Entries by firstchoice

Indian Shutters

A few years back, I had the distinct pleasure of inspecting a 240 year old home located in Webster, NH. The home was a foreclosure and had been shut down and left abandoned and neglected for about 8 years. As I was inspecting the home, I was marveling at the wonderful craftsmanship that went into […]

What is a Canadian Dormer?

We have a lot of French Canadian architectural features located here in New Hampshire – specifically in Manchester. I’ve always been fascinated by unique or odd architectural features. I tend to ponder whether the feature has a deliberate function, or was it just for “show?” So I noticed a feature that I kept seeing on […]

What Is a Beverly Jog on a home?

Often times, while we are conducting home inspections here in New Hampshire, we encounter peculiar features on the homes we inspect. So the other day we came across an old home – almost 250 years old. In fact, this particular home is said to be one of the oldest, if not the oldest home in […]

The Purpose of Curtains

Recently, I’ve had some conversations / arguments with my wife about the purpose of curtains, and it occurred to me that this subject might be an interesting blog topic. My wife was convinced that the only function of a curtain was for decoration. And as far as modern standards are concerned, she’s not mistaken. But […]

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 […]

How much of an issue is a loose toilet?

So lets talk about an issue that we see in 90% of home inspections – Loose Toilets. It sounds silly, but it’s true! We literally see this condition all the time! So is it a big deal in the great scheme of things?   The answer is no – most of the time. Usually, the […]