Refinancing your home is a great way to either lower your interest rate and save long-term, or obtain funds to do repairs or remodels using the equity you’ve earned on your home. It’s a great time to do it – when the real estate market is booming, and it always makes sense to keep your home in tip-top shape maintenance wise, as well as updated with modern appliances, flooring and … click here to read more

There is a group of ‘do it yourself’ or ‘we need to save money’ folks who – decide to take a chance and forego the property inspection during a real estate transaction. It ends up costing them more in the long run – and often, by thousands of dollars in missed repairs, problems and code violations. Your real estate property inspection is an important part of buying or selling a … click here to read more

The Texas Real Estate market is hot, hot, hot! And a professional property inspection is a huge part of buying or selling a home.  Hiring an experienced home inspector is paramount – so that you can avoid costly repairs to your  new home or allowances to a new buyer.   There are three things that everyone should know about hiring a professional home inspector in Texas – whether it’s for a … click here to read more

Buying or selling a home is a huge event in one’s life, but many things can be prevented with proper maintenance and care during your years of ownership. Buying a home can be more costly than need be if you don’t perform a proper property inspection and heed the information your inspector gives you. Selling a home can become expensive as well – if required to repair impromptu issues that … click here to read more

Ants are among the most prevalent pests in households, restaurants, hospitals, offices, warehouses, and virtually all buildings where food and water can be found. While mostly harmless to humans, ants (especially carpenter ants) can cause considerable building damage.  Inspectors can expand their knowledge base by being able to identify some of the telltale signs of ant infestation. Ant Behavior Ants are social insects that live in colonies divided into three castes: queens, males and … click here to read more

Solar energy offers considerable advantages over conventional energy systems by nullifying flaws in those systems long considered to be unchangeable. Solar power for home energy production has its flaws, too, which are outlined in another article, but they’re dwarfed by the advantages listed below. The following are advantages of solar energy: Raw materials are renewable and unlimited. The amount of available solar energy is staggering — roughly 10,000 times that currently required by … click here to read more

Most people don’t know how easy it is to make their homes run on less energy, and here at InterNACHI, we want to change that. Drastic reductions in heating, cooling and electricity costs can be accomplished through very simple changes, most of which homeowners can do themselves. Of course, for homeowners who want to take advantage of the most up-to-date knowledge and systems in home energy efficiency, InterNACHI energy auditors … click here to read more

Spring is a great time to perform routine maintenance on your home – and not just because Texas summers are a bit so hot. Spring is s time when things are growing (as opposed to leaves falling) and it’s time to get excited for Summertime outdoor entertaining. Preventative maintenance on your home can save you big bucks later, and simple cleaning and updates can increase the value of your home. … click here to read more

Home and Garden TV offers the top ten “Biggest Mistakes in Real Estate”. Coming in at number 6 – “Not Getting a Professional Home Inspection” – is one we know all too well. Buying a home in Dallas is a huge investment – and it can be stressful venturing into the unknown territory of home values, negotiations and taking on something big – even when you don’t know how well … click here to read more

As property inspection professionals – we perform regular real estate home inspections on homes every single day… and we see a ton of stuff. One thing that always stands out – is when a home has not been properly maintained. Of course, not every family has a strong man to do all the heavy lifting that some maintenance requires, or a savvy lady who likes to ‘do everything’ on her … click here to read more