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  • 04 Feb 2016 12:30 PM | Anonymous

    With the growing number of houses available for sale on the market, buyers are more conscious about the condition of the property and require complete report of the current condition of the house for sale and other important factors that may affect the value. Because of this, the interest for the New home inspection is on the rise. The new home inspection is a document which provides the buyers with a full inspection report of the property conducted by an experienced and high qualified inspector. The inspection report provides the conditions of the property and makes buyers aware of the potential expenses they may face once they buy the house. Therefore, the buyer can decide if he/she wants to buy the property or not. The same new home inspection report can also be used by the sellers to help them prepare all needed property related documents. Here are three major benefits of the new home inspection.

    Read more at: 

    http://www.3benefitsof.com/3-benefits-of-new-home-inspection/

  • 15 Oct 2015 1:04 PM | Anonymous

    Home inspections are an indispensable part of the home-buying process. Buying a home without one is the same as buying a car without even kicking the tires.

    Any good real estate agent will recommend you include a home inspection clause when you make an offer on a house. That usually means you’ll be paying for the inspection, so you need to know what you’re getting for your money.

    The Value of a Home Inspector

    A qualified home inspector combs a property’s visible and accessible areas to identify any health and safety problems, positive or negative conditions of the property and any conditions that need further specialized attention.

    An inspection includes structural elements such as the roof, foundation, walls, windows, doors, insulation, basement or crawlspace and attic. Electrical, plumbing, heating and cooling systems are also part of a home inspection. It can even include examination of appliances and should also report any evidence of termites.

    Once the inspection is complete, a home inspector provides a written, comprehensive report detailing any issues with the home.

    Some important things to remember about home inspection reports:

    • No home is perfect. It is not uncommon for a report to include 50 or more issues.
    • This is not “pass” or “fail.” The inspection gives you the information you need to decide whether or not to buy the home “as is” or negotiate with the seller to either fix (some of) the problems or reduce the price.
    • This is not a warranty. The report identifies issues found the day of inspection and cannot predict problems that may arise a few months or a few days down the road.

    You Are Not A Home Inspector

    Home inspection is another one of those jobs best left to professionals. Few of us have the expertise to identify electrical, plumbing and structural problems. Combine that with the emotional factors of buying a home, and it’s easy to see whypotential buyers are not the ones who need to do the inspecting.

    With that said, it’s a good idea to accompany your home inspector so you can ask questions and see the good and not-so-good for yourself.

    Read the rest of this article at: http://www.daveramsey.com/blog/why-smart-homebuyers-hire-home-inspectors/

  • 10 Sep 2015 5:29 PM | Anonymous

    The perfect home simply doesn't exist. Why? Well, in a brand new home, the contractor often is not aware of shortcuts taken by his subcontractors, and government building and code inspectors do not have the time or the budget to inspect everything in every home, so most government inspectors simply do a spot-check of homes in new subdivisions. A home that has been lived in usually has damage that occurred from simply living in it, or additions or remodeling that weren't permitted. That's why buyers need a professional home inspection.

    The purpose of a home inspection is to document the overall condition of the property at the time of the inspection and to ensure that its major systems and components (water heater, heating and cooling, plumbing, electrical, etc.) are installed properly and working properly. The home inspection is not a warranty since the home inspector is only there for a couple of hours and never saw the home or its systems being built, so he has no idea about any quality control processes. While some items identified during the course of a home inspection might seem like minor items individually, collectively they could add up to major headaches involving both time and money. If sellers know what to look for, they can resolve many minor items before the buyer's home inspection.

    Click here to read the rest of the article: http://www.augustarealestateandhomes.com/Preparing-Your-Home-For-An-Inspection.ubr


  • 18 Aug 2015 10:17 AM | Anonymous

    A home inspection is almost a guarantee whether you're purchasing or selling your home. Here are some great pointers about working with your home inspector whether you're buying or selling a home. Great article read from realtor.com www.realtor.com/advice/buy/7-things-your-home-inspector-wishes-you-knew/

  • 16 Jun 2015 5:37 PM | Anonymous

    1. Do you perform repairs or just home inspections? Some homebuyers seek the advice of a general contractor rather than a home inspector. Avilla-Kintz, a Real Estate Broker from San Diego says that's a mistake, as they provide expertise from a different point of view. "A home inspector is typically checking the roof or the appliances if they're included in the home," she says. "A general contractor is coming in from a repair standpoint and can quote for whatever repairs need to be done." In fact, providing both services could create a conflict of interest, because buyers can't always distinguish between necessary repairs and optional upgrades.  

    After the home inspection, you may want to hire a specialist or general contractor to find out how much a kitchen renovation or plumbing upgrade might cost. "Get the unbiased opinion first," Avilla-Kintz says. "Then you bring in the contractor to quote for what those repairs are." 

    2. Are you bonded and insured? Stephen Gladstone, a Connecticut home inspector and author of "The Field Guide to Home Inspections," says a surprising number of home inspectors don't have insurance. "Somebody with employees should really have workers’ [compensation], and they should have errors and omissions insurance in case there is something significant that they miss," he says. 

    Say the inspector falls through the attic or slips while inspecting your roof. If the company doesn't have the appropriate insurance, it may sue you or the current homeowners or try to put a lien on the property. So make sure the company is insured before the inspector sets foot on the property. "Whenever one party is sued in the transaction, it tends to pinball all over the place where everybody ends up in the lawsuit," Avilla-Kintz says. "You're avoiding personal liability by making sure that they have their own insurance." 

    3. Can you provide references? It's a good idea to check the inspection company's references, according to Scott Pruitt, vice president of operations for Commercial Building Consultants in Orlando, Florida, which has a home inspection division.

    Pruitt suggests asking previous clients about whether the inspector arrived on time and inspected all aspects of the house, including the roof and attic. "Did they provide a comprehensive report that spelled out all areas of the home and the findings?" he adds. 

    Consider references with a grain of salt, however, because the references given are likely to be the inspector's most enthusiastic supporters, not a complete sampling of customers, as Gladstone points out. 

    4. Can I tag along on the inspection? Some homeowners leave the inspectors alone to examine the home, while others want to be more hands-on and follow along as the inspector works. If you fall into the latter camp, which several experts recommended, make sure your inspector is willing to walk you through the process. Gladstone says it's important to find an inspector who can communicate clearly and takes the time to explain things. "I offer my clients the opportunity to walk around with me and ask questions," he says. "More and more, an awful lot of my customers don't know much about the house. They want to know about the heating system and how to turn off the electric if there's a problem with the electricity."

    5. What does the inspection include? To compare inspectors, you need to know what the inspection includes (or doesn't include). Ideally, the inspection should be as thorough as possible. "We open every window we can open and test every outlet we can test," Gladstone says. "A lot of inspection companies don't test the appliances, but we turn on dishwashers and laundry machines to see if there's damages on the gaskets and stuff." The extent of the inspection may also vary by region. In Florida, for instance, it's common for inspectors to test the irrigation systems. 

    6. Will you send me a sample inspection report? The inspector should send you a detailed report after completing the inspection. Avilla-Kintz suggests asking to see a sample to make sure the information is presented in a clear and thorough format that's easy to understand. She especially appreciates reports that have a lot of color photographs because those images can clearly demonstrate problem areas and help during negotiations with the seller and his or her agent. 

    7. Do you have any special expertise? If you're buying a special type of property, such as a historic home or new construction, make sure the inspector understands the special considerations for those types of properties. Gladstone says older homes may have issues that newer homes don’t have, while recently constructed properties may have new materials and different types of framing that require a more critical eye. Homes with swimming pools also have potential issues. Inspecting a condo tends to be simpler than a free-standing home, Gladstone adds, so it's not necessary to look for someone with specific condo expertise. 

    8. How much do you charge? Notice that price is the last question mentioned. That's because shopping on price alone may lead to cutting corners. "You might be saving a couple of hundred dollars to hire the cheapest inspector," Avilla-Kintz says, "but you could be paying in a big way because the inspector wasn't thorough or the report was hard to understand." 



  • 20 May 2015 6:36 AM | Anonymous

    1. It Provides an "Out"
    A quality home inspection can reveal critical information about the condition of a home and its systems. This makes the buyer aware of what costs, repairs and maintenance the home may require immediately, and over time. If a buyer isn't comfortable with the findings of the home inspection, it usually presents one last opportunity to back out of the offer to buy. (This step is important when purchasing a property because it may save you thousands.)

    2. Safety 
    A home inspection can detect safety issues like radon, carbon monoxide, and mold, which all homes should be tested for. Make sure that your home-buying contract states that should such hazards be detected, you have the option to cancel the offer to buy.

    3. Reveal Illegal Additions or Installations
    home inspection can reveal whether rooms, altered garages or basements were completed without a proper permit, or did not follow code, according to Chantay Bridges of Clear Choice Realty & Associates. "If a house has illegal room additions that are un-permitted, it affects the insurance, taxes, usability and most of all the overall value. In essence, a buyer is purchasing something that legally does not exist," she explains. Even new homes with systems that were not installed to code will become the new homeowners' financial "problem" to fix (and finance). (The home for sale/purchase must pass inspection. 


    4. Protection
    Home inspections are even more critical if you are buying an "as-is" foreclosed property or short sale. Dwellings that have been boarded often develop hazardous mold problems, which are costly to remedy and pose health concerns. Greg Haskett, VP of shared services at HomeTeam Inspection Service says it's common for home inspectors to find that copper plumbing lines and outdoor compressors have been removed from foreclosed properties by people trying to sell copper to recyclers for money. 

    Read more: http://www.investopedia.com/financial-edge/0511/10-reasons-you-shouldnt-skip-a-home-inspection.aspx#ixzz3dHj3h12s 

  • 08 Apr 2015 4:40 PM | Anonymous

    1. Change the locks. You really don’t know who else has keys to your home, so change the locks. That ensures you’re the only person who has access. Install new deadbolts yourself for as little as $10 per lock, or call a locksmith — if you supply the new locks, they typically charge about $20 to $30 per lock for labor.


    2. Check for plumbing leaks. Your home inspector should do this for you before closing, but it never hurts to double-check. I didn’t have any leaks to fix, but when checking my kitchen sink, I did discover the sink sprayer was broken. I replaced it for under $20. Keep an eye out for dripping faucets and running toilets, and check your water heater for signs of a leak

    Here’s a neat trick: Check your water meter at the beginning and end of a two-hour window in which no water is being used in your house. If the reading is different, you have a leak.

    3. Steam clean carpets. Do this before you move your furniture in, and your new home life will be off to a fresh start. You can pay a professional carpet cleaning service — you’ll pay about $50 per room; most services require a minimum of about $100 before they’ll come out — or you can rent a steam cleaner for about $30 per day and do the work yourself. I was able to save some money by borrowing a steam cleaner from a friend.  

    4. Wipe out your cabinets. Another no-brainer before you move in your dishes and bathroom supplies. Make sure to wipe inside and out, preferably with a non-toxic cleaner, and replace contact paper if necessary. 

    When I cleaned my kitchen cabinets, I found an unpleasant surprise: Mouse poop. Which leads me to my next tip … 

    Read more: http://www.houselogic.com/blog/maintenance-repair/things-to-do-when-moving-into-a-new-house/#ixzz3r7yzsqRc 



  • 11 Mar 2015 7:33 AM | Anonymous

    A home inspection is a vital part of the homebuying process. Some potential buyers tend to view home inspections as something that is not necessary or too expensive. But home inspections can save buyers time and money in the long run.

    Here are some things you should know about home inspections:

    What is a home inspection?

    A home inspection is a visual examination of the physical structure and major interior systems of a home. It’s important to distinguish that a home inspection is not an appraisal, building code inspection or an insurance policy examination.

    It is also important to note that a home inspection is not a guarantee of any kind — it’s simply an assessment of the property’s condition at the time of the inspection.

    When should a home inspection happen?

    Hiring a home inspector is recommended right after the offer-to-purchase contract is signed and prior to executing the final purchase and sales agreement.

    It is important for buyers to make sure that there is an inspection clause in the offer-to-purchase contract before signing it. This clause ensures that the purchase obligation is contingent upon the findings of a professional home inspection.

    Who should perform the inspection?

    The best way to go about hiring a home inspector is by asking a real estate agent, friends and family for personal recommendations.

    What happens during the inspection?

    During the inspection, the inspector will examine the exposed portions of the home, such as the roof, attic, walls, ceilings, floors, windows, doors, foundation, heating/cooling systems, interior plumbing, electrical systems and appliances.

    Inspectors are not there to point out cosmetic issues, but they should detect bigger problems and make recommendations on potential maintenance needs.

    If there is a specific issue of concern, the home inspector should suggest that homebuyers hire a specialist; for instance, a licensed electrician, plumber, etc. They should not recommend anyone personally, as it can be a conflict of interest.

    The fee for a home inspection should include a full written report sent to the buyers within 24-48 hours of the physical inspection.

    Do buyers attend the inspection?

    It’s a good idea for homebuyers to be present at the home inspection. They can then observe the inspector, ask questions and gain a better understanding of the condition of their future home.

    If there are any serious issues discovered, buyers can work with their real estate agent to request more information from the sellers, or they might contact their own specialists for a more detailed evaluation.

    Home inspections are meant to help homebuyers. This process can alleviate unexpected high repair costs and help to plan for the future maintenance of a new home.


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