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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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Buying & selling: What a Home Inspection Means for Everyone

The inspection period — which comes after an offer is accepted, but before a sales contract is signed — is a time when buyers, sellers and their agents hold their breath. That’s because this is when a deal is most likely to fall apart. Inspections may reveal issues that the buyers did not anticipate when […]

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Why a Seller can Benefit From an Early Home Inspection

One of the most common ways to sink a home sale or lower the bidding price is a surprise finding in a home inspection, and this is prompting some sellers to take the precautionary step of having an inspection before listing. A home inspection can cost as much as $500, but real estate experts say it’s […]

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Avoid the Boa Constrictor.

From a 15-foot boa constrictor holed up in the dark to a house ready to collapse in a stiff breeze to electrical wiring that bursts into flames at the flip of a switch, home inspectors have seen it all. And those horror stories could be yours if you don’t have a home inspected before you […]

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Top 10 Home Inspection Myths

Home inspections can be daunting things, especially if you’re a first time home buyer.  At Jabuka Home Inspections, we strive to make the process as transparent and easy-to-follow as possible. In light of this, we present this useful list of 10 home inspections myths that you may run into when buying a house. Read More

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How to Select the Right Home Inspector for You.

Most people are only involved in a few real estate transactions during their lifetimes. So it makes sense to call in experts to help them navigate the home-buying process and assess the condition and value of the deal. But, with limited knowledge on the subject, most home buyers may find it difficult to be sure […]

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Even Your Dream Home Will Have its Flaws

A home inspection can spare you from surprises after you buy. After crunching the numbers, searching your favorite neighborhoods, and weighing the pros and cons of each property you’ve seen, you’ve chosen a house that seems like the perfect fit for you. While it may be “perfect” when it comes to location, price or features, […]

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How to Get the Most out of Your Home Inspection

You’ve finally found that perfect home. A white picket fence. A pretty flower garden. That’s what it looks like to the untrained eye. But that perfect home could be filled with all kinds of trouble — poorly installed insulation, foundation problems, sub-par electrical work, infestations of termites and mice. Even a savvy home-shopper can miss […]

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