wet and windy weather in the forecast, means that many homeowners will likely suffer property damage that may be covered under their homeowner’s policy.  Here are some tips and a video to help you decide whether to make a claim, and some words of warning…

Lien Against Home

What to do if someone puts a lien against my house?

There are several different types of liens that may be recorded against your home. These include, but are not limited to, the following: Tax Lien – The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) or the county where your home is located may place a lien against your property for unpaid income tax or property tax. Mechanic’s Lien…

Firearms

Firearms and Common Areas: Your Property, Your Decision

Recent high-profile mass shootings have ignited a national debate about gun control and the limits of an individual’s right to possess firearms. While much of the debate centers on appropriate rules and restrictions for schools and other publicly owned property, the issues are no less relevant when considering firearm possession on private property. To be…