Entries by firstchoice

The Purpose of Curtains

So I’ve had several “discussions” with my wife about the actual function of curtains, and I think the story makes for a decent blog post. My wife feels that the only function for curtains is as a decorative piece. They are indeed mostly for decoration in this day in age. But originally, curtains had several […]

What is a Canadian Dormer?

A Canadian Dormer, also known as a “Dramatic Dormer” is best be described as a very tall, steep sloped “A” Frame Dormer with a window. The high peak ends up being just an architectural feature, and doesn’t offer any additional “functional” space. Canadian Dormers are an architectural feature that is commonly found in many parts […]

What Is a Beverly Jog on a home?

When doing home inspections, we often encounter architectural peculiarities on homes. Especially in New England. So the other day we came across a house with an addition attached to it. This particular type of addition is known as a “Beverly Jog” in New England. How the name “Beverly Jog” came about is unknown, but it […]

Dawn Comes Over Marblehead

I used an expression yesterday with a colleague of mine during a 1 to 1 meeting. In case anyone doesn’t know what a 1 to 1 is, it’s a networking term or more specifically a BNI term for a meeting where two BNI members converse and learn about each other’s businesses. So I was talking […]

Blue Jays Chipping Paint Off My House

So I’ve been witness to an odd phenomenon over the past week or so that I feel inclined to share with everyone. I’ve heard on numerous occasions what I believed to be woodpeckers knocking on the exterior of our house. For the life of me, I couldn’t remember ever seeing woodpeckers during the winter. So […]

Plastic Electrical Panels

So I came across a rare piece of equipment the other day in a home inspection – a plastic electrical panel. Yes, they really do exist! I was talking to a master electrician just last week and he said he has been in the business for 32 years and has never come across one of […]

Indian Shutters

I had the pleasure this past week of inspecting a 240 year old house located in Webster, NH. The home was a foreclosure and had been shut down and neglected for about 8 years. As I went through the home, I marveled at the wonderful craftsmanship that went into the construction of the home and […]

Asbestos Tiles

So with the crazy hot real estate market right now, and the dwindling inventory levels out there, it’s no surprise that people are gravitating toward older homes now as possible starter homes. Older homes usually come with a lot of charm and interesting architectural features. But, they also occasionally come with baggage in the form […]

What is a Department of Energy Score?

Understanding Your Home Energy Score After receiving your Home Energy Score, you may have some questions about what it means and how to improve your score. While your Home Energy Score Assessor will know the most about your score and your home, the information provided here gives additional background about the Home Energy Score. Your […]