Inspections – Connestee Falls Realty http://www.connesteefallshomes.com Brevard, NC - Live Where You Play! Wed, 29 Nov 2017 16:49:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.4 10 KEY PROBLEMS TO LOOK FOR & FIX IN YOUR HOME http://www.connesteefallshomes.com/10-key-problems-look-fix-home/ http://www.connesteefallshomes.com/10-key-problems-look-fix-home/#respond Mon, 18 Sep 2017 14:34:48 +0000 http://www.connesteefallshomes.com/?p=6219 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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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 moving all the time, expanding and contracting…reacting to heat, rain and wind.  In other words, a house is something you’ve got to take care of.

Tapley Dawson at The Home Doctors recommends that you do a good walk around every fall before the raining season begins, checking for cracks, clogged gutters or anything that just doesn’t look right.  That way you can catch problems early.  If you own an older home, you should do a thorough check in the springtime as well, since those homes are prone to more damage.

THE BIGGEST ENEMY IN A HOUSE IS MOISTURE.  You want to keep it out, and nature is constantly trying to force it in.  It’s the cause of things like rotting wood, termites, cupping floorboards and mold and mildew.  “If you think about the materials in a home – wood, carpet, tile – they are meant to be inside the building envelope.  So most problems have to do with moisture or something getting into that envelope,” Dawson says.  Here are some problems to look for:

  • DARK SPOTS ON WALLS, CEILING OR EDGE OF CARPET.  Any dark spots on carpet that won’t vacuum up, or dark spots on drywall mean moisture is getting in and mold or mildew is forming.  You could have a leak somewhere, from the roof or from a window…If you have a north-facing wall without insulation, when warm, moist air from the inside hits that cool wall, moisture will form.  That’s why you should always run your fans when you cook and when you shower.
  • BUBBLING, FLAKING OR CRACKING PAINT.   Means moisture is somewhere in the wall, and should be addressed as soon as possible.  Some latex-based paint will actually balloon out, which is a big red flag…Trapped moisture can occur on ceilings, walls, around windows and on trim and molding…which means there’s a leak and water is getting into the spot, and can cause mold and wood rot.
  • DRIPPING FROM A SMALL PIPE OUTSIDE A MAIN LIVING WINDOW.  Dripping means there’s already a clog and the AC system is using its backup.  Then the pan will overflow, causing major problems.  If you see a lot of moisture anywhere around a furnace or A/C unit, there’s potential for water damage.
  • A LIGHT OR POPPED-OUT BUTTON ON YOUR SOCKET, AND AN APPLIANCE HAS STOPPED WORKING.  Often this is due to a ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) which helps prevent electric shock from compromised wiring in electrical appliances.  Basically, when electricity is going where it’s not supposed to go, the fault circuit pops, shutting off electricity through the socket.  All you need to do is push the reset button.  If it doesn’t reset, then there’s something wrong with the outlet.  Keep in mind that many GFCI’s can control multiple outlets.  So if an outlet stops working, look for one with a GFCI nearby and hit the reset button.
  • FLICKERING LIGHTS.  This is not the same as when a light dims while you’re vacuuming or using a hair dryer, which is normal.  If you see pronounced dimming and brightening, make sure the bulb is screwed in all the way.  If that doesn’t work, it could also be a bad socket, which can be a potential fire hazard,
  • A BLACK LINE OPENING UP ON THE BOTTOM OF AN EXTERIOR WOOD DOOR.  This often occurs on an exterior French-style door where two portions of wood meet near the bottom.  Wind and rain can drive moisture under and into the door if it’s not properly sealed and installed.  The paint should be even on the door, with no spacing anywhere between the pieces.  If you see a space opening up, the door is on the road to failure.  Dawson says:  “Moisture goes in there, and it’s a domino effect.  Once moisture starts expanding and contracting, it breaks the joint, and the process starts.  Wood doors and wood windows are hell.  They require a lot of maintenance.”
  • WRINKLED WOOD. This could be an indicator of dry rot.  Wood should look smooth.  If you see wrinkled or wavy wood, or if your trim or siding looks different than other parts, it’s cause for concern.  This mostly affects the exterior.
  • INSECT WINGS ON WINDOWSILLS OR IN SPIDER WEBS.   Don’t panic, but this could be a sign of nearby termite swarms.  If you’ve already got moisture problems, you might want to call a termite specialist, because moisture attracts termites.  If you see any mud tubes coming out of the walls or on any pieces of wood, you’ve got termites.
  • BLACK STREAKS OR BLACK CIRCLES AROUND NAILS ON HARDWOOD FLOORS.  This most often occurs near doors.  If you have an older home with exposed nail flooring and you see blackness around those nails, chances are that you’ve got moisture getting underneath the door sill, and it’s corroding the nails.  If the wood is cupping up, the problems is bad.
  • A FOGGY WINDOW.  This happens on older dual-pane windows that have argon gas in the middle.  If the seal becomes broken, moisture buildings up and fogs.  You’ll likely need new windows…”

Ask your Connestee Falls REALTOR for recommendations of home repair specialists, electricians, etc. in our area.

SOURCE:  Mitchell Parker, Houzz/for realtytimes.com   IMAGE:  Pinterest

 

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SAVVY BUYERS SEARCH OUT FIXER-UPPERS! http://www.connesteefallshomes.com/savvy-buyers-search-fixer-uppers/ http://www.connesteefallshomes.com/savvy-buyers-search-fixer-uppers/#respond Wed, 16 Aug 2017 15:40:02 +0000 http://www.connesteefallshomes.com/?p=6200 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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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 staged and marketed to make buyers rush to put in an offer, and you may be paying more for the hype and a distracting “veneer.”  Dismiss a property because it needs work and TLC without assessing its true value, and you may lose a lot more (a house you can really make your own).

A “visual disaster” (or fixer-upper) could be a solid, well-located home that  is structurally sound and in relatively good condition, but – and it’s a big but – it looks (and possibly smells) bad – and is selling at a significant discount.  Smart sellers and their real estate agents know the magic of fresh paint, the allure of staged interiors, and the appeal of cosmetic make-overs.  They understand which current “hot” features for which buyers are willing to pay more.

Buyers who would prefer to invest their money in the best possible location and a solid, sound structure,. – not superficial trimmings and flash done to someone else’s taste and standards – may benefit from shopping for a fixer-upper.

CAUTION:  Thorough home inspection, ideally by a structural engineer, is essential to verify the home is structurally sound without any super-expensive repair necessary.  Other experienced “eyes” – contractors, designers, renovation-experienced property owners, your real estate professional – will also be helpful when viewing these homes.

Tasteless decor, scary color schemes, extreme pet smells, overwhelming clutter…these are just a few ugly turnoffs that discourage buyers.  For savvy home buyers, these negatives may signal hidden value and money-saving opportunity.  Also, these properties may have been on the market for a long time, so there could be more room for negotiation.

Buyers who are ready to contribute “sweat equity” to their purchase can end up thousands and thousands of dollars ahead.  “Sweat equity” involves getting your hands dirty to uncover good bones and hidden value, or paying a professional to do the necessary design or physical work, or a combination of both approaches.

…New owners can decide to live with some or all of the “problems” for awhile – then hire professionals to make the necessary changes.  Having lived in the home awhile, owners discover what will really work for them.

Here are a few common visual disasters to keep an eye out for:

COLOR ME CRAZY…Learn to visualize beyond crazy decor to discover value.

TIRED AND SEVERELY DATED…a “refreshed” property – scrape away the grime, deal with paneling overkill, paint with your color choices, and refinish floors or add new carpeting – can really sparkle!

STINKY PREMISES…Animal smells and discoloration from long-term smoking are two definite buyer turn offs.  Many buyers can’t get past a dirty property.  Remove the carpet and have the building professional sanitized or tackle some cleaning yourself.  There’s value under all of that ugh.

WHAT-WERE-YOU-THINKING???-DESIGN…If it’s one bad feature and the home is otherwise sound, get a couple of quotes on fixing the problem.  Your real estate pro will understand how your offer can reflect this extra cost – either a lower offer price and you pay for it, or ask the seller to make the repair or at least share or credit you the cost.

STREET-SIDE UGLY…If the yard is a mess and the property is unappealing from the curb, many buyers will stay in their cars.  Concentrate on where the value lies:  location and structural soundness.  Get a quote or two on improving landscaping or correcting the street face to back up your offer price.  Later, you can decide how much to do yourself.

TALK TO YOUR REAL ESTATE PRO, FRIENDS, FAMILY, AND LOCAL CONTRACTORS TO GET A FEEL FOR WHAT MAY WORK IN YOUR AREA. 

COLLECT A FEW BALLPARK QUOTES FOR PAINTING, CLEANING, AND OTHER POSSIBLE UNDERTAKINGS TO GET AN ACCURATE FEEL FOR COSTS BEFORE YOU START LOOKING AT PROPERTIES. 

PULL TOGETHER A TEAM OF EXPERIENCED PEOPLE YOU CAN CALL ON FOR KNOWLEDGEABLE INPUT, SO YOU’LL BE READY WHEN A POSSIBLE FIXER-UPPER/GOOD VALUE APPEARS.”

SOURCE:  PJ Wade for realtytimes.com   IMAGE:  Pinterest

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FOUR TIPS FOR PREVENTING ELECTRICAL FIRES IN YOUR HOME http://www.connesteefallshomes.com/four-tips-for-preventing-electrical-fires-in-your-home/ http://www.connesteefallshomes.com/four-tips-for-preventing-electrical-fires-in-your-home/#respond Mon, 29 Aug 2016 13:44:09 +0000 http://www.connesteefallshomes.com/?p=5790 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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electrical firesExcerpted 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.  It may seem like an uncommon occurrence, but you should keep in mind that over 50,000  home fires that happen each year are caused by electrical malfunctions.  Common malfunctions include electrical distribution system, arcing faults and electrical receptacles.  The following tips will help you in keeping your home safe.

  1. Be on the lookout for danger signs.  Some signs show that there is a problem with your home electrical system:  funny odors, sparks, buzzing sounds, hot outlets, circuit breakers that trip repeatedly and flickering lights.  Flickering lights may be a result of other devices taking in too much power, and sparks show serious wiring problems, while buzzing sounds indicate loose pongs or frayed wires.  You also need to check the wires if the plastic sheath is damaged so that the inner wires are exposed…this can be very dangerous if such damaged wires are in close proximity to water.  The best thing to do when you see these signs is to call a  licensed electric technician to look into the issues and repair them early to avoid a fire hazard.
  2. Schedule regular inspections….by a licensed technician as required.  Electrical devices get weaker with age.  Some signs of trouble are not obvious, and you may not recognize them.Things that are usually assessed include your electrical system, power plugs, outlets, electrical cords and extension cords.  After each inspection, you will receive a report which details the problem areas and what should be done to repair them.
  3. Install smoke detectors.  Home fires including those caused by electrical malfunctions can happen unexpectedly, and if they are caught early, there are high chances of prevention before they become destructive.  Therefore, you should install smoke detectors in every area of your home and check them regularly to ensure they are in good working condition.
  4. Upgrade your electrical system….including panels, circuit breakers, lighting, ceiling fans, etc.  This is crucial in ensuring that you save on energy costs, improve value,update and improve the security and safety of your home.  Old electrical panels can be risky because they are not compliant with current demands and should be upgraded.

Get a licensed electrical technician to check if you have any overloads, a potential electrical fire hazard or shocks, and the absence of grounding.”

SOURCE:  James for realtytimes.com

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HOME SELLERS HAVE CLOSING COSTS ALSO… http://www.connesteefallshomes.com/home-sellers-have-closing-costs-also/ http://www.connesteefallshomes.com/home-sellers-have-closing-costs-also/#respond Wed, 16 Mar 2016 16:53:51 +0000 http://www.connesteefallshomes.com/?p=5656 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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closing_costExcerpted 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 statement will project the bottom line to the seller, based on the listing price.  When an offer is later presented to the seller, the settlement statement should be updated to reflect the actual terms of the proposed contract…

….The following charges are generally made to the seller:

  • Real estate commission:  Seller should be informed of the $$ amount to be paid out of settlement for the commission.
  • Mortgage payoff:  Most sellers have at least one mortgage outstanding on the property.  Your lender will be able to give you an approximate payoff figure, if you given them a tentative settlement date.  Don’t forget to add a daily interest charge until the lender receives the full mortgage payout.  Also inquire whether there will be any prepayment penalty…some older loans still require the borrower (in this case the seller) to pay a percentage of the lo0an it if is paid if in full prior to the full expiration of the mortgage term.  In some instances the prepayment penalty can be avoided or waived by the lender, and you should inquire about that.
  • Points:  Perhaps one of the least understood areas of real estate financing.  Sellers often question why they have to pay points to enable the buyer to get their loan.  A  point is equal to one percent of the loan.  FHA or VA loans put limitations on the amount which the buyer can pay for closing costs.  Many buyers who will be obtaining conventional financing also want the seller to pick up some of these settlement charges – including points paid to the lender.  Seller paid points are still deductible for tax purposes by the buyer.  Thus, while sellers want to get the most dollars from their house, there are often negotiation advantages if a seller offers to split points with the buyer.  Such an arrangement may be the clue to closing the deal.
  • Termites:  Most buyers require a termite inspection, at the seller’s expense.  Sometimes the seller is hit with a sizeable repair bill due to termite damage.  If the seller has a current contract with a termite company, that company should be willing to give the required letter for no cost or a nominal charge.  Finally, when you make arrangements for the termite inspection, make sure they understand they will not do any repair work without informing you in advance.  Since the seller is paying for these charges, the seller should have the option to shop around for the best price
  • Release charges:  When seller obtained mortgage financing, it usually was in the form of a deed of trust.  This is similar to a mortgage, but the property is deeded “in trust” to independent trustees who are authorized to sell the property if a default occurs.  When the mortgage is paid in full the trustees are entitled to a nominal “trustee’s fee” and there is a small governmental charge to record the trustee’s release.  These items are always withheld at settlement and deducted from the seller’s funds.
  • Other governmental charges:  Many jurisdictions impose a tax on the transfer of real estate. (Grantor’s Tax or Recordation and Transfer Tax) Unless your state law mandates who is to pay this fee, it is negotiable and should be on the bargaining table when seller and buyer are hammering out terms of the purchase and sale.
  • Settlement charge:  Some settlement offices iwll impose a nomiunal charge onthe seller for “settlement services.”  Many sellers are often surprised when they learn, for the first time at the settlement, that they will not be getting as much from the sale of the house as they had anticipated.
  • Don’t forget to:  1.  Cancel your home insurance policy as soon as you get the sales proceeds, and 2.  if you are making automatic mortgage payments, cancel that also.”

SOURCE:  realtytimes.com – Benny L. Kass

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10 TIPS FOR TURNING YOUR NEW HOUSE INTO “OUR HOME” http://www.connesteefallshomes.com/10-tips-for-turning-your-new-house-into-our-home/ http://www.connesteefallshomes.com/10-tips-for-turning-your-new-house-into-our-home/#respond Mon, 21 Sep 2015 15:11:02 +0000 http://www.connesteefallshomes.com/?p=5072 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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millenialhomebuyers2Excerpted 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 day got you and your stuff in the premises.

Get off to a great start in your new home by attending to these “little details” which will also make this feel like “our home.”  Ignore them and they can cause problems down the road – involve the whole family in dealing with these 10 tips and everyone will feel at home.

  1.  Our New Passwords:  Change codes and passwords for security systems and anything else you are taking over from the previous owner.  Record them and keep them in a safe place.
  2. Our New Keys:  Change the locks on the house, garage, outbuildings and gates.  If you’re happy with the existing hardware, a local locksmith can re-key or change the lock.  Check window locks to ensure all are fully functional.
  3. Our Smoke/CO Detectors:  Your local fire department can tell you the best locations for detectors.  Interconnect units if possible.  Check existing units for expiration dates.
  4. Our Manuals:  Start a digital and /or paper folder for manuals for every appliance, detector, and operation device that could need repair or replacement.  Jot down maintenance reminders on your maintenance calendar while you inventory what you have.
  5. Our Electrical Breaker Panel:  Where is it?  What does each circuit breaker connect to?  Get out the labels and do a room-by-room check so you know what’s what and record this by each breaker.  If you have cable or other wired services, find out when the exterior and interior cables and hardware were last updated – you may be due for an upgrade.
  6. Our Water Shut-Off:  Where is the main shut-off? How do you turn off the water line to the refrigerator, dishwasher, washing machine, and every other  potential source of leaks?  Check temperature settings where applicable to suit your conservations plans.
  7. Our Furnace:  Clean or replace filters in the furnace, range hood, air conditioner, and any other filtered appliances.  Note times for the next clean on your maintenance calendar.
  8. Our Clean, Dry Home:  Steam-cleaning carpets is a no-brainer, but make sure gutters and downspouts are cleaned too.  To ensure the house stays dry, check that the grading is correct and the way around the house.  Are windows and doors properly caulked?
  9. Our Undisturbed Garbage:  Ask neighbors or your POA about local pests and wildlife to m make sure you prevent their invasion.
  10. Our New Closets:  Don’t make do with someone else’s closets.  Fit out closets with racks and shelving that suits you, and do it now instead of later.  Making adjustments to an empty closet is a lot easier….”

SOURCE:  P.J. Wade for realtytimes.com

 

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SQUIRRELS IN THE ATTIC? http://www.connesteefallshomes.com/squirrels-in-the-attic/ http://www.connesteefallshomes.com/squirrels-in-the-attic/#respond Tue, 08 Sep 2015 15:41:57 +0000 http://www.connesteefallshomes.com/?p=5013 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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TAKE STEPS FOR HUMANE WILDLIFE REMOVAL…

squirrelinattic2Excerpts 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.   And (obviously) removing a mother squirrel without her litter has a dreadful outcome.

Ned Bruha, who does business as The Skunk Whisperer in Oklahoma City, is another of the country’s few specialists in humane wildlife removal.  He says the wiser move – in addition to leaving the job to the pros  – would be to let the squirrels hunker down until they ware ready to leave the attic on their own, and provide them with a one-way door.

There’s no real risk in letting them hang out awhile; the danger of squirrels doing damage like chewing through wires is overblown.  At the same time, when the animals do move, at least they are in familiar surroundings.  Without remedial and preventive repairs, however, you’ll likely have another tenant in no time, as there is no shortage of squirrels looking for a place to live.

“If you have squirrels in your attic, you do not have a squirrel problems.  You have a house problem”, Bruha says.  “And if you treat this as a building problem and not a wildlife problem, you are going to have longer-term results.”  Once the animals are definitely out,  deodorize their former home and its surroundings with an industrial-strength cleanser designed specifically to neutralize the odors that wildlife like squirrels leave behind and that will attract others.

Next, repair the areas the squirrels have been using to go in and out of your attic, and make sure they don’t create new entry points.  Preventing that doesn’t require elaborate repairs. Identify the spots squirrels might chew through – old attic screens and roof vents among others.  “There is no reason to make your house look like Fort Knox to keep them out forever”, Bruha says.

Experts stress the importance of working with an expert in humane wildlife removal if necessary.

SOURCE:  Diana Marszalek/Associated Press/Asheville Citizen-Times

 

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11 THINGS TO DO BEFORE YOU MOVE INTO A NEW HOME… http://www.connesteefallshomes.com/11-things-to-do-before-you-move-into-a-new-home/ http://www.connesteefallshomes.com/11-things-to-do-before-you-move-into-a-new-home/#respond Tue, 09 Jun 2015 14:48:50 +0000 http://www.connesteefallshomes.com/?p=4901 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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movingdayYou’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 make as smooth a transition as you do.  A side benefit is the coupon package that comes with the form.

2.  Update your contact information.  Change your address online with creditors, financial institutions, schools, publications, and anyone else that is important to you.  Your change of address form from the PO will forward your mail –  but going right to the source will ensure your new address is on file.

3.  Tell your mailman and say “Thank You!”  A little consideration goes a long way when it comes to forwarding mail.

4.  Change the locks.  You don’t always know who has keys to your home.  Install new deadbolts yourself for as little as $10 per lock, or call a locksmith.

5.  Get the house deep-cleaned.  The previous owners probably had it cleaned, but while it is empty of furniture is a great time to give it a really deep cleaning.  Money well spent.  Make sure the crew gets inside closets, cabinets and drawers.

6.  Get carpets cleaned.  Carpets have been shown to be “germ hotspots”.

7.  Call an exterminator.  No comment needed here!

8.  Research utilities.  Current providers might be the best (or only) options…but they may NOT be.  Deregulation in some areas means competitive rates for utilities that can pay off.  Ask about new user discounts.

9.  Shut off utilities on the house you’re moving from.  One of the most commonly forgotten details.

10.  Alert service providers.…gardener, or anyone else who services your home regularly.

11.  Pare down your stuff…you’ll actually feel like you’ve lost weight!  You don’t want to cart things you never use from your old house to your new one.  If you don’t have time to a garage sale, research local donations spots and take advantage of charities that will come to your house and do a pickup.

SOURCE:  Jaymi Naciri for realtytimes.com

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KEEPING ENERGY COSTS LOW & HOME CONDITION UP http://www.connesteefallshomes.com/keeping-energy-costs-low-home-condition-up/ http://www.connesteefallshomes.com/keeping-energy-costs-low-home-condition-up/#respond Mon, 11 Aug 2014 14:15:12 +0000 http://www.connesteefallshomes.com/?p=4664   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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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 are simple tips to keep the energy costs down and the value of the home up…

KEEPING THE HOUSE COOL:

  • Open the windows at night
  • Seal window & door cracks
  • Take advantage of ceiling fans
  • Keep the thermostat high

SAVE ENERGY TIME ALL THE YEAR ROUND:

  • Use the microwave, most energy-saving way to cook of all
  • Avoid using appliances during peak hours (during daily business hours)
  • Your dishwasher is more energy efficient than hand washing
  • Turn off lights & appliances when leaving home
  • Stock the refrigerator. A full frig traps cool air inside when the door is opened
  • Get rid of old light bulbs

Some of these things may come as a surprise, but the real shock is how much they can  help the upkeep on your home.  By following these simple tips, much less stress will be put on the home, paving the way for a smoother home inspection when the time comes!”

SOURCE:  RIS Media/Jay Gregg

 

 

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TOP TEN WAYS TO PREPARE YOUR HOME FOR SPRING… http://www.connesteefallshomes.com/top-ten-ways-to-prepare-your-home-for-spring/ http://www.connesteefallshomes.com/top-ten-ways-to-prepare-your-home-for-spring/#respond Mon, 05 May 2014 16:07:22 +0000 http://www.connesteefallshomes.com/?p=4366 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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AFTER A SEVERE WINTER…

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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 to top condition after the winter season.  “Winter weather can damage homes in ways that aren’t easily visible,” says NAHB Chair Paul Sullivan.  “Home owners should protect their investment and hire a professional remodeler to repair or replace damaged components now, before spring storms create more problems.

  • Inspect your roof
  • Clean & repair gutters
  • Look for leaks
  • Clear exterior drains
  • Inspect siding
  • Check window & door seals
  • Patch cracks
  • Paint the exterior
  • Inspect the HVAC
  • Check your home’s grading

Remodeling or repairing your home can require that your home be open to the elements, and companies may have a backlog of work due to the length and severity of the winter season.  Choose your repair and renovation projects for the year ahead and start planning now.

SOURCE:  RISMedia/NAHB Remodelers

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TREE CARE: THE GREEN THAT TREES PROVIDE… http://www.connesteefallshomes.com/tree-care-the-green-that-trees-provide/ http://www.connesteefallshomes.com/tree-care-the-green-that-trees-provide/#respond Wed, 11 Sep 2013 13:35:34 +0000 http://www.connesteefallshomes.com/?p=4139 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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treecareThe 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 – to replace them.

A FEW TIPS FROM ARBORISTS AND OTHER TREE EXPERTS:

  • Get an expert evaluation.  Start by having trees pruned and evaluated regularly for signs of dead wood, insect damage and other problems.
  • Remove dead or problem branches.  One important part of tree maintenance is periodic crown clearing, which is the removal of dead wood.  In addition to looking unsightly, dead wood can prevent a tree from producing enough sugar, can make it more attractive to insects, and can lead to structural damage when limbs fall.
  • Another process, known as crown thinning, is the removal of selected branches from the tree’s crown to allow more light to pass through and decrease wind resistance, which will help the tree weather storms.

SOURCE:  RISMedia/Living Smart:  Tree Care/Angie Hicks

 

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