5 Questions to Ask When Shopping for a Mortgage

Posted on: May 21, 2018 by in Blog
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5 Questions to Ask When Shopping for a Mortgage

Buying a home is a major financial commitment. It’s exciting, but can also be confusing and overwhelming. Choosing the best mortgage that fits your needs is an important first step and first-time homebuyers in particular should research the many options and know the right questions to ask. Here are some questions to ask a lender that will help you make an informed mortgage decision: * How much can I afford? A home affordability calculator can help you get an idea of what you may be able to Continue Reading ...

Marrying Households: 7 Savvy Moving Tips for Newlyweds

Posted on: May 17, 2018 by in Atlantic Building Inspections, Blog
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Marrying Households 7 Savvy Moving Tips for Newlyweds

Launching your pad: 7 savvy tips for newlyweds planning a move If you’re planning a wedding or you’ve just tied the knot, congratulations! Getting ready to start the next chapter of your life with the one you love can be an exciting time, filled with anticipation about your future together. That said, combining two households can take considerable planning and preparation, especially if both parties own troves of treasured possessions. As you are getting ready to make the transition Continue Reading ...

Make Your Mom Happy with These Landscaping Projects Tips on Mother’s Day 2018

Posted on: May 11, 2018 by in Atlantic Building Inspections, Blog, Home Improvement
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Home improvement projects aren't constrained to a single season like Mother's Day, but during these warmer months, your focus is no longer simply on your home's indoors. Now there’s outdoor yard work to do as well, and if you're looking to recreate your outdoor space, your outside projects may include some landscaping. If you have landscaping as part of your to-do list this season, the right strategy can ensure that you get the most benefit from your landscaping goals with the least amount of Continue Reading ...

Insider Tips and Tactics for Buying a Home in a Seller’s Market

Posted on: April 25, 2018 by in Atlantic Building Inspections, Blog
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Whether you're a millennial looking to buy your first home or a boomer thinking about downsizing your empty nest, you're probably aware that it's a seller's market out there. Homes are selling at lightning speed, bidding wars are commonplace, buyers often have little to no room for negotiation and the price of those homes keeps rising. But don't worry! Just because it's a seller's market doesn't mean you can't get a good deal on the home of your dreams. Here are some insider tips and Continue Reading ...

The Secret Places Pests Are Hiding in Your Home

Posted on: April 16, 2018 by in Atlantic Building Inspections, Blog
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Pests can be hiding just about everywhere — whether you can see them or not. When you know where to look, there are preventative measures you can take to help avoid a pest infestation problem in your home. Terminix shares details on the unexpected, “secret” places pests can be hiding. Sinks and drains One often overlooked area is the kitchen sink. When not properly sanitized, drains can become a breeding ground for pests like cockroaches, drain beetles and fruit flies. Cockroaches are Continue Reading ...

4 Ways Hardscapes Can Add Value to Your Home

Posted on: April 10, 2018 by in Atlantic Building Inspections, Blog, Home Improvement
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4 Ways Hardscapes Can Add Value to Your Home - Home Inspections

Outdoor hardscape projects add resale value to a home as well as bring extra enjoyment to homeowners while they are living in the home, according to the “Remodeling Impact Report: Outdoor Features” by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) and the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP). The report confirms that investing in landscaping and hardscaping is a win-win, whether you plan to stay in your home or prepare it for market. “This report validates that outdoor Continue Reading ...

The Most Common Causes of Homeowners Insurance Claims

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The value of homeowners insurance is often thrust into the national spotlight when natural disasters happen. The devastation and financial loss they can cause reinforces the importance of making sure you have adequate insurance coverage to rebuild if disaster strikes your home. In 2017 alone, the U.S. was struck by 16 separate billion-dollar disaster events, resulting in a record-breaking $300 billion in damage, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Thankfully, Continue Reading ...

Do the Math: Homebuying Now May Save a Lot

It is a common misconception that a 20 percent down payment is required to buy a home. Advice to wait and save a large down payment is often based on the theory that the cost of mortgage insurance (MI), which is required when you buy with a smaller down payment, should be avoided. This may not be the best advice and is, in fact, not in line with market trends, considering 60 percent of homebuyers buy with a down payment of 6 percent or less, according to the National Association of Continue Reading ...

4 Tips for Protecting Your Home This Season and Beyond

Posted on: February 12, 2018 by in Inspections
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If your home feels drafty after you’ve turned the heat on, it may be time to upgrade to energy-efficient windows - home inspection checklist

Winter is in full swing and extremely cold temperatures continue to grip much of the U.S.; which mean hats, gloves, and high home maintenance bills could be in your future. According to recent data from the Insurance Information Institute, in 2016 severe winter weather cost homeowners more than $1.7 billion in property damages. While the seasonal shift can be a challenge for homeowners, taking these four steps today could ease home maintenance burdens this season and all year-round. Continue Reading ...

Creating a Dream Home with Cypress

Posted on: February 5, 2018 by in Blog
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Creating a dream home with cypress - certified home inspections - Miami FL

Transforming the unremarkable into the extraordinary need not be an impossible task. More and more homeowners are finding that lavish looks are both attainable and affordable. Their imaginative design professionals are making it happen, using cypress to create their clients’ dream homes. “Wood is a classic and timeless building material,” says Stephen Logue of the Southern Cypress Manufacturers Association. “And many people are discovering that the inherent beauty of cypress, a Continue Reading ...