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Alan J. Heavens

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Alan J. Heavens has been writing about real estate and home improvement for the last 14 years. A veteran of 35 years as a reporter, he holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in history.

Heavens cannot make recommendations about contractors, Realtors, mortgage services or neighborhoods.

Question: We have moisture in the crawl space under our house in Rehoboth Beach, Del. The exterminator has been telling us this for about three years, and each year the report gets worse. My husband has faith in the builder of the house, who lives in the neighborhood. Three years ago the builder told us that the exterminator was wrong, so we ignored the warning. Now there is mold growing and other issues.
Last week, I wrote about distressed - specifically, repossessed - homes as fixer-uppers. Having tried to fix up a couple of old Philadelphia houses myself, with mixed success, I've technically retired from the business. There's nothing like taking a nap in my office on a Sunday afternoon and not worrying about ceiling plaster falling on me.

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