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In this section, we have included many informative links, as well as examples that should provide you with a decent understanding of why we do what we do. Below the links are some videos providing even more information and helpful resources. Please take advantage of this knowledge and feel free to ask us if you have any questions. Our goal is to provide you with as much information as we can, to aid you on this journey of home ownership.
10 Best Kept Secrets For Buying a Home
Get the most out of your money with these handy home-buying tips from HGTV’s Buying & Selling experts. 10 Simple, yet effective tips to help you get the most bang for your buck.
Forbes Guide To Home Maintenance
To keep things from getting overwhelming, we’ve created this home maintenance guide for first-time owners. And don’t worry — most of these tasks take just a few minutes or a quick call to a trusted pro. Take a deep breath and dive into the 10 home maintenance to-dos you’ll need to handle in the first year of buying a home.
The Quick Home Inspection Checklist
Whether you’re a first-time home buyer, or starting to look around for a new one, it always helps to know what to look for when buying a house. There are numerous red flags that can pop up while checking out a home, sometimes it’s the state of the foundation, other times it’s the quality of the appliances. To help you spot them, we’ve put together a few tips and a quick checklist to use when buying a home.
InterNACHI's "Homeowner Newsletter"
Click below or on the image to sign up for InterNACHI’s “Homeowner Newsletter”, containing exceptionally helpful information. A MUST HAVE and at no cost to you, our clients.
This Old House Information
For forty years, This Old House has grown into a multi-faceted lifestyle brand, inspiring and informing millions of adults every month about home improvement and renovation. It is the No. 1 multi-media home enthusiast brand, offering homeowners trusted information and expert advice through award-winning television, a highly-regarded magazine, a comprehensive line of books, and an information-driven website.
U.S. Government Recalls
To provide better service in alerting the American people to unsafe, hazardous or defective products, six federal agencies with vastly different jurisdictions have joined together to create www.recalls.gov — a “one stop shop” for U.S. Government recalls. Stay informed and visit their site to obtain the latest recall information, to report a dangerous product, or to learn important safety tips.
HouseLogic: Home Improvement
HouseLogic is a free source of information and tools from the NAR that you can use to help you make smart and timely decisions about your home. HouseLogic content covers home improvement, maintenance, taxes, finance, insurance, and ways for homeowners to get involved in and enrich their communities.
Home Binder Subscription
Home Binder is a digital home management app for every homeowner who uses our services. If the homeowner closes on their home, they will receive their own Home Binder Subscription free of charge! Southern Charm values our relationship so greatly that we pick up the charge so you can have this invaluable service provided to you. It is just a way for us to say thank you for allowing us to share in your home ownership.
As a buyer it is your right and your privilege to thoroughly investigate the condition of the home you wish to purchase. In doing so, just relax. Most of your inspection will be maintenance recommendations, life expectancies for various systems and components, and minor imperfections. These are useful to know about. The videos below will help shed more light on important things to keep in mind during the inspection process and help give you better peace of mind.
What Really Matters in a Home Inspection
Buying a home? The process can be stressful. A home inspection is supposed to give you peace of mind, but often has the opposite effect. You will be asked to absorb a lot of information in a short time. This often includes a written report, a checklist, photographs, environmental reports, and what the inspector himself says during the inspection. All this, combined with the seller’s disclosure and what you notice yourself, makes the experience even more overwhelming. What should you do?
InterNACHI Standards of Practice
A home inspection is a non-invasive, visual examination of the accessible areas of a residential property, performed for a fee, which is designed to identify defects within specific systems and components defined by these Standards that are both observed and deemed material by the inspector. The scope of work may be modified by the Client and Inspector prior to the inspection process. Watch this video for more information of InterNACHI’s Standards of Practice so you can be informed and all expectations are laid out for both parties. For the complete Standards of Practice, please visit this page: https://www.nachi.org/sop.htm
Home Binder Subscription
Now, with every home inspection we perform, we provide a premium subscription to Home Binder for our clients. Being a new home buyer is exhausting. You don’t really know much about your home when you buy it, you likely don’t know what maintenance needs to get done or when, and problems can be unexpected & expensive. HomeBinder is here to fix that. It is the leader in home maintenance organization and resources. Now, as a new home owner, you can keep track of your home and have it all in one place. Automate maintenance, store receipts, keep contractor records, and more. This is another value we add to our service for our clients – at no cost to you.
Home Inspections for Home Buyers
For a first-time home buyer — and even for repeat buyers — hiring a home inspector can be a last-minute task the buyer is unprepared for.
Depending on the seller, you may have only a few weeks to find, schedule and get a report from a home inspector to show what types of problems a home might have. This can include checking electrical and plumbing systems as well as the foundation, among many other things. It’s not a job you want rushed.