Here are some of our favorite tips that REALTORS® can provide their clients for a successful and smooth home inspection. You’ll be happy to know that these can be done at little to no cost!
1. Clean out dirty gutters or debris from the roof.
2. Trim trees, roots and bushes back from foundation, roof, siding and chimney.
3. Seal asphalt driveways, if cracking.
4. Clean or replace ...
an easy, doable preventative maintenance plan to keep your HVAC in top shape.
It’s a good idea to hire
a HVAC company to inspect and do maintenance on your system
every fall and spring. They’ll do things like inspect and clean the wiring and
mechanisms of the unit, which is bit more challenging for the average
But you can prolong the life and increase the ...
Inspection: DIY or Leave It for the Pros
You found the perfect new place and want to sign on all those dotted lines, but are you sure
that there aren’t any hidden issues? Is the structure sound? What about the
plumbing, wiring and the exterior?
The best way to discover any problems is to hire an expert to
conduct a home inspectionbefore you sign any
One of the biggest threats to
your house comes in the form of tiny pests that silently and invisibly consume
or live in wood—from the sills of your foundation to the rafters of your roof.
Known by exterminators as WDIs, wood-destroying insects cause more than $1
billion a year in property damage in the United States, according to Orkin, a
nationwide pest-control company.
“It’s not un...
An investigation into the pre-foreclosure inspections conducted by
mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac revealed several errors –
including reports that possibly included fraudulent data – and raised
“serious quality control issues,” claims a new report from the Office of
Inspector General for the Federal Housing Finance Agency.
The report alleges that the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac...
Buying a home? The process can be stressful. A home inspection is supposed to give you peace of mind, but it often has the opposite effect. You will be asked to absorb a lot of information over a short time. This often includes a written report, checklist, photographs, environmental reports, and what the inspector himself says during the inspection. All this combined with the seller's disclos...
Contrary to popular belief, there isn’t any
health benefits linked to cleaning air ducts, but having a pro remove
gunk can boost the efficiency of your HVAC.
Five to seven times a day, the air in your home circulates through
the air ducts of your HVAC
heating and cooling system, carrying with it the dust and debris
of everyday living.Your furnace filter catches much of the
stuff, but n...
Mold Basics -The key to mold control is moisture control.-If mold is a problem in your home, you should clean up the mold promptly and fix the water problem.-It is important to dry water-damaged areas and items within 24 to 48 hours to prevent mold growth.
Why is mold growing in my home?
Molds are part of the natural environment. Outdoors, molds play a part in nature by breaking down dead or...
Speed up your home sale by preparing your home ahead of time using the following tips. Your home inspection will go smoother, with fewer concerns to delay closing. -Confirm that that the water, electrical and gas services are turned on (including pilot lights).-Make sure your pets won't hinder your home inspection. Ideally, they should be removed from the premises or secured outside. Tell your age...
you notice your allergic reactions are worse when you're at home but
you feel better when you go out? If so, then it's especially likely you
could have mold. Visible
mold growth might seem like an obvious sign of mold. However many
people don't notice small amounts of mold growth or they think it's just
soot or dirt. This could be especially true after spending long ...
Most states require home sellers to disclose “material” facts. But the question is, what’s material?In general, says real estate author Dian Hymer, a fact is material when it would affect a buyer’s willingness to buy at the asking price. She says too much information is almost always better than too little. Sellers who are reluctant to be straightforward about their home’s potential problems shoul...