Seismic safety is a common discussion when buying and selling a home and is a unique topic to the west coast, especially California.
Since the question comes up quite often, we thought we would share some resources to help our clients and their real estate agents understand the codes and requirements for correct seismic water heater strapping. We have also included below, a link to the 2005 published Homeowner's Guide to Earthquake Safety.
Additionally, there is a link to the USGS website that reports on all earthquakes around the world.
We came across this great little website for anyone considering the purchase of a fixer upper. Sometimes it's a great way to get into a fantastic house and make it your own. Check out the link below and a few questions they can help you answer.
Buying a Fixer Upper
Can a Handyman's Special Become Your Dream Home?
It is possible to get a much larger home for your money if you buy one which
needs some work. Most buyers prefer a home in move-in condition, so "as-is"
sales, even on a property which only needs some cosmetic work, generally bring a
much lower price.
Some of the questions you should consider before buying a fixer-upper as your
Does the house need repairs or does it need
If the home needs major repairs, they may need to be
done before you move in. On the other hand, updates and cosmetic remodeling can
generally be done while you are living in the home.
Will you have the money to renovate?
If you spend all of
your housing budget on the purchase of the home, it may be months or even years
before you are financially able to remodel.
Do you have the necessary skills and time to complete the renovations
if you are planning to do it yourself?
If you are planning on doing
the renovations yourself to build up what's commonly called "sweat equity," keep
in mind that there's a reason they call it that. It will require a certain
amount of knowledge and a large time commitment to renovate a home.
Are you a procrastinator?
It takes a certain amount of
self discipline to finish home repairs in a timely fashion, and it can be
uncomfortable to live in a home which is perpetually under renovation.
If you do decide that a fixer-upper is for you, be sure to get a professional home inspection before you are locked into a purchase contract. It is also a good idea to get estimates on the repairs from a contractor during the
inspection period to help ensure you know exactly what you are getting into. For
a rough estimate of the repair costs on a property you are considering, use our
John Hammond is the professional leader in home inspection for the realtors, home buyers/ sellers and real estate investors of Southern California coming highly recommended by all who have employed his services. His attention to detail, professionalism and customer service make is home inspections and reports a coveted commodity among the real estate community and their clients. John is a CREIA Certified home inspector, carrying the highest standards of home inspection and specializing in California codes and safety requirements. He is redefining the home inspection by collaborating with professionals in real estate and home inspection, to acquire knowledge from leading experts to establish a refined personal experience to your home inspection.
When listing a property, one of the most common tasks overlooked by the seller and real estate agent is the pre-listing home inspection. Whatever the reasoning, this simple step can pay off big for both the seller and agent.
In Southern California, the home inspector is more commonly hired by the Buyer and arrives at your property after a contract is negotiated to inspect and list any defects, safety issues and future maintenance. When significant problems are found by the Home Inspector the buyer may:
-Terminate the contract.
-Ask for inflated amounts to have the problem fixed.
-Be so alarmed by the defect found, they terminate the contract without giving you the
chance to fix it.
Either way your house is back on the market and the problem is still there for the next buyer to find.
A pre-listing Inspection makes selling your home an easier process. More often your pre-listing home inspection will show a few minor issues easily repairable. If your pre-listing inspection is performed and significant damage or defects are found, there may be disappointment, but no hysteria or regret. No deal about to go sour. Your agent will discuss the problems with you and will determine if this listing is "AS IS" with full disclosure, or what repairs are in need of correcting to expedite the sale. You can correct any problem areas, and have your home re-inspected. Hammond Inspection Services returns a clean revised report. When your buyer enters a contract agreement with you, the Buyer can choose to have another inspection performed. No major problems should be found by the second inspection. The deal coasts downhill to closing. Everyone is happy.
REAL ADVANTAGES to the Pre-Listing Home Inspection:
-You can choose your own CREIA Certified inspector rather than be at the mercy of the buyer's choice of inspector.
-You can schedule the inspection at your convenience.
-It may alert you of any items requiring immediate personal concern.
-The report can help you and your agent realistically price your home if any issues exist.
-The pre-listing inspection report will help prepare you for the appraiser; your home may appraise for more.
-The report can help your substantiate a higher asking price if there are no issues or if they have been corrected.
Your Pre-Listing Inspection Can Reveal Issues Ahead of Time Which:
-Gives you time to make repairs and shop for competitive contractors.
-Can permit you to attach repair estimates or paid invoices to the inspection report.
-Removes over-inflated buyer procured estimates from the negotiation table.
-The report might alert you to any immediate safety issues found, before agents and visitors tour the home.
-Repairs made ahead of time will help homes show better.
-A pre-listing inspection is the ultimate gesture in forthrightness on the part of the seller.
-A pre-listing inspection lightens negotiations and 11th - hour renegotiations.
-Seller inspections relieve the agent of having to hurriedly procure repair estimates or schedule repairs.
Bottom line: Your home sells faster and for a higher price. Now, isn’t that reason enough to invest a little to gain more?
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Wishing all of our new home owners, buyers, agents and affiliates a wonderful holiday season!
May your blessings and successes continue in the upcoming year.
~~~~Merry Christmas and Happy New Year~~~~
John and Melissa Hammond
Let's get real here for a minute.
You are buying a house that you hope will become your home. Would you go on a 3 dates with someone and get married the 4th time you meet?
How often do you think you will see this house, walk through it, look at its strengths and weaknesses before you close and move in?
You are more likely to keep yourself awake re-arranging your furniture, picking out paint colors or imagining the first dinner party than worrying about whether the GFI outlets near the sink are installed correctly or the garage door has the proper safety features.
You have spent hours, months even years preparing your finances and credit for this moment, I'm sure you want to know the house is safe and secure.
That is why you hire a home inspector.
Your home inspector will study this home, without bias, for safety issues and for longevity. You gain knowledge and peace of mind that will protect you, your family and your finances. You will have confidence in your purchase to add to the excitement of home ownership.
Your home inspection will give you one of the greatest returns on its investment and can potentially save you thousands.
I'm a CREIA certified home inspector. I have built Hammond Inspection Services to be more than just an inspection company. I started this blog to be more of a resource to home buyers, sellers and real estate agents.