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How to Choose the Right Paint Finish

Resale ROI

Is upgrading to a tankless water heater worthwhile?

People ask me all the time if upgrading to a tankless water heater is a smart thing to do. After all, they are promoted as an energy saving appliance.  The average gas-powered tankless water heater can indeed save you money because they use less gas than a traditional tank water heater. They do not use any gas when you are not at home or when no hot water is in demand. A traditional tank uses gas around the clock to keep the water hot.  POTENTIAL SAVINGS According to SDG&E the average home spends about $300/year to heat water. A gas tankless water heater can reduce gas usage by about 23%, or $70 - $80 per year. The cost of a good tankless water heater can be $1,100 - $2,500 installed. Sometimes more. Installation can require a new flue, rerouting water pipes (if you relocate the unit to the exterior), and possibly running a new gas line. Since tankless water heaters demand a lot of gas to heat water quickly, you may need to increase the gas pipe from 1/2" to 3/4". Finally, tankless wate ...

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What Matters to Home Buyers

What Sells?

Beyond Curb Appeal

What the Remodel Reveals

Benefits For Nations Heroes

Ways for Two or More Individuals to Hold Title Together

Stewart Title San Diego has provided this useful breakdown of how more than two individuals to hold title together. Note that the information concerning ownership vesting is for informational purposes only. Contact an attorney or CPA if you desire advice regarding a specific manner of holding title to property. Tenancy in Common Joint Tenancy Community Property Community Property With Right of Survivorship Parties Any number of persons  (including married or registered domestic partners). Any number of persons (including married or registered  domestic partners). Only married couples or registered domestic partners have community property rights. Only married couples or registered domestic partners. ...

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How To Inspect and Maintain Your Roof

  First of all, it is always prudent to rely on a professional inspector or contractor in these matters. Many roofing contractors will inspect your roof for free. Should you want to start doing it yourself: Pitched roofs should be inspected at least once every two years. To check the condition of an asphalt-shingle roof, go to the sunniest side and bend the corner of a few shingles. If they’re brittle and crack, a new roof might be in order. Other tell-tale signs an asphalt roof is beyond its prime: curled tiles and bare spots where the shiny ceramic mineral granules are missing. Flat roofs should be inspected annually. Keep an eye out for ponding, or standing water in the form of puddles after a rain, or dry pockets filled with residual debris. Such areas may need to be built up to assure water properly drains to the downspouts. If ...

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