Todays Real Estate Group has discovered that most complaints in the real estate industry come from homebuyers after the close of escrow. Most of those complaints are about previously undetected property conditions. In short, buyers don’t like being surprised by hidden defects. Our reputation depends on your satisfaction?and your satisfaction can be increased with a professional home inspection. We want you to be confident that your roof is in good shape and understand the current condition of major systems and the overall condition of your new home.For a small investment in a professional inspection, you?ll get some peace of mind and greater enjoyment of your new home. Here Are Five Reasons Why A Home Inspection Is A Smart Investment Whether you are a beginner or an experienced homebuyer, Todays Real Estate Group recommends you obtain a professional home inspection and take advantage of these benefits: ·Be confident you won’t get surprised by major defects you hadn’t bargained for ·Be informed about the condition of the property you are buying ·Learn how systems and fixtures work and how they should be maintained ·Receive an expert’s advice about the feasibility of making upgrades and renovations ·Understand the construction and function of mechanical systems and safety feature What’s involved in a home inspection:At the homebuyer’s expense, a home inspector conducts a visual examination of the home you are planning to buy. He or she will examine such things as the roof, pool, structure, exterior, interior, electrical, plumbing, heating and air conditioning?usually spending a few hours at the property. Normally, the home inspection is paid for by the buyer, although sometimes a seller will retain the services of an inspector before sale negotiations begin. While a home inspection doesn’t guarantee that everything will remain in good working order or serve as a home warranty, it will help to inform you whether or not everything is in good working condition at the time of the inspection.
Outside·Does the ground around the foundation slope away from the house? ·Be sure that water does not pond in swales. To check, water the areas with a hose if possible. ·Are there signs of erosion? ·Is shrubbery planted at least 2 to 3 feet from the foundation? ·Are basement window wells clean and graveled? ·Are shingles flat and tight? ·Is flashing securely in place? ·Do gutters, down spouts and splash blocks drain away from the house? ·Are windows and doors sealed and protected by weather stripping? ·Are trim and filling tight, and without cracks? ·Does paint should cover the surfaces and trim smoothly? Inside·Are all doors and windows sealed and do they open and close easily? ·Are they the same as noted in the contract? ·Are any glass panes loose or cracked? ·Is the painting satisfactory in all rooms, closets and stairways? ·Did the painters didn't miss any spots? ·Is the carpet tight and do the seams match? ·Are there any ridges or seam gaps in vinyl tile or flooring? ·Do the floors squeak? ·If wooden floors, are they properly finished? ·Do the major appliances operate properly? ·Are the appliances the right color and model? ·Do all faucets and plumbing fixtures, including toilets and showers, to be sure they operate properly? ·Do heating, cooling and water heating units operate properly? ·Do the fireplace draft and damper work? ·Are there nicks, scratches, cracks or bumps on any surfaces, including cabinets and counter tops? ·Did you ring the doorbell and test the intercom, garage door opener and other like items? ·Have you seen indications of dampness or leaks? ·Are there any obvious defects in exposed components (such as floor joists, I-beams, support columns, insulation, heating ducts, plumbing, electrical, etc.)? Certificate Of Occupancy·Has your local municipality signed off on your house? Note: A new-house inspection is often more extensive because buyers expect the property to be in near-perfect condition. Resale-home buyers, on the other hand, usually overlook minor flaws that come with an older, previously lived-in home.Be sure to document all items that need to be corrected before closing. If you have a professional home inspection, also make sure you do a final walk-through before closing to confirm that all items on the inspector's report have been corrected
Rate Your Prospective New Home And NeighborhoodAs you shop for a home, rate the following features about each home and surrounding neighborhood as good, fair or not important: 1.General Room Layout 2.Number of Bathrooms 3.Closets and storage space 4.Yard Size 5.Size of rooms - Kitchen, Living Room, Dining Room, Family Room, Master Bedroom, Other Bedrooms What is your overall rating of the home? Is it worth considering or eliminating from your list of prospective homes? Make a rough diagram of any home you might seriously consider ?nothing fancy...just a basic summary of the floor plan with window and door openings so you can imagine how your furniture might fit. Also note telephone jacks.How Does The Neighborhood Rate? Answer The Following Questions With Yes, No Or Unimportant. Neighborhood Quality1.Are the homes well taken care of? 2.Are there good public services (i.e., police, fire department)? 3.Are there paved roads? 4.Are there sidewalks? 5.Is there adequate street lighting? 6.Is there adequate parking? 7.Any pet or other neighborhood restrictions? 8.Are the public schools good? Neighborhood Convenience1.Will you be near your work? 2.Convenient to place of worship ? 3.Are shopping centers and restaurants nearby? 4.Is there public transportation available? 5.Will you be near child care services? 6.Are hospitals, clinics, or doctors close by? 7.Is there a park or playground nearby? 8.Is there an association offering pool and/or tennis courts? Neighbors1.Will you be near friends or relatives? 2.Will you be near other children of your children's age(s)? 3.Is there an active community group? Neighborhood Problems1.Decreasing sales prices of homes? 2.Lots of families moving away? 3.Heavy traffic or noise? 4.Litter or pollution? 5.Factories or heavy industry? 6.Businesses closing down? 7.Vacant houses or buildings? 8.Increasing crime or vandalism? What Is Your Overall Rating Of The Neighborhood? Good, Fair Or Poor?
Whether you move across the county or clear across country, you'll face a myriad of details. Realty Executives of Treasure Valley offers these suggestions to help simplify and organize your move:Plan AheadExperts recommend scheduling moves at least one month in advance, especially during the peak moving season between May and September. Some estimates indicate 80 percent of all moving and storage business is done when schools are out, so book your movers early. Ask QuestionsTake the time to get as much information as possible from moving companies before selecting one. Check on truck size and availability. Ask about moving supplies, such as boxes, dollies and furniture pads. Find out about protection plans for your possessions. Ask about lost or damaged property claim procedures. Determine price differences in packing the truck yourself or having it professionally packed. Get written estimates. Save Your ReceiptsMany of your moving expenses are tax deductible, so hang onto your receipts. Consult with your tax advisor to find out what is deductible, or call the Internal Revenue Service and request Publication 521: Tax Information On Moving Expenses. Change Your AddressStop by your local post office and pick up a free change-of-address kit. The packet includes change-of-address cards to notify magazine publishers, charge accounts, clubs, organizations, insurance and investment companies about your move. The kit also has an address forwarding card for the post office. Collect DocumentsIf you're moving out of the area, you'll need to gather your family's personal records. Remember to get your medical and dental records, school transcripts, legal documents, titles, bank records, tax returns, stocks and bonds certificates, birth certificates, passports and insurance documents. Be sure to empty your safe deposit box. Cancel UtilitiesWhen you cancel your telephone, gas, electric, garbage, water and other utilities, call and order service for your new home. You'll be able to make telephone calls, plug in the vacuum and do a load of laundry the minute you step into your new home. If you need a list of services in your new neighborhood, contact your agent about schools, voter registration, auto licensing and registration, utilities and more.Additional Considerations: ·Taking Physical Possession of Your New Home: As a general rule, possession takes place on the date of deed recording. Recording usually takes place the next business day after closing. In some cases it may take up to a week for possession, but seldom longer. ·Utility Connections: Your Todays Real Estate Group agent will help you identify the various utilities servicing your area. To avoid having to make deposits for new services, you will need letters of credit from your previous utility companies. ·Which Kitchen Appliances Stay and Which Do Not: Refrigerators, washers and dryers are generally not included in the sale of a home, whereas the stove and dishwasher are. Your Todays Real Estate Group agent would be happy to provide you with the names of several local appliance stores. ·Animal Licensing: Most city ordinances require that dogs are licensed and on a leash when outside the home. To license your pets, you will need verification from a veterinarian that your animal has been vaccinated for rabies. The number of pets allowed per home varies depending on the various city ordinances. A few cities even require that cats be licensed. ·Vehicle, Voter Registration and Driver's License Information: Ask your Todays Real Estate Group agent about the licensing laws in your new community. ·Insurance: We recommend that you get bids from several companies. Make sure you get the discounts you deserve. Many companies give multi-car, good-driver, non-smoker and good-student discounts. Home insurance discounts are granted for fire alarms, security systems, and that sort of thing. ·Mail Transfer and Keys: Sometimes mail transfer can be pretty complex. New subdivisions may have cluster boxes, which are mailboxes grouped at intervals along your street. Make sure you know where your box is. Keys are not transferable so there may be a delay in having your mailbox re-keyed. ·Trash and Recycling: Trash collection is usually separate from recycling. Each service may have its own fee. In some cases the fees are paid through the Homeowners Association, but some are paid directly to the municipality. Your Realty Executives of Treasure Valley agent would be glad to research this for you, and get you a copy of the trash and recycling pick-up schedules. · NOTE: Ask your moving company about taking your corrugated boxes. Many will, as long as they are flat. If not, you will need to make arrangements with a disposal company for their removal, or ask your municipality if it has a one-time removal service for new residents.·Examining Shipped Goods: Examine shipped goods immediately because you will have a limited amount of time to file claims on any damaged or missing possessions. ·Banking Connections: Tell us what kind of banking relationship you are looking for and we'll provide you with some recommendations.