Real Estate Blog

Tuesday, 16 February 2016
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Buying a home is a big deal and a big investment, so please take my word for it when I say that investing in a thorough home inspection is one of the most important parts of the home-buying process.

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. It's best to ask for two weeks to get the inspection done when you make your offer.

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!

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.

Jarod
jarod@realtracs.com
615-669-8265

 

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Posted on 02/16/2016 10:28 PM by Jarod
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Tuesday, 09 February 2016
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What does $3 billion worth of construction look like in the fastest growing county in Tennessee? Well, for starters there will be a lot more office space for the burgeoning white-collar jobs that are taking up space as more and more companies relocate their headquarters in Williamson County. And all those new workers need places to live, so there are homes, apartments, and condos under construction all over the county in what many are calling mixed-used developments. And then you also have a proposed community with a golf course that they hope will be designed by Tiger Woods, and a reclaimed rock quarry that will soon become a 15,000 square-foot event space and outdoor amphitheater to seat 5,000. The landscape is definitely changing in many different ways.

In June of 2014, I wrote about the beginning stages of some of the big projects happening around the corner of McEwen and Carothers in Cool Springs, and a lot has taken shape since then with more to go. This link has some great overview information of what is already taking place.

And just this past August I wrote about the many projects that are also going on in downtown Nashville as that skyline continues to change and draw more people to the area. You can find that link here.

The Nashville Business Journal continues to do an excellent job of digging for all the exciting construction information, so I'm not going to re-invent the wheel here. Follow this link and click on the interactive map to see an overview of 42 projects currently going on in Williamson County. Yes, 42!

It's an exciting time to be living in Williamson County, Tennessee. Job opportunities are abundant, the schools are outstanding, the landscape is beautiful, and the people are just plain charming. Let me help you find your place among the growth. It will be a great investment in your future!


Jarod
jarod@realtracs.com
615-669-8265

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Posted on 02/09/2016 11:13 PM by Jarod
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