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Home Inspection Services

July 6th, 2012 11:38 am

Home inspection services can help ease the confusion and stress of buying a house. When you are buying a residence there are things that you can choose like the price range and location. But whether you are planning to get a new place or an existing one, you still have to worry about the unknown. Especially – does it have any problems that could be very costly later down the road?

Knowing if there are any problems before you purchase can be very beneficial to both your finances and the safety of your family. You can definitely find out if there are any problems by hiring a professional home inspector. Their services should provide you with a professional assessment. It should be an unbiased review of the condition of the building.

You will receive an expert evaluation and a thorough report about the condition of the dwelling, the physical structure and various systems within it. Before a thorough report is prepared, the inspector will perform a visual inspection of the house. A good company will want you to attend and go with them during the process.

You should ask questions to help you become familiar with the house. You should be encouraged to ask any questions that you see fit during the walk-through. Your questions should be answered in a clear and concise way so you can understand the information. Make sure that the review includes foundation walls, framing, the roof and attic, the electrical system, heating and air conditioning systems, all bathrooms, the kitchen and the plumbing system. Depending on the square footage, this will take anywhere from three to five hours to complete.

An experienced person will look out for leaks and moisture where black mold could be growing. Black mold can be hazardous to your health. Once the evaluation is complete the inspector will explain to you in detail and discuss any problems that he or she has discovered. Your report should include all this information along with pictures so that it will help you with any decisions you need to make about requesting repairs.

You should also be informed of any routine maintenance that should be performed. If you have questions about maintenance, ask the company representative any questions you may have.

The company that you decide to use should be trained and certified. Many states do not require any kind of training, licensing or certification. In Chicago, a license is required but it is very easy to obtain. Instead, check to see if they are certified by an independent organization such as the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI).

Do not be afraid to ask for proof that their people are trained and certified. If they will not guarantee their work, hire someone different.

This is likely to be the largest purchase you will ever make. Properly done, these services should provide you with peace of mind about your new investment. The cost is minimal compared to the price of your purchase. And it is worth every penny because your investment is protected by hiring an experienced, professional home inspection company.

Where To Look For Real Estate Agents

June 27th, 2012 11:51 am

Once you have made the life-changing decision to buy your first house, you have to be ready for the rocky road ahead. There are several things that you have to learn about before you start with the whole home buying process. One of the first steps that you need to make is to find a good real estate agent that you can work with. Having one you can trust helping you along the way would make the entire process go smoother.

With that said, let us look at the process of looking for a real estate agent. One of the best ways you can find an agent is through referral especially if it comes from someone you can trust. A close friend or a relative for example may have recently bought a property in the area where you are also looking for a home. Ask them if they worked with an agent and if they can refer said individual to you.

You can also look online for realtors. The internet is a great tool to use and you do not have to leave the comfort and safety of your home to search for real estate agents. There are websites listing real estate agents and there are also websites operated by real estate agents with helpful information to boot aside from the agents’ contact information.

Another way you can find good real estate agents is by attending open houses. When attending one, make sure that you use the opportunity to network. If you are looking to sell your property and you are looking for an agent to help you sell it, take note of what the agents at the open house are doing. If they are doing all the right things to sell the property, then they could be great to work with. On the other hand, if the agent is ignoring you and just letting you go through the house, it could be a red flag that should be seriously considered.

If you are looking for a property somewhere far from your current location, one thing you can do is ask professionals in your area if they can recommend an agent based in the area where you will be looking to make a purchase. The great thing about asking for professional advice is that they would be making sure that they make the right recommendation as their reputation is also at stake.


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