Monday, November 28, 2016

Important Information about Zonolite Vermiculite Attic Insulation - PLEASE SHARE

Over the last few years, more and more home inspections are uncovering vermiculite attic insulation in homes throughout the United States.  This is significant as vermiculite might contain asbestos, and often times homeowners or future homeowners are told to "leave it alone" or "this will be expensive to professionally abate if you do a future remodel."

There were various manufacturers of vermiculite attic insulation.  One of the largest manufacturers, W.R. Grace, went through a reorganization plan in 2014.  W.R. Grace manufactured the brand Zonolite, and there is now a Zonolite Attic Insulation Trust (ZAI Trust) set up to help assist homeowners with the removal and re-insulation of attics that contain the Zonolite-brand material.

The ZAI Trust will reimburse up to $4,125 per claim/homeowner the cost to professionally remove and re-insulate a home found to contain the Zonolite-brand insulation.

I recently had a client go through the process of filing a claim online through the Trust website, getting a sample tested, and proceed with abatement and re-insulation.  The total cost was about $7,500 for removal and re-insulation, and upon completion, they submitted canceled checks and copies of the paid invoices to the Trust, and received a reimbursement check of $4,125 about 2 weeks later.

There is no charge to have the Trust test the sample to confirm if it's the Zonolite brand (note they just test it to determine if it's Zonolite - they do not test it for asbestos content).  They will also consider photographic evidence of a Zonolite bag being found in the attic as part of the documentation process.

My client was very pleased with the results and was very thorough with their research.  They interviewed 3 abatement contractors, and the one they liked the most came in with the best price (about $5,000) and 2 insulation contractors (only 1 provided a bid - but it was within range of the budget from the Xcel Energy Audit they had done).

Overall - my client was thrilled with the results.  They had planned to improve the insulation in their attic when they bought the property, and getting 55% of the cost paid for to remove the vermiculite and re-insulate was a nice surprise.  They also managed to gain some useable storage space in the attic along the way with the help of a structural engineer and new attic floor for an additional fee.

For more information about the Zonolite Attic Insulation Trust, check out their website at:  

Zonolite Attic Insulation Trust Website  or

Or call 1-844-924-2255

Added bonus - Xcel Energy had rebates for the homeowner for the insulation for additional reimbursement for the new insulation.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Gorgeous Bungalow with an Arts & Crafts Interior and Spanish-Inspired Exterior - Only $149,000!

SOLD!  January 2017

Beautiful Arts & Crafts interiors highlight this charming Spanish-inspired bungalow. Newer roof and newer Marvin replacement windows. Beautiful oak buffet, oak woodwork, and hardwood floors. Updated kitchen includes the original maple cabinets and freshly refinished maple hardwood floors. Spacious 2nd level bedroom has good ceiling height and a charming reading nook.  Beautiful landscaping greets you throughout the property.  Forced-air furnace with central air.  Must see to appreciate - with views of Folwell Park from the back yard.

3554 Knox Ave N
Minneapolis, MN 55412

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Looking for a home with a spacious kitchen? Check out 4126 Upton Ave N!

Are you looking for a home in Victory neighborhood with a spacious kitchen?  

Thanks to a professional addition to this home, the kitchen and lower level are exceptionally spacious.  The house is simply bigger than it looks!  At over 2,800 FSF with the lower level, and the possibility of adding more FSF by simply carpeting the lower level workshop - you can easily add value and a third bedroom space.  The home already has newer windows, a high-efficiency furnace, central air, hardwood floors on the first and second levels, a hot tub, and a fabulous garden.  Imagine having family over for the holidays in this beautiful bungalow redesigned for entertaining. 

SOLD IN 2016

4126 Upton Ave N
Minneapolis, MN 55412

Friday, September 16, 2016


Charming brick Dutch Colonial - 3 BR, 2 baths, HW floors, front porch,  3 car garage.

Walk to the LRT!

Only $109,900!

Come see it at the 1 day only Estate Sale - Saturday, September 17, 2016 - 9 am to 4 pm.  


Or Call Steph for a private showing - 612-581-5842

Friday, July 15, 2016

NEW LISTING! Gorgeous Victory Tudor - OPEN HOUSE Sunday, July 17th, Noon to 2 pm!


Open House Sunday, July 17th, Noon to 2 pm - hosted by Stephanie Gruver

4320 Upton Ave N
Minneapolis, MN 55412

Just Listed at $250,000

4 BR/3 Baths - including a Master Suite!

All offers, if any are received, will be reviewed Monday, July 18th, at 9 am.


Wednesday, April 20, 2016

SOLD! Call me for information on upcoming listings so you don't miss the next one!

Beautiful 3BR/2 Bath home in the Heart of Victory!  Exceptional condition inside and out - must see to appreciate - custom bar, screen porch, to many updates to list - only $244,900!  
Open House Sunday, April 24th Noon to 2 pm.

4319 Sheridan Ave N
Minneapolis, MN 55412

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Are you looking for an Arts & Crafts Bungalow? 2615 Logan Ave N - Only $115,000!

Are you looking for a beautiful Arts & Crafts bungalow with hardwood floors, built-ins, new windows, new kitchen, new bath, and new high-efficiency furnace?

This adorable home has a beautiful woodwork throughout, with gorgeous built-ins.   The new kitchen is perfect for entertaining.  Although not a true 3 bedroom - there is an extra "den" off the front bedroom perfect for an office space or nursery.   The privacy-fenced back yard includes a paver-brick patio and makes for a wonderful entertaining space.   Property must be sold to an owner occupant and the maximum gross household income restriction is $99,500.

2615 Logan Ave N
Minneapolis, MN 55411

Price:  SOLD 2016

Friday, March 4, 2016

Are you looking for a home in the Shorewood/Minnetonka/Excelsior area?

19700 Near Mountain Blvd, Shorewood, MN - Only $334,900

Looking for a home in the Shorewood/Minnetonka/Excelsior area?  Are you specifically looking to be in the Minnetonka school district?  Well-priced home with pond views in prime Shorewood location.  New roof in 2013, new carpet in 2015, easy-to-navigate 3 level split with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths and a 2 car attached garage.   MLS#4678359

SOLD - 2016