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Inspections

10 KEY PROBLEMS TO LOOK FOR & FIX IN YOUR HOME

Excerpted from an article by Mitchell Parker/Houzz for realtytimes.com “IGNORE SOME OF THESE SIGNS AND YOU MAY END UP WITH MAJOR ISSUES! Your home is trying to tell you all sorts of things:  the way it sounds…the way it smells.  And there are plenty of visual cues to tip you off to problems.  Everything is…

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SAVVY BUYERS SEARCH OUT FIXER-UPPERS!

Excerpted from an article by PJ Wade for realtytimes.com “Instead of shopping for your dream home, why not search out your dream discount? First-time buyers, even experienced buyers, can be distracted by the superficial….enticed to pay more for dream-home fantasies or, encouraged to walk away from a hidden gem… Buy a home which was cleverly…

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FOUR TIPS FOR PREVENTING ELECTRICAL FIRES IN YOUR HOME

Excerpted from an article by James for realtytimes.com “All electrical installations in your home are destined to deteriorate with age and continuous use.  When this happens  you are likely to be inconvenienced by unexpected repairs, experience damage to electronic devices, or worse still, experience a fire that will damage your home and injure your family. …

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HOME SELLERS HAVE CLOSING COSTS ALSO…

Excerpted from an article by Benny L. Kass for realtytimes.com “…..When a seller signs a listing agreement with a Real Estate Broker, authorizing that person to sell the house, in addition to all the other forms which sellers receive (lender points, title insurance, settlement fees…), the seller should be given an estimated settlement statement.  This…

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10 TIPS FOR TURNING YOUR NEW HOUSE INTO “OUR HOME”

Excerpted from an article by PJ Wade for realtytimes.com “When you’re moving into a new house, the more you know about it before you must know – during a high-pressure day, emergency, or crisis – the  happier you and your family will be.  Closing day took care of the legal & financial aspects, while move-in…

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SQUIRRELS IN THE ATTIC?

TAKE STEPS FOR HUMANE WILDLIFE REMOVAL… Excerpts from article by Diana Marszalek for the Associated Press: “…Experts say that most squirrels – even ones  old enough to fend for themselves – won’t survive being  moved.  They succumb to everything from turf wars to an inability to adapt to new habitats.  So…relocation is a feel-good myth.  …

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11 THINGS TO DO BEFORE YOU MOVE INTO A NEW HOME…

You’re all ready to move into your new home!  Pure excitement!  But before you actually move, there are a few things you should take care of: 1.  Change your address.  Stop at your local PO or visit the United States Postal Service’s website to change your address.  Doing this early ensures that your mail will…

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KEEPING ENERGY COSTS LOW & HOME CONDITION UP

  Excerpted from an “Ask The Expert” article in RIS  written by Jay Gregg, Director of Marketing with Pillar To Post Home Inspectors… “As a homeowner, how can I keep my energy costs low while keeping my house in great condition?  Instead of running the air conditioning throughout the hottest months of the year, there…

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TOP TEN WAYS TO PREPARE YOUR HOME FOR SPRING…

AFTER A SEVERE WINTER…   As much of the US recovers from one of the most severe winters in history (not so bad here in WNC, but…), it is important to inspect your home for damage & plan for home maintenance, repair & remodeling projects.  The following tips from NAHB Remodelers can return  your home…

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TREE CARE: THE GREEN THAT TREES PROVIDE…

The green that trees provide goes beyond the beauty of their foliage.  Part of your home’s market value is rooted in the quality and quantity of healthy trees on your property.  That’s why it is so important to take good care of your trees.  They grow very slowly, so it’s not easy – or cheap…

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