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House Hunting? Use This Handy Checklist Before You Make the Offer

Posted on: March 12, 2018 by in Blog, Buying/Selling
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House hunting can feel like an adventurous new chapter in your life. If you're lucky enough to find the property that checks off all the "must have" boxes — appearance, size, price, location — it’s easy to fall in love. Not so fast. Before making an offer on any property, it’s smart to take a deeper look at the overall structure and its systems, just to make sure warning signs of major and costly problems are not hiding in plain sight. If the households more issues than your budget Continue Reading ...

High-tech Bathroom Trends for 2018

Posted on: March 4, 2018 by in Blog, Buying/Selling
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Technology is trending in home design and decor this year, and some of the most dramatic, futuristic and fun tech trends are showing up in the bathroom. From glass doors and windows changing from clear to opaque with the touch of a button to toilets transforming the whole experience of going to the loo, it's all about high-tech tricking out your oasis. Here are four tech trends that will take your bathroom into hyperspace. 1. Privacy glass Glass blocks are opaque but let in some filtered Continue Reading ...

2018 Remodeling Trends That Boost Your Home’s Value

Posted on: February 19, 2018 by in Blog, Buying/Selling, home improvement
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A strong housing market is giving homeowners the confidence to invest in remodeling. In fact, homeowner spending on improvements and repairs will approach $340 billion in 2018, an increase of 7.5 percent from estimated 2017 spending, according to the Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity (LIRA) from the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University. Remodeling can add value to your home while also making it more livable, but not all remodeling projects are created equal. While Continue Reading ...

Do the Math: Homebuying Now May Save a Lot

Posted on: February 19, 2018 by in Blog, Buying/Selling
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It is a common misconception that a 20 percent down payment is required to buy a home. Advice to wait and save a large down payment is often based on the theory that the cost of mortgage insurance (MI), which is required when you buy with a smaller down payment, should be avoided. This may not be the best advice and is, in fact, not in line with market trends, considering 60 percent of homebuyers buy with a down payment of 6 percent or less, according to the National Association of Continue Reading ...

A Smarter Way to Buy a Home

Posted on: September 13, 2017 by in Buying/Selling
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Are you considering buying a home? With mortgage rates on the slow and steady incline, there may be no better time for a home purchase than now. Mortgage interest rates will likely continue to go up for the foreseeable future, according to recent data from the housing finance company Freddie Mac. Many housing experts and industry observers agree. What does this mean? If you are thinking about buying a home, it means don’t wait any longer. The overall cost of buying a home in the future Continue Reading ...

7 ‘Little’ Upgrades That Can Mean a Lot to Home Buyers

Posted on: July 17, 2017 by in Buying/Selling
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BPT) - Anyone who’s ever bought or sold a home knows how even little things can sway a buyer to feel a particular house is "just right." While major features such as a good location, a big kitchen, and a certain number of bedrooms and bathrooms all drive a home’s price and how attractive it is to buyers, small details like fresh paint and new faucets can also help clinch a sale. When you’re trying to sell your home, you should be willing to spend some money on repairs and improvements Continue Reading ...

Inspection Checklist

Posted on: February 26, 2011 by in Buying/Selling
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Item OK N/A Comment Item OK N/A Comment Kitchen Mechanical Stove/ Range Water Heater Refrigerator Heating System Microwave Air Conditioning Dishwasher Garage Door Opener Garbage Disposal Smoke Detectors Faucets Light fixtures Bathrooms Faucets Living Areas Tub/Shower Floor (under Continue Reading ...

Inspection Checklist

Posted on: February 26, 2011 by in Buying/Selling
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Item OK N/A Comment Item OK N/A Comment Kitchen Mechanical Stove/ Range Water Heater Refrigerator Heating System Microwave Air Conditioning Dishwasher Garage Door Opener Garbage Disposal Smoke Detectors Faucets Light fixtures Bathrooms Faucets Living Areas Tub/Shower Floor (under rugs) Whirlpool Light Continue Reading ...

Log Home

Posted on: February 26, 2011 by in Buying/Selling
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Contemplating on buying a Log Home, here is a few points from a residential home inspector On a special note there are a few facts that you already know; Log Homes surely have that unique comfortable majestic style along with beauty no other home can declare. Not only are log homes picturesque they are very sturdy and strong, green and energy efficient and they have got very good resale value when they have been properly maintained. Being a qualified home inspector I wish to bring out Continue Reading ...

Appliance Check

Posted on: April 14, 2010 by in Buying/Selling
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At Certainty Home Inspections, we are always dedicated to staying in front of our competition with what the home inspection industry has to offer our clients. We are now offering an appliance recall check for you Indiana real estate purchase. We take the model numbers off of all appliances in the home including the furnace, air conditioner, the hot water heater, stove, refrigerator, dishwasher and even the stove fan. We submit those to the manufacturer and within 48 hours, they will produce a Continue Reading ...