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Trusted Regina Real Estate professionals W2 Real Estate share a tip on common home inspection items

W2 Realty team share a tip on common home inspection items

The W2 Realty team are Karin Wees and Jen Welykholowa, two very well respected Regina Real Estate Agents from Realty One Real Estate Services Inc. The decision to purchase your home is one of the most important decisions you will ever make, and will also be one of your largest investments. Done right, it can also be one of the most exciting and fulfilling times in your life!

When you work with Karin and Jen at W2 Realty, you are getting a team of dedicated real estate professionals working together for your best interest. The W2 Realty team are Trusted Regina Real Estate Agents.

Karin and Jen.... The Regina real estate team dedicated to you making the "right move" 

A professional home inspection is generally a standard condition of your real estate purchase when you are buying a home and it's a super important part of the process!  There are a few normal maintenance items that come up regularly in inspections so as a seller it’s a great idea to address these issues prior to listing and help to make that part of the sale process go smoothly! Here are a few items of note:


  1. Furnace Maintenance & Service including regular changing of filters - Mechanical service is generally recommended every 12-24 months depending on the age of the furnace and cost will vary depending the extent of service & provider. Furnace filters should be changed often & length of time depends on the filter & your home environment i.e. if you have pets, etc.  To simplify the process we recommend buying the 4 pack and change them quarterly on the 1st of the month…then it’s easy to remember January/April/July/October.
  2. Water Heater maintenance - the regularity of service depends on the type of water heater but chances are if you have never had it serviced, you should!! Our Regina water is tough on our water heaters for sure and if you rent your heater, regular service should likely be part of your contract.  If not call any qualified plumber to help you out!          
  3. Proper Grading - this comes up more often than not because of ground or concrete settling near the foundation of your home. One of the biggest culprits of water issues in basements is improper grading so It’s super important that water runs away from your foundation. One of the simplest remedies is making sure that extensions on your downspouts are suitable …and at this time of year it’s the one thing you can address, as well as moving all of that snow away from the foundation walls.  Once it has melted you want to be sure that the ground level is taking water away from the foundation and it may require topping up the soil levels to accomplish that. If you’re not handy in that regard of course we have great landscape companies in Regina that can help out and make sure you get the right product to address the issue! 

 

If you have questions about the process of buying or selling a home we are happyy to help and don't hesitate to ask...you can contact us at info@w2realtyteam.com

We are your Trusted Regina real estate team and we are here to help you make the right move!


When you decide to work with an agent you should choose someone you feel comfortable with and trust to have your best interests at heart. We can answer your questions and concerns and provide referrals for staging, mortgage brokers, home inspectors, real estate attorneys, and pretty much anything else you may need in the purchase or sale of your home! We are your advocate and guide through the process.

Happy House Shopping!!

Karin & Jen

 

So make the smart and simple choice today, you see a Trusted Regina realtor is never a risk and W2 Realty are Trusted Regina Real Estate experts! 


Have a look at more amazing tips from the W2 Realty team which are sure to help you in buying or selling your home in the Regina and surrounding area:



    

Trusted Regina Home Inspectors tip on Home Inspection FAQ's

 Trusted Regina home inspectors 

Homeowners Q: 

Why do I need a home inspection?

A: Whether you’re a buyer or a seller, a home inspection provides invaluable details about the condition of a home. It’s important for homeowners to learn as much as they can about a property, so they can make any necessary repairs if they have been reported. Home inspectors can also suggest preventative measures to help avoid costly future repairs. 

                                                                          

Q: Do I have to attend the home inspection?

A: : It’s a good idea to attend the home inspection because any questions that you may have can usually be answered on the spot. It’s important for sellers to keep in mind the inspector has not been retained to point out all of the good aspects of the home, and they should not feel offended when the inspector points out a defect or potential defects.

 

Q: How long does a home inspection take?

A: A typical inspection of a property less than 2,000 square feet lasts approximately two and a half hours.


                                         

Trusted Regina tip on Home Inspections for Sellers


Home Inspections are important for sellers too

Homeowners and REALTORS® under-estimate the value of a home inspection before a house even goes on the market for sale.

While a buyer will likely have his or her own inspection conducted, there is value to the seller:

  • Give you the confidence that you understand the true condition of your home
  • Let you fix or make allowance for items which could negatively affect asking price when you’re negotiating the sale
  • Lessen the risk of surprises that could postpone a sale
  • Ensure full disclosure at the time of the sale

 

 

Here’s a good article by Mike Holmes on this topic:

Getting a home inspection is smart - paint can hide a world of trouble. If the home inspector finds problems, it can help when it comes to renegotiating the asking price.

But home inspections don’t just help home buyers. They can work to your advantage when you’re selling, too.

  • Anyone selling their house will go through a home inspection you can’t avoid it. But getting one before listing your property puts you ahead of the game.
  • You will know of any issues or fixes before buyers find them. If you wait and hope they don’t, there’s a good chance they will and your home will stay on the market longer.
  • And get ready for some heavy renegotiations. When buyers find problems, they are not happy, and they will show it by cutting the selling price in some cases, by quite a bit.
  • Fixing any issues in your house helps to increase your property value, decrease the time it’s on the market and avoid renegotiations. Bottom line: Your house will look better to buyers.
  • Some home inspectors will give you a coloured hard copy and CD of the inspection report. If you place these on the coffee table when people are looking at your house, a responsible homebuyer will appreciate it.
  • You can also reference the inspection report in listings, feature sheets and online, to help speed up a sale.

 

Today, people want to get as much information as they can on their phones, on their lunch, during breaks and so on. If you have an inspection report with photos plus some beauty shots of your house, you will speed up the selling process.

But the key here is finding the right home inspector, whether you’re buying or selling. You don’t want to depend only on home inspectors your real estate agent recommends. Real estate agents want to make a sale its their job. But their commission is based on the final selling price of the house, so its likely they want to keep it higher. This is fine, except if its done by hiding problems.

When you’re buying a house, a real estate agent might recommend a home inspector that will likely not catch all the problems, just so they can make a quick sale. A home inspector might do it because they want to keep getting referrals from the agent. If you’re selling, the real estate agent might not want problems in your home caught again, to keep the selling price up. They might have your best interest in mind, but the strategy is off. You could end up facing renegotiations or not selling.

Find the problems, get them fixed, add the cost of the repairs to the selling price, and speed up the sale. Everybody wins you (the seller), the real estate agent, and the buyer, because they will be getting an honest assessment of the house and its worth.

A home inspection is a great tool for the entire housing industry real estate agents, contractors, homebuyers and sellers. When we use them right, everyone wins. But just like any tool, they require the right skill.

 

 


 

Trusted Regina shares a tip on Deck Construction


Here they share a great tip on Deck Construction:

When it comes to deck construction, there are several options to consider when building the structure. Some of these options are: joists, beams, post size, supports, and spacking; decking thickness, guard railing height and spindle spacing.

  • Joists are used to support the decking surface material that is walked on. The size and spacing are directly proportional; that is, as the size of the joist increases, the allowable spacing also increases. Larger joists can carry a larger load, so fewer joists are required.

  • Beams are provided to support the end and sometimes middle of the joists to reduce excessive vertical flexing and side to side (lateral) movement. As with the joists, the size and spacing of the beams are directly proportional.
  • Deck posts transfer the load from the beams to the ground, which is a very important job. Deck posts should be at least 15 ¼ cm x 15 ½ cm (6"x6") unless the deck is very close to the ground. Large decks may require larger posts, or posts spaced closer together. 

 

  •  The guard/railing should be very sturdy and high enough to prevent people from falling over. The requirement for guards and the appropriate height is mandated by local building codes and varies from municipality to municipality. 

  • In most cases, your clients need to get building permits for their decks. Some municipalities only require a permit if the deck is a certain height above ground or if it is anchored to the house. In addition to local building department requirements, the local planning and zoning department should be consulted to confirm if there are any limitations.a

 



 


Trusted Regina shares a tip on Provincial Grants for Residential Property Owners


A great tip on Provincial Grants for Residential Property Owners:

 

Energy experts are ready to help!

Saskatchewan EnerGuide for Houses (SEGH) was developed by the government of Saskatchewan to help you make choices that improve the comfort and energy efficiency of your home.

Independent energy advisors, licensed by Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), are available to visit your home to identify how your home both uses energy and where it is being wasted. Advisors will explain to ways to reduce your energy use while ensuring a healthy indoor environment for your family. They will perform an air leakage test on your home and provide you with an EnerGuide label displaying how efficient your home is.

The Government of Saskatchewan subsidizes half the cost of the evaluation fee reducing your up front costs to participate in the SEGH program.

Based on the retrofits completed, it is estimated that the average home will reduce their energy consumption by 20% and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by up to 3 tonnes!

Grants are available for energy efficient retrofits 

The Government of Saskatchewan provides grants to property owners who complete energye efficient retrofits based on the results of their SEGH evaluation.

The grant amount is based on carrying out specific energy efficient retrofits such as upgrading your heating, cooling, and ventilation system; increasing insulation levels; upgrading your domestic hot water system; a solar hot water system and/or a drain-water heat recovery (DWHR) system. As well, other energy saving recommendations such as ENERGY STAR windows, light fixtures and clothes washers, and gas clothes dryers.

Only homeowners who have completed a pre-retrofit evaluation by a licensed energy advisor will be eligible for a grant.

For a complete list of eligible retrofits and the corresponding grant amounts, please contact a SEGH service organization or visit saskenergy.com.

Experience the benefits of Saskatchewan EnerGuide for Houses 

Find out where your energy dollars go:

You can have peace of mind knowing the energy advisors are providing you unbiased advise.A thorough basement-to-attic assessment of your home’s energy use is completed. The energy advisor’s report will help you plan priority retrofits so you know which changes will save you the most energy and money.

Compare your home’s energy use to other homes:

After both the pre-retrofit evaluation and post-retrofit evaluation your energy advisor will provide you with an EnerGuide for Houses rating label that proves your home’s energy efficiency and increase after upgrades. It also displays where your home rates in comparison to other homes.

Grants to help cover a portion of your retrofit expenses: Your grant is calculated based on specific improvements and the impact those improvements have on the energy efficiency of your home. For example, upgrading your furnace to an ENERGY STAR® qualified furnace with a 95% AFUE with a brushless DC motor will increase your home’s energy efficiency substantially and will qualify you for a $650 grant.

Reduce your greenhouse gas emissions and help our environment:

Excess energy use is a major cause of greenhouse gas emissions, the largest contributor to climate change. By using less energy you are helping create a greener future.

Who is eligible?

Any homeowner can participate if they own and live in or rent out their property. This includes detached, semi-detached, fully serviced four season properties and low-rise residential buildings that are no more than 3 stories high (with a footprint of less than 600 square meters), as well as mobile homes on a permanent foundation. Small businesses or organizations that use esidential-sized equipment in a structure similar to a residential dwelling may also be eligible.

For full details on eligibility criteria, contact an SEGH service organization.

Homes that are more than 25 years old have the potential to reduce their annual energy use by up to 35%, which adds up to significant savings on your utility bills.

How does Saskatchewan EverGuide for Houses Work? 

The SEGH service includes:

  • a detailed energy evaluation of your home carried out by a licensed energy advisor;
  • a series of specialized tests including a “blower door” test to find air leaks;
  • a printed report that shows where your energy dollars are being spent and what you can do to improve your home's energy effeciency; and
  • an EnerGuide for Houses rating label that shows how energy efficient your home is compared to others in Saskatchewan 

Your energy advisor will review eligible improvements, explain the details, and answer any questions you have about your home’s energy efficiency. SEGH is not a pre-purchase home inspection — it deals specifically with energy efficiency. If you are concerned about the structure or overall condition of your home, it is recommended you contact a home inspector.

How do I apply?

Step 1: Book a pre-retrofit evaluation

Contact a licensed SEGH service organization to book a pre-retrofit evaluation. The latest date to have a pre-retrofit evaluation completed is June 30th, 2013. There is a cost for the evaluation, please discuss with the service organization atthe time of booking, including mileage if applicable. The provincial government subsidizes half of the cost of the pre- retrofit

Step 2: Evaluation and review the results

An energy advisor will come to your house and perform an energy evaluation. They are required to take pictures of your home and specific equipment during the pre-retrofit evaluation. You will receive a homeowner report approximately two weeks after your evaluation with a list of recommended measures, eligible grant amounts, and an EnerGuide label.

Step 3: Complete your retrofits

You have 18 months from the date of your pre-retrofit evaluation or until October 31st, 2013, whichever comes first, to complete your retrofits and have your post-retrofit evaluation completed.

Step 4: Book a post-retrofit evaluation.

Book an evaluation with the same SEGH service organization that completed your initial evaluation prior to the 18 month deadline or October 31st, 2013, whichever comes first. Make sure to call your Service Organization early to book a evaluation to ensure they can schedule your appointment prior to the deadline. The provincial government subsidizes half the cost of the post-retrofit evaluation up to $100.

Step 5: Receive your grants

After your post-retrofit evaluation is completed, the SEGH service organization will submit your file to SaskEnergy who administers the grants on behalf of the Government of Saskatchewan. You don’t need to do anything else — the grant will be mailed to you within 90 days.

The maximum grant per property is $5,000.

Your privacy is protected!

Personal information is required to process your grant application. Any personal information that you provide is protected under the federal PrivacyAct. The application form provided to your by your service advisor provides full details on why data is collected and how it is protected.

Schedule your evaluation today!


               

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