January 2013

There are 2 blog entries for January 2013.

What to Look For in a Home Inspector

Monday, January 21st, 2013 at 10:45am. 2589 Views, 0 Comments.

Home InspectorA home inspection is a critical part of buying a home, but how do you choose who to hire? While you can look online or in the phone book, the best way is to get a referral from someone who's worked with a local inspector in the past and had a positive experience. Ask friends, family, and of course your real estate agent, who can suggest potential home inspectors to interview. When you've collected a few names, it's important to learn more about each home inspector, to find the right one for you. You'll want someone who:

    • Performs home inspections as their full-time job.
    • Is licensed if your state requires licensing. You can check to see which states require licensing here.
    • Has been an inspector for at least a few…

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Red Flags to Watch for When Buying a Home

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013 at 5:30pm. 3249 Views, 0 Comments.

Home BuyersWhen house hunting, it can be easy to become emotionally attached to a property. Maybe it's in the perfect location, or it has that fireplace you've always wanted. Before you start planning where your grandmother's hutch is going to go, it's imperative that you take a closer look at the house to make sure there are no potentially costly issues lurking behind that great first impression.

Here are some of the most important items to watch for as you look for homes. They're not necessarily deal breakers, but they could be indicative of serious issues, so be sure to investigate further if you come across any of the following problems.

Cracks in the foundation. If there are lots of small cracks, or cracks that are bigger than a quarter of an inch, it…

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