Home Inspection or Not – Which Option Do You Prefer?

February 5th, 2014 by JC Home Inspections

Once you decide to buy a home and enter into a contract, the process of almost never ending check writing begins. There are numerous essential costs you need to bear, and under such financial stress, the only thing on your mind would be – which expense can I skip? Well, unfortunately a lot of people skip the home inspection process only to realize later that it was the most important of all.

Of course skipping a home inspection will save you a good $300 to $700 invoice, which can be substituted with numerous other essential expenses. I’ll do everything possible myself to check the condition of my house, you might say, but the truth is far from this.

A home inspection is a way ‘Out’

A good quality inspection done can give you some of the most crucial information about the condition of the home as well as its fixtures. This will make you more aware of the repairs, expenses and maintenance that need to be done immediately and those that can wait for some time.

Also, the inspection will give you an accurate idea if the home is worth your money. If you are not convinced with the home condition after an inspection, it is your last chance out of the contract. This means, a simple home inspection can save you thousands of dollars and give you great peace of mind in the long run.

Unfortunately, a lot of home buyers skip this step only to save an invoice, but later regret buying the property for a price way above its worth. A home inspection on the other hand is an expense of course, but is worth your money.

So Which Option do you prefer? Taking up an inspection or skipping the process to save a few dollars?


4 Ways To Make Money With Home Inspection

August 7th, 2013 by JC Home Inspections

Now this is no misleading title but a home inspection to a great extent can protect your investment, help you save money and also make some. That’s right! You might be thinking that this is crazy, but believe us – IT WORKS!

4 Ways On How You Can Make Money With Home Inspection:

  1. Maintenance – A home inspector can help you calculate all the maintenance expenses that may not have come to your notice when you were inspecting your home. This means, you will be able to get an accurate budget for your future expenses in the house. This calls of any unseen or emergency expenses, saving you a great deal.
  2. Avoid pitfalls – A home inspector will let you know if a house is worth its quoted price based on the condition of the structure and the fixture inside it.  If you listen to a home inspector, you can save thousands of dollars which may be spent on something that was just not worth it.
  3. Better recommendations – The inspector will also help you choose or rather suggest ideas on certain installations with which you can save a lot of your electricity, water, cooling and heating. This indirectly will help you to literally mint money through savings.
  4. Avoid legal hassles – A home inspector will help you to identify any extensions or modifications in the house that is done without legal permit. This is a crucial part of home inspection, as it will save you thousands which may be spent on authorities to sort out legal issues.

Making sure that you get a home inspection done is the best way to save as well as make some serious money.

4 Affordable Way To Make Your Kitchen Brand New

August 3rd, 2013 by JC Home Inspections

If you are planning to sell your house but do not want to invest massively on creating a new kitchen, do not worry. Renovation is more about creative ideas than the amount spent. You can get a fancy looking kitchen that can sell more than the most expensive one.

A kitchen is mostly about the right accessories and placement of fixtures that can make or kill its beauty. You can still make your kitchen look a million dollar one without spending a fraction of what you might expect.

Here Are 4 Easy Ways To Make Your Kitchen Look Brand New:

  1. Lighting – Adding new and bright lighting can make any space big and spacious. Make sure you get bright lightings installed. Even wired lightings can make the kitchen look new and contemporary.
  2. Glass – If you have outdated colored glass cabinets, you need to replace it with new clear or textured glass. Glass cabinets will make your kitchen look new and fresh. Clear glass is inexpensive and can really make your kitchen look clean and uncluttered.
  3. Window coverings – if you have curtains on your window, you need to replace them with fresh fabric. The fresh new cloth can add to the beauty of the kitchen. Choose bright colors that will make your kitchen look spacious and modern.
  4. Clean – A clean kitchen is always preferred by anyone. This doesn’t take money at all. All you need to do is to put on your gloves and get down to scrubbing and cleaning. A clean kitchen will make it look new and spacious.


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Hitting The Market? It’s Time To Get Working!

July 27th, 2013 by JC Home Inspections

With the real estate market getting as competitive as it can, the more prepared you are, the more likely it is for your house to sell.

What is pre-listing Home inspection?

Before you get your house on the real estate map, it’s highly important that you go for a pre-listing home inspection. Pre-listing inspection is not a new concept, but is becoming increasingly common with the slow rate in real estate rates. A Pre-home inspection gives you a firsthand knowledge about the sales potential of your house, before you can put up your price tag. It’s also a great way for you to know if you want to invest in any new improvements or want to adjust the sales price to reflect the estimated costs on repairs and replacements. Either way, a prelisting home inspection is a great idea to avoid any unexpected circumstances down the line.

Meet the inspector two months before listing.

Most home buyers go ahead and start with repairs and replacements that they find important and then call for inspection only to know that they need to redo the entire stuff. Why not call the inspector two months before the entire repair to know what’s of utmost importance and what’s not?

A home inspector will give you an early-stage advice on which fixture to get replaced and what can wait for some time. He can also give some guidance on the aesthetic aspect of the house, and what may please the home-lookers. Suggestions right from the paint in every room to the lights, kitchen equipments and the entire look of your house can be given a touch of professionalism before you can put it up for sale.

A pre-inspection is the best way to know and increase the value of your house, before you can list you price in the market.

Myths about Radon and How It Will Affect Your Home’s Price

July 20th, 2013 by JC Home Inspections

#1 Radon Tests Are Expensive And Time Consuming

Since most buyers keep this notion, they are reluctant to check out a home that is potentially in the danger of radon infection. This is why it is a good idea to perform a radon test beforehand.

#2: Homes with Radon Problems Can’t Be Fixed

If there is one reason why radon can prevent the sales of many homes, it is the notion that a radon problem is irresolvable. Although some homes need a more complex setup to eliminate radon gas, the problem is completely solvable in every case. Unfortunately many people are sceptical about this so it is recommended to work on your radon problem before selling your house.

#3: Radon Is Reoccurring

While a radon prevention fixture is like any other fixture in your house that need periodic maintenance, radon problem is not reoccurring if the fixture is inspected from time to time for any potential damages.

It is believed that radon is one of the leading ceases of lung cancer in the United States. The correlation between radon and lung cancer was not exposed for a long time as lung cancer was almost always associated with tobacco usage. However, lung cancer in many non-smokers revealed the startling facts about radon and its effects on people.

Instead of demisting myths about radon, you can work around the problem and come up with a permanent solution to eliminate radon gas and keep a record of things that you did. This way it is easier to convince a potential buyer about the safety and health aspects of your home. Protecting form radon will boost the resale value of your home.

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