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Tuesday, 24 September 2013
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You finally found it—the perfect home. You knew it as soon as you walked in the door. If you’re a woman, you’ve started mentally placing furniture around the room. If you’re a man, you’ve made sure the garage will store all your tools. But before you start moving in your stuff, you’ve got to sign a lot of paperwork and you’ve got to protect yourself.

That’s why I always make sure my clients set aside enough money on the front end to get a thorough home inspection. Jerry Black from Pillar to Post Home Inspectors services many homes in the Middle Tennessee real estate area. He explains that many times when a buyer walks in a house and they know they want it, they put up blinders. A home inspector will go through the house with unbiased eyes to make sure they find everything that needs to be discovered. The most common problems they find that the untrained eye misses are plumbing leaks and issues in the crawl space.

So, how does a home inspection protect you? It can be written in as a contingency on your purchasing offer. If the inspector finds major problems with the home you are trying to buy, you have the option of walking away from your offer without any penalties.

You should expect a home inspection to last from two to three hours. It is beneficial for you to be there during this time so the inspector can explain things more clearly to you. According to investopedia.com, the inspector should note:

• whether each problem is a safety issue, major defect, or minor defect
• which items need replacement and which should be repaired or serviced
• items that are suitable for now but that should be monitored closely

A really great inspector will even tell you about routine maintenance that should be performed, which can be a big help if you're a first-time home buyer.

Be sure to find the company that offers the most services. There are three major home inspection agencies that monitor the guidelines, but those guidelines only require a minimum on some services. Hire the company that goes above and beyond. Pillar to Post, for instance, offers a 1,600 point inspection. They also have three different packages to choose from so you can up your inspection to include other features such as radon and mold testing.

Even though there are quite a few expenses in the buying and selling process, a home inspection is one of the best investments for your purchase and your peace of mind.

For more information on Pillar to Post, click here and watch the video about their three inspection packages.

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Posted on 09/24/2013 2:00 PM by Jarod
Wednesday, 18 September 2013
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“One of the best kept secrets in Williamson County and Middle Tennessee”—  

That’s how residents describe the charming little town of Nolensville, Tennessee.

In 1797, when the Nolen family—William, Sarah and their five children—had the misfortune of breaking a wagon wheel and were forced to stop for repairs, Nolensville was born.

William and family were delighted with the surroundings and location of their mishap so much that he purchased a portion of a land grant on which the city of Nolensville was built. The town was incorporated in 1839, and was later the scene of several skirmishes during the Civil War.

To this day, there are homes and other buildings that can be seen on both sides of Nolensville Road that were built in the 19th century and are still being used for housing and other purposes. They comprise the historic portion of the city and include the Waller Funeral Home that has been in existence since 1876, the Nolensville Feed Company since 1890 (now the Amish Feed Mill),  and the old Nolensville Creamery (known for its excellent butter) which now houses an antique store. There is also a Bed and Breakfast nearby that was built in 1820, known as A Home Place Bed & Breakfast

Nolensville was re-incorporated in 1996 and since then, has seen a steady growth in its popularity and population. Several new home developments have begun and are thriving in the general area. This quaint little town can boast of its low-cost living partly because of having the lowest property taxes in Williamson County. 

Schools that educate the children of Nolensville are touted to be among the best in the state, according to the latest TCAP scores. The community is anxiously awaiting the new high school that is scheduled to open in 2015.

Sports activities for children are one of the top priorities in Nolensville as witnessed by a variety of different sport leagues for both boys and girls. Weekends at the local sports complexes are very active and filled with laughter and shouts of encouragement from fans and participants involved in local football, softball, baseball, and soccer.

Statistics from the Multiple Listing Service already indicate a 10% increase in both the selling price of homes and the selling price per square foot when compared to 2012. The average selling price so far in 2013 is approximately $370,400.00 and the price per square foot averages $122.00. The average home size is 3018 square feet. All signs point toward a healthy growth for this beautiful area.

To search for new listings in Nolensville and other areas of interest, just give me a call.

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Posted on 09/18/2013 3:25 PM by Jarod
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