In North Texas, foundation issues are pretty much a given. However, there are some things you should look for when home shopping.

Every week, the detail-oriented folks at Green Scene Home Inspections will give CandysDirt.com readers an education in inspection. Want to see what they see? Tune in  for “Upon Closer Inspection.”

When you’re buying a home, we advise people that the major areas of consideration are the roof, plumbing, electricity, HVAC, and the foundation. These are your bigger ticket items, so if something is amiss, you may have costly repairs on your hands at some point.

If you’re buying a home in North Texas, foundation issues are almost a given, so this is an area you’ll want to pay close attention to as you shop for homes. 

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Every week, the detail-oriented folks at Green Scene Home Inspections will give CandysDirt.com readers an education in inspection. Want to see what they see? Tune in every Wednesday for “Upon Closer Inspection.”

One of the biggest issues we find in the attic is water getting where it shouldn’t be. In the above photo, you can see that the roof decking in the attic has water stains. The water is getting in through poor flashing around the chimney on the roof.

Flashing is material (usually aluminum or steel) placed around edges and joints to keep water from seeping in. The brick section you see in the photo is where the chimney comes through the attic. Over time, flashing can pull away from the surface and allow water to penetrate. See below for a picture of correct chimney flashing.

Correct chimney flashing

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Repair Pricer

We’re excited today to announce the launch of a new service for home buyers we feel has been seriously lacking in the marketplace for years. In fact, we would go so far as to say there has been a dire need for a solution to this problem since home inspection reports became widely used. We’re just happy someone finally came up with an answer!

So what are we talking about? When buying a new home, a home inspection report gives people invaluable information about the house or condo that they are considering purchasing. It can create leverage to get homeowners to fix certain problems and even lower the sales price.

But in cases where there are issues that need addressing, it’s normally not a good idea to have the home seller
complete repairs themselves as this can delay closing and also may require extra inspections. The best practice
is to make sure any repairs are done correctly under your supervision after closing, which means you need to
know exactly what those repairs will cost, so you can have the seller credit you that dollar amount.

This seems simple, until you realize you’ve now got to schedule multiple repair services to visit the property — hopefully all at the same time — and then wait for them to get you a bid back all before your option period expires. And sometimes even that isn’t possible; electricians for instance simply won’t come out without you paying a service fee. So all this ends up costing you, your agent and the seller considerable time and money, and there’s no definite answer at the end of it all.

Wouldn’t it just be easier if you could give your inspection report to someone and they could tell you with incredible accuracy what each item would cost to repair?

Enter RepairPricer.com.

This new online service aims to make it easier for everyone during the option period by taking any inspection report, running it through their proprietary pricing tool, and also having local contractors actually review every report for accuracy to give you an exact cost for each repair item on your report. Their service has been found to be 98 percent accurate when it comes to true repair cost, and this is the reason they are now accepted as the industry standard and are widely used by some of the largest and most successful inspection companies across the country.

“Our extensive database took a year and a half to create and we’re the only folks that can do this,” said Robert Tye, operations manager for Repair Pricer. “After receiving one of our reports, for the first time our clients are truly aware of what a house is really going to cost them. And if there are any serious issues with large ticket items like roofing or foundations, we even offer free onsite inspections. We are essentially trying to bring further transparency to the home buying process.”

Tye is offering CandysDirt.com readers a promo code for $10 off any Repair Pricer service – keep reading to get it! 

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Real Estate Story
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Clayton Bailey

“That’s going to get flagged by the home inspector.”

These words, no matter how deftly delivered, can strike fear into the heart of every home seller. So who are these “inspectors” that can make your knees tremble and hold your home hostage from a quick sale?

They are really your ally, whether you’re selling or buying. They’re the gatekeepers that protect buyers from things that are not readily evident, like old electrical wiring or a pipe about to fail. They also protect sellers from losing a sale by revealing issues that can be remedied prior to putting the home on the market. They are a necessity and we’re lucky to have some great inspectors in Dallas-Fort Worth.

Clayton Bailey owns Green Scene Home Inspections in Dallas. He’s heavily involved in supporting the real estate community, always volunteering and, full disclosure, helped me get through a giant rope spider maze, during our training with the  MetroTex Leadership Academy. He’s a good guy. Bailey took time out of crawling under houses and through attics to answer a few questions for us. (more…)