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How Important Is a Home Inspection?

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In the latest episode of Charlotte Today, Nancy Braun talks about why a buyer should never skip a home inspection.

It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of buying a new home that some buyers tend to forget to make the important decision of having a home inspection conducted soon after they are under contract. However, a home inspection is a crucial part of the of the homebuying process that can save you a lot of time and money in the long run.

A home inspection is an all-encompassing examination of the condition of a home usually performed at the time of the sale. It is an inexpensive way to discover the overall condition of the property you are thinking of purchasing. Since a home is one of the most important purchases one will ever make, Nancy highlights the importance of ensuring that you are not buying a property in need of major repairs.

Most of the time, it's the buyer who pays for their own inspections, unless the seller’s paying for the buyer's closing costs. The typical cost can range anywhere from about $400 to about $1500, depending upon how many inspections you're gonna have.

Now, where and how do you find a qualified home inspector? Your Realtor® most likely maintains a list of home inspectors who are reputable. The inspector will look for problems with the property you're considering purchasing.

There are many different types of home inspection processes that you may want to conduct before the purchase of a home. Nancy recommends having termite and radon inspections.

The most important reason to have a home inspection before you buy is to really know what you’re buying. A home inspection is designed to keep people and property safe. The more you know, the fewer surprises there will be down the road.

If you have more questions about your home inspections or buying a home in Charlotte NC, get in touch with Nancy Braun at 704-997-3794. You can also start your home buying journey today.

Eugene Robinson:  Buying a home is one of the largest investments you will make in your life that’s why you'll want to know everything possible about the condition of your home that you're purchasing.

Colleen Odegaard:  Here to help us through the home inspection process is Nancy Braun with Showcase Realty. Nancy good morning, thank you for joining us today. 

Nancy:  Good morning.

Colleen Odegaard: Alright, you have insider inspection tips to really help buyers through the process. First, let's talk about this. Does the buyer or seller pay for the home inspection?

Nancy:  Typically, the buyer will pay for the home inspection unless the seller's goint to do an inspection prior to listing their home, but normally it's the buyer will pay for their own inspections, unless the seller’s paying for the buyer's closing costs.

Eugene Robinson: So okay, what are the typical costs of doing an inspection? 

Nancy: Well, they can range anywhere from about $400 to about $1500. Depends upon how many inspections you're gonna have. So, it also depends upon the home. So you could have a general home inspector do almost everything. You might have a pool, so maybe a pool inspection, you might have a radon inspection, you can have a termite inspection, structural engineer, roof inspection, furnace inspection, septic. Well, it could add up.

Colleen Odegaard: Why is it so critical for a home buyer to get a home inspection done before they go under contract?

Nancy: Well, that's the most expensive thing that you're going to buy probably in your lifetime, so you want to make sure that you know what the condition of the property is and during the inspection you're going to learn maintenance tips and you're going to learn how to take care of your home. And what specific things are specific for that home that you might need to keep an eye on.

Eugene Robinson: Okay, here it is, I'm looking for an inspector. What should I be looking for and what's going delineate who's a good inspector, and what's a bad inspector?

Nancy: Yeah, so, you know, inspectors are licensed and they have to pass exams, and most have affiliations with national organizations. Your realtor is probably going to be your best advisor on giving you a couple choices, on inspectors that they've used that they've liked, and they believe do a good job.

Colleen Odegaard: What are the most important inspections that should be covered. the most important things?

Nancy: The home inspection and in Charlotte, the termite inspection. I also really urge all my buyers to do a radon inspection, 'cause if you have radon in your house, you don't know it. It's an invisible gas, and it's deadly.

Eugene Robinson: Is there a different type inspection for doing a single home and then of a condo?

Nancy: It’s the same. It's usually a condo is a little less money, it's not as complicated 'cause usually the HOA takes care of the exterior so it's really more on the mechanicals and the inside, but the home inspector will, you know, do either.

Eugene Robinson: Should we be concerned about the inspection report that we get? Because sometimes that could be a little bit intimidating.

Nancy: It is intimidating, it's very thick. And we actually, when we sit down to work with a new buyer, we'll show them an example of what a home inspection looks like because they need to know what all the documents are going to be involved in the transaction, so we go through this enormous book and show them each. But the home inspection is full of a lot of detail, a lot of disclaimers, a lot of fluff, and maintenance tips. So you want to go to the summary page. Usually there's a page that just shows the items that are concerns that you need to address, but not be overwhelmed by the volume of it, because it's big for everyone

Colleen Odegaard: And that's where you can really help people through that process, because to your eye, it might be overwhelming, but you help us get to the important stuff. That's summary page,

Nancy: Yeah.

Colleen Odegaard: So what kind of disclosures are required by law?

Nancy: The residential property disclosure statement is required by North Carolina and in South Carolina has their own disclosure as well and they have to disclose any known malfunction or defect that the homeowner, their seller knows about.

Eugene Robinson: Okay, now you say that you would sell a home for free if the buyer is not happy with it, is that correct?

Nancy: Well, yeah, so we have a program that if my buyer ends up not like loving their home in twelve months and they want to sell their home. I will sell it for free. They do have to buy another home with me and that is the condition. But other than that, you know, we want our clients to be happy.

Eugene Robinson: That’s generous, that is very, very generous. 

Nancy: Most of my... I've never had anyone exercise it because they were always happy with what they buy. So, but it certainly takes away the fear element of getting into the wrong house.

Colleen Odegaard: The market is still really good right now. How long do you think it'll take to sell a Charlotte home? I know it kind of depends on the area and price point.

Nancy: I think it's 34 days on the market now is on the average, it used to be much higher, so we have less than a two-month supply in the Charlotte area. A stable market is six months' supply, so it's a seller's market.

Eugene Robinson: And then quickly, how in an inspection report if they find things that are wrong with the report, how quickly should the seller get on top of it, on fixing those things?

Nancy: Well, ideally we would go and get estimates from contractors immediately, so we know what we're dealing with, 'cause typically, a home buyer is gonna be very worried about the items that are on the list and they might think, "Well it's gonna cost a hundred dollars to fix a faucet, but then it might be only a ten-dollar fix. So we would like to get bids before we're even starting to negotiate whether the seller will do the repairs or the seller could put up money towards the repairs and then the buyer can get it done after closing.

Colleen Odegaard: Nancy, thank you you're so good, thank you so much. For a comprehensive buyer's agent home inspection cheat sheet visit BuyerBeware13.com, BuyerBeware13.com or you can call 704-997-3794 again 704-997-3794. Nancy and her team are happy to work with you. Thank you so much for being here today

Nancy: Thank you.

OPEN HOUSE: 5564 Hidden Oaks Dr, Bessemer City, NC 28016

Homeownership Open House Opportunity! –5564 Hidden Oaks Dr, Bessemer City, NC 28016– This SUNDAY! August 12– 12PM – 2PM!

Spacious 4 bedroom bank-owned modular home with cheerful color scheme! Split bedroom floor plan. Large U -shaped kitchen with ample cabinet space opens to large living room. Sufficient closet space and a laundry room with additional storage! Lots of room and space to spread out.

Property is owned by the US Dept. of HUD, 387-283773 Insurability “IN”, Subject to Appraisal. Seller makes no representations or warranties as to property condition, HUD Homes are Sold “As-Is”. Pre-1978 Properties to include LBP Notices, Seller may contribute up to 3% buyer closing costs, upon buyer request when bid is placed. “EQUAL HOUSING OPPORTUNITY”

If you have any questions, you can call me, Nancy Braun at (704) 997-3794! Whether you are looking for cheap houses for sale in Charlotte NC or selling your home in Charlotte, my expertise and knowledge of the market will surely make the homebuying or selling process much easier for you!

OPEN HOUSE: 201 S Hoskins Rd Apt 333, Charlotte, NC 28208 | Charlotte NC Home for Sale

Homeownership Open House Opportunity! –201 S Hoskins Rd Apt 333, Charlotte, NC 28208– This SUNDAY! August 5– 12PM – 2PM!

Property Overview – 201 S Hoskins Rd Apt 333, Charlotte, NC 28208 is a condo built in 1905. This property was last sold for $130,000 in 2007 and currently has an estimated value of $97,900. The $97,900 estimated value is 66.47% less than the median listing price of $292,000 for the Thomasboro – Hoskins area.

According to the Charlotte public records, the property at 201 S Hoskins Rd Apt 333, Charlotte, NC 28208 has approximately 675 square feet, 2 beds and 1 bath with a lot size of 3.61 acres. Nearby schools include Thomasboro Elementary School, Northwest School Of The Arts and West Charlotte High School.

If you have any questions, you can call me, Nancy Braun at (704) 997-3794! Whether you are looking for cheap houses for sale in Charlotte NC or selling your home in Charlotte, my expertise and knowledge of the market will surely make the homebuying or selling process much easier for you!

OPEN HOUSE: 9416 Hampton Oaks Ln 28270 | Charlotte NC Home for Sale

Own This Charlotte NC Home for Sale

Don’t miss out on this home for sale in Charlotte NC! This jaw-dropping ranch is located in South Charlotte’s premier neighborhood, Providence Plantation, on one of the most coveted tree lined streets located on a wooded and private acre lot.

Homeownership Open House Opportunity! –9416 Hampton Oaks Ln, Charlotte, NC 28270– This SATURDAY! August 4– 12PM – 2PM!

Enter into the exposed brick foyer with character and lots of natural light! Chef’s Dream Kitchen with huge center island and imported Italian Hand Blown Glass lights above. The kitchen features recessed lighting, under counter lights, SS appliances: wall oven, GE profile gas stove and oven (2008), and dishwasher. Chef’s built in desk. Living Room has vaulted ceilings, brick mantle, andexposed beams! Fabulous Den with custom full bar and sink – perfect for entertaining and wood burning fireplace. Master suite with vaulted ceiling and exposed beams, walk in closet with California style organizers, overlooking the greenery, heated floors, shower with multi jets and garden soaking tub with jets. Oversized Laundry with cabinets and sink. Moroccan style panels separate Sunroom and living room. Beautiful sunroom with custom glass door insert and lots of windows overlooking the flat, deep wooded backyard with lots of privacy!

If you have any questions, you can call me, Nancy Braun at (704) 997-3794! Whether you are looking for cheap houses for sale in Charlotte NC or selling your home in Charlotte, my expertise and knowledge of the market will surely make the homebuying or selling process much easier for you!

OPEN HOUSE: 9416 Hampton Oaks Ln 28270 | Charlotte NC Home for Sale

Own This Charlotte NC Home for Sale

Don’t miss out on this home for sale in Charlotte NC! This jaw-dropping ranch is located in South Charlotte’s premier neighborhood, Providence Plantation, on one of the most coveted tree lined streets located on a wooded and private acre lot.

Homeownership Open House Opportunity! –9416 Hampton Oaks Ln, Charlotte, NC 28270– This SATURDAY! July 21– 11AM – 1PM!

Enter into the exposed brick foyer with character and lots of natural light! Chef’s Dream Kitchen with huge center island and imported Italian Hand Blown Glass lights above. The kitchen features recessed lighting, under counter lights, SS appliances: wall oven, GE profile gas stove and oven (2008), and dishwasher. Chef’s built in desk. Living Room has vaulted ceilings, brick mantle, andexposed beams! Fabulous Den with custom full bar and sink – perfect for entertaining and wood burning fireplace. Master suite with vaulted ceiling and exposed beams, walk in closet with California style organizers, overlooking the greenery, heated floors, shower with multi jets and garden soaking tub with jets. Oversized Laundry with cabinets and sink. Moroccan style panels separate Sunroom and living room. Beautiful sunroom with custom glass door insert and lots of windows overlooking the flat, deep wooded backyard with lots of privacy!

If you have any questions, you can call me, Nancy Braun at (704) 997-3794! Whether you are looking for cheap houses for sale in Charlotte NC or selling your home in Charlotte, my expertise and knowledge of the market will surely make the homebuying or selling process much easier for you!

If you’re looking for Charlotte NC homes for sale and similar properties in surrounding areas, visit: www.ShowcaseRealty.net.

OPEN HOUSE: 9416 Hampton Oaks Ln 28270 | Charlotte NC Home for Sale

 

Own This Charlotte NC Home for Sale

Don’t miss out on this home for sale in Charlotte NC! This jaw-dropping ranch is located in South Charlotte’s premier neighborhood, Providence Plantation, on one of the most coveted tree lined streets located on a wooded and private acre lot.

Homeownership Open House Opportunity! –9416 Hampton Oaks Ln, Charlotte, NC 28270– This SATURDAY! July 21– 11AM – 1PM!

Enter into the exposed brick foyer with character and lots of natural light! Chef’s Dream Kitchen with huge center island and imported Italian Hand Blown Glass lights above. The kitchen features recessed lighting, under counter lights, SS appliances: wall oven, GE profile gas stove and oven (2008), and dishwasher. Chef’s built in desk. Living Room has vaulted ceilings, brick mantle, and exposed beams! Fabulous Den with custom full bar and sink – perfect for entertaining and wood burning fireplace. Master suite with vaulted ceiling and exposed beams, walk in closet with California style organizers, overlooking the greenery, heated floors, shower with multi jets and garden soaking tub with jets. Oversized Laundry with cabinets and sink. Moroccan style panels separate Sunroom and living room. Beautiful sunroom with custom glass door insert and lots of windows overlooking the flat, deep wooded backyard with lots of privacy!

If you have any questions, you can call me, Nancy Braun at (704) 997-3794! Whether you are looking for cheap houses for sale in Charlotte NC or selling your home in Charlotte, my expertise and knowledge of the market will surely make the homebuying or selling process much easier for you!

If you’re looking for Charlotte NC homes for sale and similar properties in surrounding areas, visit: www.ShowcaseRealty.net.

OPEN HOUSE: Charlotte NC Home for Sale | 8509 Loxton Cir, Charlotte, NC 28214

Charlotte NC Home for Sale

Open the door to spacious, easy resort living townhome that is perfect for entertaining. The Vineyards on Lake Wylie is nestled along the shores of picturesque Lake Wylie, just 15 minutes from downtown Charlotte. Own this Charlotte NC home for sale and enjoy boating, canoeing or fishing, all at your fingertips!

Homeownership Open House Opportunity! –8509 Loxton Cir, Charlotte, NC 28214– This SUNDAY! July 15 – 12PM – 2PM!

This spacious 3 bedroom/2.5 baths townhouse has everything you could want, including a master on main level and 2-car, attached garage. HOA includes lawn maintenance, AT&T Uverse cable/internet, trash pick up, recycling, amenities include resort style pool with water slide, junior olympic pool, tennis/pickle ball court, soccer field, fitness center, club house, walking trails, and dog park. This neighborhood is minutes to 485, 85, White Water Rafting Center, Charlotte Airport, and the outlet shops. Boating, canoeing and kayaking available. Short Commute to Uptown.

If you have any questions about this property or want to know more about the Charlotte real estate market, you can call Nancy Braun at (704) 997-3794!

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How Do I Get My Charlotte NC Home Ready to Sell?

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Organize and prioritize

Are you thinking of putting your  Charlotte NC home up for sale?. For many sellers, one of the most dreaded tasks is to prepare the home for sell. 

Cleaning, decluttering, and organizing your home takes up too much time and effort, and if you are busy with work, you may not have the energy to deal with it all.

But this step is crucial if you want to sell your home in Charlotte successfully, so you have to do it. 

Is there an efficient way to deal with home preparation prior to selling? Yes, there is.

Here’s a ten-step home preparation guide which can help you make the most use of your time and effort.

1.  Declutter. Clutter makes your home seem smaller. Removing unnecessary items can free up the space in your home, which gives it a more open look.

Throw out, give away, or put into storage any unused items. Decluttering can take up time, so it is best to do it long before you have the open house.

A great tip I have picked up is to commit 10 minutes each day to decluttering.

Use that time to go through rooms in your home and start putting things you don’t use inside a large black trash bag. Do this for ten minutes each day, until you feel that only the essentials remain in your room. Then move on to the next room.

At the end of the week, you’ll notice you have cleared a good amount of space in the different rooms of the house.

2. Organize. Once only the essential items are left, organize everything so it looks tidy and presentable. Home buyers like to check closets and drawers, so make sure that you also clear out those areas. When your things are organized, home buyers can more easily imagine their things in those spaces.

3. Depersonalize. Now is the best time to take down those old photos hanging down the wall. When you are selling your Charlotte home, your personal taste should not be reflected on the wall and in the decor of the home. No, there is nothing wrong with your preferences, but remember that it is the house you are selling, not you.

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4. Clean. Cleaning is so much easier when there’s less stuff and mess, which is why it is important that you declutter first before you attempt to clean.

You’ve probably seen episodes of Clean House or Hoarders, and how drastic the difference is when the homes are cleaned.

For homebuyers, one of the biggest turnoffs is a dirty house. You don’t have to tackle the entire home in a day. You can do it one room at a time.

Or if you don’t have the time, have professional cleaners do it. Your home will look so clean and fresh by the time they are done.

5. Repair. There is no better time to fix that loose cabinet door or leaking faucet than when you are preparing your home to sell. Fix everything that needs repair, from the basement to the roof. You don’t want the buyer to find a reason to break the deal due to repairs that can be easily fixed.

6. Repaint. A fresh coat of paint is like an instant booster - it changes the look of the house. Paint can make a house look smaller, bigger, lighter, or wider.  In choosing color, go for a neutral tone. Beige, cream, taupe and white are among the most popular choices, and it makes a great base for a bold trim color.

7. The smell test. Each home has a unique smell. You may not notice it, but it doesn’t mean it’s not there. It could be from your pet, your air freshener, or your favorite food.

The best way to solve this dilemma is to ask a friend to come in and tell you honestly what your home smells like, then try to eliminate the smell. One of the source of offending smells is the carpet. Have the carpets deep cleaned or replace if necessary.

8. Sparkling appliances. It would not be appealing if your house is clean, but your appliances are not. Make sure to thoroughly clean all your appliances, and to organize your food inside the refrigerator. This may seem excessive, but you’ll never know if and when a possible homebuyer will look in your refrigerator.

9. Stage. This part is a favorite among many homeowners. Staging is fun and easy when you've cleared most of the furniture and appliances of your Charlotte NC home for sale.   Think minimalism when you stage. Think of the stunning photos of homes in various magazines and TV shows that you see, get some staging ideas from those. 

10. Curb appeal. Don’t forget curb appeal! A home with lovely curb appeal draws the eyes, and is very appealing to home buyers. Make sure that your front lawn is well-kept, trim the pathway, repaint the porch and front door and add some flowers to the garden for a pop of color.

Yes, selling your Charlotte property  can be a difficult real estate journey, which is why it is better to be organized. Having a time table and sticking to it will also help.

Call me, Nancy Braun, at (704) 997-3794. Allow me to help you prepare and stage your home better to get its best price when selling. If you are looking for new homes for sale in Charlotte NC, I can also be of help.

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OPEN HOUSE: Charlotte NC Home for Sale | 9416 Hampton Oaks Ln 28270

Own This Charlotte NC Home for Sale

Don’t miss out on this home for sale in Charlotte NC! This jaw-dropping ranch is located in South Charlotte’s premier neighborhood, Providence Plantation, on one of the most coveted tree lined streets located on a wooded and private acre lot.

Homeownership Open House Opportunity! –9416 Hampton Oaks Ln, Charlotte, NC 28270– This SATURDAY! June 30 – 12PM – 2PM!

Enter into the exposed brick foyer with character and lots of natural light! Chef’s Dream Kitchen with huge center island and imported Italian Hand Blown Glass lights above. The kitchen features recessed lighting, under counter lights, SS appliances: wall oven, GE profile gas stove and oven (2008), and dishwasher. Chef’s built in desk. Living Room has vaulted ceilings, brick mantle, andexposed beams! Fabulous Den with custom full bar and sink – perfect for entertaining and wood burning fireplace. Master suite with vaulted ceiling and exposed beams, walk in closet with California style organizers, overlooking the greenery, heated floors, shower with multi jets and garden soaking tub with jets. Oversized Laundry with cabinets and sink. Moroccan style panels separate Sunroom and living room. Beautiful sunroom with custom glass door insert and lots of windows overlooking the flat, deep wooded backyard with lots of privacy!

If you have any questions, you can call me, Nancy Braun at (704) 997-3794! Whether you are looking for cheap houses for sale in Charlotte NC or selling your home in Charlotte, my expertise and knowledge of the market will surely make the homebuying or selling process much easier for you!

If you’re looking for Charlotte NC homes for sale and similar properties in surrounding areas, visit: www.ShowcaseRealty.net. 

OPEN HOUSE: Charlotte NC Home for Sale | 9416 Hampton Oaks Ln 28270

Charlotte NC Home for Sale

Grab the chance to own this home for sale in Charlotte NC! This jaw-dropping ranch is located in South Charlotte’s premier neighborhood Providence Plantation on one of the most coveted tree lined streets located on a wooded and private acre lot.

Homeownership Open House Opportunity! –9416 Hampton Oaks Ln, Charlotte, NC 28270– This SUNDAY! June 3 – 2PM – 4PM!

Enter into the exposed brick foyer with character and lots of natural light! Chef’s Dream Kitchen with huge center island and imported Italian Hand Blown Glass lights above. The kitchen features recessed lighting, under counter lights, SS appliances: wall oven, GE profile gas stove and oven (2008), and dishwasher. Chef’s built in desk. Living Room has vaulted ceilings, brick mantle, andexposed beams! Fabulous Den with custom full bar and sink – perfect for entertaining and wood burning fireplace. Master suite with vaulted ceiling and exposed beams, walk in closet with California style organizers, overlooking the greenery, heated floors, shower with multi jets and garden soaking tub with jets. Oversized Laundry with cabinets and sink. Moroccan style panels separate Sunroom and living room. Beautiful sunroom with custom glass door insert and lots of windows overlooking the flat, deep wooded backyard with lots of privacy!

If you have any questions, you can call Nancy Braun at (704) 997-3794!

If you’re looking for Charlotte NC homes for sale and similar properties in surrounding areas, visit: www.ShowcaseRealty.net.

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