Interview with a Professional Home Inspector

Interview with a Professional Home Inspector Having an inspection done is the only way for Sellers and Buyers to know the state of a house, at a given point in time, and have a general understanding of what to look out for in the way of potential upcoming repairs. Your home inspector wants the process to yield a comprehensive to-do list and not to unduly stress out either the Seller or … [Read more...]

Ways to Prepare for Your Home Inspection

Ways to Prepare for Your Home Inspection After you’ve fallen in love with your dream home, ratified the contract and contacted your lender, the next vital step in the buying process – for both Sellers and Buyers – is the home inspection. Having an inspection done is the only way for Sellers and Buyers to know the exact state of the house, and have a general understanding of what to look out … [Read more...]

Do I Need a Home Inspection?

Here at Solutions, we often get asked by our new clients if they really need a home inspection when buying a home. As Virginia is a “Caveat Emptor,” or “Buyer Beware,” state, it’s really the only way to see if the home has any defects or hidden issues as most Buyers don’t have the necessary training to look for these. A home inspection is one of the best consumer protection services … [Read more...]

How to Prevent Freezing Pipes

How to Prevent Freezing Pipes With the recent bone-chilling temps here in Central Virginia, many homeowners are understandably concerned about the possibility of frozen or burst pipes. In fact, every winter season, pipes in a home are at risk of damage from freezing conditions. Pipes most at risk for freezing include: exposed pipes in unheated areas of the home; pipes located in exterior … [Read more...]

10 DIY Home Maintenance Tips

We’ve all watched those Do-It-Yourself Home Repair Shows and thought that the repairs seemed too complicated and that it might be better to hire a professional contractor. This can get expensive, however, so it might be a great idea to look again at those DIY projects and see if you can handle some yourself. Having a home maintenance plan in place throughout the year can make a huge difference … [Read more...]

Solutions – The Home Inspection

I am off to a home inspection this morning. Once a contract is ratified (both parties signed) it is time to get the home inspected. We typically have 10-14 days to get the inspections done and a response back to the sellers. Most inspection costs are based on finished square footage, although I have seen flat fees too. Radon Inspections are separate and it takes 48 hours for a Radon test … [Read more...]

The walk-though with Solutions

This morning I am off to meet clients and do a walk-through (closing today) An important part of the process of buying a home is the walk though (just before closing). We are looking at items that were called out from the Home Inspection 1. Are all the repairs completed and documented? 2. Is the home in "Broom Swept" condition? (a term used in Virginia) 3. Is the home in the same … [Read more...]

Solutions – The Home Inspection

I am setting up 2 home inspections for next week. Once a contract is ratified (both parties signed) it is time to get the home inspected. We typically have 10-14 days to get the inspections done and a response back to the sellers. Most inspection costs are based on finished square footage, although I have seen flat fees too. Radon Inspections are separate and it takes 48 hours for a Radon test … [Read more...]

What? I have radon?

What is Radon? Every few years I run a radon test on my own home. Last month I got a reading over the EPA recommended level and this caused me to take action. We had a remediation system installed this week and now our radon level is safe. What is Radon? This is one of the things that we want buyers to learn about at Charlottesvillle Real Estate Solutions and if there is an issue, we will be … [Read more...]

Discussing FTHB Inspections

Radon This morning over coffee I am preparing to attend a Home Inspection with a First Time Home Buyer (FTHB). When doing the inspection there is a lot to go over and with a FTHB I like to allow enough time to be sure they are comfortable with the process. One item that will always come up is radon. What is Radon? … [Read more...]

Charlottesville Home Inspection this morning

Charlottesville Home Inspection This morning I am off to a early inspection on a home in Albemarle. These can take several hours as there is a lot for the inspector to do. Recently I closed a foreclosure and the bank sold it as-is. Even with that we did a full home inspection. Please, Please, Please do not under estimate the value of a good home inspection.Of course we just had a nice rain, … [Read more...]

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