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April 2, 2012

How To Burn Down Your House (And Why)

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Before long, a new home rose where the old one had stood, and a new family moved into the neighborhood.

Somewhere, miles away, someone bought some building materials from Habitat For Humanity and helped put many more families into homes they thought they’d never have.

Not every house is a good candidate for a training burn; fire departments are picky about the ones they choose. And of course a house that can be renovated should be. But when it makes sense to burn a house down, the benefits spread throughout your community in ways you might not imagine and may never know about.

And it’s a great way to get to know your neighbors:

“Honey, these are the Smiths. They just moved in and they’ve invited us to their "house-warming" next week!”

Related: Tips for Fire Safety in Your Home How to Figure the Value of Empty Building Lots Beware of Value-Killing Renovations

Richard Taylor is a residential architect based in Dublin, Ohio and is a contributor to Zillow Blog. Connect with him at http://www.rtastudio.com/index.htm.

Note: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinion or position of Zillow.

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