Vancouver, WA Real Estate News

By Kevin Mickels
(Inspection Consulting, Inc.)
Walkways and Driveway In theory, concrete is poured over undisturbed earth, but when a house is built the driveway and walkway areas are often filled after the foundations are constructed. Driveways and walkways are frequently cracked and vulnerable to settlement. Patching is generally cosmetically unacceptable. Hence most contractors encourage replacement of badly settled sections. The most prudent property owner will strive to eliminate trip hazards, particularly in areas guests will use.
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By Dawn Shaffer Life is good!
Real Estate Stagers..here's an idea you may not have thought of.Our fields are so closely entwined. It seems a natural "package" for a stager and virtual tour provider to get together and offer a package for professional offices, medical offices, -- gosh, the list just goes on and on.Both fields are (as far as I know) almost exclusively specific to real estate...but both can just as easily help businesses attract more customers.The facility would be staged, then a virtual tour done, then "unstaged." I attempted to talk to a Stager in my area but she blew me off, never called me back. If you think the idea has merit, I'll continue to look for someone in my area. Dawn Shaffer, http://www.allaboutvirtualtours.com/
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3 of the last 8 Homes I have inspected had some type of problem with moisture.  So I thought I would pass this along.  Checked your Sump Pump lately? Sump Pump importance  • When was the last time you checked your sump pump for proper operation? • Notice any foundation cracks around your home?  Ever make the connection that your sump pump may be the cause of this cracking?  Moisture control in the home Rule #1 - Water is the enemy of a home. Rule #2 – As a homeowner, your maintenance checklist should include checking the key items that ensure all surface and sub-surface water is directed away from the home. Surface Water Control Gutters & Downspout • Ensure no obstructions in gutters and ensure downspouts push out away from home. Lot Grading • Ensure landscaping does not slope back towa...
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By Shawn Martin
(Crosby Inspections)
If you are in the process of selling a home, the chances are that sooner or later you will have the home inspected by a professional home inspector. Here is a checklist to make life easier.• If the house is vacant make sure that all the utilities (gas, electrical power and water) are on. In most cases, this is a requirement of the real estate contract.• If you have a pet, they should be removed from the house during the inspection. It may seem funny to you, but some people are afraid of even the friendliest dog.• Make sure that all furniture  or stored personal items are not in front of electrical panel boxes, furnaces and water heaters. The inspector needs to get close to these appliances both to operate them and to read label plates that contain manufacturing dates and sizes.• Remove ...
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By Shawn Martin
(Crosby Inspections)
 Recalled systems: electrical panels, wall heaters, etc.Wood boring pests: which could lead to costly infestation.Incorrect installations: which may eventually need repair or fail completely: roof, floor structure, ceiling structure, etc.Improper insulation and ventilation leading to heat loss and/or wood rot.Improper or ungrounded electrical issues which could cause fire or electrocution.Drainage problems which could lead to mold and pests or even lead to an unstable structure.Improper venting of fireplaces and fuel burning appliances which could lead to air pollutants, illness, possibly fire.There are many issues that home inspectors are trained to look for. Even newer homes can have serious issues.If you have any questions, Please feel free to contact me. I will be happy to answer an...
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By Shawn Martin
(Crosby Inspections)
What is a "Home Inspection"?  A Home Inspection is defined as: "...A visual examination of any or all of the readily accessible physical real property and improvements to real properly consisting of four or fewer dwelling units, including structural, lot drainage, roof, electrical, plumbing, heating and air conditioning and such other areas of concern as are specified in writing to determine if performance is as intended." Why do I need an inspection? There are several good reasons to get a home inspection. A home purchase is one of the biggest financial decisions of your life. Before investing so much money in a home, having an impartial third party take a look at it may help protect you from making an unwise decision and possible major expenses in the future. It is not wise to gamble ...
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