What will the home inspection cover?

What will the inspection cover?  Both sellers and buyers often wonder and ask this question. The home inspection can vary based on the type of home you are selling/purchasing.  It can also vary if you add on items like stucco inspection, meth, mold, radon, infra-red  etc.  Make sure you ask your home inspector about any additional test.  Do not assume the inspection will cover “everything” because your “everything” and the companies “everything” may and probably will vary.  I always suggest you ask a lot of questions before the inspection so you know what to expect from your chosen inspector.

*I also suggest that new construction buyers get a home inspection.  A lot of buyers will question me on this, but the buyers who have taken the advice have been grateful in the end. *

Below is an outline of items that you will want to see if they are covered.  The list is just that a list of items that may be covered, I am not an inspector I have only been to a lot of inspections and read over a lot of reports.

Exterior:  Do you have big trees in your yard? you might want to ask about having a plumber run a scope of the drains to make sure tree roots are not wrapped around the pipes running from the house to the street this can be a very expensive issue down the road.  Other items they may look at sidewalks, driveways, steps, windows, doors, drains, gutters. Decks, balconies, porches etc.  just to name a few.

Structure: Foundation and Framing

Roofing: Roofs age, condition, flashing, draining system, skylights, chimneys.

Plumbing: Drain pipes, sump pumps, poor water pressure, leaks, rust, corrosion, banging pipes, examination of the whole water system.

Electrical: Service panels, entrance wires, breakers and fuses. They will check for lose wires and/or wires that are not grounded, outlets etc.

Heating: Vent system, flumes, fireplace, water heater, furnace

Air Conditioning: Weather permitting they will run the system to check for performance, age, wear and tear.

Interior: another looks for leaks, insects, defects, walls, ceilings, stairs, garage doors, check for cracks.  Attics ventilation, insulation.  Crawlspaces, water damage. Overall condition of the home to make sure all components are functioning as they are intended.

A home inspection is a professional set of eyes trained to look for problems.  They will alert you of major issues and also of “to-do” items to consider down the road.  Make sure you read the whole report and talk it over with the inspector, your agent and anyone else the inspector suggest you contact.  

The inspection is so important.  What I have provided is just a small glimpse of what you will benefit from when you have an inspection. Please make sure you get one! I hope this helps.  Let me know if you have any questions about what to expect when you buy or sell a home.

I’m here to help  call 8015805624 or email kim@resultsrealestateutah.com  

www.kimshomesforsale.com

 

 

 

 

 

Moving to Salt Lake, Need Utility Information?

Moving to Salt Lake, Need Utility Information? 

If you are new to the Salt Lake County area you might wonder who do I call for utility information?    Maybe you have lived here a while but you are moving to a new county and now need all that basic information again.  Below is a list that will give you some useful numbers and information at a glance.

 

Salt Lake County Information: A great website to go to and check out is SLCO.org   On this site you will find everything from Family Support, information about the Health Department, Animal Control to Parks and Recreation information.

DMV: I would recommend going on to their website first.  You will find answers to most of your questions here.  They have a great website http://dmv.utah.gov

Road Conditions:  The winter months are fast approaching.  The forecast is calling for SNOW in the valley on Sunday. For up to the minute weather and road conditions go to http://www.udot.utah.gov

Telephone: You have a lot of choices when it comes to telephone service.  Comcast 801-485-0500 or CenturyLink  1 800-491-0118   are some of the local vendors

Cable:  Comcast, Centurylink, Dish and DirectTV are the main suppliers in Salt Lake County

Heating: Questar  801-324-5111

Electricity: Rocky Mountain Power  888-221-7070

Post Office:  I recommend stopping by the one closest to you or if you are out of state go on line and you will find answers to the majority of your questions there.  USPS

UTA: Our transit system.  Check it out at www.rideuta.com

Housing:  Utah Real Estate 

 

CITY INFORMATION 

Bluffdale: Water and Garbage: 801-254-2200; Sewer: 801-571-1166

Draper: Garbage: 801-576-6512; Sewer: 801-571-1166; Water 801-576-6500 or 801-571-2232

Herriman: Garbage: 801-562-6435; Sewer: 801-571-1166; Water: 801-446-5323

Holladay: Garbage: 801-562-6435; Sewer: 801-262-2904; Water: 801-483-6700 or 801-277-2893

Midvale: Garbage, Sewer and Water: 801-567-7226

Murray: Garbage and water: 801-264-2626; Sewer: 801-963-7671

Riverton: Garbage, Sewer and Water: 801-208-3133

Salt Lake City: Garbage, Sewer and Water: 801-483-6900

Sandy: Garbage and Water: 801-568-7110; Sewer: 801-943-7671 or 801-571-1166 or 801-255-7321 or 801-561-7662

South Jordan: Garbage and Water: 801-254-3742; Sewer: 801-571-1166

South Salt Lake: Garbage: 801-483-6000 or 801-363-9995; Sewer: 801-483-6074 or 801-262-2904; Water: 801-483-6074 or 801-565-4300

Taylorsville: Garbage: 801-562-6435; Sewer and water: 801-968-9081

West Jordan: Garbage, Sewer and Water: 801-569-5020

West Valley City: Garbage, Sewer and Water: 801-968-3551

 

Improvement District phone numbers:

Copperton: 801-255-3411

Cottonwood Heights: 801-943-7671

Granger-Hunter: 801-968-3551

Holladay Water: 801-277-2893

Jordan Valley: 801-565-4300

Kearns Improvement: 801-968-1011

Magna Water: 801-250-2118

Taylorsville-Bennion:  801-968-9081

 

Have more questions, let me know.

 

 

 

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55+ Guide to living in Salt Lake

55+ Guide to Living in Salt Lake.  I just ran across an amazing find.  This has to be one of the best hidden gems I have found in a long time.  Yesterday I wrote a blog about  Useful Phone Numbers and Contacts (everything from Utilities to DMV information).  While writing that piece, I added a link to the Salt Lake counties website which lead me to a guide for 55 and older residents/visitors.

 

The Guide for 55+ includes everything from Aging Services to Yard and Snow Removal.  One quick click and you can download the information onto your computer via a PDF file.  Most of the listings have the companies address, phone number and website where you can learn even more.  I am truly overwhelmed by all of the information.

Here is a list of what the directory involves:

Abuse, Adult Day Care Centers, Aging Services, Advance Directives, Advocacy, Community Programs, Care management, medical Clinics, grocery delivery, hairdressers, home assistance services, hospitals,libraries, Police departments, salt lake city services, salt lake county services, Senior Centers, Social Security administration,  Food Bank, Utah State Services, workforce services, DMV, Transit Authority, Valley Mental Health Services,  Assisted Living Facilities Levels 1, 2, Home Health Agencies, Personal Care agencies, Hospice, Nursing Care Facilities, Skilled, Nursing care facilities intermediate care, rehabilitation centers, housing services,  subsidized senior housing, support groups and medicare.

 

It even includes information for more specialized needs: Blind, Alzheimer’s, Burial Services, Counseling, Bereavement, Dental, Diabetes, eye care, hearing etc.  They even have Chore Services people you can hire to help out with simple everyday chores to maintain your home.  One of my favorite services is Meals-on-wheels.  When I was in college I worked at a hospital and the kitchen ran a meals-on-wheels program.  I always thought it was such a great way to help people have at least one well balanced meal a day if not more depending on the program and how it was setup.  For some people the meals on wheels delivery person is the only person they see on a daily basis. The drivers used to comment on how the people would smile and look forward to their daily deliveries.

 

I’m not sure if every county has a resource available like this, but they should.  What a wonderful, easy way for someone to find some answers when life takes an unexpected turn.  I need to go see if I can find a directory like this for my family who lives out of state.

 

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Dance Classes offered in Murray Utah

Looking for a great place to take dance in Murray Utah? Do you live around Murray Utah and want to start dancing? Studio56 Dance is now enrolling dancers for this season. Centrally located in Murray Utah Studio56 Dance has been open for over 11 years. Its a great place for your child to take dance. To find out more please go to their website or contact the studio.

Studio56 Dance offers

HipHop
Jazz
Ballet
Lyrical
Contemporary Dance
Adult Dance Classes
Boys Club
Tumbling
Mommy and Me
Preschool Dance
Competition Teams

Looking for a preschool in Murray Utah

Are you looking for a Murray Utah Preschool check out Little Learners ? A good preschool is hard to find.  As a parent I know how hard it is to watch your child grow up and start to let them go to school.  Preschool was such an important step for my children.  Fundamental in their social, emotional and academic growth.  They were super excited as we walked up to Preschool for the first time, while I shed tears as I turned and walked away.  That was a long time ago, my kids are not 11 and 14.  Middle school and High School, time has flown by so fast……

Anyways, back to Little Learners Preschool located in Murray Utah.

 

Below is a little snippit of what Little Learners Preschool is all about! Check them out!!!   ITS NOT TOO LATE!! CALL TODAY 

(385) 202-4182

Little Learners Preschool 
@ Studio 56 Dance Center

Our primary objective is to offer preschool program that incorporates 45 minutes of structured physical activity into its daily schedule.  Our academic preschool includes our Preschool Dance and Tumbling program.  We focus on developing your child’s social, emotional, physical and intellectual skills.  Our goal is to develop lifelong fitness and learning habits for your child.  Our academic curriculum is creative, exciting and challenging.  We offer individualized instruction based on a developmental level.  We value our small class sizes for valuable hands on learning (12 students MAX, with a 8 to 1 ratio).  Our instructors are well qualified, experienced and want every student to succeed! 

 

 

REGISTER NOW FOR 2012-2013!Murray Utah Preschool Little Learners

2012-2013 School Start Dates: 

September 4th for 3yr old class

September 5th for 4yr old class 

Boys Dance Classes in Murray Utah

Boys Dance Classes Murray Utah. Do you have a son, brother, cousin, nephew or neighbor that wants to learn how to dance?  If you do, we have the place for you. Come check out our awesome teacher DeVon and his amazing moves! A guest teacher will also stop by about once a month for some breakdancing!

All of this right here in Murray Utah!!!!  So if you’re looking for a boys dance class we have the place for you

For more details go to Studio56dance.com and check it out! New to Studio56dance?  Call for a free dance class for your son!

You’ll be glad you did…

Boys Dance Classes in Utah

 

GREAT deal this year on Boys Club!! Only $40/mnth!! We will have two classes Friday’s 4-5pm (5-9yrs), 5-6pm (10+). DeVon will also be bringing in a guest teacher once a month for some breakdancing! Starts in September, let’s get those boys (brothers) signed up!!

 

 

Curious about Murray?  New to the Area? Want to learn more? Click here to find out more about Murray Utah 

Why all buyers need a buyers agent representing them and their goals

What does a buyers agent do and why do I need one

What to expect when you hire me as your buyer broker.  I certainly do more than just open doors and drive

buyer broker juggling all the detailsaround.  A lot of people do not realize that as a buyers agent you are really juggling a lot of balls in the air to coordinate, negotiate and bring the deal to a close.

My fiduciary duty is to look out for the buyer.  Buyers need to realize that they are the ones who benefit from hiring a buyers agent to represent them.  The listing agent has the fiduciary duty to the seller, not the buyer.  Remember the old saying, buyer beware…… (always have an agent represent you and only you)
 

Below is a very brief overview of my major steps during a home purchase.  As we all know each and every transaction is different and no two buyers, sellers or homes have the same issues.  There is no way to put a complete list together without it looking like the action booksI used to read in about4th grade: you remember the books that you had options on all the way thru,,,, if you want to open this door go to page 53 if not continue reading… you get my point.

 

Overview of Steps Necessary in 99% of the transactions:

  • Initial interview to find out more about buyers situation
  • buyers must get a preapproval and meet with lender
  • once you have a preapproval letter we go over letter the letter and conditions
  • Review of initial buyer interview, review of what you are looking for and why you are moving.  check to see if anything has changed since meeting with the lender
  • types of homes available (HUD, short sales, foreclosures, fsbo etc)
  • types of sellers (short sales, foreclosures, HUD, FSBO, etc)
  • how fast the market is moving based on what your looking for and qualify for
  • a brief overview of the forms and what to expect paperwork wise
  • paperwork sent over email, or delivered to buyer recapping again what to expect, the process of buying a home, the do’s and don’t when it comes to buying a home these get initialed and added to my file
  • search for homes, not only on MLS but zillow, fsbo sites, local papers, nod’s: schedule appointments and research any initial red flags
  • farming for additional homes if inventory is low
  • viewing of homes
  • cma of home you want to purchase
  • sit down and explain in detail the legal documents you are signing and what they involve
  • negotiate offer

once under contract

  • order title work
  • contact lender
  • constant contact with all parties regarding deadlines and legal items
  • home inspector and due diligence items
  • attend inspection
  • meet to go over report
  • negotiate
  • keep in constant contact with lender about deadlines and issues
  • appraisal issues if any
  • walk thru
  • settlement
  • possession details

My goal is to help the buyer achieve their dream and to eliminate any unnessary stress and drama.  As a neutral party i am able to step away and look at the process thru what legally can and can not happen. Realtors are able to do this without the high level emotion of a buyer or seller may bring if they were dealing directly with one another. Selling and Purchasing Real Estate is one of the biggest /stressful investments many of us will ever do in our lifetime.  It is a legally binding agreement and a lot more complicated than the DIY networks make it seem.  Always consult a professional when selling or purchasing real estate.

 

***I’m thinking I should print this and keep it with me the next time I have someone ask me what I do for my money.

 

 

Salt Lake Parade of Homes 2012

Salt Lake Parade of Homes 2012 featuring homes from 177,000 to multi-million dollar estates.  The Salt Lake Parade of homes has teamed up again with the Make-A-Wish Foundation you will see rooms decorated to support this partnership featured in showcased homes.  This year the parade has a new feature called Parade Craze, its a smart phone app to help all attendees keep track of all the homes they have seen.  Some of the other cool additions to this years parade are:

 

*a historic home restoration

*a blogger inspired home

*a home built by the CTEC program (Canyons School District Students )

Looking for a home in Salt Lake view all homes available at SaltLakeAreaHomeSearch.com

 

Tickets can be purchased at participating                                                         

RC Willey Locations ($10)

Daybreak Glass House ($15)

Parade and Model Homes ($15)

Salt Lake Home Builders Association office ($15)

or online at www.SaltLakeParade.com  right now they are running a special for $12 tickets!

 

 

August 3-18th, 2012

Daily 12pm – 9 pm

***some models may be closed on Sundays**

www.SaltLakeParade.com

 

See ya there! 

p.s. if you are interested in buying a home whether its a new construction or not, please notify your Realtor before attending the parade.  If you don’t have a Realtor, let me know I’d love to help you out. For all the potential / soon to be sellers out there, we need your inventory.  You may be surprised to find out what your home is actually worth right now.  Call me for more details about anything real estate.

 

 

Neptune Park in Saratoga Springs, Opens Today


SARATOGA SPRINGS, Utah – 30 minutes from downtown salt lake and only minutes from my listing in Eagle Mountain!  1853 Sunrise Drive.  

What an amazing structure and park.  Its called Neptune Park located at 452 W 400 North in Saratoga Springs, Utah

The park officials have been quoted as saying “We made a deliberate effort to include play equipment that would encourage unstructured play, pique children’s curiosity and imagination, and tempt adults to join kids in the fun,” says City Manager Mark Christensen. “We are very proud of the work that has gone into creating this park and see it benefiting the generations to come.”

The park officially opens TODAY at 3:30 (right after school)


Interested? Want to look for homes in this area? GIve me a call 801.580.5624


*photo compliments of Utah News

The Local Salt Lake Market Has Exploded With Buyers

The local market has exploded with buyers.  They are everywhere and they are bidding on everything.  A traditional seller who prices their home correctly will surely have multiple offers.  My buyers have been in multiple offer situations from the price range of 60,000 all the way up to $400,000.

Below are this weeks quotes:

“Forget it, there are even multiple offers on homes that need to be knocked down.  I’m done looking until more homes become available to look at.”

“ I’m taking a break.  I can’t compete, I can only offer what I can afford.  I will never beat out people who are paying cash.”

“Do I have to submit an offer before I even see the home?”

“I don’t want to see anymore short sale, foreclosure or HUD homes.”  I’m sick of the bidding process, multiple offers and being the first offer but the agent holding the offer until there is a multiple offer situation.”

“Find me a traditional seller or I won’t go see homes until you do.”

“How are there multiple offers, its a new listing today and I haven’t even finished my three s’s for the day?”

Sellers, if you have been considering selling your home or had it for sale in the past and took it off the market, now is the time to seriously reconsider.

WE NEED YOUR HOMES ON THE MARKET.