Home Inspections | Should you get one when you purchase a home?

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Take A Peek With A Pro To Get To Know Your New Home

It’s always wise to rely on a home inspection to know the home you’re buying won’t surprise you with unexpected and/or expensive repairs after settlement/closing.

We can help you find local, trusted home inspectors to be sure you get inspections done quickly after the purchase offer is accepted.

If at all possible, arrange your schedule to accompany inspectors during the home inspection. It will give you an opportunity to ask questions and understand the home before home inspection reports are issued.

In most cases, home inspectors provide a report shortly after the inspection is completed. If you have a special timeline to accommodate, inform inspectors ahead of time. If an inspection or report is delayed, we can work with the seller to ensure that your home-purchase offer isn’t canceled or delayed further.

After reports are delivered, whether or not you accompanied the inspectors, prepare a list of questions for the inspectors and arrange a phone conference with them. After your questions are answered, your real estate professional can work with you to address any new questions with the home seller.

The key information to know is what time frame you have to negotiate with the seller for price adjustments and/or repairs after the inspections are complete. Remember, in some cases, inspection reports will not yield any surprises, and the home purchase will proceed as planned to closing/settlement. In other cases, you may have just cause to walk away from a home due to inspection-report findings. Our experience and knowledge will help you make the best homebuying decisions for your situation.

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TOP IT OFF RIGHT Kitchen Countertops Set A Whole New Style | Wilmington NC real estate

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Kitchen remodeling is among the most popular projects undertaken by homeowners — and the most profitable in terms of recouping the investment when the home is sold. One of the major decisions faced by anyone remodeling a kitchen is choosing a countertop.

Ideally, countertops will resist damage from heat, cold, acid burns, cuts, salt, water and various types of stains — and be easy to clean and maintain. It’s a tall order to fill, but a variety of choices are available these days that meet many, if not all, of those requirements.

Plastic Laminate And Ceramic Tile
These materials have long been popular choices because of their relatively low cost and easy installation. Laminates now come in many designs, including granite look-alikes. This variety makes it easy to coordinate a laminate top with wood cabinetry, metal details and other custom features. It is, however, susceptible to burns and scratches. And because laminate is not a solid surface, replacement may be necessary if damage occurs.

Ceramic tile has a classic look about it, provides a durable surface, and offers great variety in color and design. On the down side, its uneven surface makes it harder to keep clean, especially in the grout joints. Acrylic sealers have been developed to help resist grout staining.

Solid-Surface Materials
Countertops of solid-surface materials (e.g., Corian®) have become a popular, if more expensive, choice. Because color and pattern run all the way through this material, repairs are possible when damage occurs.

Other Options
Natural stone (granite is now popular, though expensive), butcher-block wood, stainless steel, poured concrete, and “labtop” (fiber-reinforced cement) are also being used in today’s kitchens. They’ll cost you more but look good and last for decades.

The cost of countertop materials varies greatly from as little as $1 per
linear foot for inexpensive ceramic tile to $150 per linear foot for high-grade stainless steel. Don’t forget to consider the cost of installation, as well, which generally increases with the cost of materials.

Look on www.cbbaker.com and visit some listings to get a view of some of the awesome kitchens.   Happy Homeowning!

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Tire Kicking | Secret Tests To Check a Property’s Condition | Wilmington NC real estate

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Secret Tests To Check A Property’s Condition



If you’re considering buying a house that’s more than a few years old, there may be some hidden problems you can discover before you make a purchase offer. Although putting a professional inspection contingency in the contract will help protect you from surprises, doing your own inspection before making an offer could save you considerable time and money.How can you tell if a property is worth buying? Here’s how to look at the big picture — for structural concerns, major repairs that are needed, appliances that have to be replaced.

Crawl The Walls

Start going to the right when you enter the house, and keep on following to the right. You will check each wall that way. Do the same on every floor. Look for settlement cracks, separating joints, defective plaster or other signs of stress or damage. Check wallpapered areas for crinkling or gathering, which may mean walls are settling or shifting.

Look For Leaks

Loose or wrinkled wallpaper could indicate a water leak somewhere. Look for water stains on the ceiling and walls. You may have to look closely — bring a flashlight — in case they have been painted over or repaired.Spend time in the bathrooms and in every area with pipes, checking for leaks and drips. Also, run the shower and basin, then flush the toilet to check water pressure. Look for cracked or loose tiles and missing grout or mildew stains on the walls or floor, which could indicate a behind-the-wall leak.

Plug Into The Electrical System

Check every electric socket or outlet. Use a plug-in night light and turn every switch on and off. Look for extension cords and multiple plugs in sockets, which could mean insufficient or poorly placed sockets. Also check every appliance to be sure it works well.

Focus On Condition

Open and close every door and window. Look and listen for squeaking, sticking, or a tendency to close on their own. Check for evidence of shifting or settling around the front stoop, chimney and walks, and places where the driveway and the fence meet the house. Also check the deck for sturdiness and look for rotted wood. Go into the garage and check the walls, floors and doors — inside and out.

Pay Attention To Pests

Look for termites and ants. Especially look along the foundation, around doors and entry points of wiring and pipes. Check the grading of the yard to be sure water runs away from the house.If everything looks good to you and you decide to purchase the house, be sure to require a home inspection by a professional inspector before settlement. You will want a professional who will crawl into the crawl space, climb onto the roof and poke around with a flashlight in the attic. Your professional should also carefully inspect the major systems — electrical, gas, plumbing and heating/air conditioning.

You can and should insist on a written report detailing what the problems are with the house, how important each one is. You may have to consult a contractor to estimate repair costs on any problems found.

We have a list of local service providers that will help you with your inspections. View here….

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