Homeowner Tool Review: Toro Ultra Blower Vac Leaf Blower

Among the many “joys” of home ownership is the never-ending cycle of home maintenance. Since fall is the time when many homeowners find their lawns and driveways buried under a thick layer of brown, red, and gold, I thought it would be worthwhile to post a brief review of the Toro Ultra Blower Vac that […]

Pro Tip: Rainy Days are Best for Home Shopping

We have touched on this subject in the past, but since it has been three years and it’s an important point that many home shoppers overlook, I wanted to highlight it again: rainy weather is the the best weather for home shopping in the Pacific Northwest (west of the Cascades anyway). There are many problems […]

Homebuying Tip: Get a Sewer Scope Inspection

So far in this week’s poll more people have indicated a preference for homes built before 1940 than any of the other options. If you’re shopping for older homes, in addition to your regular inspection, you should really get a sewer scope done as well. A sewer scope is exactly what it sounds like. They […]

Pro Tip: LeakFrog to the Rescue

Sorry, no time for a substantive post today. Dealing with a leak a section of my home’s sewer line that runs right under the platform the previous home owner built to hold the water heater. Thankfully, when water started pouring out of a failed joint last night, the LeakFrog I had placed in that area […]

The rain returns, and with it the perfect house-shopping season.

There’s no doubt that the gloomy, dark, wet weather has returned to Seattle. While everyone around Seattle retreats into the warm confines of their living rooms and local coffee shops, I’d like to offer a bit of contrarian advice for the house-shoppers out there. Seize the winter. Winter is hands down the best time to […]