5 Questions Buyers Should Ask Their Home Inspector

A female home inspector writing notes on a home inspection report standing beside a boarded wall and a hot and cold water nozzle.New or not, a buyer should always hire a home inspector to inspect their latest investment. Shady contractors have been known to cut corners to save a buck, and since many homes come pre-owned, the level of maintenance can vary greatly from house to house. With a home being one of the most expensive investments you can make, you want to be sure you know the true condition of a house, and a home inspector is available to provide that information to you. However, to make certain all information is provided, here are some questions buyers should ask their home inspector. [Read more…]

Do Renovations Affect Your Homeowners Insurance Rates?

Worker doing renovations to his home by installing vinyl flooringWhether you’re remodeling your bathroom or building a back porch, renovations are a great way to raise your home’s value. However, since you’re increasing the home’s market value, it’s always a good idea to reevaluate your homeowner’s insurance to ensure you are properly covered at the best rates. Moreover, while some renovations increase your rates, others may grant you discounts and savings on homeowners insurance. Read on to discover the types of renovations that affect your homeowners insurance rates and what additional policies can protect you during construction. [Read more…]

Getting Your Home Ready for Winter: 4 Things to Buy

Winter preparation firewoodWinter is right at our doorstep, but it’s still easy to put off the work needed to be done before the snow hits after months of mild weather. However, putting these things off until the last moment can do more than just inconvenience you. The costs for a lot of these goods and services increase as demand for them grows, so beating the rush can save you a lot of money. At worst, not planning for these things now can put your home and family in peril as snow and ice suddenly rains down. Time to get your home ready for winter. [Read more…]