Home Fire Safety

March 8, 2018 | Buyer Inspection

We all remember Smoky the Bear from our childhood saying “Only you can prevent forest fires.” Well, that sentiment carries over to the household as well. Home fire safety is a crucial issue for everyone. Reports about home fires are on the news all the time, and, unfortunately, we continue to have significant damage to properties and tragic loss of life when home fires occur. As homeowners, it is our responsibility to ensure the safety of our homes. This can be accomplished several ways via smoke detectors, fire suppression devices, proper maintenance of the house. Fatal Facts Half of home fire deaths result from fires reported between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. Only one in five home fires were reported during these hours. 43% of home fires start in the kitchen. One fourth of home fire deaths were caused by fires that started in the bedroom. Another fourth resulted from … Continued

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Home Inspections Tips For Buyers

January 12, 2018 | Buyer Inspection

There are many things facing first time home owners who may not be familiar with all the intricacies of the home buying process. One of the primary duties of the Realtor is to assist the home buyers through this process. This blog is designed to inform First Time Home Buyers with what is involved with home inspections. Why A Home Inspection? Home inspections are performed to educate the buyer about the condition of the home they are purchasing. Once informed, they can decide whether this home is for them. Are Home Inspections Required? No, however, some financial institutions require them. Without the home inspection, the buyer may be purchasing a home with issues that are not readily apparent to the untrained eye. Can I Perform My Own Home Inspection? Yes; however, you still run into the same issue with financial institutions. In addition, the seller and the listing agent may … Continued

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How To Read A Texas Home Inspection Report

January 1, 2018 | Buyer Inspection

One of the challenges every home inspector faces is to translate what they see to a report that makes sense to the person reading the report. The Home Inspection Report is designed to inform the client about the overall condition of the home. With this information, the client, with advice from their Realtor, can determine how to proceed. They may accept the condition of the home, negotiate for some of the repairs, negotiate the purchase price, or they may decide to withdraw the purchase offer and continue looking for a home. At Magnolia Home Inspection Services we use the following color code: Blue: inspector comments about the condition of the item inspected. These appear when there is an issue with the item. Red: inspector comments concerning safety issues for the item inspected. Black: standard TREC LIMITATIONS Home Inspection Reports can be lengthy and confusing. The report can contain anything from … Continued

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Foundation Basics

November 7, 2017 | Buyer Inspection

What should a realtor look for when showing a listing to a client? How does a realtor or a client know whether to pursue a house or to walk away? It really depends upon what the clients are looking for. If they want a historical home and if the home has not been restored, they can expect to spend tens of thousands of dollars or more in a restoration. Some buyers are looking for fixer uppers, but even then, they will walk away if the renovation is too costly or overwhelming. Most buyers are looking for a house that is close to move-in ready without expecting to spend a lot of out of pocket money within the first 5 years of ownership. The top three high dollar maintenance items facing prospective home buyers in the Houston area are: Foundation Settlement Roof Air Conditioning / Furnace (HVAC) This blog addresses foundations. … Continued

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Roof Basics

November 7, 2017 | Buyer Inspection

What should a realtor look for when showing a listing to a client? How does a realtor or a client know whether to pursue a house or to walk away? It really depends upon what the clients are looking for. If they want a historical home and if the home has not been restored, they can expect to spend tens of thousands of dollars or more in restoration. Some buyers are looking for fixer uppers, but even then, they will walk away if the renovation is too costly or overwhelming. Most buyers are looking for a house that is close to move in ready without expecting to spend a lot of out of pocket money within the first 5 years of ownership. The top three high dollar repairs facing a prospective home buyers in the Houston area are: Foundation Settlement Roof Air Conditioning / Furnace (HVAC) This blog addresses roofs. … Continued

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HVAC Basics

November 7, 2017 | Buyer Inspection

What should a realtor look for when showing a listing to a client? How does a realtor or a client know whether to pursue a house or to walk away? It really depends upon what the clients are looking for. If they want a historical home and if the home has not been restored, they can expect to spend tens of thousands of dollars or more in restoration. Some buyers are looking for fixer uppers, but even then, they will walk away if the renovation is too costly or overwhelming. Most buyers are looking for a house that is close to move in ready without expecting to spend a lot of out of pocket money within the first 5 years of ownership. The top three high dollar repairs facing a prospective home buyers in the Houston area are: Foundation Settlement Roof Air,Conditioning / Furnace (HVAC) This blog addresses HVAC. HVAC … Continued

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Phased Home Inspections

July 28, 2017 | Buyer Inspection

Phased home inspections are different from all other types of home inspections. In other home inspections, the inspector is looking for defects in the house. These are not code inspections because it is very difficult to determine which codes were in effect at the time the house was built. Remember, there are many types of codes covering the foundation, framing, roof covering, roof structure, electrical service and wiring, water supply and distribution, heating and cooling. As a “generalist”, it is not possible for home inspectors to perform a code inspection. To do so would require extensive research of code for each house, thus, adding hundreds or thousands of dollars to the code inspection. As a result, the home inspector does not look for code violations. He looks for defects where something may be failing. The home inspector has received extensive training and are certified on how to look for and … Continued

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What Are The Types of Home Inspections

July 28, 2017 | Buyer Inspection

Although what is in a home inspection (see our other blog), is the same for each type of home inspection, with the exception of Phased Inspections, there are various types of home inspections that can be performed. Buyer Inspection These are the most common home inspection of a pre-owned home. This inspection is performed after an offer has been made and accepted during the option period. Most option periods are 10 days, but they can vary. The purpose of this inspection is to educate the buyer about the overall condition of the home prior to closing. The buyer will work with his realtor to negotiate the cost of repairing any defects found with the seller. Listing Inspection The listing inspection is performed by the seller prior to placing the home on the market. The seller is aware that there are issues with the house. Some of these issues may be … Continued

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What Is In A Home Inspection

July 28, 2017 | Buyer Inspection

What does a home inspector look for? A home inspection is a visual, non-invasive inspection of the home. Home inspectors are not allowed to do anything that would damage the house; therefore, they are not able to remove sheet rock to determine if there is a leaking pipe or mold hidden behind the walls or ceiling. Special tools, such as thermal imaging and moisture meters, are used to help detect the potential of these problems existing. The home inspection is limited to a visual inspection of accessible items. For example, if access to the electrical panel is blocked, or if access to the furnace in the attic is blocked, the home inspector is not required to inspect them. A good home inspector will contact the seller, via the listing agent, to request them to come and remedy access while he is there so that a second trip, which costs more … Continued

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How to Prepare For a Home Inspection

July 7, 2017 | Buyer Inspection

As a seller or a buyer, what should I do prior to the home inspection? The seller can perform some routine maintenance prior to the inspection which will a) prevent these items from appearing on the inspection report, b) makes for a smaller report which will not scare the buyer away, c) makes your home more marketable, d) may increase the value of the home if high dollar items are remedied. Seller’s Pre-Inspection Checklist All utilities must be turned on. Make sure water is turned on and there are no water leaks under cabinets, around toilets, etc. Make sure there is access to the electrical panel where circuit breakers are located. Make sure there is access to the furnace and hot water heater if they are located in the attic. Make sure all electrical wall sockets and light switches have cover plates. Look for and repair any damaged or rotted … Continued

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