Check The Roof Carefully Before You Buy A Home!...

Feb 27, 2017 by

Replacing a roof is pretty costly. You can expect to pay anywhere from $4 to $7 per square foot for asphalt shingles and even more for specialty roofing materials like slate tiles or metal sheeting. So if you’re thinking of purchasing a property for sale, it really pays to ensure the roof is in good shape first. Otherwise, you might find yourself paying thousands in repair costs just a year or two down the road. Here are a few things you can look for to get an idea of the condition a home’s roof is in. Clear gutters. Take a look inside the gutters. Are they clear, or is there water backed up in them due to leaf and debris accumulation? If the gutters are blocked, water will accumulate on the roof. If this...

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3 Factors To Help You Determine How Much To Offer On A House...

Feb 27, 2017 by

When you shop for a home to buy, you may look at dozens of different homes for sale before you find the one you really love. Once you find the right house that is within your budget, you may want to make an offer on it. As you consider this, you may wonder how much would be a good amount to offer, and here are three factors that can help you decide how much to offer for the house. The fair market value of the house One of the most important things to evaluate is the fair market value of the house you want to buy. The fair market value of homes can increase and decrease based on the supply and demand of houses in the area, so it’s important to understand that this...

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Suggest These Alternatives To Having Your Rent Increased...

Jan 26, 2017 by

When you rent a house, it’s helpful to anticipate that the rent may increase at some point during your stay. It’s customary for your landlord to give you advance notice of this expected increase, but you may wish to suggest some alternatives to paying more each month. In many cases, landlords will be happy to listen to your suggestions. This isn’t the same as negotiating the rent. Instead, it’s you coming up with some things that you can do to benefit the landlord in the long run in exchange for him or her keeping the rent the same. Here are some suggestions. Perform Some Interior Upkeep The landlord is responsible for the upkeep of a house that he or she rents, but you may find a degree of flexibility here. For example, if you’re...

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When To Leave Mouse Control To The Professionals...

Jan 19, 2017 by

The common house mouse (Mus musculus) can be quite difficult to control. Since the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that rodents are responsible for transmitting such diseases as salmonellosis, hemorrhagic fever, and even the plague, it is important to know when to call an exterminator.  When Preventative Measures Fail It is up to the homeowner to take proper measures to prevent mice from entering the home. This includes keeping food in containers and cleaning up all messes immediately after they occur. You’ll also need to seal off all openings around the outside of your home that are larger than 1/4 inch to keep the rodents from being able to enter. One myth is that getting a cat will keep mice away. A cat may catch a mouse or two, but the cat...

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What Do Restrictive Covenants Mean For Your Home Purchase?...

Jan 12, 2017 by

When it comes to buying a home, there are various rules and regulations that you need to be aware of to avoid future complications. One possible set of rules that you might face are restrictive covenants. If you are moving into a community that has a homeowners association, here is what you need to know about restrictive covenants and their potential impact on your homeownership.  What Are Restrictive Covenants? Homeowners associations are charged with overseeing the common areas of a community. Some associations have relatively lax rules, while others rely on stricter rules to protect the community and its value. One of the ways that a homeowners association can protect the community is through the use of restrictive covenants.   A restrictive covenant is basically an agreement between the homeowners in the community and the association. The agreement...

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How to Look Carefully at a Home You Are Thinking About Buying...

Jan 10, 2017 by

When you are buying your first home, it can be easy to get very excited about a property. While a home you love can end up being perfect for you, there are a number of ways you can make sure before you make an offer. When you go to a home with your realtor, you have to be ready to ask questions. If you are seriously considering the home, don’t be afraid to bring a tape measure and paper with you in order to take notes. You’ll want to make sure that the home fits your wants and needs, while also taking a careful look at the overall upkeep of the home. Take a Walk in the Basement Basements don’t naturally smell musty or moldy, but basements that have a moisture problem do. If...

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