November 22

Correction: Mortgage Rates story

In a story Nov. 21 about U.S. mortgage rates, The Associated Press reported erroneously that a year ago, the 30-year rate was at 3.81%. It was at 4.81%.
Home & Garden
November 22

Should you install heat cables to prevent ice dams?

Heat cable has a dubious reputation in the ice dam prevention world. It's a topic few understand in-depth, both in terms of functionality and installation.
November 21
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US home sales rose 1.9% last month, lifted by lower rates

Americans took advantage of lower mortgage rates and purchased more homes in October, though sales were held back by a shortage of available properties.
Home & Garden
November 20

Frost-free faucets are now required in Minnesota

Frost-proof faucets are now required by the Minnesota State Plumbing Code, which says "A listed self-draining frost-proof hose bibb shall be used."
Home & Garden
November 19

Animals, skeletons, and creepy home inspection stuff, 2019

Most of the stuff that we post is educational, but this one isn't. This is pure eye-candy for the season. If you follow our Facebook page, you've surely seen most of these photos, but not all of them. These are our favorites from 2019. Warning: Several of these photos are gross.
Home & Garden
November 18

Inspections to consider when building a new home

There are three types of inspections associated with new-construction homes: pre-drywall inspections, final inspections, and one-year warranty inspections.
Home & Garden
November 17

New construction inspection: trust, but verify.

The homeowner didn't get a home inspection when she purchased the home, because the builder's rep had convinced her of all the myths listed above.
St. Paul
November 16
The former Ford Motor Co. site is seen prior to an announcement of a more than $92 million investment proposal in the land that would feature affordab

Transportation plan for Ford site encourages walking, biking, transit

New neighbor­hood to cater to transit users, cyclists, pedestrians.
Home & Garden
November 16
“The Gables,” a restored Victorian-era home in Carver.

Time-capsule home from 1800s is older than Minnesota's statehood

The iconic Victorian-era house in Carver has been featured in calendars, on holiday tours and even an HGTV show, "If Walls Could Talk."
Home & Garden
November 16

Nine ways for water to enter your basement or crawl space

Wondering how that water made it into your crawlspace? Guest post by Murphy Home Inspection explains the most common ways water enters a crawlspace.