Ecobee vs Nest: How These Smart Thermostats Stack Up

- Two of the top smart or learning thermostat contenders are Ecobee and Google Nest. You’ve probably heard of at least one of them, or maybe you’re familiar with both brands. . Which one is the best pick for your home? We’ll lay out the facts and let you be the judge ..More

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Negotiations after the inspection

- Issues that come up during a home inspection may be negotiable, but there are no hard and fast rules about repairs that sellers need to complete as a result of a home inspection. In fact, here in Minnesota where home inspections are not regulated, there are no rules at all. . When a home inspector finds defects during a home inspection, there are four choices for a buyer: ..More

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House Inspection Takes a Lower Priority in Some Competitive Markets

- The seller has more confidence in buyer follow-through. The proverbial bird in the seller’s hand is sometimes worth two in the bush. . On the upside, getting an inspection and waiving the contingency can work out great for both seller and buyer. And the buyer might find that a lower bid is accepted ..More

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4 Common Tankless Water Heater Defects and How to Spot Them

- If a tankless water heater isn’t installed properly, that’s what the homeowner might get. And on a cold morning, it’s about half as fun as the knuckle variety. . There’s nothing quite like a nice hot shower with an unexpected freezing blast here and there. It’s called a cold water sandwich ..More

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Top 4 holiday gifts for handy homeowners

- That flashlight is now available for purchase at the Fenix website for $140. Go with an LED flashlight that takes Lithium-Ion 18650 batteries. Just last week I reviewed what is quite possibly one of the greatest flashlights available today, the Fenix TK35UE 2018 edition. . Flashlights are always a great gift; just don’t be tempted by most of the flashlights you find at big-box retailers. These are the new standard for LED flashlights, and anything else is just child’s play ..More

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