The Blog

Internet and the Real Estate market

Achieving measurable results

I love reading articles about buying and selling homes, it gives me an insight to what others are seeing about homes. It helps me understand what some of our clients thoughts through the process, and what they might expect. These short articles don’t always give a fair picture of the situation (like this one).

To categorize agents or inspectors in one group is wrong and dangerous. While reading the articles we can certainly agree with some of the generalizations but others are very deceiving. For example I have never heard a Realtor tell a client if a wall is load bearing or not. Most Realtors(in my experience) want you to have the facts and will tell you to have the information verified. I think with the internet and lawsuits getting a Realtor make comments about the demographics of neighborhood is unlikely, you should do your own research.

Figuring the cost of anything about remodeling your home can drastically vary, most agents will not comment on it. Some will give you an idea, after all they have had many clients do what you want to do. There are still some agents that have experience with remodeling and can give really accurate estimates.

With For-sale-buy-owner it can get messy, I have seen it personally. The best part about an agent, they are there to negotiate for you and keep you and the other parties informed. Buying/selling a home can be very emotional, doing it on your own without experience is an emotional roller coaster, which can leave you with doubt or regrets for years.

When hiring a Realtor or inspector it is best to do research as well as when buying or selling a home. A professional will not only be helpful and make it less stressful but will help you get the most out of the deal. Not everything on the internet is accurate

Read More

Household Pests (bugs) initial treatment

Initial treatment

One of the best times to treat your home for household pests (bugs) is before you move in. The house will be empty and nothing will hinder the technician from performing a complete treatment of the home. This will help ensure your home is ready for you to move-in.

Ideally you should schedule this treatment to be right after your closing on the home. Your personal belongings may have been in storage and packed where bugs may have been. Treating your home will help prevent them from being an issue at your new home.

Read More

Termite inspection (Wood destroying organisms)

Represent more than 100 years of combined nuclear industry experience

We do many termite inspections, more than most companies in the area. We also do home inspections where another company is hired to the termite inspection and we get to see how they do it.

Over the years we have seen pest inspectors that do not like to do everything necessary to do the best inspection possible. One company told us that they do not want to upset the Realtor so they skip some crucial aspects of the inspection. Their true purpose of the inspection it to meet the client and sell services. This might include services that they may not need. Some of these inspectors are paid on commission.

They may not look for evidence of Drywood termites by tapping soffits, they will not move anything including mulch on the home. These are termite hot spots and need to be checked carefully. We have also had termite inspectors tell us that it is too hot to go in the attic. It is important that you choose your inspection company carefully. Please feel free to contact us for help even if we don’t

Read More