Home Inspection & Safety

Articles related to home inspections for buyers and sellers.  Safety tips for home owners.

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Living near a business can be a polarizing experience depending on where you are located. While you will get a first-hand view of many of the organizations around you, some of the downsides can become very irritating. First, here are some of the positive aspects of living in a highly commercialized area.

Accessibility

Whether it is a restaurant or insurance companies, living near businesses means that you will not have a long journey ahead of you in terms of getting what you need. Compared to the distance that those who live in a residential neighborhood, those who have businesses overlooking their house can practically walk to their destination. This can prove to be very convenient, especially if you are in need of something urgently. There is no

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Buying real estate involves more than just finding an available house or plot of land. Most buyers simply find what they want, make an offer, and go from there. But it’s wise to do a land survey first before buying a plot of land with or without a house on it. The land survey will reveal important things about the property you need to know.

The Importance of a Land Survey

A land survey tells you exactly what you’re getting. The surveyor will measure property boundaries to make sure they’re correct. Otherwise, you could actually get less than what you’re expecting. The surveyor can also determine if nearby driveways, sidewalks, fences, or other structures are on the property.

The survey is also important because someone might have a building or

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As a homeowner, you take pride in your property and want to do everything that you can to protect it, and keep it looking great. You may even have a long list of maintenance items that you work on to keep the value of your house from going down. For the best care, pest control should be at the top of your list.

Pests can damage your home, and cost you thousands of dollars. Whether you are in your “forever home” or planning on selling in a few years, removing and fortifying yourself against these invaders is important. They can destroy load bearing beams, flooring, and nest in insulation. Once you have these unwelcome house guests, they can be hard to get rid of.

The Greenville area is home to many insects and animals that are classified as pests

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Safety and security at home are valuable in many ways. Having peace of mind where you live is so crucial. Furthermore, improving the security in your home could save you money on insurance and increase its value, particularly in the eyes of potential buyers. Integrating some new features for home security can help you to reap these benefits.

Alarms with Remote Monitoring

An alarm system is at the core of your home's security. With an alarm system, you can make sure doors and windows are secured. You can also opt for features that protect you against smoke, fires, floods and carbon monoxide, and plenty of alarm systems come with motion detectors as well. It's also crucial to invest in a security system with remote monitoring. In other words, in the

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Metal shipping containers are definitely a popular trend in the tiny house movement. At first glance, a shipping container might seem like the perfect solution for small space living. They are affordable to purchase and are seemingly the complete package with exterior walls, a floor, and a roof. So, what could possibly be the downside? There are a few reasons metal shipping containers are not really as practical as they promise to be. Let’s explore 5 of the disadvantages so that you are properly prepared for this journey.

Transport and Delivery

Shipping containers are quite heavy. Weights can range from 2 to 4 tons. Once you purchase a container you then have to figure out how to get it delivered to your land. You will need to hire a hauling company

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Electrical Wiring

Electrical wiring can be a serious, and possibly deadly problem if overlooked during an inspection. The home inspection professional should check the electrical box to make sure that it is capable of supplying the needed power throughout the home. Older homes may have wiring that is not up to code, which the new home buyer will have to upgrade if not discovered before the inspection. Insulation on old wiring wears away after time, which can cause fires.

House Grading

The grade of the home and the lot is one of the most overlooked issues for home buyers. To avoid lower-level moisture and foundation issues, the property around the home must slope slightly away from the home. Experts suggest a slope of around one inch per foot for

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Last week, we started talking about how you can become a homeowner with our "How to Become a Homeowner in 10 Steps: Steps 1 - 5" blog post. This week, we're continuing with steps 6 - 10, the final steps to homeownership.

Step 6: Gather the Funds

Now that you've chosen the right home for you and your family, you need to select the right loan. Yes, you've been pre-approved for a specific loan amount, but there are hundreds of different loan types and lenders out there. Answering the questions below will help determine which kind of loan will be most suitable to your situation and needs.

  • How much would you like to put down?
  • How is your credit?
  • Are you a first-time buyer?

In order to get the actual loan, you'll need to fill out an

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Radon Gas IS Something You Should be Aware of...

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You cannot get rid of Radon; there is no such thing as zero radon gas.  It is here to stay.  Radon is a carcinogenic gas that is hazardous to inhale. Build-up of radon in homes is a health concern and many lung cancer cases are attributed to radon exposure each year. About 12% of lung cancers and more than 20,000 Americans die of radon-related lung cancer each year. The Surgeon General of the United States has issued a Health Advisory warning Americans about the health risk from exposure to radon in indoor air.  Dr. Carmona, the Nation's Chief Physician urged Americans to test their homes to find out how much radon they might be breathing.  He also stressed the need to remedy the

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