November 24, 2017

Home Inspection Part 5: Resolve Runs, Drips, and Other Plumbing Issues

An unscientific look at recent home inspections that we at D.C. Region Real Estate have observed reveals that a good number of plumbing issues—whether it's one of our listings or a home we're helping someone purchase—should be fixed long before an inspection even occurs. Oftentimes, they're small, inexpensive fixes that can save you a lot of time and effort when you're trying to finalize the sale of your home. In this fifth installment of home inspection issues and topics, Mark Linebaugh, … [Read more...]

Home Inspection Part 4: HVAC is a Top Concern for Buyers and Sellers

For our fourth venture into home inspections, we continue our conversation with Mark Linebaugh, president of Homemark Inc., and will address the sometimes lesser-seen but often felt issues with heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems.  If you’re selling your home, it’s a good idea to have your HVAC systems serviced and cleaned. It’s a tremendously common area in which an inspector is going to point out problems and/or concerns. When you’re buying, it’s always best to have a … [Read more...]

Home Inspection Part 3: Electrifying Discoveries

Welcome to Part 3 in our series of helpful tips from D.C.-area home inspector and Homemark Inc. president Mark Linebaugh. In the first post, we addressed doing a pre-listing inspection. In Part 2, we tackled structural issues. This time, we’re talking electricity. Potential hazards surrounding electricity go beyond whether lights or electrical outlets work. Electrical problems can be the precursor or cause of a structure fire, electrocution and potential injury or death. It’s an area of a … [Read more...]

Home Inspection Part 2: Have Some (Structural) Integrity

  This is part two in our series of helpful tips from D.C.-area home inspector and Homemark Inc. president Mark Linebaugh. In the first post, we addressed doing a pre-listing inspection. In this part, we’re addressing structural issues that Mark will look for to be in “normal working order.” Of these, Mark says he looks for cracks anywhere—foundation, driveway, slabs, walls and any other part of the structure. Open grout lines are another indication of a possible problem. Mark … [Read more...]

Home Inspection Part 1: Get Peace of Mind

Most home sales are contingent upon a home inspection. With that comes a hint of the unknown that remains until the inspection is complete and the contingency is satisfied. As a homebuyer, of course, you have a choice. Some REALTORs might recommend that you waive the inspection, because to a potential seller—particularly with an older house—waiving that inspection requirement in a competitive market often can move your offer above most others. We at D.C. Region Real Estate will NEVER … [Read more...]

A Winning Home Offer Need Not Waive the Inspection

With the market heating up and multiple offers increasing, many home buyers may be tempted to waive important contract contingencies, such as the inspection contingency, to make their offers more attractive. Don't do it. No matter how much you love a house, any investment that substantial demands the due diligence of a home inspection. And I'd be wary of any seller who asks a buyer to waive an inspection. Fortunately, there are other things buyers can do to sweeten the pot, such as: Be … [Read more...]

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