Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Thoughts on ICF (Insulated Concrete Forms)

Buying your first place is fun and exciting but with it comes full responsibility of making sure that you do not end up getting a house with so many major issues like electrical, plumbing and insulation to name a few. You do not want to deal with high ICF cost on top of keeping up with the mortgage because you found out that some rooms in your house wasn’t insulated enough to ward off cold draft in the peak of winter. Well, that is probably why having a good inspector take a look at the place before buying it is always a great idea.

When we bought our first house late last year, we really didn’t know much about home ownership. But we realized the importance of getting it nicely inspected so we invested a little bit of that to make sure our house is mold-free (because it came with a basement), and that it doesn’t contain a high level of radon. So on top of the general inspection, we did have a guy come up and check for molds and radon level. I’d say it was worth it because at least we know that we live in a safe place. It’s always better to be safe than sorry. The house was our biggest purchase ever and we just didn’t want to mess it up. We’ve been living in our new place for 7 months now and so far so good. I mean no house is perfect but we’re definitely enjoying it here and we intend to stay for a while, do home improvements and more decorating to make this place a statement of our lifestyle.

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