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Read Post [Posted on 04/16/2014 By Susan Greer]
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 ...
Read Post [Posted on 04/16/2014 By Tonya Haugen]
Here’s 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 homeowner.  But you can prolong the life and increase the ...
Read Post [Posted on 04/15/2014 By Carlos Andrade]
Home 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 contracts, b...
Read Post [Posted on 04/11/2014 By Michelle Cannon]
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...
Read Post [Posted on 04/03/2014 By Carlos Andrade]
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...
Read Post [Posted on 03/27/2014 By John Askins]
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Read Post [Posted on 03/26/2014 By Susan Greer]
                                            Houston Realty Team Christina E. Osborne 281-793-5193 C.E.OSBORNE@SBCGLOBAL.NET     You have completed the first step in the process.   ...
Read Post [Posted on 03/14/2014 By Christina Osborne]
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...
Read Post [Posted on 03/13/2014 By Susan Roddy]
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...
Read Post [Posted on 03/11/2014 By Serena Dodd]
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...
Read Post [Posted on 03/10/2014 By Susan Roddy]
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...
Read Post [Posted on 03/10/2014 By Susan Roddy]
Do 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 ...
Read Post [Posted on 03/05/2014 By John Askins]
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 02/27/2014 By John Askins]
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