Eight Insider Tips for Home Buyers

Eight Insider Tips for Home Buyers

1. Be a Pre-Approved Buyer: A pre-approved buyer always has the advantage in an offer situation. Becoming pre-approved is very easy: you complete your loan application with a credit check prior to beginning your home search process. Pre-approval means that you have...
How to Look at Houses

How to Look at Houses

Water Where it Shouldn’t Be Look for: Stains on basement walls Stains on ceilings Moss, mildew or stains on lower siding Stains or mildew on underside of roof Soggy areas in yard Structural Problems Look for: Diagonal cracks above doors and windows Floors that...
Home Wiring

Home Wiring

The type of wiring in residential homes generally depends on when the home was built, where it was built and if it has been updated. In the older homes, knob and tube type wiring was the norm, replaced later by plastic-sheathed wiring. In most cases the newer...
Asbestos Concerns

Asbestos Concerns

Many sales agreements mention asbestos by saying “the buyer is aware asbestos may be used in the construction of this home.” This can be a little unsettling. Asbestos is a known carcinogen, and when exposed, tiny particles can be released into the air you...
Thinking of Stucco?

Thinking of Stucco?

Many newer homes are now being sided with artificial stucco siding, or EIFS (Exterior Insulation Finishing Systems). This is essentially polystyrene foam with a base coat, reinforcement mesh, then another base coat and then a finishing coat of stucco over the top....
Lap Siding

Lap Siding

When you are checking out homes, there are several items in our market you need to be aware of – including man-made siding. A lot has been said about L.P.( Louisiana Pacific) OSB (Oriented Strand Board) products, and they have borne most of the bad press. But...