Real Estate Blog

Monday, 29 February 2016
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As everyone and everything begins to thaw out in Middle Tennessee, you are sure to see many people outdoors, eager to soak up the sun. Those who've been shut up inside all winter may also be looking forward to warmer weather so they can stay on top of home maintenance that is more difficult to take care of during the winter.

Here are five easy tips that you could knock out in one weekend!

  1. Check all gutters. Ice and heavy rains could have potentially caused cracks or made the gutters come unattached to certain parts of your roofline. Inspect and then tack in anything that is loose. Also be sure to clean out any remaining leaves that did not get removed after fall.
  2. Check water hoses and spigots. If you followed my advice for winterizing your outdoor faucets, then you'll want to start the process of getting those back in operation once you know overnight freezes are over for the season. Unwrap faucets and inspect hoses for dry rot that could have happened with the cold weather.
  3. Prepare your HVAC. The easiest thing you can do to maintain your HVAC from inside your house is to change your filters. Spring is a great reminder to do this! Also, go ahead and schedule a checkup with a local company to make sure your family stays cool and to prevent bigger problems when the days get much warmer.
  4. Check for cracks. The winter can be harsh. Check the area around your windows and doors for cracks in the paint or caulk and make necessary repairs. Also, check for cracks along any areas around your home with concrete, such as your foundation, sidewalks, stairs, garage and driveway. Use crack filler or silicone caulk to make these repairs.
  5. Remove your firewood. Most people like to keep their firewood close during the winter months if they have wood-burning heat, but it's best to keep these wood sources at least 2 feet from the foundation of your home and at least 18 inches above the ground. This will reduce the chances of unwanted insects from entering or feasting on your home.

    I hope you can get out there and enjoy the sunshine! If the upcoming spring weather is getting you excited about selling and/or buying a home, please give me a call!

 

Jarod
jarod@realtracs.com
615-669-8265

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Posted on 02/29/2016 3:50 PM by Jarod
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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