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5 Home Inspection Red Flags

5 Home Inspection Red Flags A home inspection is invaluable to your buyers, especially because it can pinpoint problems that are potential deal breakers. Help your clients avoid buying a white elephant—and incurring expenses that come with it—by giving them a heads up about these particular issues. Termites Once termites make themselves at home, getting rid of them is tricky. The sooner they are detected, the less damage done. Termites can come back, so advise your clients to hire a professional pest control expert to keep termites away for good. Drainage problems. Poor drainage can lead to rotting wood, wet basements and major mold growth, which can spell long-term moisture issues. Let clients know they can help prevent water damage by replacing the gutters or correcting the grading. However, that may not be enough to solve bigger drainage problems. Cracked or crumbling foundation. While older homes have lots of charm, their foundations can become weak or damaged over time. Make sure your clients know the expense of repairing a foundation can range from moderate to incredibly expensive. Worn roofing. There’s a huge difference in price between a roof repair and a roof replacement. If asbestos is a factor, the expense is generally greater due to costly disposal and containment processes. Toxic materials. Toxic finishes, like lead, paint and Chinese drywall, can lead to expensive repairs. Chinese drywall is a relatively new material that was used mostly between 2004-2005. It gives off sulfur gases, which can lead to illness as well as damage to home systems. The fix is to have it completely removed and replaced at a cost of about $40/sq. ft. American Home Shield is providing the information for general guidance only. Due to the general nature of the property maintenance and improvement advice in this material, neither American Home Shield Corporation, nor its licensed subsidiaries assumes any responsibility for any loss or damage which may be suffered by the use of this information. – See more at:

About kellycolley

Before Kelly Colley got into the real estate business, she held many different jobs, but none that were truly fulfilling. It bothered her during this period was that nothing she did seemed truly rewarding. About 10 years ago, she met her future husband Robb, who worked in real estate. After many discussions, the two of them decided to open a brokerage. Kelly says the first few years were “extremely trying, mainly due to all the obstacles we had to overcome.” Kelly and Robb persevered and worked hard to get their name out in the community. Now, 10 years later and after much persistence, they are the small business owners of Alabama Homefinders Inc. and are continually expanding into other Alabama counties. Kelly credits the keys to her success to her faith in God and His guidance as well as her husband Robb, who she says is her “rock, best friend, and mentor”. The excitement Kelly sees in her clients’ faces when they close on a new home is what she believes is the most exciting part of her job. In addition to her work in real estate, Kelly is the founder of an organization that finally helped her find her “niche” and is perhaps the most rewarding work she does. She founded Keeping the Babies Warm in 2012, a nonprofit that collects gloves, coats, sweaters, scarves and other items in the winter months that are then distributed to various organizations. Kelly and Robb have a “blended” family with four sons that range in age from 21 to 8, Trey, Dalton, Pierce and John Walker. In her spare time, Kelly enjoys hosting a Wednesday morning womens' Bible study, meditating each day on God's word, cooking and making homemade jellies, spending quality time with her kids, traveling, deep sea fishing and writing. Kelly is an active serving member of the Church of the Highlands Montgomery location.

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