Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page By Jon Gorey September 06, 2018 Our electrician was working in the attic when my wife heard the unmistakable gush of a waterfall coming from the linen closet. She opened the door to find hot water cascading onto the sheets and towels — the result of a burst brass pipe, jostled just enough to be ruptured by the electrician drilling into a joist 15 feet away. We’d hired him to rewire our 1920 house, which, in addition to charming details like a built-in hutch and butler’s pantry, also had a lot of original knob-and-tube wiring. And old brass water pipes, which grow brittle as they age. Now we’d be hiring a plumber, too. There are things you ought to know before buying an old house — among them, the names of a few reliable tradespeople. But the crooked charms, cranky quirks, and enduring craftsmanship of an antique abode … [Read more...] about A beginner’s guide to buying an older home
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After all the house hunting and hand-wringing, you’ve finally made an accepted offer on a home. Now, if you’re like many buyers, you’ll hire a home inspector to cast a critical eye on the property. It’s a crucial step that forces buyers to think more objectively about their purchase, said Liz Martin, a home inspector in Brookline. “The issue is no longer whether the bedrooms are sunny or proximity to transportation,’’ Martin said. “Instead it becomes, ‘What shape is this house or condo in, and can I afford the repairs and the maintenance?’ ’’ But while a good inspector can give you a thorough assessment of the home’s condition, alerting you to potential safety hazards, problems big and small, and what costly repairs might be in your future, there’s a limit to what they can tell you — and even the best ones can’t see through walls. “People can have the mistaken idea that the home … [Read more...] about What home inspectors can and cannot tell you
SARASOTA, FL, UNITED STATES, July 3, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ -- Krystal Marshayla Duckett, a renowned construction expert, explains that newly built homes usually have a few flaws. Generally, these are quite minor, such as uneven tile grout or a paint splodge. But sometimes, the issues are major and require immediate attention. Unfortunately, it is often quite difficult to spot these problems, not in the least because they are often hidden by the cosmetic elements of a property. In fact, sometimes, they are so well-hidden that home inspectors find it difficult to find them. According to Krystal Marshayla Duckett, there are a number of things people can look out for. In an ideal situation, they will have checked the progress of the construction, to begin with. Before the closing date, a final examination of the property should take place, preferably with a professional inspector. Asking regular questions and conducting a walk-through once construction is finished is also important. … [Read more...] about Krystal Marshayla Duckett Explains The Warning Signs Of Poor Home Construction
Ask just about any agent, and they'll tell you the toughest part of getting a contract to settlement is the home inspection.Nearly every transaction involves some sort of inspection. In fact, we can't even remember the last time we had a sale where there wasn't one. No matter the condition of the house, even if it's brand new, we always recommend that our buyers have a home inspection contingency in the contract.Some home inspections might be limited to the basic structural and mechanical components of a property. Others could be significantly more detailed and include inspections for mold, radon and lead. Plus, if there's a fireplace, the chimney is usually checked; and if there's a well and/or septic system, they will also be tested.As you might expect, problems with home inspections arise when there's a disagreement between the buyer and seller about what should be fixed, how it should be fixed and who will pay for it. And this problem comes up frequently since, in 20 years of … [Read more...] about Realities of Real Estate: Is there a better way to do home inspections?
I've compiled new-construction defect photos from the past six years into this one gigantic blog post. If you're in the market for a new home and you're not sure if a home inspection is worth doing, please look through these photos. If you're a real estate agent who isn't sold on the value of a home inspection on a new home, please look through these photos. If these don't convince you, nothing will. hese were all taken during pre-drywall inspections, new construction inspections, or one-year warranty inspections. If you own a new home and didn't have it inspected before you bought it, consider having it inspected before your one-year warranty is up. Builders should welcome the opportunity to have their homes inspected by private home inspectors; it's a chance for construction errors to be addressed before they become major problems. It doesn't matter how thorough the municipal inspector is; mistakes are still missed. This is not meant as a knock against builders, … [Read more...] about Why new construction houses need to be inspected by private home inspectors