If you’re thinking about buying or selling a home, you’re probably aware that you’ll need to schedule a home inspection before closing. This can be a stressful event for both buyers and sellers, as they may not be quite sure what to expect. Before the inspector evaluates the property, it’s helpful to understand how he or she will present the results. Inspection reports can be a little confusing, but here, we explain what’s on your home report. Continue reading Understanding Narrative and Checklist Home Inspection Reports
The key to a gorgeous lawn is keeping your sprinkler system in good condition throughout the year. If the pipes aren’t properly cared for to prevent freezing, you’ll be left with a yard dilemma when springtime arrives. And if you’re thinking about putting your home on the market, it’s crucial that every aspect of your home is in working condition weeks, or even months ahead of time. Here, you’ll find the steps to take to keep your sprinkler system prepared to withstand winter. For best results, start prepping your home for winter as soon as the weather hints that a freeze could be near. Continue reading Tips to Protect Your Home’s Sprinkler System For Winter
When you’re preparing to put your home on the market, it’s important to understand how drainage problems can affect the inspection outcome. According to HGTV, water damage is one of the most common problems that detract from otherwise uneventful home inspections. Here, you’ll find a few of the most urgent problems that arise from clogged drainage systems and how to fix them. Continue reading How Poor Drainage Can Affect Your Home Inspection
From both a buyer and seller’s standpoint, a home inspection is a vital part of the home buying process. Purchasing a home without an inspection is like buying a used car without obtaining a vehicle history report. All homes, new and old, will likely have a few problems that a trustworthy and diligent home inspector will be able to find. Continue reading Should You Trust A Home Inspection Provided By The Seller?
A home inspection is a rigorous safety assessment of every aspect of the home in question. This assessment results in an industry regulated report of the status of the home, from a description of major systems within the house, to structural and foundational elements, and (sometimes overlooked by homebuyers) even parts of the house that are often unoccupied – such as the garage. In such a scenario, the main elements inspected include checking for proper ventilation, appropriate framing, and even electrical components to ensure everything is up to code. Continue reading What A Home Inspector Looks For In Your Garage
According to Real Estate News, there’s a pretty good chance that your home isn’t up to code. You don’t need to have a house that’s old and falling apart for this to happen; even minor work that’s been performed over the years can result in a violation. In fact, they usually hide in plain sight, undiscovered until an official inspection. Continue reading Must Ask Questions About Code Violations That Are Found in Your Home
According to Trulia, 41% of Americans prefer a newly built home over one that’s been lived in. The reason, in part, has to do with customization – people like the idea of getting their house, their way. But another reason people prefer new is that they assume “new” means “better”…as in a new home is a home less likely to have issues. Continue reading Inspection Considerations When Buying New Construction
With the housing market remaining strong, many sellers are resting on their laurels, believing their home will sell easily because, let’s face it, most homes are selling easily. But, while the market is indeed hot, the end of summer is when things begin cooling off. Continue reading 5 Reasons You Should Get a Pre-Listing Home Inspection
Radon is something we hear a lot about, especially in recent years. In fact, testing for radon is a vital part of the home buying and selling process. But is this test necessary or can you rule out radon by looking for subtle signs? Continue reading Signs Your Home Has a Radon Problem
In the early 1970s, there were no guidelines for home inspections, resulting in no consistency, either. This rendered home inspections invalid: no one knew what they could and could not trust. Fast forward to modern day, and these inspections involve much more rigid components. They are now heavily-relied upon reports that go into home buying and selling. Continue reading Home Inspections: What Do They Include?