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1. Have you ever used US Inspect for your clients home inspection services?2. Would you like to save your clients significant cost on home inspection services?US Inspect has a promotional offer for ALL Agents that have NOT used us before.  We are very interested in meeting new agents so we have a promo that will give you 50% off your First home inspection with US Inspect.It is really simple a...
Read Post [Posted on 10/07/2014 By Steve Fusselman]
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 F...
Read Post [Posted on 10/07/2014 By John Askins]
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...
Read Post [Posted on 10/01/2014 By John Askins]
If you are currently selling your home, you may already find yourself playing the waiting game. It’s a normal course of affairs in most real estate markets—but that doesn’t make it any less frustrating. You’ve got decisions to make, moving deadlines to order, but everything goes into limbo while you await the completion of the buyer’s home inspection report (and the resulting after-inspection deci...
Read Post [Posted on 10/01/2014 By Connie Inmon]
 The perennial champ when it comes to giving a return on your investment, an entry door replacement featuring a modestly priced steel door upgrades both energy efficiency and curb appeal. Steel doors come in many colors and can be painted to fit your exterior scheme.National average cost: $1,162ROI: 96.6%  What better way to enjoy outdoor living than on your backyard deck? At a cost...
Read Post [Posted on 09/16/2014 By Garrett McWhorter]
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...
Read Post [Posted on 09/13/2014 By John Askins]
This AC condenser unit is in need of some TLC. Building codes say the unit should sit on a solid, level concrete slab, not a few loose blocks. The top of the slab should be elevated at least 3 inches off the ground. In hurricane-prone areas, local codes may require that the unit be bolted or otherwise firmly attached to the slab. Cleaning up around the unit so that air circulates properly isn’t c...
Read Post [Posted on 09/10/2014 By Garrett McWhorter]
Home inspections don’t always turn up everything wrong with a home, but unknowing buyers can quickly turn unsatisfied when they move into their new home if they find a bunch of problems. "The purpose of a home inspection is to look for material defects of a property: things that are unsafe, not working, or that create a hazard," Kurt Salomon, president of the American Society of Home Inspecto...
Read Post [Posted on 09/08/2014 By John Askins]
Water damage claims are driving up the costs of home insurance! Be in the know of whats going on in your home's water systems.
Read Post [Posted on 09/05/2014 By Kelly Stewart]
Renting out your house can be a smart financial move, as long as you calculate your costs carefully.There are many ways to do background checks on prospective tenants–credit reports, past evictions, and criminal background checks, to name a few. Image: Alloy Photography/Veer You have a single-family house and you are considering renting out your home. Perhaps you’re temporarily relocatin...
Read Post [Posted on 09/04/2014 By Garrett McWhorter]
Texas is one of about 30 states that have disclosure laws that require sellers to tell prospective buyers about any problems, but some sellers aren’t as forthcoming as they should be.Here’s a short list of white lies and misrepresentations that real estate practitioners and regulators say are common and that buyers should be wary of as they shop for a new home: This room and this lot are really...
Read Post [Posted on 09/02/2014 By John Askins]
Basics of Home Repair Requests for Home Buyers   A home inspection report will highlight a list of home repair issues needing attention before you complete the purchase transaction. Regardless of whether the house you want to buy is a new construction or decades old, you will always need to make a request for repairs. Repairs can run the gamut from major plumbing or ele...
Read Post [Posted on 08/18/2014 By Michelle Cannon]
I remember the first home inspection report I ever read. It was for a property I was buying. My first reaction was unbridled panic. Not being savvy in the area of home repairs, I thought the worst. After it was explained to me by the inspector and a contractor, I was put at ease realizing only a few items needed to be addressed.  I learned three things back then, as a client, that I apply to ...
Read Post [Posted on 08/13/2014 By Holly Smith]
1. Switch the plates. Upgrade your drab, plastic switch plates with snazzy covers that match or accent your décor. Even the most expensive brass switch plates cost less than $20 each.Or, spend a buck for a plastic plate and decorate it yourself. Use craft paint, or cover the plate with decorative paper.You also can switch outlet covers, but don’t get too fancy. Outlet covers should blend...
Read Post [Posted on 08/06/2014 By Garrett McWhorter]
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...
Read Post [Posted on 07/21/2014 By John Askins]
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