According to Realtor Magazine, “an estimated 70 percent of all homes sold annually receive a home inspection,” yet there are still many misconceptions about the process itself.
Here, the three most frequent home inspection myths will be addressed:
Asbestos is always dangerous and should be removed immediately
In some older residential homes asbestos can be found in the ...
Posted by Dan DaCosta
on May 29, 2013
You have decided to take that first step toward purchasing a home and, with excitement, start visiting some open houses. While aesthetics are important, it's crucial to look beyond the window-dressings yourself before you hire a qualified home inspector.
Here are some common problem areas to look for while touring an open house:
General upkeep Look for cracks, especially above door frames. This ...
Posted by Irving Schok
on May 1, 2013
Q: Do I need to hire a real estate agent to represent me when I buy a new home from a builder?
A: Legally, no. However, if you don’t, you might be missing out on some tangible benefits that impact your wallet and how much you get for your money.
There are many reasons why a Sales Professional (agent) is a sound investment during the purchase process with a builder. ...
Posted by Phillip Stables
on March 13, 2013
With popularity of home staging and all the home renovation shows on television these days, it's easy to become overwhelmed at the pressure the industry seems to place on the average homeseller to 'prepare your home for sale'. Let's de-mystify and simplify this process a little bit today...
You've met with a realtor, you like them and want to prepare the home for sale. What does that mean? If ...
Posted by Dee Girdler
on December 3, 2012
It's always a good idea to spruce up the exterior and interior of your home before listing it for sale. But that doesn't mean you have to undertake major and/or expensive project.
Just a little effort will greatly increase the perceived value of your home. After all, if you wanted to undertake a large-scale project, you probably wouldn't be selling!
Here are some simple steps you can take to increase ...
Posted by Sukhwinder Sukh Bhaura
on May 25, 2012
The future is bright for kitchen design. Even today we can turn on a faucet with a simple tap, perform a Google search from the fridge door and open a drawer from a slight touch. So what can we expect in the kitchen of the future? Just about anything you can imagine....
The new Samsung RSG309 fridge, is an industry first. Equipped with a Wi-Fi enabled 8’’ LCD screen on the ...
Posted by Nadege Parent
on April 4, 2012
Recently a homeowners argued that appraisers are not swayed by a home's cleanliness. The argument was that an appraiser uses current and past comparables and examines the possibility of what the home is worth. While this is true, what this homeowner didn't understand is that an appraiser will take into consideration curb appeal and how well the home shows because these factors do impact a home's price. ...
Posted by Romana King
on March 13, 2012
Mold is a common occurrence in homes, but it can potentially cause health problems as well as damage to structures and surfaces if it is not controlled. Mold begins growing indoors when spores come in contact with wet surfaces or substances. Once established, mold can be very difficult to remove successfully - so prevention is the key. MOLD PREVENTION Mold cannot grow in the absence of moisture. Moisture ...
Posted by Angela Slager
on January 13, 2012
Bidding wars on tear down properties are no longer raising eyebrows on the Canadian west coast. International buyers want water views, upscale communities, and a home designed to suit every possible fancy.
West Vancouver, British Columbia, is one of the most expensive suburbs in Canada with the average home valued over $1.5 Million. The waterfront community boasts some of the most spectacular views ...
Posted by Charles Bilash
on July 20, 2011
I know a thing or two about a beautiful landscape. I'm outside all the time and when I see a beautiful house on the outside, I think how great it must be on the inside.
Here are some easy "bites" to sell your house on the outside first. 1. Clean up any yard waste and clutter: This means raking the leaves in the fall and disposing of them. Get rid of that old tire behind the garage. ...
Posted by Ernie Arrizza
on May 9, 2011