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Can I Trust My Home Inspector?

Why is a home inspection so nerve wracking? Could it be party due to a lack of trust between you and your home inspector? Here’s what you need to know to build a relationship and also identify a home inspector you can feel confident using.

Ask for references and use them

You are more likely to trust a home inspector that has been referred to you by someone you know. Undoubtedly, we like to work with people we know, like, and trust. Even if it’s someone else you know that knows and trusts the home inspector. Having that connection helps. So ask for references.

Do a proper interview

Yes, you read that right. You should “interview” anyone before you hire them. Especially a job as important as inspecting a home you want to purchase. Don’t be afraid to ask tough questions. And if you don’t know what to ask, start with “what questions should I be asking you?”. It’s not about pricing when you hire a home inspector. I understand the price is a part of the decision, but that shouldn’t be the only factor.

Be present at the inspection

In fact, we recommend that the buyers, seller, and both agents are present at the home inspection. This is an opportunity to learn about your home and address any immediate questions or concerns. You never know what might be discovered during an inspection. How easy is it to be able to ask the seller about a concern while the inspector is there? Even better! So make sure you attend.

We know these tips might seem basic, but we find many people skip these little steps. We want you to feel confident and comfortable when you hire Divinity Inspection Services. We invite you to call us and ask us anything you want. We will offer our guidance and knowledge, and hope that you feel you can trust us by the end of the phone call.

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How To Keep The Allergies Outside The House

Allergy season is upon us, and according to the national weather service, we’re in for a big one! Thankfully, there are some things you can do to keep the allergies outside the house, making it a safe haven for you and your family.

Don’t leave the house open

It seems like a good idea to air out the house. You open all the windows, sliding doors, and let the breeze run through. However, what you’re really doing is letting the allergens in. Opt to close up instead, and focus on cleaning around the home.

Get rid of that dust

You might be waiting for Spring cleaning to do all the dusting. Instead, get ahead and dust before the allergy season hits. Get rid of the dust in all the small creases and cracks of the home to reduce your reaction.

Clean the sheets

It’s time to do a big cleaning. Clean all the sheets, blankets, and pillow cases in your home. Cleaning the sheets help to get rid of any lingering allergens or bacteria that might be hanging around.

Steam clean your carpets

A lot of people overlook their carpets. But carpets tend to soak in and keep allergens and bacteria. Vacuuming will only go so far. Instead, rent a machine or hire professionals to steam clean your carpet. This could significantly reduce allergens around your home.

We hope these tips help you survive this allergy season! Don’t forget to keep us in mind for your home inspection needs.

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Who Should Attend The Home Inspection?

As a home inspector, I often get asked who should attend the home inspection? The answer is fairly simple. Anyone who is involved in the transaction of the home for sale should attend the home inspection. This includes the real estate agents, the buyer, and the seller.

What you will learn at a home inspection

During a home inspection, the inspector will inspect the entire home. The inspector will record the condition of everything in the house and also detail any issues or concerns that might arise. A good inspector will educate you on the home and give you guidance on the condition.

Why the real estate agents should be there

Both real estate agents have a client to represent. Both agents should be there to record the findings of the inspection, ask any questions that might arise, and guide their clients in which questions they can ask.

Why the seller and the buyer should be there

If you find a seller doesn’t want the buyers to attend the inspection, that’s a big red flag. Every buyer has the right to learn about the house from the expertise of a home inspection. And since most buyers are the ones paying for the home inspection, it doesn’t really make sense that you wouldn’t attend.

During our home inspections, the more the merrier! We want everyone to feel comfortable attending, asking questions, and learning about the home. We inspect absolutely everything, including attics, crawl spaces, and the roof. Book your home inspection anytime with us online or by giving us a call!

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2018 Home Remodeling Trends

Selling a home almost always requires some updates. According to Houzz, there are some home remodeling trends you should consider before putting any holes in your walls!

Color in kitchens

For a while now, all white kitchens have been the “in-thing”. Finally, colors are coming back into kitchens. However, you’ll want to be careful. If you add too much color, your kitchen will look dated within the next ten years. If you add color into your kitchen, keep it minimal, such as only the island.

The neutrals are turning

The neutral color palette has usually been grays, blues, and white. Now, the neutral color palette is turning to rust, earthy colors, and black-browns. With this palette you can add in colors like dark red and mustard yellow, bringing an entirely different look to your home.

Personalized Spaces

Personalized spaces are becoming increasing popular. Using unique patters and designs in a room with a mix of colors to personalize spaces. Tropical prints and bright colors will slowly make its way back.

More metal

Concrete has slowly worked its way up as an accent material. You might see more metal accents, sinks, counter tops and even floors. The added benefit of these metal pieces also means the added durability.

Remember, anytime you do a major home remodel it will always benefit you to have the work inspected. You don’t want to find a major problem with the work when you’re trying to sell the house. Make your home inspection appointment here!

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Keeping Your Home Safe For The Holidays

It’s the holiday season and shopping is in the air! Unfortunately, so are break-ins. Keeping your home safe for the holidays is a top priority. Many neighborhoods have already reported break-ins and attempted thefts as people fill their home with presents. There are a few things you can do to take precaution and discourage thieves from breaking into your home.

Keep your security lights on

With your Christmas lights up you may forgot to turn on your security lights. But when the timer goes off during the night and turns off your Christmas lights the area becomes very dark. Lights are a direct determent for thieves so make sure to turn them on.

Shopping bags go in the trunk

When you are shopping at the mall and decide to drop off some bags to the car, make sure you put them in the trunk. Scouts hang out in parking lots at malls and watch what people do with their shopping bags. Putting your gift in the backseat will be very attractive to someone staking out cars to break into. The backseat is much easier to access and get away so put them in the trunk.

Lock up your home securely

You may be thinking this one is really obvious. However, many people who feel secure in their home will leave doors and windows open or unlocked throughout the day. Some maybe even at night. During a season that theft is at its peak, it’s even more important to always keep your home secure. Even if you are home.

We hope everyone stays safe and has a wonderful holiday season. Don’t forget to put down the phone and other technology, and be present with the ones you love. Have a Merry Christmas everyone!