Archive for January, 2014

Are you a new Homeowner? Here’s how to be an awesome homeowner!

Posted on: January 24th, 2014 | No Comments

Homeowner tips for upkeep and maintenance.A new house is exciting! Decorating and making it home is the best part. But, what happens when the move is over and you’re a homeowner in your house as life continues? Houses are also a lot of work. Maintaining your home is the key to maintaining the resale value. Here are a few areas to focus on to keep your home safe and fun:

 

  1. Safety – Keep an eye out for dangers within and around your home. Whether it be an exposed wire or cracked pipes, these things can depreciate the value of your house and put your family in danger. Be realistic with DIY projects too, if you don’t feel 100% confident you can do it correctly and safely, call a professional.

 

  1. Green – By replacing regular light bulbs with fluorescent bulbs you can cut down on electrical bills. Solar panels and other eco-friendly practices can benefit you in the long run especially when it comes time to sell. Create a compost pile in your backyard for easy access to homemade fertilizers, too. By getting in the habit of composting, recycling and upcycling you can cut back significantly on the amount of waste your household produces.

 

  1. Exterior – Curb appeal factors in when it comes time to sell your home. Maintaining the outside of your home has both aesthetic and practical purposes. Peeling paint and broken siding can allow moisture into the walls and cause mold to grow. Beautification also becomes a factor, especially if you plan on selling. Determine your hardiness zone to ensure you select plants that will thrive in your area. By maintaining your lawn & gardens as well as siding & gutters you ensure your home is both attractive and safe.

 

  1. Interior

  • Pipes/Plumbing – Leaking pipes and broken plumbing can cause serious damage and mold growth that can be harmful to you and your families health. If you notice any leaks or problems with your homes plumbing call a professional, this isn’t something you should DIY.

 

  • Furnace – Furnaces are expensive. Get yours checked 2x a year. Ensuring proper maintenance is being given to your furnace can keep you from spending thousands on a new furnace or even prevent a fire started by a furnace problem.

 

  • Flooring – Missing tiles, broken wood flooring and other flooring issues can devalue your home and cause safety issues as well. Be sure to maintain your flooring and fix any issues that may arise. Felt pads will protect your floors from furniture scratches.

 

A home can be the biggest investment you ever make so maintaining it is important. Should you decide to sell your house in the future, this maintenance will help to ensure you pass inspections and get the full value of your home.

Inspect-It 1st has information about home inspection services. In addition the website provides a maintenance checklist that divides the house into sections and outlines maintenance tips and suggestions throughout.

Selling a home? Here are some tips for handling the transition.

Posted on: January 14th, 2014 | No Comments

The process of transitioning your home from one owner to another can be a stressful experience. From the sales process to getting your paperwork in order and

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finally, handing your home off to the new owner, it can be a long and stressful journey. So, what are the steps that can be taken to cut back on the stress? Here are a few that can be used when selling a home!

  • Get Inspected – We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: this step is absolutely vital. Whether you are buying or selling your home, you’ll want an expert and thorough inspection to save you major headaches down the road.
  • Get Organized – There will be a lot to do, so a little planning and organization now, will go a long way. Not only will you be dealing with the stress of moving, there will be the business side of the transaction.
  • Make Lists – There will be so many things to do, a simple list can keep you from having the “I can’t believe I forgot that” moment later. Start with a good solid list (change address with post office, get boxes, organize maintenance documents, etc.)
  • Keep good records – From maintenance to financial records having this information pulled together before starting the sales process will save you the last minute scramble to find things you need.

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Seller’s Agents: Tips for a Smooth Inspection

Posted on: January 3rd, 2014 | No Comments

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Seller’s anxiety associated with the home inspection can be greatly reduced by the cooperative involvement of the Seller’s Agent. Here are our top recommendations to ensure a smooth and successful inspection experience for all parties:

 

Provide the inspector with the proper access code for any lockbox. Make sure that the code operates properly by testing it in advance. Many times our inspector will try to gain access to a property only to find out that the code doesn’t work.

 

Make sure that all utilities are “ON”. In order to allow the inspector to inspect all areas of the property, coordinate with the seller, bank or other entity to have all utilities on for the inspection. Utilities that are “OFF” are an impediment to successful completion of the inspection and will likely cause delays in closing.

 

Advise your client that the inspection is a thorough activity. Most inspectors are on site for 2-4 hours and likely longer, if the house is very large, has detached garages, “out buildings” or contains a pool or spa. It is much easier for the inspector to complete the inspection if nobody else is on site during the inspection. Families that use the kitchen during the inspection are actually an impediment to the smooth completion of the inspection.

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