The Home Inspection: How it Works and Why You Need One

Believe it or not, home inspection is not a requirement, although almost every home buyer these days hires a third-party home inspector as part of the purchase contract or even before he or she makes an offer. Why? A quality home inspection can save you stacks of cash and even, in rare instances, save your…

Home Shopping Time Wasters (and How to Avoid Them)

Worried you’ll waste too much time on the wrong one (hmm, sounds like a past dating experience) or rush into a less-than-stellar buying decision? The key to confident home shopping is being able to spot problems from the jump and bounce when necessary. By following these time-saving tips, first-time home buyers are sure to shop…

Why Home Shopping Takes Detective Work (and How to Do It)

Discovering major problems with a home during the home inspection can be like *stomach drop*. Save yourself some money (and heartache, if you fell hard for the home) by looking more critically at these five key elements when you are out house hunting. Set Your Eyes on the Site The site is probably the biggest…

Up in Your Feelings About a Fixer-Upper? Read This First.

Imagine the scene: During a simple kitchen renovation, a contractor uncovers some super-serious damage and, the next thing you know, walls are going down and half the house is gutted. That’s completely OK if you had planned for surprises from the get-go. But if you didn’t, scope creep can lead to heartbreak and financial strain….