How to Check the AC Unit Before Purchasing a Home

You have finally found the home of your dreams, but your adventure in homeownership has only just begun. First, you have to make sure everything, including the air conditioning, is in proper working order. Although you should always have your home professionally inspected, there are a few things you can check on your own to…

Buying a Home? Check the Roof to Save Big

When you are investing hundreds of thousands of hard-earned money into a home, the last thing you want is to discover significant roof damage right as you are moving in. After all, standard roof replacements on average-sized homes can cost upwards of $20,000. That money could be used for your kid’s college fund, to take…

What Your Home Inspector Isn’t Telling You

A professional home inspection is a critical component of the homebuying process. While having one completed is important, it is also not a foolproof method of identifying existing or potential problems in a home. There are certain areas of the home that the inspector won’t examine, and others that he just isn’t qualified to assess….

Great Old House or Grand Old Money Pit?

Motivations for buying an old house are as varied as American architectural styles. Before the swoon over a stately Victorian or 1940s bungalow casts a soft focus over reality, plant your feet on the ground and grab a note pad; some homework is in order. Older homes may have expensive problems. Just as a title…

A Home Safety Inspection Checklist for Homeowners

With determination, sacrifice and hard work, you saved for your new home, searched for your new home, and finally, bought your new home. You cleaned it, decorated it, and celebrated it – the symbol of your independence and achievement. It’s yours! Then comes the reality check: The maintenance and repairs are yours too. So is…

Homebuyer’s Red Flags Checklist

After looking at so many homes, when you finally fall in love with one, it’s way too easy to be wowed by the stuff that doesn’t matter: pretty-colored paint, a winding staircase, granite countertops and gorgeous flooring. This is where an old “momily” comes into play: “Pretty is as pretty does.” Wipe the stars from…

Home Hurricane Safety Inspections: Save Money Now, Save a Life Later

If you live in an area where hurricanes are prevalent, the importance of safety precautions can’t be overstated. Hurricane safety inspections can save your home, your life and even thousands of dollars on homeowners insurance. Is a Hurricane Headed Your Way? Florida and Louisiana may be the most common victims of the Atlantic hurricane season,…

The Nuts and Bolts of the Home Inspection Report

A good home inspection report is a valuable resource – not only during the home buying process, but also as a guide to maintenance when you own the home. Home inspection reports can be difficult to decipher, but it is vital that you thoroughly understand everything in the report and the inspector’s recommendations. Types of…

Should I Buy a Home With Mold, Foundation Issues or Other Problems?

In the wake of the foreclosure crisis the real estate market is flooded with handyman specials, fixer uppers and REOs offering big profits for investors and huge discounts for first-time homebuyers. However, there is a huge difference between houses needing a new coat of paint and those with scary structural issues. Will you find gold…

Home Inspections Save Buyers Money

When you see that dream home with the unbeatable price tag, you may already be more than sold on investing your life’s earnings on it. But don’t rush into it. At least not until you can have an objective pair of eyes scan the property so your dream doesn’t turn into a nightmare. Buyers’ home…