home inspection: 3 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Home Inspection - 02/25/14 06:48 AM
It's time for your home inspection. I'm giving away secrets today, so listen (err--read) closely! Want to get the most out of your home inspection? Here are three great ways how:

Be Present At the Inspection It's not only a great idea to attend your inspection, it should be your top priority on inspection day. While there are certainly situations when you simply cannot attend, it is the single best way to get the most comprehensive information about your prospective home and see first-hand any issues that will be mentioned in the inspection report.
Be an active participant. In addition to inspecting … (5 comments)

home inspection: 10 Ways to Make a BAD First Impression on Inspection Day: Avoid them! - 11/07/13 07:52 AM
It's inspection day! The last last thing you want to do is leave the buyer or their inspector with questions about how the home has been maintained and cared for over the years. It's time to put your home's best 'brick' forward, so here are 10 things you'll definitely want to avoid!
The Top 10 Ways to Make a Bad First Impression on Inspection Day
The front door is in need of repair; weather stripping is loose, exposed, or dragging on the floor. The doorbell is not intact and/or does not work. What's that smell?! The house smells musty, moldy, or … (3 comments)

home inspection: Should you take the home off the market for the holidays? - 11/17/12 07:31 PM
Does holiday time mean break time? More people are staying "plugged in" over the holidays and while they are digesting their turkey, they're on their smart phones checking email, updating Facebook, and yes, checking listings.
Target those serious and highly-motivated buyers (while the competition may be taking a break) by continuing to show the home over the holidays and giving online listings a face-lift. Showing a home during the holidays is not easy though, so below are some tips!
Here's my most recent addition to the print library in the U.S. Inspect Agent Resource Center. Feel free to add your logo and … (14 comments)

home inspection: Got a Home Inspection this week? How to help buyers get the spook out! - 10/29/12 06:03 AM
Here is a fun free marketing flyer for any clients having a home inspection Halloween Week! Click the flyer to add your name and logo to the top, print, and share with clients! Set proper expectations and calm buyer fears for inspection day.
It's my most recent addition to the print library in the U.S. Inspect Agent Resource Center. Feel free to add your logo and use in your marketing! 
Description: Buying a home is exhilarating. It is not only a time of excitement and joy, but also a time for making decisions and to-do lists. The home inspection is a very important step … (2 comments)

home inspection: How to make the home inspection less spoooooooky! - 10/08/12 06:39 AM
Buying a home is exhilarating. It is not only a time of excitement and joy, but also a time of making decisions and to-do lists. The home inspection is a very important step during that process. But for some reason, it is a step that can give some buyers—and even some seasoned real estate agents—an awful fright! So, in honor of the Halloween season, I thought it was a great time to share my 5 Ways to Make the Home Inspection Less Spooky! Please, don't forget to check out the free flyer version below. You can add your name and logo … (8 comments)

home inspection: Should the Buyer Attend the Inspection? Join the Discussion - 09/27/12 07:20 AM
How important is it that the buyer attend the inspection? Who should buyers bring along?What do sneakers have to do with inspection day success? And why shouldn't buyers bring a camera?! I've got some tips you don't want to miss!
It's not only a great idea for buyers to attend the inspection, it should be a top priority on inspection day. Buyers, just as you wanted to be present personally when you first walked through the house to consider it for purchase, so too should be your enthusiasm for being present for the inspection. While there are certainly situations when you simply cannot … (53 comments)

home inspection: A Yard Sale Could Be the Trick to a Faster Sale - Yard Sale TIPS - 09/19/12 08:11 AM
When it comes to selling your home, clearing the clutter can help pave the way to closing. It not only helps show off the best parts of your home (because buyers can actually SEE those areas now) but in general, it makes your home look polished and ready for viewing. A neat and de-cluttered home could interest more buyers and prompt more and higher offers.
Yard sales are one of the best ways to clean house! The process helps you organize and eliminate clutter, while also off-loading all that extra stuff laying around that you don't even need anymore.
De-cluttering and … (4 comments)

home inspection: Are you using this free resource yet??? - 08/27/12 11:38 AM
Did you know that there is a free resource available to you with flyers and videos (and more) that you can download, customize and use anyway you like? I've been working on this resource library for a little over a year and have gotten some great feedback. Check out the below example of how one of my resources was recently customized for use in Virginia.
If you haven't visited my resource center yet, check it out! I hope you find it very useful.
Learn more about what the Agent Resource Center is here!
Here's a look at the flyer BEFORE customization:
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home inspection: Check Out These Free Marketing Tools! - 07/05/12 04:21 PM
This is my most recent featured content in my print library in the U.S. Inspect Agent Resource Center. Feel free to use on your blogs and websites! 
By the way, this is a great resource center for anyone who is lookng for unique free marketing materials for either print or online marketing--includes print handouts, videos, and articles for blog content.
Description: This is a great resource for both buyers and sellers about the closed house conditions required for a Radon test.  Throughout the warmth of springtime, the sizzling days of summer, and even the mild days of early Autumn, sticking to radon testing requirements … (10 comments)

home inspection: Short Sale Buyer's Checklist - 06/19/12 09:24 AM
Over the last few years, you've probably heard the term 'short sale'. A short sale simply means the seller's lender has agreed to accept a discounted payoff prior to the release of an existing mortgage(s). It's usually the last step before foreclosure.

However, buying a short sale property can be a bit more difficult than a traditional sale. Should you find a short sale property that interests you, it would be very wise to seek professional assistance first. Short sales can be complex and have more hurdles to overcome than a typcial home purchase. You will benefit from the expertise of … (7 comments)

home inspection: A Little FATHERLY Homeowner Advice - From U.S. Inspect Inspectors/Dads - 06/18/12 10:54 AM
As a tribute to all the Dads out there on this Father's Day weekend, I thought it would be fun to get some fatherly advice about home purchasing, ownership and maintenance from some of the Dads at my company, U.S. Inspect! I also have some words of wisdom employees received from their Fathers about home ownership. If you have some fatherly advice of your own, please add it in the comments below--Happy Father's Day, all!

My best fatherly advice regarding real estate is to buy a small starter home as an investment property when your kids are small. Historically, the … (8 comments)

home inspection: Free Customizable Marketing Tools - June Featured Content - 06/06/12 05:39 PM
Introducing the most recent featured content in my print library in the U.S. Inspect Agent Resource Center. As always, being in the library means that I've converted the blog post to a handout and added the capability to add your logo and use in your marketing! 
Flier Description: The front door is the first impression buyers will get of your home. So, what is yours saying to potential buyers? Below are five things it should be saying. (And Hint: If it's not, you might just find some of these items on the home inspection report! So all the more reason to eliminate any negatives now).
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home inspection: 5 Ways to Improve A Porch! - 05/30/12 05:13 AM

My friend and fellow blogger Faith Greenwell emailed this picture to me over the weekend with the attached note, "Do you not looove this porch and those swings?" And the answer is, yes, I do love them! In fact porches have to be one of my favorite features on a home, and having a swing was on my personal wish-list for years. (We got one hung in 2009, and I've been using it constantly ever since).
The picture, which had been the "room of the day" on MyHomeIdeas.com, got me thinking about other things that make us simply drool over … (16 comments)

home inspection: 5 Ways to Celebrate Memorial Day! - 05/29/12 04:06 AM
Today the United States will be celebrating Memorial Day. It's a day that many Americans view as the official beginning of summer, marked by picnics, BBQs, and relaxing with friends and family. But Memorial Day is a very important holiday established to give us a time to honor and remember the men and women who have served in the armed forces of the United States of America.
So in addition to our picnics and BBQs, here are five great ideas for things we can do around our homes and towns to celebrate Memorial Day this weekend:
Attend A Parade. Many towns … (12 comments)

home inspection: Selling in the Sun: How to Prep the Home for Sale in Spring and Summer - 05/24/12 06:17 PM
I thought this topic was a great candidate to be featured in my print library. As always, being in the library means that I've added the capability to add your logo and use in your marketing! 
The Selling in the Sunshine blog is also pasted below. 
Description: This time of year can be a wonderful time to sell a house, the foliage is in full bloom, sunlight pours through your home highlighting its features, and many people are simply smitten with the sunshine and are eager to call your place their new home. A great way to prepare your home for sale is to take care of some … (18 comments)

home inspection: How to Utilize the Perks of the Season When Prepping the Home for Sale - 05/24/12 11:30 AM

During the spring and summer months temperatures aren’t the only thing heating up—so is the real estate selling season. This time of year can be a wonderful time to sell a house, the foliage is in full bloom, sunlight pours through your home highlighting its features, and many people are simply smitten with the sunshine and are eager to call your place their new home.
As always, a great way to prepare your home for sale is to take care of some maintenance tasks and to otherwise polish the property. Warm weather preparations are no different, just with a little … (5 comments)

home inspection: My New home Security Tips Video - Download and Share for Free - 05/24/12 05:42 AM
As we head into vacation season, here's my latest two-minute video on some basics of home security. Obviously you should lock your doors and windows, but have you thought about upgrading your strike-plates? Have you thought about light timers? Do you keep your gadgets out in plain sight? Check out these tips and several others before you head out on your next vacation. 
Here's my most recent addition to the video library in the U.S. Inspect Agent Resource Center. As always, feel free to download and embed my videos anywhere you like! Put any of my content on your website for you clients or embed on your … (2 comments)

home inspection: The Ultimate Home Seller's Checklist! - 03/08/12 11:58 AM
There are many resources out there for preparing the home for sale and making open houses as welcoming as possible. There are even popular television shows like, Designed to Sell, which help home sellers learn about staging techniques. But this checklist is a unique guide for home sellers and their agents about ways to prepare the home for the inspection. Addressing these items can make inspections smoother for all involved.
Here's our most recent featured content in the print library in our Agent Resource Center. Feel free to add your logo and use in your marketing!

Posted By: Chrissy Doremus, U.S. Inspect Blog
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home inspection: Groundhog Day - 02/02/12 02:01 PM
When it comes to caring for your home, do you ever feel like you do the same things over and over and over again? It may seem like you are diligently attending to the needs of your property, but could you be working smarter instead of harder?
When you are performing maintenance tasks around the house, in many cases there is a fix--and then there's a solution. The fix often only involves treating and repairing the symptom of a problem. And when we simply fix the issues around our homes, we often find ourselves back out to do the same task … (2 comments)

home inspection: Twas the night before Christmas... - 12/23/11 09:33 AM

Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. Or so I thought!
Do you think it's possible to ever find just mouse droppings? And nothing else? Hmmm, I'm betting that's pretty unlikely...sigh...I went down to the kitchen this morning to find my husband, all dressed for work, standing at the kitchen sink hand-washing all of our silverware. Now my husband can be sweet, but I highly doubted that he had suddenly decided to treat me to some extra shiny forks, so I reluctantly asked, "What are you doing?"
"Do … (10 comments)