Vacant Homes

I want to spend a little time on the sale of vacant homes. As a seller, definitely consider having the home staged. I’m sure we’ve all been in a vacant home before, and there is no getting around the fact that they just feel empty and perhaps a little lonely. That’s not the kind of feeling you want a potential buyer to come away with.

A well-staged home can help the home sell much more quickly, and, perhaps more importantly, can help it sell for a higher price. In short, the cost of staging the home is well worth it, and as always choose a professional. I’ve seen plenty of DIY-type staging, and they are easy to spot. Like most professions, the good stagers have specific training and lots of experience knowing what works and what doesn’t. Contact us at Louisville@hometeam.com if you’d like to know who we recommend.

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How to Choose the Right REALTOR

HomeTeam Inspection Service performs nearly 2,000 home inspections each year in Louisville and Southern Indiana, and we work with a LOT of real estate agents. As a result, we get to see up close and personal some of the good and not so great in the industry.

We all have different personalities and needs, and the best agent for your friend may not be a good fit for you. Make sure the agent you choose to work with is a good fit.

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Drywall cracks- should I be alarmed?

Very frequently we get questions on home inspections about cracks in drywall, typically near the corners of interior doors or at the base of windows. You may have seen cracks like this- they start at the corner and emanate outward at a 45-degree angle. The buyer’s question essentially boils down to this: is my house falling down?

OK, maybe it’s not quite that anxious, but it is a question that seeks to determine if there are any serious structural issues that may be present.

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Radon testing procedures

So far we’ve learned a bit about what radon is and why it’s a good idea to test your home for elevated radon levels. Now we’ll take a look to see what the testing procedures are.

Radon levels change from hour to hour, so I want to first eliminate a common misconception: a home does not have a specific radon level. It is not as if your home, once tested, will remain at that same level if tested later. During our testing we get readings every hour, and the readings show trends and movements, which is why it is very important to take radon levels according to EPA testing protocol to get a good idea of the overall radon level.

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What’s the deal with Radon?

This is a common question we get both from buyers and sometimes real estate agents. There is quite a bit of confusion regarding what radon is, what (if any) the health risks associated with it are, and what to do about it. Today’s blog is part 1 of a multi-part series to help you understand radon and to make an informed decision about testing and mitigation.

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What’s the deal with Radon?

This is a common question we get both from buyers and sometimes real estate agents. There is quite a bit of confusion regarding what radon is, what (if any) the health risks associated with it are, and what to do about it. Today’s blog is part 1 of a multi-part series to help you understand radon and to make an informed decision about testing and mitigation.

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