What Does a Home Inspection Check?

A home inspector will look at everything.  Home inspectors have a 1,600-item checklist, according to the National Association of Home Inspectors and the average home inspection can take three to four hours – or even more if you have additional inspections, such as termite inspections, included.
Here are just some of the areas checked during a home inspection:
  • Grounds: Standing water, faulty grading, sick or dying trees and shrubs, crumbling paths and walls
  • Structure: Foundation integrity, rotting or out-of-plumb window and door frames
  • Roof: Defects in shingles, flashing, and fascia; loose and hanging gutters; defects in chimneys and skylights
  • Exterior: Cracks or rot; dents or bowing in vinyl; blistering or flaking paint; adequate clearing between siding and earth
  • Window, doors, trim: Rotting frames, peeling caulk, damaged glass
  • Interior rooms: Water-stained ceilings, adequate insulation, and sufficient heating vents
  • Kitchen: Proper venting, no leaks under the sink, and cabinet doors and drawers operate properly
  • Bathrooms: Toilets flush properly, showers spray, and tubs are securely fastened
  • Plumbing: Drains flow properly; water has proper temperature and pressure
  • Electrical: Proper electrical panels and working light switches and outlets
Home inspections are non-invasive, meaning your home inspector will not be breaking into walls or under tile floors, for example, to be able to inspect what lies beneath or within.
We believe you need a trusted and highly skilled inspector when purchasing a home and we have an inspector list that we recommend for our clients.

Cost vs Value …is it worth the trouble?

2-9-15 Net-Worth

So, you want to redo or add something to your home.  Have you ever asked yourself what you could do to improve your home but want to make sure you re-coup the costs if you ever sold the home.  Or perhaps you just want to get more value from the home you plan to sell but you want to get the best value from the project.

A new front door to a minor or major kitchen remodel, where do you get the best return for the dollar?!

As a professional real estate consultant, it can be difficult for a home owner to understand a project that a homeowner added to their home is not necessarily going to give them the best return for their money, as it always depends on what the buyer is looking for.  In fact, some home owners can over improve their home and loose money, based on the market in their neighborhood.

Remember, if you think a pool should get the same value out that you put in, this is not true.  Usually it is something you did for your enjoyment.  It may not be something everyone wants.  As you know, some families don’t want a pool…hard to imagine for some, but they may have small children and consider it a safety issue or just don’t want to have the maintenance and upkeep a pool requires.

So before you do those improvements get THE FREE Cost vs. Value GUIDE to see where you can get the most for your improvements. DONT FORGET TO USE THIS CODE:  CV2015

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