Oct 8, 2019

Dear Monty: Owning real estate with no will or estate plan is problematic

Reader question: My grandparents did not leave a will. All their children passed except three sisters. My mother and several siblings passed. One of the grandchildren has been paying taxes […]

Oct 2, 2019

French drain installation fact sheet

A damp basement is bad news for homeowners, and a flooded basement is even worse. How can you protect your property? One solution is French drain installation in your yard […]

Sep 25, 2019

Neighbor’s waterfall is destroying our fence

Reader Question: We bought a home a year ago built in the 80s. A problem has surfaced with the back block fence. The neighbors have a water feature and waterfall […]

Sep 23, 2019

Why is my shower not getting hot?

When the days grow chilly, you want – no, you need – a steaming hot shower to get you going in the morning. So if you turn that faucet and […]

Sep 16, 2019

Registering Your Nonprofit for Tax-Exempt Status The E-Z Way: Part 1 of 2

Getting a nonprofit organization off the ground has always involved three steps: –Forming a nonstock corporation or limited liability company (LLC) under your state’s business organization laws. –Registering the corporation […]

Sep 11, 2019

Pros and cons of buying from the listing agent

Reader question: I have found a home and I want to make an offer. There are stories about why and why not it is a good idea to use the […]

Sep 9, 2019

Seamless guttering pros, cons and materials

Is roof gutter replacement on your to-do list for fall? If so, consider seamless guttering. This type of gutter installation has been skyrocketing in popularity among American homeowners lately, and […]

Sep 5, 2019

Home improvements can create unintended consequences

Reader question: I blacktopped my driveway and turnaround area to my garage. My house was for sale and several people objected to the gravel drive. The house went under contract […]

Sep 3, 2019

Home maintenance after Labor Day: Your questions answered

Where did summer go? That’s the real question. Seems only yesterday we were dusting off the patio furniture and unpacking our barbecues. Now Labor Day’s sneaked up on us. Time […]

Aug 26, 2019

5 paint or stain products that make DIY a breeze

When it comes to DIY, there are 2 kinds of homeowners: diehard weekend warriors … and the rest of us. Blessed with limited patience (and/or free time), we don’t mind […]

Aug 21, 2019

Dear Monty: You can’t fight city hall – or can you?

Reader question: We live in a 75-lot development completed in the early 1990s. We do not have an HOA. Our problem is we are on our own for upkeep and […]

Aug 19, 2019

Clothes moth control

Are your clothes safe this summer? When you packed away your favorite woolly sweaters and long johns last spring, you probably didn’t expect to give them a second thought till […]

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