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Home Buying

Home Buying Tip: Check Drainage

Here is week 43 in our series of home buying tips: Check Drainage. Inadequate drainage around the exterior of a home leads to water intrusion in basements, garages, and crawl spaces. This can compromise the foundation of a home and create mold problems. As your agent, it is our team's...

Home Buying Tip: Environmental Hazards

Here is week 42 in our series of home buying tips: Environmental Hazards. Because there was limited technology and fewer building restrictions in the past, an older home may contain lead-based paint, high levels of carbon monoxide, radon, toxic molds, or even asbestos. Any of these require professional testing and monitoring to...

Home Buying Tip: Check for Adequate Ventilation

Here is week 41 in our series of home buying tips: Check For Adequate Ventilation. We wouldn’t let this go over your head. If a home doesn’t have proper ventilation, moisture cannot evaporate and will inevitably cause problems. Make sure the attic is properly ventilated to ensure that the roof has...

Home Buying Tip: Ensure Storage Spaces Are Easily Accessible

Here is week 38 in our series of home buying tips: Ensure Storage Spaces Are Easily Accessible. If you’re close to retiring, make sure you don’t have to bend, stretch, or climb ladders to reach storage spaces. A fixed-attic staircase is better than the flimsier pull-down stairs, to make attic storage...

Home Buying Tip: Decide How Much Maintenance You Want To Do

Here is week 37 in our series of home buying tips: Decide How Much Maintenance You Want To Do. Some newer communities have a homeowners association that requires maintenance of the exterior, as well as provides lawn maintenance and snow removal. If the home you want is not in an association...

Home Buying Tip: Consider Geology

Here is week 35 in our series of home buying tips: Consider Geology. A breathtaking view can be a huge selling point of a home. Who wouldn’t want a clifftop view overlooking Lake Michigan? But that same vantage point can also pose serious issues for you in years to come. Hillsides...

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