In Texas, the standard contract to purchase a home gives the
buyer a choice to purchase the home in its present condition (“as is”) or purchase
in its present condition, except for specific items the seller will repair.
Unless there is something specific known at the time of the offer, most buyers
mark the “as is” box.
The contract also includes an optional option period. During
A power surge happens in
milliseconds — a thousandth of the time it takes you to blink your eyes. Maybe
you see the lights flicker, or your computer locks up for no apparent reason.
Maybe you don’t notice anything at all.
But that little spike in
the current flowing through the wires of your house can have big consequences.
The Insurance Information Institute includes insurance claims from...
Brick Repairs Needed in Sugar Land Area
Before a home owner puts a brick home on the market to sell in the Sugar Land TX area, a thorough inspection on the exterior of the home should be performed. All the walls should be checked for cracks along mortar lines and brick. The lintels above windows and doors should be checked for rust. Make sure that you look behind hard-to-see a...
Home warranties can be attractive to home owners or buyers who are looking at purchasing a property. These service contracts can cover all of a home’s major systems, such as the furnace or air conditioner, and will cover needed repairs if the appliance breaks or damaged.Some sellers are offering a home warranty to try to lure buyers.But not all home warranties are the same. Experts say you should ...
Diggin’ In: Preventing Insect Infestations
one really likes spiders, ants and other creepy crawlers invading home and
they are a natural part of our environment and there are some best-practice
ways to deal with them.
essential aspect of landscape maintenance is insect control,” says Doug
VanGundy, an entomologist with Central Life Sciences, which includes Amdr...
be any new homeowner’s worst nightmare: shortly after closing on their new
house, a family in Canada discovers over $100,000 in hidden damages — the kind
of damages that have to be fixed before the house can be deemed safe for
occupancy. The cause? HGTV’s Mike Holmes made the discovery after doing a
proper inspection on the property: the dream home they’d just bought had...
Would you throw away $20,000? You are if you’re letting your home age faster than it should. Here’s a simple maintenance strategy to keep your home young. You know how Dr. Oz says that if you keep your body fit and your mind nimble, you’re likely younger than your chronological years? The same principle applies to your house. An out-of-shape house is older than its years and could lose 10% o...
Preventing water damage is a whole lot cheaper than paying for repairs. Here are three easy prevention tips.Water damage is the No. 1 culprit that weakens your home’s foundation and the very core that holds your house together. You’ve heard about core strength for your body. Well, water damage hits at the core strength of your house, eventually causing serious structural damage. Damp wood in...
Because the roof on any house is exposed to driving rains, scorching sun, high winds, and punishing hail, regular inspection is essential. Earl Beahm, president of the Atlanta chapter of the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors, advises home owners to give their roof an annual checkup that begins with a thorough examination of the roof with binoculars from a safe locati...
For one reason or another I run into situations where the home buyer flat out refuses to conduct a home inspection. Maybe he has a killer set of tools & a "I know everything" attitude. That's almost always the case. Even buyers with decades of construction backgrounds usually end up on the short end of the stick when it comes to negotiating repairs. Home sellers AND the agents who repres...
There is a lot of home buying activity in our market right now. So much so, there is a shortage of available properties. Because of this, eager buyers may make decisions in haste to try to beat out the competition. If you are thinking about buying a home consider these common mistakes home buyers make so that you don’t make a decision you’ll regret later.Home shopping without a preapprovalHow unfo...
After buyers move in to their new home, they should be prepared for some home fixes to present themselves each season, says Rich Escallier, a handyman in Chicago. "If you can go six months without finding something that raises your blood pressure, you're lucky,” Escallier says.
CBS MoneyWatch recently released a checklist of routine maintenance and small home repairs that home buyers should...
What Is Stucco Anyway?
History, Composition, Uses
Amidst the competitive world of construction stucco is still holding its own firm place, once originating during the old Roman and Greek civilizations. Its success goes to its versatile virtues of a brilliant heat resistant finish to a wall, adding along with it a great deal of decor. It is highly res...
Many aspects of a home last little more than a decade. Home buyers should be especially vigilant about inspecting these household components because they have a relatively short lifespan, says the National Association of Home Builders.
Aluminum roof coating: 3-7 years
Enameled steel sinks: 5-7 years
Security systems: 5-10 years
Carpet: 8-10 years
Smoke detectors: fewer than 10 years
A home inspection is a buyer’s opportunity to see if any problems lurk that may prove expensive to fix later. Home inspections nearly always uncover something in a home to watch for or minor repairs needed. But what repairs should buyers especially be alarmed about that could possibly send them back to the negotiation table? Tom Kraeutler of The Money Pit, a nationally syndicated radio show on hom...