When you buy a home, you need to know exactly what you’re buying. Imagine how frustrated you’d be to find out that the hot water heater wasn’t working—in the middle of a shower! This is why you should have a home inspection before you buy your home. A home inspection is an important part of buying your home. Before you hire a home inspector, ask candidates a few questions to make sure you hire a trustworthy inspector.
1.What does your inspection cover? Not all inspections are the same. Ask for copies of previous home inspections so you can see exactly what they will check inside the [city] home. If you are concerned about something specific, like a leaky faucet in the bathroom, mention that to the inspector so they can check it out.
2.Are you licensed or certified? If you live in a state that licenses home inspectors, ask to see their license. At the very least, choose a home inspector who belongs to American Society of Home Inspectors. This shows a level of professionalism and education that you can trust.
3.What kind of report will you give me? You should expect a written report detailing what the inspector found. Most inspectors will give you a typed report within a week of the inspection. Make sure the inspector will be available to explain anything on the report that doesn’t make sense to you.
4.Will I be able to attend the inspection? If the inspector refuses to let you be present during the home inspection, find someone else. This is your chance to know exactly what you are buying and what potential repairs you or the seller will have to make.
As your real estate agent, I will guide you through the home buying process. Let me help you find your new home here in the North Country. Call or email us today at email@example.com or 315-649-3434
1.Home inspection - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Home_inspection
2.American Society of Home Inspectors. - http://www.ashi.org/
3.Easy household repairs. - http://home.howstuffworks.com/home-improvement/repair/5-home-repairs-you-should-do-yourself.htm
Amanda Miller, Broker/Owner of Lake Ontario Realty LLC in Chaumont, received the "20 under 40" award for the tri-county area in December of 2013! Her commitment to excellence is evident in their business practices and how she and the team at LOR do a tremendous job in real estate ALL OVER Northern NY. They serve all the communities surrounding Fort Drum, Watertown NY, 1000 Islands, Lake Ontario, Sackets Harbor, Clayton, Alex Bay, Copenhagen, Adams, Carthage, Black River, Henderson Harbor and beyond!!
Amanda J Miller, Licensed RE Broker and Owner has earned the prestigious, "Military Relocation Professional" designation!
We are constantly committed to helping our Military buy, sell and relocate to our wonderful Fort Drum area!
I am proud to say that we received the 2012 "Business with Excellence" award! This goes to show our constant dedication to our business and our community. We are proud to be a local women owned independent company that supports our are and other business's as well!
ATTENTION ALL WATERFRONT SELLERS AND BUYERS!!! VERY IMPORTANT INFO!!
Tip of the day: SELLERS, if you are planning to sell and you are on or near the water including the Black river, you must find out if your in a flood zone. If you are then you will need to hire an surveyor/engineer to do an elevation certificate which will run $700-$1000. If you know you are already in a flood zone, you STILL need an elevation certificate as your buyer can not obtain a new flood insurance policy with out it.
BUYERS: Please be prepared to pay some type of flood insurance, although with an elevation certificate it will drastically bring down the cost or possibly eliminate it from a flood zone all together!
LOMA "Letter of map amendment" will take the parcel out of the FEMA flood zone all together. This is the last step a buyer can take after closing on the property to hopefully eventually remove from flood zone.
Sellers you must act now, the few surveyors that can do the "Elevation certificates" will probably get very backed up in the summer and cause buyers to walk. Buyers, please have some patience, the superb agents here at Lake Ontario Realty LLC are trying to stay way ahead of this for you!
Contact one of our outstanding agents today for more help and info! Todd O'Donnell-Lic RE Salesperson, Gail W Miller-Licensed RE Salesperson, Kim Call-Licensed RE Salesperson, Desiree L Webster Lic. RE Salesperson, Lois Aubin, Anne George, Jeanine Powell, Barb Mckeever, Patricia Aubin, Beth Hopkins, Linda Donaldson or Amanda Miller.
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