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Closed Cell – 2 Pound – Spray Foam Insulation

After we purchased our current home we found asbestos (vermiculite) in the rock-wool kitchen insulation. I could not, in good faith, keep the ceilings up, knowing that was all looming overhead. Additionally, the upstairs was hot.. very hot.. it had very little (or missing) insulation.  All walls and ceilings were torn down – throughout the […]

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Just Listed! – Complete “Studs-out” Remodel in 78745

  2512 Carlow Drive,  78745 3 beds / 2 full baths – 1,347 square feet  Offered at $329,000  -Bird and butterfly Texas native plants -New roof with 25 yr warranty on materials & 5 year warranty on labor -New siding and trim w/ 50 year warranty -New double pane, gas-filled low-e windows with screens with lifetime […]

Austin Parks & Recreation – Alcohol Consumption – Permit Requirements by Park

SOURCE: PARD INTERNAL EMAIL SENT: 11 JUN 2014 TEMPORARY ALCOHOL PERMIT REQUIRED: Temporary Alcohol Permit Required: Alamo Pocket Park/Recreation Center Andrews School Park Archstone Greenbelt Austin High Tennis Center Austin Memorial Cemetery Austin Nature Science Center Austin Recreation Center Balcones District Park/Pool Barrington School Park Barrow Nature Preserve Bartholomew Pool Barton Creek Greenbelt Barton Creek […]

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Average Costs of Fixing, Upgrading or Remodeling

RESIDENTIAL CONSTRUCTION AND REMODELING ESTIMATES Electrical Retrofit  receptacle – rewire reverse polarity $50-$75  standard light fixture $125-$200  receptacle – replace conventional with GFCI $100-$125  receptacle-CO/ALR (aluminum) $75-$100  receptacle – stove/dryer $100-$125  receptacle-conventional $125-$150  receptacle-split $175-$250  receptacle – exterior with cover $175-$250  fluorescent light fixture $180-$250  ground-public system $90-$120  ground-private system (with ground rods) $250-$300  exhaust […]

Life Expectancy of Household Components

The National Association of Home Builders put together a study that totaled average life expectancies for various housing components. To get this information, NAHB conducted a comprehensive telephone survey of manufacturers, trade associations and researchers to develop information about the longevity of housing components. Many of the people interviewed emphasized that the life expectancy of […]


Homestead Exemption – What you Need to Know to File in Austin, Texas

Homestead Exemption Facts for Austin Texas What exemptions are available? There are several partial and absolute exemptions available. Some of these exemptions includ: General Residential Homestead Over 65 Over 55 Surviving Spouse Disability Homestead Disabled Veterans, Charitable Religious Freeport and Pollution Control Additional information can be found on the Forms page of their website under […]

Insulation Choices and Pricing for Your Home

If you’re a homeowner and looking to beef up your insulation, which material is best for you? Insulation comes in many forms these days and there is not a simple answer. One type of insulation will be better suited for your situation than another. Some installations you can actually do yourself and others require the […]

Homeownership in Texas – FHA Mortgages

 General information you may not have known about FHA FHA mortgages are not government loans. The lenders that issue FHA loans are approved vendors of FHA, government backed, loans.The lowest amount you can put down is 3.5% of the sale price of the home.  There are no more seller assisted down-payment programs NOTE – There […]