Please submit the form below to help The Friends of Norfolk Animal Care Center!
Please submit the form below to help The Friends of Norfolk Animal Care Center!
The Home Inspection
Nearly all of today’s home purchase contracts include a home inspection contingency clause, which is a provision allowing the buyer to hire a professional home inspector to thoroughly evaluate the house and determine if there are any issues with its structure or systems? Once a purchase contract has been signed, the buyer can book a professional inspector of their choosing, whom they may or may not accompany during the three sometimes four hour inspection.
A typical home inspection includes a check of a house’s structural and mechanical condition but can also encompass tests for radon gas, detection of wood-destroying insects and other services requested by the buyer. Back in 1976, the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) standardized the home inspection process and established Standards of Practice dictating what must be inspected as well as how far the professional home inspector needs to go to report their findings.
According to ASHI, the ten critical areas for inspection during the process are the structure, exterior, roofing system, plumbing system, electrical system, heating system, air conditioning system, interior, insulation and ventilation, and fireplaces.
Once the home inspection is complete, the inspector creates a report for the home buyer detailing all that was found. This report will note problems requiring immediate attention and conditions that could lead to more serious issues over time. The buyer will review the findings and decide what items are most important to be repaired or replaced, and what is acceptable. They will have a deadline agreed to in writing to present the findings to you. These items are negotiable, however, the buyer may release the contract without penalty if they are not satisfied with the outcome of the inspection or the seller’s response to the items they wish to have repaired. Our contracts in Virginia allow the seller 5 days to respond without the buyer able to release the contract once the PICRA is given to the seller. After this 5 day period, if the seller has not responded, the buyer may release the contract, or continue to request a resolution with the items they are requesting to have repaired.
How the seller should prepare
There’s no hiding the truth of a home inspector’s findings, so the wisest way to head off potential problems is to evaluate your home before you even put it on the market. Just by deciding to sell your home, you’re entering a competitive market where quality work, steady maintenance and general care for your home will shine through. So, if you can afford to do so, even hiring a home inspector yourself in order to secure a presale profile of your home may be wise. This gives you the opportunity to repair and improve the things you can, and the chance to determine larger issues that should be disclosed up front. Bottom line, you’ll have a reference point by which to compare the results of the buyer’s home inspection a great advantage that could possibly prevent the loss of a sale.
Nobody lives in a perfect house, you may have been in your house for months or years, and there are little things you probably don’t even pay attention to. Be prepared to fix stuff up, because it’s just part of the whole process, and don’t take it personally.
During the home inspection
The key advice here is not to be at home when the inspection happens. The home inspector needs to be able to do a thorough, detailed job without interference or interruption, and if the buyer is along for the ride, they must be free to ask critical questions and to point out areas of concern. If the shoe were on the other foot, you know you’d expect the same, but it can be unsettling to observe this process in your own home. So get your home as ready as possible in advance, and then make it available for this very important part of the process.
The Friends of Norfolk Animal Care Center is in the process of pulling together “Sit Stay Eat – A Benefit Cookbook for the Norfolk Animal Care and Adoption Center.” This will help raise funds to support our various animal welfare programs and our goal is to have 500 cookbooks printed and ready to sell by April 2014 and we still need your recipes so if you have a favorite recipe that you would like to share for the cookbook, simply email it to Team L’Hoste Real Estate by Friday Jan 31, and we will have it submitted for you and donate one dollar for each person that sends us their recipes. (up to $200)
We are also looking for organizations to sponsor and/or advertise in our cookbook. As an example, for $200 you can sponsor a divider which will highlight an animal adopted from the Norfolk Animal Care and Adoption Center. We will provide the animal photo and story. As a sponsor, you will have a half page on the back of the divider to highlight your organization.
Please see the attached for the various sponsorship and advertisement options and note that the deadline for submission is February 15, 2014. Further details about the cookbook can be found on our website here: http://www.friendsofnacc.com/cookbook2013.php
About the Norfolk Animal Care and Adoption Center
Animal welfare affects everyone in a community, even if you do not live with a pet. Norfolk Animal Care and Adoption Center (NACC) provides a safe haven and compassionate care for animals that are abandoned, lost, abused or neglected, and those turned in by persons who are no longer able to care for their pet. NACC is an open admission city municipal shelter, which means it must accept all Norfolk domestic animals brought through its doors. NACC cares for nearly 6,000 animals each year. The Center’s primary goal is to find forever homes for these animals.
About Friends of Norfolk Animal Care Center
Friends of Norfolk Animal Care Center is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to support the Norfolk Animal Care and Adoption Center in sheltering and caring for Norfolk’s stray and homeless animals, to promote and facilitate adoptions, to assist with special medical care, to promote and support spay/neuter in the community and to educate the public about responsible pet ownership.
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As a client of Team L’Hoste you will receive a complete personalized marketing strategy to fit your needs: to sell your home, for the most money, in the least time, with the least problems, and assist in your relocation. The L’Hoste Real Estate Team can offer services that an individual agent simply can not deliver. As a team of very experienced, successful agents, we can offer all of our services to all of our clients, all of the time. Our marketing is uniquely designed for each individual home. We have a professional photographer on staff to deliver incredible photographs of your home, several virtual tours, plus videos for publication on you tube, blogs and websites. We also offer Staging and Appraisal services, as well as a complimentary Home Warranty and other pre-listing inspections. Our marketing gets your home in front of as many qualified buyers as possible. Our negotiation skills are crucial in the process to deliver outstanding results. We focus on your needs and take the years of knowledge and negotiation skills we have honed to deliver an experience that a new agent just can not deliver. Our knowledge of the area will allow us to focus on the best strategy to get your home Sold, not listed! We know how to take control and get the job done to your complete satisfaction.
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