While home inspections might not seem like much of a big deal at first glance, they can help to protect you from making a purchase that’s going to come back to haunt you in the not-so-distant future. The last thing you want is to move into your new property with our friends over at Bellhops Moving Chicago and find a number of problems you weren’t aware of when you signed on the dotted line. Here are just four reasons why everyone should consider a home inspection.
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A Warning Checklist for Buying a Home
Buying a home is always exciting. This is true whether you are a first-time homebuyer or you have bought and sold multiple properties in the past. Of course, this will almost certainly be the most expensive purchase you’ll ever make. Thus, there are numerous things you must do and consider before finalizing your purchase.
Before you go any further, you’ll want to hire a qualified company like Domicile Consulting to perform a complete home inspection. Although they aren’t always required, a home inspection gives you the best opportunity to identify and address any potential issues, both large and small, a home may have before you close on it. To help make this process easier for you, we’ve compiled a warning checklist for buying a home. Continue Reading →
First, some facts and a bit of history.
If you live in the United States, there’s a 70% chance your home is being heated by a forced-air, ducted furnace. Today’s heating systems are based on ideas and designs that date back hundreds, if not thousands of years. Forced-air ducted heating has been around since about 1935, It has long been the ‘go-to’ system for most residential HVAC contractors. Continue Reading →
Many buyers and even some realtors don’t understand the true nature of a properly performed home inspection. When a home buyer has an offer accepted on a property and engages the services of a home inspector (hopefully after doing extensive research and comparing inspector backgrounds, inspection reports, online reviews, etc.) they are placing a significant burden upon that home inspector. That burden or expectation is that the inspector will find all significant defects in the subject property and report upon them in a clear and useful manner. What the home buyer may not understand, however, is that upon completion of the inspection report the inspector is handing that burden back to the homebuyer. In other words, by ferreting out the conditions and defects in the property and providing the buyer with a clearly worded report, the inspector gives the liability back to the homeowner to read the report, call back with any questions, and follow up on recommendations contained within the report.
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Now, I’m not a card-carrying Buddhist but I’ve read a bit about that wisdom tradition and I admire its practitioners. I am though a card-carrying home inspector and have been one for about 20 years. Over those two decades, I’ve noticed that some of the principles of the Dharma (Buddha’s teachings) can be applied to the process of inspecting homes. One of those principles, non-attachment, means that one should not attach oneself to outcomes, to fame, to fortune, to pleasure, etc. lest this lead to Dukkha (usually translated as suffering or dissatisfaction).
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Saving Home-buyers Time and Money
Business and marketing experts tell us to find the “pain points” in our client’s experiences and to find ways of solving those problems. One such issue we’ve noted over our two decades of inspecting homes has been the unfortunate need for clients to have multiple home inspections performed. Occasionally, we’ll end up doing three or even four inspections for our clients before they find a house that is in acceptable condition and which meets their needs. Continue Reading →
If you live in or around Chicago then you know that a huge ‘buzz’ in the real estate industry lately is the new ‘606 Trail’ aka ‘Bloomingdale Trail’. It’s a section of an abandoned railroad line that has been converted to a very pleasant hiking/biking trail. If you live in or around Chicago you also know that our politicians have a long history of taking advantage of real estate opportunities. Continue Reading →