Pre-listing home inspections from Seattle to Wenatchee, Leavenworth and Lake Chelan.
Ready to sell your house? Give yourself an edge in this tough market with a pre-listing inspection.
Sell your home faster! Put your best foot forward from the beginning and let buyers know that you have nothing to hide.
Receive better offers when you have disclosed the true condition of the property with a pre-listing inspection report. Avoid “low ball offers.”
Eliminate price negotiations based on the buyer’s inspection. If you’ve priced the home based on the pre-listing inspection’s findings then you’ve decreased the reasons for price negotiations after mutual acceptance.
Avoid walk-away buyers by removing surprises. Frustrated buyers will often walk away from a deal when the inspection report exposes concealed repairs.
The price is right! Resolve all issues before the house goes on the market and price it accordingly. Don’t want to fix it? Reflect the current condition in the listing price.
Increase profits when you have completed the repairs yourself. Even minor findings in the buyer’s inspection can result in profit losses. The buyer will frequently provide the higher contractor bid while you would have chosen the best value bid.
HERE’S A COUPON FOR YOUR PRE-LISTING INSPECTION!
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This picture was taken last week at a Lake Wenatchee Home Inspection. The metal carport was no match for the heavy snow we received over the last winter. Notice how much snow we still have there…in April!
Lake Wenatchee Home Inspector Photo
Lake Wenatchee Home Inspection
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In a time where buyers are cautious and are really weighing out all the benefits of home ownership here are some considerations for tax season. Several tax deductions and credits are providing relief to homeowners and making them very proud of their investment decision. Deducting mortgage interest, home equity debt, capital gains on home sales and taking advantage of energy conservation credits are just a few of the tax season benefits that homeowners can cash in on. Do you have a home office? There’s another one. Most of our monthly home loan payment is interest and you can deduct every bit of it. Only those folks with a loan of $1,000,000+ receive a cap on this deduction.
Stephanie Singer, a Realtors.org contributor wrote about this topic in Tax Time Less Taxing for Home Owners. She said that, “ninety-one percent of homeowners who claim the mortgage interest deduction earn less than $200,000 a year, and the ability to deduct the interest paid on a mortgage can mean significant savings at tax time. For example, a family who bought a home in 2010 with a $200,000, 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage, assuming an interest rate of 4.5 percent, could save nearly $3,500 in federal taxes when they file this year.”
We found a great resource from Kiplinger.com. They have listed all the deductions for homeowners at “What’s Deductible? – A to Z.” Check it out to make sure that you’re getting the most deductions as a homeowner. We use a skilled accountant in Wenatchee to guide us through our own tax deductions. We suggest that you hire a recommended accounting professional to point out these important opportunities for you.
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A couple of weeks ago we posted information about Washington State’s new HVAC requirement. We are members of the local North Central Home Builders Association and along with the BIAW they are frustrated with the adoption of this new code and fear that it will cost contractors time and money to meet the new requirements. Read the summary below written by NCHBA.
“On February 7th, Judge Robert Bryan of the Federal District Court in Tacoma denied BIAW’s Motion for Summary Judgment and Granted the State Building Code Council’s Motion for Summary Judgment. The Judge issued a lengthy opinion, finding that Chapter 9 of Washington’s Energy Code was not preempted by Federal Law, even though it concerns the use of components that exceed federal standards…The Federal law states that credits under state energy codes must be on a one-to-one ratio to energy savings. In other words, a one point credit for installing a high efficiency furnace under Chapter 9 must equal the same amount of energy savings as the one point credit for building a house under 1,500 square feet…BIAW is appealing the ruling.”
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credit: Seattle Home Show
Spring is just around the corner and it’s beginning to look a lot like Home Show Season! Wenatchee’s Home Show was a huge success last weekend, now we look forward to the Seattle Home Show starting on Saturday and open for 9 days. Your online ticket purchase includes a full year subscription to “Better Homes & Gardens” and free parking. Check out this info from their website:
The Seattle Home Show opens its doors for its 67th annual home products extravaganza on February 19, 2011 for a nine-day run through February 27. This much-anticipated show of nearly 500 exhibits includes everything for the home and landscape, highlighted by Idea Street™ – a community of furnished and landscaped model homes. Idea Street is a showcase for home design, interior style and the latest appliances and fixtures. Show attendees enjoy the variety and scope of the exhibition which includes green living displays, kitchens and baths, home decorating, arts and crafts, garden displays, and Meet the Expert Seminars featuring home improvement topics presented by industry professionals. America’s Biggest Open House™ – the Seattle Home Show – takes place in downtown Seattle at the Qwest Field Event Center. Details at www.SeattleHomeShow.com.
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Every year the NCHBA or North Central Home Builders Association produces a spectacular home show in Wenatchee, Washington. There’s a little something for everyone whether you are interested in remodeling, decorating, building, buying or selling a home…they’ve got all the experts there for your questions! Here’s some info from their website. Download this COUPON for $1 off admission:
This year, we have a lot of new things going on and are very excited to “get the Show on the road”! The Kid’s Zone by Lowe’s is going to be fantastic this year. Not only will the kids be able to build their own project with a professional from Lowe’s, they can go on a scavenger hunt with their parents or enjoy FREE ice skating on Friday and Saturday. So, if you have kids that are 12 and under, make sure to take them to the Kids Zone by Lowe’s, located in the Crunch-Pak Hospitality Room on the the main floor of the Town Toyota Center! Workshops and How-to’s that you WON’T want to miss! Come and see what the Master Gardeners have to demonstrate on Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the show! Be one of the first 250 attendees on Saturday and Sunday and receive a special Home Show Entrance Bag! These bags will be filled with small gifts, specials and discount coupons from participating sponsors and vendors! These bags will also come in very handy when you need a place to stow away other information and items you gather! There will be additional event parking available for attendees across the street at Walla Walla Point Park, both parking lots, as well as at Lowe’s Home Improvement Warehouse. Many thanks to Lowe’s for generously allowing our Home Show attendees to use half of their parking lot for our event!
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According to the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA), Thanksgiving Day receives the most reports for home-cooking fires, which is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries. I compiled a list of reminders to make sure your family has a safe and fun holiday.
Watch the stove. Unattended cooking is the leading cause of kitchen fires. Turn off appliances when no one is in the kitchen and set loud timers.
Stay alert! Medicine, sleep depravation and alcohol consumption can all make you drowsy and less able to concentrate on safety.
Remain tidy. Keep oven mitts, potholders, utensils, food packaging, bags, towels, etc. away from your stovetop and ovens.
Keep a lid on it. Use a lid to smother small grease fires. Never use water.
No Falls! Shovel and de-ice the driveway and walkways to make sure your guests don’t slip on their way into your house. Shovel out additional areas for parking so your guests aren’t blocking roads.
Don’t overload circuits! With crock pots, blenders and all the small appliances needed to make the feast you can easily overload the breaker. Only plug in 2 appliances at a time into a standard duplex outlet. Using an extension cord to multiple usage will increase the risk of overload.
Know where your fire extinguisher is located.
From our home to yours…Happy Holidays!
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The 12th annual “Seattle Home Show 2” is coming up Oct. 8-10th. Are you going? It seems like a great deal for interested parties. It’s just $10 with exposure to hundreds of home and garden product displays. They’ll also have cooking demos, wine tasting and speakers like nationally-known Joey Green, guru of weird uses for brand-name products and Brian Santos “The Wall Wizard” sharing his painting expertise. With an online ticket purchase you receive free parking. All tickets come with a 1 year subscription to Better Homes and Gardens magazine and a second day pass in case you can’t fit it all in the first day. I thought about advertising at this event, but wasn’t sure how it sized up to Annual Seattle Home Show in the winter– running now for 67 years. Your thoughts?
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Tomorrow will start the North Central Home Builder Association’s annual Tour of Homes with 8 homes throughout Leavenworth, Wenatchee and East Wenatchee. You’ll get a little bit of everything in Central Washington from a grand home in the heart of the Bavarian-themed ski retreat town to an energy-efficient Energy Star home in the Apple Capital. AMS Inspection Services is a member of the NCHBA and will be helping on the tour so stop by and see us!
Details and Tickets HERE
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