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4 Tips for Finding the Best Home Inspector for the Job



You'll probably need to hire a home inspector when buying a home. There four tips will help you find the best inspector for the job.

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When choosing a general home inspector, follow these four tips to find a good fit:

1. Look for qualifications, certificates, specialties, and licenses: For example, if you're thinking of buying a home that has a lot of electrical issues, consider an inspector who is a state-certified electrician. If the house has structural issues, you might want to work with someone who has structural certifications. They should specialize in areas that fit the home's criteria.

2. Ask for a sample report: This will show you how their detail work is done. Some inspectors just take extensive notes that you might not be able to interpret completely without photos or a detailed report describing the issues with the property.

A sample report will give you a look at how they do detailed work.

3. Ask for references: They should be able to give you the names of past clients who can give references or testimonials. You can also search them on Google or the Better Business Bureau to see their reviews.

4. Make sure they're insured: If something happens after you buy the property, you want them to have liability insurance in case of bad direction or advice. The house could have a problem that you ended up having no idea about.

If you have any questions or you need a reference for a great home inspector, just give me a call or send me an email. I'd be glad to help!

The Truth About Zillow’s Zestimates



If you want to sell your home, there are a few things you should know before you turn to Zillow to find your home value.

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If you are thinking about using Zillow’s Zestimate tool to determine the value of your home, there are a few things you should know.

A Zestimate is an algorithm used to estimate the value of your home based on the property size, number of bedrooms and bathrooms, and the local sales in the area.

Zillow’s Zestimate is not always accurate.

So, what’s wrong with the Zillow Zestimate? It’s not always accurate. Zillow has no way of knowing the condition of the property, upgrades you have done, or whether you have made any additions to the house. Zillow also has no way of knowing about your curb appeal or any changes that you have made to the property.

If you’re looking for an accurate estimate, you really can’t rely on Zillow. You are better off calling your local real estate professional for an accurate estimate of your property. They will run a comparative market analysis and let you know what your home is worth in the current market.

If you have any questions about Zestimates or you would like to know what your home is worth, give me a call or send me an email. I would be happy to help you!

Your Home Isn’t Selling for These 3 Reasons



Here are a few reasons why your home might be failing to sell and what you can do to finally get it snagged off the market.

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If a home fails to sell, it could be happening for a number of reasons.

First, there could be some issues with your home’s condition. Your property might not have the same cosmetics that other homes in your price range have. You might need to upgrade your carpet and paint, declutter the space, and really work to spruce up the inside to give buyers a reason to want to snag your property.

You could also upgrade your landscaping to give your home better curb appeal or put in a new roof or furnace. These are all components that will help your home sell.

Upgrade your carpet and paint, declutter, and really work to spruce up the inside to give buyers a reason to want to snag your property.

Second, location might be playing a role in your home failing to sell. If your property is on a really busy street, it’s not ideal for most buyers. Or, if you have the nicest home with tons of upgrades in a neighborhood with lower priced homes, buyers might not see the value as easily as you do. They might opt for a home in a neighborhood where the prices of the home are more comparable.

Third, price could be a huge factor in your home failing to sell. If your home’s location and condition are less than ideal, you’ll need to drop your price to reflect that. Overpricing won’t work, as buyers will simply find a home with nice updates in a better area for the same price as your home. If you want your home to sell, the price needs to reflect the true value.

If you have any questions about this topic or you have any other real estate questions, please feel free to give me a call or send me an email. I’m always happy to help!