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Identify Problems Early

Point of sale inspections, if required by your community, will often entail the interior of the property, as well as the exterior. This is the time when owners may have to bring some items up to current code. (Systematic inspections do not always require that older systems be updated, unless they pose a safety hazard.) Usually, […]

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Preparing Your Clients for a Home Inspection

To get the best from your home inspector, homeowners and realtors should know how to best prepare for a home inspection. Always recommend a pre-listing inspection to potential sellers in order to identify items that will come up and could complicate the deal. If the inspector identifies issues that can be easily fixed, you can […]

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Are You Ready for Your Home Appraisal?

Home appraisals are typically required by lenders. Banks do not want to issue a home mortgage that exceeds the value of a property; therefore they will insist that a qualified professional determine the value of the home before issuing final approval on the loan. Not just anybody can conduct a home appraisal. There are laws that […]

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Eight Ways to Avoid Costly Home Repairs This Winter

Winter can be magical and fun for many people, but it can also be costly. If you’re looking to winter-proof your home, you need to read these eight important tips. Whether it’s checking gutters for blockages, cutting back on vegetation or sealing your chimneys—clearly, with winter at our doorstep, this article is for you. Read […]

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What to Expect From a Home Inspection

Do you have lingering questions regarding what to expect during a home inspection? Thanks to this informative New York Times article, the bulk of your questions are sure to be answered. Read on to find out the importance of home inspections and what to expect when it comes time for yours. Read More >>

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House Repair Life Hacks You Should Know

Whether it’s using Kool-Aid to spot a leak in your toilet or achieving the perfect caulk edge using tape, these house repair life hacks are sure to help you save money while maintaining the integrity of your home. This 9-minute video reveals some surprising do-it-yourself tricks that brings about rewarding results!

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The 7 Things You Don’t Want to Hear during a Home Inspection

 Getting a thorough professional inspection before buying a house is a must. While you may be all set to sign on the dotted line and move your stuff in, sometimes inspections can uncover serious issues. Our experts weigh in on seven problems that may mean a house isn’t as homey as you thought: 1. Foundation […]

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How Trees Increase or Reduce Home Value

It is the responsibility of every home owner to ensure that their trees are in keeping with the size of their garden and neighboring properties. Not only do very tall un-pruned trees result in a lot of maintenance issues such as from falling leaves branches and wide spreading roots, as well as the legal responsibility […]

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When Selling, Hardwood Floors Beat Carpet

If you have carpeting covering up your hardwood floors, consider ripping it up before selling it. And if you don’t have wood floors, installing them might be a smart move. That’s because most buyers today want them — and they might be more likely to pass up homes with wall-to-wall carpet, said Leslie Piper, a […]

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Should I Attend My Own Open Inspections?

Question: I’m selling my house. Should I hang around with my agent during open inspections to help answer questions that may occur? Or will this put buyers off? Scott Torney, of Harcourts – Aberfoyle Park: Getting good feedback from buyers who attend an inspection of your property is important and unfortunately most buyers feel reluctant […]

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