May 21, 2018

Memorial Day

 

 

Memorial Day Salute!

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While this is the weekend that generally kicks off the summer season with family get-togethers, cookouts, and three-day get-aways, let’s not forget the true reason why the holiday exists.

Memorial Dayoriginally known as Decoration Day—was first observed on May 30, 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. It has been celebrated ever since then as a day to honor veterans of foreign wars and all the men and women currently serving in the armed forces. Take some time this weekend to recognize the true meaning of the holiday and share the history with your children.  W Realty salutes all of our fallen Soldiers and those actively protecting us!

 

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Posted in Community Service
April 29, 2018

Painting 101

 

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You've decided to paint a room in your home and you're ready to get started. Or are you? Before you start slapping paint on the walls, check out these painting tips that will make your job easier and make it look like it was done by a pro.

Choose a Color

Choosing a color is the hardest part. What's most important is to find one that will create the desired mood and make you happy.

  • If you really don't have any idea about what color to paint, try pulling a color out of a piece of art or area rug that's in the room. It's a guaranteed way to find a complementary color.
  • Take home several paint chips and see how they look in the room. Hold them up to the furniture, floors, artwork, cabinets, and anything else that's already in the room. Try to narrow it down to three or four choices.
  • Get a small sample pot of each color and paint a large square on the wall.
  • Watch how the color changes as the sun moves across the sky and the amount of light in the room changes.

Using More Than One Color

If you're using more than one color in the room, remember these paint tips.

  • If you have a chair rail or wainscoting and you want to paint the top and bottom of the walls different colors it's best to use the darker color on the bottom portion and the lighter on top. The light color will dominate and the dark color will have a grounding effect.
  • To accentuate trim, paint it a shade lighter or a shade darker than the walls. The same goes for the ceiling. Painting it a shade darker will make the room feel cozier, painting it a lighter shade will create an airier feeling.
Paint Effects

Don't be afraid to think outside the box and try some different paint effects. There's a lot you can do with paint so there's no need to do the walls all in the same color. Some fun techniques include color blocking, stenciling, and color washing. You can use different colors on the same wall, or for a subtle effect, you can use different finishes.

For example, try painting a wall in a flat finish and then stenciling a design (such as damask) overtop with a glossy paint. The effect is subtle yet elegant.

Choose a Finish

Once you've chosen a paint color and design, you'll need to decide on a finish(or finishes).

  • Flat: Offers a matte finish, which is perfect for covering walls with a little wear and tear because it doesn't reflect light. Use flat finishes anywhere you want to cover imperfections.
  • Satin and Eggshell: Popular for walls because they have a very slight shine and are fairly easy to clean.
  • Semi-Gloss and Glossy: Both are quite shiny which is why they're popular for trim. They also hold up very well to cleaning.

Determine the Amount of Paint Needed

Add the width of all the walls in the room together and multiply the number by the height of one wall (from floor to ceiling). Take the total and subtract the total area of all the doors, windows, archways, etc. This will get you the exact area of wall space you'll need to paint. A general rule of thumb is that a flat surface usually requires one gallon for every 400 square feet. Take into account how many coats you think you'll need to do.

Prepare to Paint

Proper preparation is one of the most important painting tips and is key to getting a professional-looking paint job.

  • Move anything out of the room that might get in the way and remove all necessary hardware and fixtures.
  • Wipe down the walls with a solution of water and a little bit of dish soap. This will remove dirt, dust, and grease.
  • Fill any cracks with plaster filler and sand down any surfaces that will be painted. Wipe off any excess dust from the sanding with a damp cloth.
  • Make sure you have all the brushes, rollers, and paint trays you will need before starting. Having to take a break in the middle of painting to run to the hardware store will be frustrating and slow you down.

Tape off Areas to Be Painted

It's time-consuming but it's worth it. Use painter's tape to tape off the trim, ceilings, windows, doors, and any other necessary areas. It will ensure you get a nice straight line and you don't cross over onto an area you don't want to be painted.

Paint From the Top Down

Always start painting from the highest area to the lowest. Start with the ceiling or top of the walls and work your way down. This way you can catch any drips and it won't ruin a freshly painted wall.

Thin Coats Are Better Than Thick

One of the biggest mistakes people make is to put too much paint on the brush. It's far more effective to put a small amount on the brush or roller and use long, even strokes to apply thin coats. It's tempting to slather on a lot of paint in the hopes of not having to do another coat, but the end result won't look as good. Several thin coats will do a better job of covering the walls than one thick coat.

Paint the Trim Last

There's some debate on this topic, but quite often the trim can catch some of the spray that comes off of paint rollers. For this reason, it's best to paint the trim last since it will be done with a brush and excess paint won't get on the walls.

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Posted in diy
April 17, 2018

Vacation Homes

 POINTS TO PONDER WHEN BUYING A VACATION HOME                                                 

          


Over the years, you’ve spent many happy summers at that lake, beach, or mountain resort. The kids think of it as a second home. Maybe it’s time to buy property there so the family can enjoy it for years to come.

If that’s your thinking, you are not alone. According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR,) vacation home sales accounted for 21 percent of all real estate transactions last year, their highest market share since the survey was first conducted in 2003.

But, suggest financial advisors, before you decide to buy that second home, consider four important questions regarding convenience and cost:

  • How often will you use it? Surveys show most vacation homes are within two hours of the owner’s primary home. More travel time than that, and you may not choose to make the trip nearly as often as you thought you might.
  • How much will it cost? In addition to the purchase price, consider annual property taxes and insurance as well as monthly utilities, trash removal, and maintenance services. For safety’s sake, you may want to add the cost of a security and/or alarm system, plus the cost for a property manager to keep an eye on the property when you are not in residence – and to handle rental services if you decide to rent the property.
  • Will you rent or not? You may be planning to offset costs by renting out the home while you’re away, and that could be a worthwhile decision. But if you will rely on rental income to meet expenses, check first with local agents/rental companies to see what similar properties are renting for in the area and what the occupancy rate is like. Also, understand that if you rent during the region’s high or most desirable season – say, winter in a ski area or summer at the beach – you will limit the time you and your family will have the property available for your use.
  • What about maintenance? – Your vacation home will likely need as much year-round upkeep as your primary home. Be prepared to devote at least part of your vacation time tending to repairs – or tack on the cost of keeping a handyman on retainer.

Feel free to contact www.wrealtysc.com at any time for more real estate information!


Posted in Find a Home!
April 6, 2018

Are You Ready To Sell Your Home?

 

Am I Ready to Sell My House?

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7 Signs You’re Ready to Sell Your House

Should I sell my house? If you’ve been asking yourself this question lately, we’ve got good news: It’s a great market for sellers! Limited inventory continues to drive home prices up, and the latest data from the National Association of Realtors shows that nearly half of recently sold properties were on the market for less than a month.

Of course, the decision to sell your house isn’t based solely on market conditions. You have to take your personal situation into account—and that’s where expert advice comes in handy.

Here are seven signs you’re ready to sell your house:

1. You’ve got equity on your side.

For most homeowners, being financially ready to sell your house comes down to one factor: equity. During the housing meltdown of 2008–09, millions of homeowners found themselves with negative equity, which meant they owed more on their homes than they were worth.

 

Clearly, selling your home when you have negative equity is a bad deal. That’s called a short sale. Breaking even on your home sale is better, but it’s still not ideal. If you’re in either situation, don’t sell unless you have to in order to avoid bankruptcy or foreclosure.

For the last several years, home values have been on the rise—by leaps and bounds in many cases—and that means most homeowners are building equity. Their homes are now worth more than they owe on them, and that trend will persist as they pay down their mortgages and home values continue to increase.

Figuring out how much equity you have may sound complicated, but the math is actually simple. Here’s how it works:

First, grab your latest mortgage statement and find your current mortgage balance.

Next, you’ll need to know your home value. While it’s tempting to use figures from online valuation sites to determine how much your home is worth, they’re not always accurate. Ask W Realty to run a free comparative market analysis (CMA) for the best estimate.

Once you have those two numbers in hand, simply subtract your current mortgage balance from your home’s estimated market value. The difference will give you a good idea of how much equity you have to work with.

So how much equity is enough?  At the very least you want to have enough equity to pay off your current mortgage with enough left over to provide a 20% down payment. But if your sale can also cover your closing costs, moving expenses and an even larger down payment—that’s even better.  Additionally, putting 20% or more down on a home keeps private mortgage insurance (PMI) at bay. That could save you hundreds of dollars each year!

2. You’re out of debt with cash in the bank.

If you didn’t have all your financial ducks in a row your first time around the home-buying block, you probably learned a few things the hard way. Like the fact that Murphy can smell “broke” from miles away. If it can go wrong, it will! Put those lessons to good use and be a money-smart home buyer the next go-round!

Start by taking a hard look at your finances. If you’ve paid off all your nonmortgage debt and have three to six months of expenses in your emergency fund, that’s a good sign you’re financially mature enough to purchase a home again.

3. You can afford to buy a home that fits your lifestyle better.

Another factor to consider is how well your home meets your everyday needs. Perhaps you could use another bedroom (or even two) to accommodate your growing family. Or maybe your kids have all moved out and you’re ready to downsize.  Empty nesters can really benefit from selling while rates are low. It’s freeing to sell a large home, pay cash for a smaller one, and invest the rest for your retirement.

Whether you’re sizing up or down, make sure your mortgage fits your budget. Dave recommends keeping your monthly payment to 25% or less of your take-home pay on a 15-year fixed-rate mortgage.

4. You can cash-flow the move.

Don’t get so carried away by the excitement of your next home that you forget to account for the cost of leaving your current one. Hiring professional movers? Save up cash to cover the cost of packing up and hauling your stuff away.

You should also invest a little to get your current place ready for prime time. Focus your home improvement dollars on paint, curb appeal, plus kitchen and bath upgrades.  A little bit of fresh paint and elbow grease can go a long way into making a great impression—and getting your home sold fast!

Want a bonus tip that doesn’t cost a dime? Clear out the clutter. Neat closets and tidy shelves make your home look larger!

Related: 5 No-Cost Tricks to Sell Your Home Faster

5. You’re emotionally ready to sell.

If the numbers show you’re financially ready to make a move, great! But don’t forget—selling your home is an emotional issue, too. Before you plant the “For Sale” sign in the front yard, take a minute to answer just a few more questions:

 

  • Are you ready to put in the work to get your house ready for house hunters?
  • Are you committed to keeping it ready to show for weeks or months?
  • Are you ready to hear the reasons why potential buyers believe your home is not perfect?
  • Are you ready for honest—and sometimes hardball—negotiations over what buyers are willing to pay for your home?
  • Are you really ready to move out and leave the place where your family has made memories?

Don’t get us wrong; we’re not trying to talk you out of selling your home! We just want you to be completely ready when you do decide to move on to the next stage of your family’s life.

A qualified real estate agent will give you a clear picture of what it’s like to sell your house, and also help you discern if now is the right time for you, both financially and emotionally.

6. You Understand the Market (a Little Bit)

No one can predict how the housing market will perform. But the National Association of Realtors expects modest growth for existing homes in 2018. Despite the possibility of rising mortgage rates, home sales in 2018 are forecasted to grow around 7% percent, with the median price increasing 5%.

Home Values Are Riding High

With rents up and mortgage rates down, many renters are looking to buy their first home. There’s just one problem: They’re having trouble finding homes for sale within their price range.

According to Trulia, there are 20% fewer entry-level homes on the market today than there were this time last year. A lot of investors snatched up bargains on entry-level homes when the market was down and turned them into rental properties. 

If you took economics in school, you learned all about supply and demand. When supply is down and demand goes up, prices trend upwards as well. That means your home might be worth more than you think. Consider the numbers:

  • According to the National Realtors Association, U.S. homes are on the market an average of only 34 days, that’s four less than last year.
  • Recent listings of starter homes are 8% less than searches, which means there are more house hunters than homes available for sale.

In other words, the market’s hot for just about any home seller—but especially if you’ve got a starter home to sell.

7. You Have a Real Estate Agent

The reasons already mentioned are essential to consider before selling your home this year. But remember, your real estate market is unique—and so is your financial situation. Consult W Realty at www.wrealtysc.com to find out how the 2018 housing market is shaping up in your area so you can decide if a sale makes financial sense for your family.

Partner with a pro you can trust to provide honest advice so you can do what’s best for you and your budget. W Realty puts service before sales—but knows how to get things done when it’s time to sell.

 

Selling your home is a big deal.  A real estate agent does more than just schedule showings of your home.  They bring experience and confidence to the table when they handle their many job duties, which include:

  • Giving you advice about updates or repairs that will make your home more attractive
  • Helping you set a price for your home
  • Marketing your home so it receives as much exposure to potential buyers as possible
  • Scheduling showings with potential buyers
  • Advising you as you negotiate offers
  • Handling all the required paperwork
Posted in SELLING YOUR HOME
March 22, 2018

Curb Appeal

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CURB APPEAL MIGHT JUST BE A DEAL MAKER OR BREAKER, SO IT’S TIME TO GET TO WORK! 

 Small changes in your home's curb appeal can make a big impact.

Lawn and garden

The state of your lawn and garden are the most telltale sign of your maintenance habits. If they aren’t neat and pretty, you come off as someone who doesn’t really invest enough time into home maintenance. The lawn and yard are usually the first thing your buyers see, so they need to be impressive. If you have a green thumb, there is plenty that you yourself can do to make your yard look stellar. Watering and mowing your lawn regularly is just the first step. With a bit of creativity and work, you can transform your outdoor space into a flower garden, an organic vegetable patch, or even an orchard. If you’re not into gardening, or just don’t know how to start the transformation from a boring yard to an enchanting garden, consider professional help like expert landscaping in Sydney.

Driveway and paths

Driveways and paths on properties often get neglected, but are in fact, come to think of it, very important. After all, you use them every day, and it’s crucial that they be in a good condition. First of all, assess the overall state of your driveway. What is it made of? Is it just a dirt road? Is it made of stone? Is it paved, but the pavement is old and has started to crack? In all of these cases you should consider paving it over. If it’s gravel, does it need regravelling? If it’s in good condition, then all you need to do is make sure there are no unsightly grass and weeds growing in or along it. If there are, don’t worry. There are plenty of simple methods to get rid of them.

The exterior of the house

Most sellers worry more about what their home looks like on the inside, but, in fact, every buyer will first see it from the outside. That means that a little basic maintenance goes a long way when it comes to making your home an appealing property. First of all, a fresh coat of paint can do wonders for the overall look of the house. How often you will need to repaint the exterior of your home depends on several factors, like the climate and quality of paint. While you’re painting, check out the doors, windows and shutters too. Do they need a fresh coat as well? While you’re dealing with the windows, replace any old or torn mosquito nets. A pretty, sturdy, high quality front door is also important to buyers. Look at the roof next. Does it need retiling? Don’t forget basic maintenance, like cleaning your gutters. Finally, it’s much easier to remove unnecessary, old, or ugly features than to add new ones. Consider removing rickety old sheds, rusty basketball hoops, and cracking, broken fountains.

When it comes to selling your property, always remember that first impressions are crucial. The first thing your prospective buyers are going to see is the way your home looks from the outside, as well as the yard that surrounds it. If your facade is peeling, the lawn is not mown, and the fence is rickety, you might lose your buyers before they even set foot into the house. So, before you advertise the sale, try investing a bit of your time into getting your home’s exterior into tip top shape.

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Posted in SELLING YOUR HOME
March 13, 2018

ST. PATRICK'S DAY

 

 CELEBRATING ST. PATRICK'S DAY

                                                                         

On March 17, everyone’s a little Irish. Even though St. Patrick’s Day is only a public holiday in a handful of places – the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Newfoundland, Labrador and Montserrat – Irishness is celebrated around the world. We put together 9 fun facts about St. Patrick’s Day to help you channel your inner Irishman or Irishwoman.

1. Once upon a time

St. Patrick is one of the most famous patron saints of Ireland: According to the legend, he brought Christianity to the island, made the shamrock fashionable and freed Ireland from snakes. The holiday marks St. Patrick’s death and has been observed as a religious holiday in Ireland for over 1500 years.

2. Cheers to the official holiday!

Ireland only officially started celebrating the day in 1903. Since the Emerald Isle is mainly catholic and St. Patrick’s Day usually falls on Lent, it used to be a quiet and religious holiday – until the 1960s, when a law allowed pubs to open on St. Paddy’s Day. (Never call it St. Patty’s Day!)

3. The patron saint formerly known as Maewyn

St. Patrick is not actually an Irishman named Patrick: Born Maewyn Succat, the Irish patron saint was actually British. According to the legend, he was sold into slavery in Ireland when he was a teenager, became religious, escaped back to England, became an ordained priest named Patrick and started converting all of the Irish Celtic pagans to Christianity.

4. The freeing of the snakes

He had it with these *** snakes in this *** country.*

According to the legend, St. Patrick freed Ireland from snakes. According to biologists, there were never any actual snakes in Ireland. The diplomatic explanation is that the snakes are a metaphor for paganism that was forced out by St. Patrick.

5. The popularity of shamrocks

It’s said that St. Patrick used shamrocks (aka clovers) to explain the holy trinity (God, Son and Holy Spirit) to the Irish. The Celts believed that each leaf of the clover has a meaning, so using clover leaves as teaching material was fruitful: St. Patrick started several churches, schools and monasteries and made the clover popular.

6. Going green

It’s green as far as the eye can see – from hair to clothes and even food. We’re not talking spinach here but bagels, pancakes, and even beer – if you can put green food coloring in it, it will be served on St. Patrick’s Day. But the coloring fun doesn’t stop there: rivers, monuments and even ski resorts have all been turned green to commemorate the occasion.

7. Green became the new blue

Even though everyone goes green, Patrick himself apparently preferred blue and proof can still be seen on old Irish flags. During the 1798 Irish Rebellion, wearing the the clover and the color green became a symbol of nationalism – and it stuck.

8. Let’s parade

Besides the drinking and green-wearing, watching or participating in a parade is the perfect way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Interestingly enough, the largest St. Paddy’s Day parades are held outside of Ireland as the Irish expat communities around the world are taking the festivities very seriously. More on the best St. Patrick’s Day parades in the world in this post.

9. Cheers!

During St. Patrick’s Day, the worldwide consumption of Guinness almost triples – from 5.5 million pints on a regular day to 13 million pints. That’s 150 pints per second! Cheers!

    COLUMBIA'S ST. PATICK'S DAY CELEBRATIONS

On Saturday, March 17, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. there will be magic in the air on Devine Street in Columbia, South Carolina where one of the nation’s largest St. Patrick’s Day Festivals will begin its second event of the day, the St. Pat’s Parade.

The St. Pat’s Parade will assemble at Dreher High School and travel the Musical Mile down Devine Street into Five Points offering several blocks of public viewing. After entering Five Points, the parade will wind its way down Devine Street and up Saluda Avenue, returning to Harden Street at the Five Points Fountain and concluding near Food Lion.

Be sure to wear your green and get your Sham-Rock On at the St. Pat’s Parade! If you have any questions about the parade, you may e-mail Silvia Butler at sbbutler@bellsouth.net for additional information.

AFTER THE PARADE BE SURE TO GO TO THE FIVE POINTS FESTIVITIES. FOR MORE INFORMATION CLICK ON THE FOLLOWING WEBSITE :

 

                                            http://stpatscolumbia.com/#lineup

 

Posted in HOLIDAYS
March 4, 2018

Spring Cleaning

PREPARING YOUR HOME TO SELL

 

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Do the words cleaning and decluttering fill you with joy or make you want to run to your Netflix binge session?  Does anyone really like to clean and declutter?  The answer is for most of us, NO.  However it is a necessity if you are planning on putting your home on the market.  Hopefully some of the following tips will help make it a little easier.

 

 

 Love this bright, cheerful and simple spring cleaning checklist! Pop over to the post to snag the free printable!

 

      Five Point Plan     

The best plan of action I have found is called the five point plan.  While 10 or more tasks may seem overwhelming, five seems like a much more manageable number.

This list is simple.  It is broken down by area of the house and space to add five tasks for each room.  If you hit one room each week-end for the next few months, you will have accomplished your Spring Cleaning and your house will be ready to sell!

 

Love this bright, cheerful and simple spring cleaning checklist! Pop over to the post to snag the free printable!www.wrealtysc.com

Feb. 20, 2018

Decks-Your Outdoor Living Space!

Good weather should be enjoyed to its fullest extent. To do that you have to actually go outside. But if your home lacks an enticing outdoor living space, there’s little incentive to venture out.

Outdoor living is seeing a bit of an explosion lately: Adding a deck is one of the most requested home projects today, and demand is steadily rising. 

New durable outdoor materials, furniture and accessories plus unique shade options and smart tech that lets us watch movies and have full kitchens have no doubt fueled the interest. So if you’re hoping to make the most of good weather in your area, a new deck has likely crossed your mind. Here’s what you’ll need to know about finally getting one.
Posted in Outdoor Living
Feb. 15, 2018

Getting Your House Ready To Sell

Top 8 Issues Found In Home Inspections

When selling your home there is a good chance that the buyer will request a home inspection. Having too many issues in the home inspection report could send up red flags to the buyer that causes them to back out of the deal. Many of the issues found in home inspections can be remedied beforehand so that the home inspection will turn up nothing but a clean check of the home and useful suggestions on various aspects of the home. Ideally getting your home inspected prior to listing it for sale is best since a home inspector will go through your home just as they would for a buyer and give you a list of all the issues they find. With that pre-listing inspection list you can repair those problem areas ahead of time so there is one less thing to cause your home sale to go bad.

Regardless of whether you decide to go the pre-listing inspection route or not there are some common issues found in home inspections that you should be aware of. By checking your home with regards to these common issues and making repairs before you list you are in better position to reach the closing table. Additionally you may end up saving yourself time and money since having to make repairs while under the deadline of a closing date means you may have to go with whoever is available and pay whatever price they charge since it has to be repaired.

TOP ISSUES TO BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR

1. Electrical

Electrical Issues are the number one issue to be on the lookout for as they are one of the most common problems found by home inspectors. You should be checking to make sure all your electrical outlets work properly, that there are no defective electrical outlets, and that all GFCI outlets work properly. Burnt out light bulbs should be replaced and any electrical switches that no longer work should be looked at to determine the problem and repaired.

The main electrical panel will be inspected to make sure it meets quality and safety standards. If the electrical panel in your home is very old it will be noted on the inspection report. While it may be working for you now it is possible that the home inspector will recommend replacing the electrical panel due to age and safety concerns so be ready for that possibility. Upgrading a very old electrical panel prior to selling may be a wise investment as that will allow buyers to be comfortable knowing the electrical panel is new and can handle any future upgrades.

2. Water and Plumbing

Drippy faucets, leaking drain pipes, or faucets that spray water in the wrong directions should be repaired prior to listing your home for sale. Water and plumbing issues are very sensitive matters for buyers and have resulted in many deals being cancelled because the water or plumbing issues were costly to repair and could not be done in time before closing. You also should avoid do it yourself repairs for water and plumbing issues for all but the simplest tasks. Home inspectors will note where repairs look less than professionally done and will suggest a redo of the work to buyers prior to closing if there are issues.

Mold or other damage from water is always a big concern for buyers and will always be noted on an inspection report. Any past water damage that has been repaired should be fully disclosed on the home disclosure forms. If the water damage is not disclosed and a home inspector finds the water damage it will be mentioned to the buyer which can result in a buyer walking away from a deal because failure to disclose one issue may mean there are more issues buried within the home. Homes suffer from water issues quite frequently. Repairing the cause of the water damage, the water damage itself and disclosing to potential buyers is the correct thing to do and will save you from a deal falling apart.

3. HVAC

Your Heating Ventilating and Air Conditioning (HVAC) is a major mechanical system of the home and will be looked at during the home inspection. Prior to putting your home on the market you should make sure everything is in good working order and replace any filters in the HVAC. Ideally you should have an HVAC company come out and perform a tune up on your system.   As part of the tune up the HVAC company will be able to pinpoint any problems and repair them before a home inspection. Repairing any issues beforehand will save you money and time since you will be able to shop around the repair work in the event the cost to repair is higher than expected. At the last minute with a closing deadline looming you may not have the luxury of shopping around.

4. Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Ensure that your smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors are functioning properly as home inspectors do check their operation. Most smoke and CO detectors are very easy and cost effective to replace if there are problems with them. To add some more value to your home you might consider replacing old smoke detectors with one of the new smart smoke detectors that interface with other

smart devices in and around the house. Either way if the smoke or CO detector is not functioning, make sure to replace them with new working devices so it is not an issue on your home inspection.

5. Windows

In addition to making sure your windows are clean both on the inside and outside you should also make sure all window hardware is intact and the window can operate properly. Windows should be able to freely move up and down and all the weather stripping should be in good condition. If the window does not move freely or the weather stripping is worn, decayed or not there it will be noted on the home inspection report. While the chances of being asked to repair/replace items like weather stripping is not checking pipesas likely since it is a lower cost item that the buyer can handle on their own that does not mean some buyers through improper guidance from their agent won’t make it an issue. So the best bet is to make sure the window is properly operational for opening and closing and that all weather stripping is present and looks in good condition.

Cracked windows should always be replaced as they will be noted on the home inspection report and represent a safety hazard if not replaced. When you have fogging in between the window panes, that is an indication of broken window seals which require the windows to be replaced. Ideally replacing windows that have broken seals beforehand will prevent the home sale from being delayed by a request to have those windows replaced. If you chose not to replace broken seal windows prior to listing your home on the market then expect that to become a matter that the buyer will ask for replacement or a reduction in the final sales price. For showing purposes fogged windows are noticeable and can have the effect of the buyer wondering what else may be wrong with the home and that maybe they should avoid this home for fear of other issues.

6. Pests

While you may not have pests at a particular time the evidence of their infestation will cause concern with buyers. Pests (termites, mice, squirrels) which can damage wood, electrical wiring, insulation should be treated professionally to ensure the problem no longer exists. If the damage is extensive or has occurred over a long period time it is best to have a contractor evaluate the condition of the damage and repair/replace the damaged areas as needed. Pest damage can happen in almost any home, by being proactive, repairing pest damage and maintaining records of treatments and repair you will be viewed as a responsible homeowner who took care of their home and that will make buyers happy.

7. Foundation Cracks

Small cracks in drywall usually is not cause for much concern since when a house settles or shifts with the changing temperature drywall cracks can happen. What will cause concern in an inspection is when the shifting or settling of a home has caused noticeable issues such as doors that may not close properly, clear settling of parts of the home where other parts remain stable, water intrusion in the basement area or the foundation has cracked. In cases of excess shifting or settling of the home a qualified contractor should evaluate the home for correction of the problem. If your foundation has been properly repaired by a contractor, having a long term or life time transferable warranty on the work will go a long way to assuring buyers that they are not purchasing a money pit. Always check with the contractor as to what type of warranty they will provide and if that warranty is transferable to later owners.

8. Doors

Doors in the home will be inspected for operation. The home inspector should verify that doors open, close and lock where needed. Cracked or broken doors are generally noted on the home inspection. While cracked or broken doors may not be a deal killer, fixing or replacing those problem doors before listing the home on the market is advisable.

Problems with garage doors can cause a deal to fall apart since due to the weight and the operation of thermal imager attic windowgarage doors they are a major safety concern. Garage doors with safety sensors that don’t work properly, have been improperly installed or have been bypassed will be noted on the home inspection report. Garage doors with bad or worn rollers, excessively noisy opener motors or other bad hardware are also noted. Prior to listing your home for sale getting a garage door tune-up by a garage door service should be will help in identifying and repairing any potential problems.

BOTTOM LINE

Sometimes investing a little money up front to take care of the above noted inspection issues can save you from wasting money down the line. Buyers will only wait so long and accept only so much compromise before they decide the home is not worth it to them with the issues found and decide to walk away. So double check your home before listing and repair any issues so you can close the first time.   www.wrealtysc.com

Posted in Home Inspections
Feb. 12, 2018

Organizing Your Pantry

So you’ve tossed the old, unloved and expired food and spices. What’s next? After decluttering the pantry, it’s time to get organized. But with so many organizing products to choose from, it can be hard to know which are worth buying and which will end up gathering dust (or worse: making your pantry even more cluttered). 

To help you bring order to this hardworking part of your kitchen, we’ll divide your things into three categories: stuff you reach for every day, meal building blocks and staples, and occasionally called-for ingredients.