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AR's community takes the time to leave honest and transparent reviews of their experiences
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Each month AR runs numerous contests as a way for our members to engage in activities
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These state pages or hyper-local pages provide content directly related to a specific geographical location.
State, County, City and Neighborhood pages make it easy for consumers to find what they're looking for.
Post your listings, school information, local events, market reports and more
Consumers peruse these pages for information
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Just because i'm not an inspector doesn't mean I'm completely off the hook for taking a good look around the house at things that may seem not right. This is our job, and we do this everyday. Always consult an inspector however keep your eyes peeled for our clients, it's our job!
Every good buyer knows that once you are truly interested in a home you need to a have a thorough inspection done. This important step can keep you from making a big mistake or on the opposite hand give you some peace of mind about your purchase.
Did you know there are things you can look for, before an inspection, that can tell you about the house? It's true. Here are five things that all home buyers should be on the lookout for when viewing a home.
First, be on the lookout for water damage, leaks, or mold. You are looking to buy what could be one of the most expensive purchases of your life. So, look beneath counters, behind shower curtains, and around sinks. Do you see evidence of leaks or of moisture build-up? Are there tiles rotting off walls or dampness under sinks? Don't forget to use your nose. You can smell moisture as soon as you enter some homes.
This goes double for basements. These spaces are notorious for harboring mold, leaks, and moisture. Be sure to brave the spiders and check out even the most unfinished of basements. This is also a great way to inspect joists for rot or termite damage as well as basement walls for damage, which could indicate foundation issues.
Next, make your way to the opposite end of the house and be sure to always view the attic. You can tell a lot about a house by looking at the attic. Is the house properly insulated? If not, what are the average heating and cooling bills? Does wiring look safely installed?
The third item is the age and state of some of the more costly repairs and replacements. Ask about the functionality and age of appliances, water heaters, siding, and paint. Knowing when you'll need to replace these items next can help you at the negotiating table.
Fourth, walk around the outside of a house. This is why it's a good idea to look at housing when it's not too icy or snowy. You want to be able to see the foundation and look for any visible cracks.
Finally, look at landscaping and be sure it's not too close to the house, which can cause moisture issues. Large trees can also cause root issue for both plumbing and foundations. You can also diagnose foundation issues by looking at the inside walls and ceilings of the home. Are there large cracks? Is the house shifting and settling?
These tips are no substitute for a professional inspection of the property, but they can give you some real clues as to whether this home is what you're looking for or willing to get into.
Disclaimer: ActiveRain Corp. does not necessarily endorse the real estate agents, loan officers and brokers listed on this site. These real estate profiles, blogs and blog entries are provided here as a courtesy to our visitors to help them make an informed decision when buying or selling a house. ActiveRain Corp. takes no responsibility for the content in these profiles, that are written by the members of this community.