Category: Inspections

Are There More Termites This Year?

The short answer? Yes. it seems like, this year, we are seeing more and more pest inspections come back with evidence of active termite infestation, the bee exterminator cincinnati has reported many cases of infestations. On the surface, that’s not necessarily a big deal, but left untreated, the little buggers can wreak havoc on a structure, and one of the main contingencies of every real estate transaction is an inspection to make sure that there are no active termites (or other critters) at the property. Earlier today, at the pest inspection of a home, I asked our friend who works at Neighborly Pest …

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How To Be Sure Your Foundation Isn’t Moving

Is there a way to tell if your foundation wall is cracking and moving? I came across an interesting post the other day from one of our Nest Realty agents in Charlottesville, Jim Duncan. I have said before that most of my good ideas come from other agents and Jim has certainly provided me with many ideas, so it’s no surprise that he would have already covered this issue. Many homes in the New River Valley are built with concrete block foundations and usually have travertine pavers , particularly those built prior to the mid-1990’s. Concrete block foundations are not …

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10 Steps To A Great Home Inspection

Preface – this post is a result of an infographic my friend Leigh Brown, a FANTASTIC real estate agent in Concord NC, put together and shared with me. This is a repost of her “Top 10 Ways To Get a Cleaner Home Inspection”.   According to Squeaky Clean services, you’ve taken the time to stage the house, do the same to get it ready for the home inspection. Some houston home inspectors said there are three things to keep in mind, make sure (1) everything is accessible, (2) that the little stuff is fixed in advance, and (3) to RELAX …

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Using The Earth To Heat and Cool Your Home

Ever thought about using the ground to heat and cool your home? It’s called geothermal heating and cooling, and it’s a fantastic way to use the earth’s energy to maintain the temperatures inside your home. That’s the mission and objective of www.pureairways.com – to give ducted air conditioning service for making your home fresh and cool. It used to be that technologies, like geothermal heating and cooling, were outliers, but now my clients seem to be looking at the energy efficiency of every home they’re considering, they don´t know that the best z wave controller is available now, it is …

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This Is Why You Do Home Inspections

From the “Shock and Awe at the Home Inspection” department … Find a house to inspect here – no guarantees there’ll be a mouse in the electrical panel, though. For any other info on how to get rid of mice, etc. go at GRT website.

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Home Inspections – A Visual

One of the most highly-read posts on NRVLiving.com concerns the home inspection. And the most highly-read post on the site?  “What questions should you ask during your home inspection?” Seems like people want to know about the home inspection, I guess. And if you’re like me and want a good visual of the process, the folks at VARBuzz.com put together a quick flowchart of the process, from contract ratification to removal of the inspection contingency. As with everything in life, no two situations – or transactions – are exactly alike, but for a general rule of thumb, this is a …

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The Home Inspection

Reposted … Last week, we had several properties having home inspections being done, all by the same inspector.  We try to use the same vendors, over and over, because they consistently bring their best to the job each and every time, which is one reason why we like John.  And he shares my affinity for all things Mac related, but that’s for another post. So we kept John busy last week, and in the course of those inspections I got to thinking about the purpose of the home inspection.  On the Contract we use, the home inspection clause reads: “A …

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What Questions Should You Ask During Your Home Inspection?

You’ve been working with your agent for months and you’ve finally found the house of your dreams.  The offer was accepted, and the loan application has been made.  Congratulations!  What’s next?  Closing? One of the most important steps to take when buying a home is the home inspection, you can get one from SA building inspections experts and while nearly all of my clients do them (that might have something to do with the fact that I tell them “you will do a home inspection”), sometimes buyers forego them.  I’d encourage you not to, however, as it’s really an excellent …

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Questions To Ask Before And During Your Home Inspection

You’ve been working with your agent for months and you’ve finally found the house of your dreams.  The offer was accepted, and the loan application has been made.  Congratulations!  What’s next?  Closing? One of the most important steps to take when buying a home is the home inspection, and while nearly all of my clients do them (that might have something to do with the fact that I tell them “you will do a home inspection”), sometimes buyers forego them.  I’d encourage you not to, however, as it’s really an excellent opportunity a few hours looking “under the surface” at …

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Buying a New River Valley Home After April 22 2010?

A new law goes into effect today that could have a significant impact on homes built prior to January 1 1978 – and in the New River Valley, that’s a lot of homes. Prior to January 1978, many products – including paint – had high levels of lead in them.  The EPA requires that, when a home is sold, the Seller acknowledge whether they have knowledge – or reports – of lead based paint being used in the home.  More often than not a homeowner in 2010 isn’t going to have knowledge or reports of lead based paint being used, …

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