Preparing Your Home For Winter: Part One

By Chuck Forman
The winter months are quickly approaching. Here in Colorado we will probably see our first snow by the end of this month, if not sooner. I have had several of my realtor clients ask me what they should do to prepare their homes for winter. This is a short list of items that I recommend to most home owners. 

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Preparing Your Home For Winter: Part Two

By Chuck Forman
In my last blog I discussed some of the items that you should address to prepare the interior of your home for winter. Today I will talk about some of the items that you should address to prepare the exterior of your home for winter. This is a small list of items that we look at when performing an annual maintenance inspection of our clients homes. 

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Factors to Consider When Backing Out After a Home Inspection

By Roby Pagong

Most of us have dreamt of owning a home. This is very important for most of us. That is why when we get the chance, we want to get a perfect home. This makes us willing to undergo a complex process. Purchasing a home is unlike ordinary purchase. There are several things that need to be addressed. One has to find the right lender, the right mortgage term and most importantly, the right home. One of the processes you have to go through to ensure you have the right home is the home inspection. Here, an expert will check the property to find out its current state.

The home inspector plays an essential role. He will evaluate the different areas of the property. He will also indicate his comments regarding the structure and other features in the property. He will indicate this in his report.

The seller can use the report. The inspection can take place prior to opening the property to the market. This will help him find out the essential repairs he needs to do. This will also help him get a good value for his property. Aside from the seller, the buyer will find the report most useful. He can use it in various ways. This is the best tool to negotiate the value of the property. He can also use this to demand that the seller conduct essential repairs. Most importantly, he can use this to decide to continue the purchase or back out.

As mentioned earlier, you can back out from the transaction. However, there are factors to consider. First, check your contract. It is best if you have not signed any yet especially if you have not read it thoroughly. Some contracts have clauses that will not refund you any amount you have paid for the property. This will greatly affect your decision to back out.

You may back out if there are severe damages that were not disclosed to you during your discussion with the seller. If there are several problems, you may not be able to move in the house as soon as you want. This can be a problem if you need to find a new home immediately. Surely, you want to be comfortable when you move.

Another reason for backing out is when you and the seller cannot reach an agreement. There are instances when sellers insist on what they believe is the right value for their property. As a buyer, you may think otherwise. If you are not willing to match the value of the property, you might as well look for another house.

The inspection is also a way to make the buyer realize that the property will not suit their needs. After the inspection, they might find out that they will not be able to do the things they want to do with the property. The weak foundation might prevent them from adding a second floor. They may also uncover other issues.

Inspectors will always find imperfections in homes, even if it is new. This is why you have to think carefully before deciding.



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Checklist on What to Expect During Home Inspection

By Rose B

In the course of buying or selling a house, there are inevitable and indispensable issues to consider. One of the most needed things to delve into when planning to buy or sell a property is home inspection. It is in fact primarily important that most real estate agents and key figures in the industry recommend not going further into your transactions without conducting an accurate and trustworthy inspection in the subject property. Read More...

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