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What’s My House Worth?
Housing used to be a fairly safe investment — you put your money in and, in a few years when it was time to sell, you...
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Home Appraisal Basics
You know what you paid for your home and how much the house next door costs. You know what you’ve put into renovation...
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Don’t Waive That Inspection Contingency!
With home sales running a solid 12% ahead of last spring, some house hunters are waiving the inspection contingency. ...
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Estimating Home Value: Whose Price Is Right?
Hooray! The housing market is bouncing back from the depths! No, wait, prices are going sideways—in some markets. Who...
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See Your House Through Appraisal Goggles
Good news! Real estate prices are firming up, and sales are on an upswing. You may soon be able to cash in on your ho...
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Put an Appraiser on Your Remodeling Team
Home values continue to vacillate in most markets, which means that it's difficult to estimate exactly how much equit...
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Bob Vila Radio: Home Inspection
Bob Vila Radio is a newly launched daily radio spot carried on more than 60 stations around the country (and growing)...
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Quick Tip: Hire a Home Inspector Before You Buy
Search for Hidden Problems Now, more than ever, buyer beware. Most sellers just aren’t motivated to do expensive repa...
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Touring the Home Exterior
Bob and architect Gregory Rochlin tour the exterior of Bob's 100-year-old Shingle Style home in Cambridge, MA.
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Fixing Squeaky Floors
Bob talks with a floor expert about how to fix squeaky floors.
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Preparing the Site for Modular Home Delivery
Bob reviews the site preparation process with the on-site contractor, Michael Sheils.
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House Eight: Side Porch Renovation, Landscaping, and Home Inspection
The home's side entry will be restored using the original columns, which homeowner Jim Verity found in the basement. On the front porch, new support beams and rai...
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Home Foundation Inspection
Bob meets with the contractor to inspect the poured footings and discuss the pouring process. Next, Bob helps install the sill plate and explains the various type...
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Home Inspection
After house hunting with a realtor, Bob inspects one home in particular to check for structural and cosmetic problems before buying.
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Contractor's Tour of the Interior
Bob accompanies carpenter-contractor Bob Ryley on a "contractor's tour" of the home with the aim of assessing any needed modifications to the interior.
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