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.
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What happens when I sell my home? Question #2 Showing Feedback. When a seller puts their home up for sale the majority of sellers want some feedback after showings. More often then not, they will not get it.
I like to warn all sellers that buyers will provide feedback thru their agents. If an agent chooses to pass it on to us it is completely up to them…unless the buyer has requested the feedback be sent/given or of course the best feedback of all would be an offer.
I have setup showing services before where they request feedback with mixed results. I will also call agents for feedback and also received mixed results.
But when you do receive feedback, you need to be prepared. It might not be what you really wanted to hear. The hardest part for a seller is to listen with open ears and an open mind. What a buyer tells you needs to be thought about and taken into consideration, not quickly dismissed.
You will hear comments on everything from pricing, location, cleanliness, style, color and of course how its decorated. That is why it is soooo important to listen to your agent. Clean and declutter your home before it goes on the market. Neutralize the home colors and decorating. Take care of your animals and their smells. Take care of everything you can control.
Your goal is to be the home they love not the one they are laughing about and sharing to their friends as the “pink house” or the “cat house” or the “1970’s home” or the “Brady bunch house” I’m sure you understand what I’m saying.
If you get feedback, great! Take it with a grain of salt, listen to it and know that feedback will not always be kind. If you do not get feedback its not your agents fault. We ask, we beg and we hunt down the buyers agents but ultimately if they do not provide it we can’t force them to. Try to relax, price your house right and keep it clean.
What do I need to do to sell my house? Tips for the inside of the house. My first and the easiest suggestion is to start by taking pictures. This will allow you to see your home from a different view. Snap pictures of your closets, pantry, the bedrooms, bathrooms and all rooms of the house. Try it, you will be surprised at what you see.
Remove all the clutter from counters, cupboards and cabinets. If a buyer walks in and sees the counters covered they will think you are short on storage. The same goes for cluttered cabinets, cupboards and closets. Also, don’t forget under the bed. They will notice if your “stuff” is what appears to be holding the bed up. Enlarge the pictures you have taken you will see a lot of stuff.
Clean: Spend time deep cleaning your home. Wipe down the baseboards, the shutters, the vents and light switches. Clean your appliances. Wash the rugs, carpets and drapes. Polish your floors. Patch up any holes in the wall including nail holes. A fresh coat of paint can do wonders.
Make sure all your light bulbs are working. A burnt out light fixture to a buyer means something is wrong with the electrical. To a seller it means I need to change the bulb.
Brighten your rooms. If you have dark rooms, lighten them up with a different paint color, brighter bulbs or more light fixtures.
Put some color in your house. Flowers or fruit as center pieces look fantastic.
Bathrooms and kitchens: Make sure you take extra time to deep clean these areas. Fresh towels make a great first impression. Also, please remember to put away all personal items. The buyers will spend a lot of time looking at these rooms and deciding if they think the areas will work for them or not. *they do not want to see dirty laundry or your beauty products*
Lock up all your prescriptions and valuables. Buyers will be looking around and they should see your home not remember your valuables. Its impossible for a buyers agent to watch everything all the time. Keep everything locked up to help prevent the possibility of something missing down the road.
When its time to show your home, grab your pets and kids and leave. Do not stay while buyers look around. Its uncomfortable and they will not stay long. You could potentially lose your buyer because you want to show them the great features and all they want to do is leave because they feel very uncomfortable.
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What do I need to do to sell my house? I thought of this as I was painting the outside trim of my house this weekend. I had a neighbor come up to me and state “I didn’t know you were moving?” I told them I wasn’t and they said “well why are you repainting your trim..” I had to laugh because my husband had said the same thing to me earlier in the day. “It doesn’t look bad I don’t know why you are wasting your time repainting the trim.”
Preventative maintenance is key to keeping your home in good shape. It also helps it look a lot nicer. It is amazing what some missing paint chips will do to the appearance of a home. So if you have neglected some regular maintenance items of your home here is a small list of to-do’s to help you get started so your home will look better, sale faster and get you top dollar.
Tip #1: Take pictures before, during and after: Sometimes your eyes will not show you how others see your home. For a better feel, take pictures and look at them online. Make sure to zoom in and you’ll really notice the difference. We get used to what we see day in and day out year after year. Your pictures may startle you.
Exterior: Here are just a few tips and items to consider:
Again take pictures from all angles. You will be amazed at what you see..
Make sure your downspouts are fastened and not blowing in the breeze.
Clean up the yard, edge the walkways, trim the bushes
Throw stuff away
During the winter make sure ice and snow are removed from walkways
Summer: make sure the lawn if taken care of and watered
Remove the dog/animal presents from the grass
De-clutter any areas and that includes pulling weeds and removing dead plants/trees.
Paint the trim and any exterior areas that need it
make sure you check your handrails for rust *if rusty paint them
Make sure that they are sturdy.
Clean your windows
Garage: remove the clutter and please make sure all doors leading into the home are clean and well taken care of
Take some time to replace the seals around your doors too. As they walk up they shouldn’t be able to see inside before they open the door.
MAKE SURE YOUR KEY WORKS TO LET THE BUYER IN THE FRONT DOOR
Clean up your front entrance. The front entry is key to a first impression. I have never had a buyer say wow this front entry is NASTY …I bet they take great care of the home… lets go inside..
Take time to show pride in ownership. It goes a long ways. I have had a lot of buyers over the years never make it inside because of what they see when we pull up to the home. A clean, maintained home will welcome the buyer and put them at ease as they enter your home. You want them to smile as they walk up and as they walk into the home.
Part 2 (preparing the inside of the home tomorrow)
Want more advice or have a question? let me know I’d love to help.
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
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
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:
Cottonwood Heights: 801-943-7671
Holladay Water: 801-277-2893
Jordan Valley: 801-565-4300
Kearns Improvement: 801-968-1011
Magna Water: 801-250-2118
Have more questions, let me know.
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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
Adult Dance Classes
Mommy and Me
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
2012-2013 School Start Dates:
September 4th for 3yr old class
September 5th for 4yr old class
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!
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…
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!!
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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
around. 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.
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:
once under contract
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.