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Serving Northeast Ohio since 1994


March 2014

Beware of Vacant Homes

A house that is empty can be empty for a reason

Numerous problems may plague a vacant home.  Problems such as:

Vacant houseSOIL EXPANSION - No one regularly cares for the lawns of most vacant homes.  Soil deprived of regular watering may lose its natural moisture. Once a new homeowner begins to maintain the lawn, the dry soil may expand. Resulting upheaval problems could affect the dwelling's foundation.

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The Ultimate Moving Guide

Checklists, Printables And Tips To Help Organize Your Move

Moving frequently accompanies some of the biggest moments in life: Setting up your first apartment. Buying your first home. Upsizing. Downsizing. You’re opening new doors, settling into new places, moving forward – what’s not to like? Of course, there’s the, um, move itself?!

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It's Flue Season

Agents, have you ever listed a home with fireplaces that do not show signs of much use?  

How can you determine if the fireplaces will work properly without lighting fires?

You need to ensure that the fireplace will draw properly. If a fireplace draws properly, chances are that it will work properly. Here's a quick way to check it out:

FLUE PLACEMENT - Ensure that the chimney flue is two feet or more above any structure, such as a roof or building, within ten feet of the chimney.

FLUE SIZE - The flue must be at least one-twelfth the size of the firebox. For example, if the firebox is 30" high and 36" wide (1,080 sq. in.), a good flue size is 8" by 12" (96 sq. in.). 

The flue-to-firebox proportions can be improved by reducing the firebox size. An easy cure for this problem is to install glass doors.  If these items are in order, the fireplace should draw properly and be safe to use.

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