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Cost Segregation Studies for Commercial Real Estate

Cost Segregation is the practice of identifying assets and their costs and classifying those assets for federal tax purposes. In a Cost Segregation Study, certain commercial building costs previously classified with a 39-year depreciable life, can instead be classified as personal property or land improvements, with a 5, 7, or 15-year rate of depreciation using….

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100+ Questions To Ask Before Buying Your New Home

We understand that buying a new home can be an overwhelming process. Whether this is your first home, your third ski home, or an investment property, there is a lot to consider for the newbie and veteran alike. That’s why we developed this helpful tool designed to assist you in the early stages of home….

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Signs You Need a New Roof

Most people don’t think about their roofs until they start leaking. Don’t wait until water is pouring through your ceiling to start paying attention to your roof. A little monitoring and preventative maintenance can go a long way. A good time to inspect your roof is during a rain storm. Go outside with binoculars and….

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Got Cracks? An Intro to Foundation Forensics.

It’s happening, you think you found your dream home. But you noticed a large crack in the foundation, where do you go from here? Foundation cracks can signal foundation problems or just be the house settling. Read below for an introduction to foundation forensics and contact us to schedule an inspection today. Our standard building….

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Winter Checklist

We have a saying in New England, “Don’t like the weather? Wait five minutes.” While the weather can be chaotic, your home doesn’t have to be. Now is the time to get your property ready for winter and be prepared for the colder months ahead. Rainwater protection. Let’s face it, moisture penetration can be a….

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Transitions in Condominiums: Two Primary Elements

In the world of condominiums, many transition milestones are well understood, many are not. Most know condos go through a transition management period from the developer to unit owner. However, there is much more. Condo transition has two primary elements: Transition of Control and Transition of Responsibility. Transition of Control Transition of Control refers to the new Board….

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How to Sell the Results of a Reserve Study (Without Revolt!)

A Reserve Study is a budget-planning tool used by Homeowners Associations that identifies the current status of the Reserve Fund and establishes a stable and equitable funding plan to offset anticipated common-area expenditures. They contain an evaluation of property condition and serve as an indispensable tool in projecting costs and managing Reserve accounts. A quality Reserve….

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Fire Safety Checklist

Did you know that a general safety check is included in our Standard Home Inspection? Your engineer will look for safety issues such as handrails, egress windows, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, etc. While this is not considered a code inspection or an official fire/safety inspection, it will provide you with a lot of information….

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Building Envelope Maintenance, An Organized Approach

What is there to do during a winter in New England? Certainly snow sports, a good book, or dreams of spring golf are all excellent pursuits. However, for the chairperson of a condominium maintenance committee, winter is a good time to be planning building envelope repairs. The building envelope comprises the roof, siding, and foundation,….

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