The Difference Between A Home Inspection & Home Appraisal

Sometimes when someone is getting ready to buy or sell a home, they enter into the market with a few common misunderstanding about the process. One of these misunderstandings centers around the difference between a home inspection and an appraisal. It's a misunderstanding that can be very costly for both a buyer and a seller of real estate, and it's a mistake that no one wants to venture into. First let me lay out the difference between an appraisal and a home inspection. An appraisal is something that a mortgage company or a bank would require in order to verify the value of any given piece of real estate. An inspection on the other hand is something that can be optional prior to a real estate transaction. The home inspection process is designed to identify evidence of potential problems with a given piece of property. For a seller, a home inspection would be valuable in helping to determine the [...]

What To Expect From A Home Inspection

When buying a house, do not be lulled by the lovely appearance of the property. As a homeowner, you have to be sure that the property you buy is worth every penny. A home inspection should be done to expose you to the intricate details that you cannot see during your initial tours. A professional home inspector may be hired so he can assist you on your next plan of actions. ** SEE ALSO:  Home inspectors in Athens, Ga. Here are the things you can expect to happen when a home inspector visits you. The actual inspection. There is a lot to know about the value of your home and its beauty. A home inspector first examines the exterior appearance of the house from each side and from the tip of the roof to the base. He then looks at the interior. The inspection will take about one to two hours depending on the size and the style of [...]

Home Inspections on Foreclosed Homes – What To Consider

You've heard us say it before - a home inspection is a must for anyone looking to buy their next house. This is especially true when it comes to buying a foreclosure. And even though inspecting a foreclosure may require a little more expertise, you don't have anything to worry about if you call the Home Inspectors of North Georgia. Turn On The Utilities Prior to your home inspection, make plans for cutting on the power to the water, electricity and gas - you'll definitely want to ensure that all is well with these key components of your house. Once the power is cut on, you'll then make sure that they are on all the way. This will help you avoid problems like overlooking leaky faucets or electrical issues that are being hidden. You never know what you'll come across with a foreclosure, so it's better to do your due-diligence up front! Things to look for with a vacant [...]

2 Types Of Home Inspection Contingencies Every Home Buyer & Seller Should Know

It's summer time here in Athens, Georgia, which means two things: 1)  Everyone is getting excited about the upcoming Georgia Bulldogs' football season and, 2)  A lot of families and students are in transition because they have either graduated from UGA, or they are moving into Athens getting ready start at UGA. As you can see, the University of Georgia plays a central role here in the Classic City!  But it's not just UGA that makes summer in Athens exciting.  There are other activities to fill your summer with, such as AthFest. The Importance of a Home Inspection Regardless of whether you are coming or going this summer in Athens, if you are looking to buy or sell a home, then there are a few things you need to know that can make the more enjoyable, and more safe, for everyone involved. As a home buyer or seller, there is one thing that should never be ignored, and that you need to [...]

5 Reasons To Have Sewer Lines Included In Your Next Home Inspection

With the University of Georgia's graduation behind us, and the summer closing in fast, there's a whole new season of home buyers that will be browsing around Athens looking for a new home to purchase,  or a home to rent for the upcoming school year.  And don't forget, we are in a buyer's market right now which means home shoppers are increasingly demanding when it comes to homes being in tip-top shape before they buy. This can definitely work to your advantage since homeowners, who are more ambitious than ever to sell their homes, will go out of their way to ensure that your home is in "move in ready" condition when it's time to hand you the keys. One Critical Area For Home Inspections As you are getting ready to purchase or rent your new home, one of the first things you need to do is have a proper home inspection on the property.  This probably seems like [...]

8 Areas Every Home Inspection Must Cover

This article is sponsored by Home Inspectors of North Georgia and is part of the Bipper Media article marketing program. When it comes time to buying or selling a home, the list of things to get done seems to be never ending.  From talking to real estate agents, consulting with mortgage brokers, and everything in between - a real estate transaction is no joke. In fact, purchasing or selling a home is one of the most time consuming transactions that you'll ever experience. But there is one key step along the way that simply cannot be overlooked, and that is a proper home inspection.  The home inspection process is equally important for both the buyer and seller. Although a home inspection is not required for a real estate transaction, it is the best way to protect both the buyer and seller, and mitigate risks from issues that may arise during the transaction process. As you know though, when it [...]