A huge thank you to our friends over at Brick Kicker Home Inspections, for this excellent write-up on looking for the differences between these two pests!!!!
Swarming season is almost upon us, and it can be fairly difficult for the untrained eye to make the distinction between termites and flying ants. Knowing the difference the two could potentially save a homeowner time and money, as the treatment cost for termites is roughly four times more expensive than for flying ants. This is due to termite treatments warranting a more extensive application method, and price disparity in the chemicals used to treat.
Termite swarmers have straight antennae that appear to be made of tiny beads, a broad waist, and two sets of equal length wings.
Huge shout out to our friends over at BrickKicker Home Inspections & Detect Termite for this great writeup on the components of a home inspection. Often confused with a home appraisal (definitely not the same!!!) the home inspection is INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT. Find out why, below:
1. Grounds and Exterior. During an inspection, a professional should first examine the home exterior and overall condition of the property. Areas of interest include grading and drainage, evidence of standing water or leaks, the integrity of the foundation and siding, the condition of the exterior paint and landscaping, and any damage to the deck, garage, patio, stairs, or driveway.
2. Roof, Windows, and Doors. The exterior structural components of the home
We've got a huge THANK YOU to marketing department here at The Real Estate Group (TREG) for this great quick write up on everyone's FAVORITE topic.... Spring cleaning...!
When it comes to spring cleaning, there’s no room that needs it more than the kitchen. With so many drawers and places for things to hide, it’s easy for the kitchen to accumulate build-up. If you’re anything like me, when you start to factor in the high-use the kitchen gets, you panic and the next thing you know you’re wearing a hazmat suit. Don’t worry, though - I’ve done extensive research on this topic and have a strategy for you! Here’s how to really tackle the kitchen:
Don’t let the microwave intimidate you. Remember, you’re the boss and you can’t live your life with…
One of the biggest names out there can tell you some tall tales... and they have a MASSIVE marketing budget that means they seem like a really trustworthy place to get information.
And because Zillow lies, we make sure our clients know to make sure information is VERIFIED through the proper channels.
Take Donna Laurens' clients, recently. Living in a particular school district was a really important wicket for them to check off on buying their Perfect House. The home they were convinced was the perfect one for them had their specified school district listed as the one for that home in particular. Awesome, right? Except we (as agents) know that Zillow LIES. They may not "mean to" but they do! The information available on such a massive database is…
Does retirement seem so far away? Or maybe not far enough? Do you wonder whether your forever home could really BE your FOREVER HOME? Here's a few thoughts to ponder on:
As more and more baby boomers enter retirement age, the question of whether or not to sell their homes and move will become a hot topic. In today’s housing market climate, with low available inventory in the starter and trade-up home categories, it makes sense to evaluate your home’s ability to adapt to your needs in retirement.
According to the National Association of Exclusive Buyers Agents (NAEBA), there are 7 factors that you should consider when choosing your retirement home.1
“It may be easy enough to afford your home today but think…
- By Steve Rockefeller
The most recent National Association of Realtors profile shows that 40 percent of repeat buyers and 66 percent of first-time homebuyers are putting less than 10 percent down. Understanding all of your low-down-payment mortgage options may aid you in obtaining a mortgage while helping to save money.
Different types of mortgages can be tailored to purchase a home. If you’re looking to use a conventional loan and you made a down payment of less than 20 percent of the home’s value, you’re probably going to need mortgage insurance, commonly known as PMI. If using, for example, a government FHA loan, you’re going to need mortgage insurance, known as MIP. Confusing I know.
With the lowest of…
You've probably thought about these things before, but we'll pull them all together in this quick list for you.
Spring is right around the corner, so if you're planning on having one, now's the time to start planning!So here goes...
6 FANTASTIC TIPS For Your Garage/Yard Sale:
1.) Make sure ALL of your signs LOOK the same! Obviously, the arrow may change, but if a prospective shopper is driving around your neighborhood LOOKING to find your house, they are subliminally looking for the SAME sign--- thus one is neon, make them all neon. If you put a balloon on one, put a balloon on ALL of them. That way, as they are driving through a neighborhood and trying to find the "next" sign marker, your next sign will stick out to them. Remember... the…
Tis' the season for porch deliveries... and thieves!
Thank you to our friends at VECTOR for this fantastic write up on tips to protect your home deliveries.
Packages and deliveries are often left during the day while homeowners are out. These easy snags are almost too good to be true for thieves.
Below are tips to protect your package from being taken from your doorstep.
Give Extra Instructions
Specify delivery instructions when you place your order to prevent your package from being left alone.
- Send your package to a friend, your workplace or a UPS access point for safe keeping until you can bring it home.
- Require a signature for an item to be delivered. This way you can ensure your package won’t be left alone.
- Add a