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Preparing for a Home Inspection

by Chris Wylie

Part of the normal process of selling a home is the home inspection. It is an opportunity for the buyer to verify that everything as it seems with the home and there will be no unwelcome surprises.

For good reason, a home inspection is the source of some anxiety for many sellers. What if they find something wrong? What if the buyers back out?

Some anxiety is completely normal. After all, no matter how well you know your house, there’s always the chance that there could be a hidden flaw or something you have overlooked over the years.

There’s always the possibility of a surprise, but there are steps you can take to make the home inspector’s job easier and that can encourage the home inspector to be a bit more generous in his assessment of your home.

Declutter Your Home

Inspectors don’t like to move or climb over things. Make sure that your attic, garage and basement are easy to access. In addition, clean out under the sinks so that the inspector can easily inspect the pipes. Make your home flashlight easy.

Gather Any Necessary Paperwork

Home inspectors are less likely to examine your home with a fine-toothed comb if you can prove that regular maintenance has been performed. Gather all documents related to the maintenance of your home and place them in a binder. Leave this binder out on the table for the home inspector.

Unlock All Doors and Gates

The last you think you want a home inspector to think is that you have something to hide. Make sure that you unlock all doors and gates – including those to out buildings such as sheds and pool houses.

Clean Your Home

A dirty home does not mean that there are structural problems, but a clean home implies that the owner takes pride in ownership and performs regular maintenance on the home. So, give your home a once over before the home inspector is scheduled to arrive.

Go Out to Lunch

Home inspectors prefer to be alone while they are doing their jobs. Don’t hover. Go out to lunch for a few hours and allow the inspector to work unsupervised.

Remember, home inspectors are like anyone else; they have a job to do. Don’t make it any harder than it has to be. Make their job easy and quick, and they are that much more likely to give you a favorable report. Contact me today for a consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have, and/or help you determine the value of your home.

Chris Wylie
The Chris Wylie Team
281-583-9393
www.ChrisHoustonRealEstate.com
www.CountOnChris.com

Throughout the Houston area including Spring, The Woodlands, Tomball, Cypress and Katy, Chris Wylie is known as a professional others can count on to guide them successfully through the real estate process. Her calm, friendly manner puts others at ease and makes the home buying and selling process a fun and memorable experience.

Photo courtesy of Chris Hemingway at Flickr.com.

Are You Making These 6 Costly Mistakes When Selling Your Home?

by Chris Wylie

People that want to sell their home know that they need to clean and spruce their place up prior to putting it on the market, but there are several common mistakes that many sellers make that can potentially have a greater impact than just unswept foyer or some soap scum on the shower door.

Here are six mistakes sellers make that can potentially negatively impact the final sale price of your home. Do your best to avoid them.

Failing to Get a Home Inspection

This normally applies to older homes but can apply to newer homes in certain instances. If you think your home might have problems that will require repair, get a home inspection prior to listing. This will allow you to identify and repair problem areas of the home on your own time and budget before negotiating with a buyer.

Not Properly Preparing Your Home for Sale

In a competitive market, the first impression is essential. You want to take full advantage of that rush of agents and potential buyers that occurs in those first few weeks after listing. So, help your home show well by repainting, fixing any minor problems and thoroughly cleaning it inside and out. Some sellers hire professionals to do this for them.

Trying to Hide Issues with the Home

Hanging a painting over a hole in the wall or a throwing a rug over that huge water spot in the middle of the floor might seem like a good idea at the time, but it isn’t. Today’s buyers and their agents are remarkably adept at finding these hidden problems. If you cannot afford to fix them, be honest about the problems to avoid a potentially contentious negotiating process, a deal falling through at the last minute or even a lawsuit.

Allowing Your Pets the Run of the House

Animals can be wonderful companions, and many people love them. Not all people love animals, and in order to sell your home, you will need to appeal to the non-animal lover as well. Many experts suggest boarding animals with friends and family while your home is on the market – which hopefully won’t be for too long. If this isn’t an option, make sure any evidence of your furry friends– fur, litter boxes, etc. – is removed daily to avoid turning off potential buyers.

Not Choosing the Right Realtor

When you decide to sell your home you will likely have several friends who know a real estate agent, and while the experiences of your friends and family is often a good place to start, make sure to choose a Realtor that knows your area and is an experienced listing agent that has the skills and connections to sell your home quickly.

Overpricing the Home

Sellers often have an overinflated value of their home. That’s understandable, but pricing your home above market value could cost you money in the long run. If your home lingers on the market becoming a “dead listing” and you are forced to reduce the price, you could end up selling it for less than you would have if you had priced it correctly in the first place. Be willing to listen to your agent when it comes time to set the asking price for your home.

Selling a home does not have to be a difficult process. In fact, with an experienced listing agent acting as your advocate and guide, the process can progress smoothly through closing and beyond. Contact me today if you are ready to sell your home. I will be glad to answer any questions you may have, and help get the process started.

Chris Wylie
The Chris Wylie Team
281-583-9393
www.ChrisHoustonRealEstate.com
www.CountOnChris.com

Throughout the Houston area including Spring, The Woodlands, Tomball, Cypress and Katy, Chris Wylie is known as a professional others can count on to guide them successfully through the real estate process. Her calm, friendly manner puts others at ease and makes the home buying and selling process a fun and memorable experience.

Photo courtesy of Images of Money at Flickr.com.

Moving to a New City? Dont Stay on the Couch

by Chris Wylie

Some moves involve a couple of friends, a moving truck and a few short trips back and forth across the city. As stressful as these local moves can be, they pale in comparison to a cross-state or cross-country move. With a local move, there’s no need to find the best places to eat, the best route to work, or a new group of friends. You already know and have those things.

Big moves are different. It’s starting over, and the moving process continues even after the last box is unpacked. After you square away all your belongings, it’s time to focus on the biggest part of the move: building your new life.

Integrating into a new city is as easy or difficult as you make it. If you are willing to get out there and explore, it will be much easier, so get off the couch and get out there.

The Essentials

Depending on your age and interests, what you consider essential will vary, but I think just about everyone can agree that knowing where to shop for groceries, pick up a prescription and get a good meal is important.  Beyond those, it’s all up to you. So, how do you find these places?

Lucky for you, you live in the internet age and have a wealth of information on just about everything – including your new city – right at our fingertips.

Use the Internet

Open up your browser of choice and go to Google Maps. Now, enter in your address. A map of your area will pop up. If you want to see everything of interest in the area, do a wildcard search by typing “*” into the search field. As cool as that is, most people like to narrow it down a bit. Typing “Thai restaurant”, “country bar”, “pharmacy” or “organic food” will display matching results on the map and sidebar. The side bar will also show a star rating and contain a link to written reviews and the business’s website.

Don’t forget to map out your route to your new job while you’re exploring.

Ask for Advice

As great as the internet is, it cannot compete with the recommendations of people you trust. You probably know a few people that live in your new town or city. Give them a call and ask all those questions the internet cannot answer. You might want to ask them to meet you for dinner or drinks at anywhere they recommend.

If you cannot get them on the phone, head back to the internet and put out a blast on Facebook and Twitter asking for recommendations and advice about your new city.

Meeting New People

You can discover all the great restaurants and night spots in the city, but what good is that if you don’t have a group of friends to share them with?

Making new friends is essential if you want to make your new city your home.

Use Your Hobbies

What are most friendships built upon? Shared interests. If you have a hobby, use it to meet new friends. It doesn’t matter if you love rock climbing or you love Spiderman; someone in your new city loves the same thing. A great way to connect with people in your area with the same interests is through local Facebook groups and the site Meetup.com. Take a look around, find a group of people that shares one of your hobbies and go to a meet up.

Help Out in the Community

Community service is an excellent way to meet some great, civic-minded people. When you take initiative and do some good within your community, it becomes your community. It’s no longer just a place you live and work. It’s your home.

Keep it Going

If you do the things mentioned here, you’ll meet new people and learn a lot about your new city, but don’t stop there. Once you meet a few people, meet their friends and become part of the group. Don’t suddenly become a homebody after that initial push.

Keep it going and, pretty soon, your dance card will be full and your new city will feel like home. Contact me today for a consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have and/or help you find your dream home.

Chris Wylie
The Chris Wylie Team
281-583-9393
www.ChrisHoustonRealEstate.com
www.CountOnChris.com

Throughout the Houston area including Spring, The Woodlands, Tomball, Cypress and Katy, Chris Wylie is known as a professional others can count on to guide them successfully through the real estate process. Her calm, friendly manner puts others at ease and makes the home buying and selling process a fun and memorable experience.

Photo courtesy of Kurt Komoda at Flickr.com

5 Ways You Know it is Time to Move Up to a New Home

by Chris Wylie

Deciding to move to a new home is a big, important decision. It means listing your home, showing your home, selling your home, finding a new home, packing up and moving. It can be a long and stressful process. It can be, but it doesn’t have to be. With the right help and a commitment to seeing the process through to the end, the process of selling your home and buying another can be exciting and even fun.

Here are five signs that you are ready to move.

Is Your House Just Too Small?

That two-bedroom one bath was quaint and cozy when you first married. You turned that second bedroom into an office/storage space and, later, a nursery. It was the perfect size. Now, that your family has grown beyond three and you have acquired more things than you can easily store, the once cozy space feels more like a 10X6 cell.

Everyone needs their own space, and enough space is one of the keys to a happy life. Since it is difficult to make an existing home larger, buying a new home is the best way to have the space you and your family need.

Is the Neighborhood Just Not the Right Place Anymore?

When you bought your home, that neighborhood bistro was one of the best features. Now, your priorities have changed. You’ve had everything on the menu at that bistro and what was charming is now annoying. You are more concerned about safe streets and good schools rather than a vibrant nightlife.

Neighborhoods don’t change overnight. If you find that your priorities no longer match your neighborhood, it’s time to move to a new neighborhood.

Does the Thought of Renovating Make You Break Out in a Cold Sweat?

Maybe you bought that fixer upper with the honest intention of rehabbing it back to its former glory. You were going to redo the kitchen, retile the bathroom, and bring that scuffed hardwood floor back to shining glory. Unfortunately, life got in the way, or you realized the cost in both time and money would just be too much. Now, you look around at all the half-completed projects and down at that still scuffed up floor and shudder.

If you have discovered that you do not like the idea of renovating your home, moving to a finished, up-to-date home is your best option.

Are You Spending Too Much Time in the Car?

Time spent in the car going to and from work is time not spent doing things you would rather do – like spending time with family and doing your favorite hobbies.

If you are spending more than an hour each way commuting to and from work, that is too much time in the car. We all change jobs over the years, and our new jobs are not always convenient to our homes.

Moving to a home that is closer to your work is one way to reduce your commute time.

Have Your Priorities Changed?

Are you just ready for a change? Do you find that what you once loved about your house isn’t that great anymore? Are there a hundred little things that you just don’t like about where you live?

People change over time, and if you are no longer happy where you live, that’s reason enough to make a change and buy a new house.

Moving to a new home can be an exciting and rewarding experience. Make sure you have the help you need, contact me today and I will guide you through the process of selling your home and buying a new one.

Chris Wylie
The Chris Wylie Team
281-583-9393
www.ChrisHoustonRealEstate.com
www.CountOnChris.com

Throughout the Houston area including Spring, The Woodlands, Tomball, Cypress and Katy, Chris Wylie is known as a professional others can count on to guide them successfully through the real estate process. Her calm, friendly manner puts others at ease and makes the home buying and selling process a fun and memorable experience.

Photo courtesy of Geoffrey Kehrig at Flickr.com.

Why You Should Choose Chris Wylie

by Chris Wylie

Chris’s knowledge and experience, as well as her negotiating skills, have been instrumental in formulating the talents and beliefs of The CHRIS WYLIE TEAM. Chris takes great pride in being someone others can count on to be there. Keeping the clients’ needs at the forefront of the buying/selling process is the mind-set Chris used developing The CHRIS WYLIE TEAM into a diversified, reliable, well qualified  organization, capable of productively marketing, effectively negotiating, selling, buying, and efficiently closing real estate transactions. Read more here...

Chris Wylie
The Chris Wylie Team
281-583-9393
www.ChrisHoustonRealEstate.com
www.CountOnChris.com

Throughout the Houston area including Spring, The Woodlands, Tomball, Cypress and Katy, Chris Wylie is known as a professional others can count on to guide them successfully through the real estate process. Her calm, friendly manner puts others at ease and makes the home buying and selling process a fun and memorable experience.

Integrating Smart Technology into Your Home

by Chris Wylie

The latest trend in home remodeling isn’t a color scheme or granite countertops. It’s turning your home into something out of a science fiction movie.

Smart homes are finally here, and homeowners are surprised at how affordable it is to convert an existing “dumb home” into a cutting-edge, smart home.

Smart homes used to be well beyond the budget of the average consumer, but with increases in technology – and the fact that nearly everyone has a smartphone or tablet – the cost of integrating smart technology into the home has plummeted.  

It won’t be long before smart-technology integration is a requirement rather than a bonus feature– especially in the luxury real estate market.

Why not be ahead of the curve and make the transition now rather than later?

Here are a few things you can do right now for relatively small investment.

Smart Door Locks

How often do you lose your keys, or have to rush home to let in a visiting friend or open the door for a handyman? Or how about all the time you waste digging through your pocket or purse trying to find your keys with a handful of groceries?

Well, once you install a new Smart Lock System you won’t ever worry about any of those things again. For example, the August Smart Lock unlocks as soon as an authorized person approaches the door. You can also unlock – or lock – the door remotely in case your guests beat you home. You can even issue temporary keys to people like contractors or short-term guests. Smart locks like the August Smart Lock typically cost between $150 and $250 and can be installed in a matter of minutes.

Smart Interior and Exterior Lights

For decades we’ve been trying to set it up so we don’t need to get off the couch or out of bed to turn off the lights – with limited success. Now, with just a screwdriver and a few minutes, you can install smart lights switches throughout your home that can be controlled via a smartphone app or your voice. These lights can be set to turn on or off on a preset schedule or when the sun rises and sets. Smart light switches – your best option – run about $50 apiece. If you don’t want to take the trouble to install new switches – or you have a healthy fear of electricity – you can choose to install smart light bulbs by Phillips Hue. You can then control each bulb through your smartphone. You don’t even need a screwdriver.

Smart Thermostats

The most popular thermostat currently on the market is the Nest Thermostat. Programmable thermostats have been around for years, and they are great. There’s only one problem: You have to program them. The Nest Thermostat eliminates that need. It programs itself. All you have to do is set it and adjust it as you normally would throughout the day. It will remember and begin to adjust itself. The Nest Thermostat also gives you the ability to set and monitor it via your smartphone or tablet. A Nest Learning Thermostat is just $249 and can be installed in under an hour.

Smart Appliances

Finally, there are the new smart appliances. These are the most expensive upgrade you can make to your home. There’s just no way to turn a dumb appliance into a smart one. You have to buy new appliances, but if you are in the market for a new refrigerator, dishwasher, coffee maker or washer and dryer, going the smart route is something to consider. Imagine a refrigerator that alerts you via text if you are low on milk or a coffee maker that cleans itself. Or how about a washing machine that tells you if there’s a problem or an unbalanced load? Very cool.

Integrating smart technology into your home will improve your quality of life, and it will also improve the resale value of your home if you ever decide to sell. It’s a feature that is still new and exciting and can help with the marketing of your home. Anything that sets your home apart in a positive way is a good thing. So, given that the cost is so small relative to the possible return, why wouldn’t you take the initiative and smarten up your home? Contact me today for a consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have, and/or help you determine the value of your home.

Chris Wylie
The Chris Wylie Team
281-583-9393
www.ChrisHoustonRealEstate.com
www.CountOnChris.com

Throughout the Houston area including Spring, The Woodlands, Tomball, Cypress and Katy, Chris Wylie is known as a professional others can count on to guide them successfully through the real estate process. Her calm, friendly manner puts others at ease and makes the home buying and selling process a fun and memorable experience.

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281-583-9393
www.ChrisHoustonRealEstate.com
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Throughout the Houston area including Spring, The Woodlands, Tomball, Cypress and Katy, Chris Wylie is known as a professional others can count on to guide them successfully through the real estate process. Her calm, friendly manner puts others at ease and makes the home buying and selling process a fun and memorable experience.

Understanding What It Takes to Sell a Luxury Property

by Chris Wylie

Selling luxury real estate is an art form and requires an attention to detail that is near obsessive as well as the assistance of an expert realtor. Buyers that are willing to invest millions of dollars to acquire a luxury home know what they want and they are determined to get it. The slightest problem or misstep and they will go on their merry way.

So, how do you ensure that you avoid any of these missteps when selling your luxury property on the open market?

Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you with selling your luxury home regardless of the market.

Get Your Property Ready to Show

When selling any property, it’s an accepted practice to clean the property to get it ready for showing. With a luxury property, this process intensifies tenfold. It’s not enough just to clean a luxury home; it needs the white glove treatment. Most sellers choose to hire a professional cleaning crew to go over the property with the proverbial fine-toothed comb. Every little detail must be perfect.

The same is true for the grounds. Once again, a professional landscaping crew is normally hired to make sure that all the hedges are uniform, the flower beds are refreshed and full of new, colorful flowers and the grass is fairway perfect.

Beyond just simply cleaning, many people choose to professionally stage their properties. Staging is the process of creating a look using furniture, artwork and other embellishments to create a look that is appealing to the discerning luxury homebuyer. It replaces furniture that may be dated with modern furniture. Essentially, it updates the entire look of the house.

Yes, this will cost money, but studies have shown that luxury home sellers that go through this process typically sell their home from between five and 20 percent more than those that do not.

Professionally Photograph and Film Your Property

Photographs used to sell a luxury home should be taken by a professional home photographer. Most luxury home buyers – or their agents – begin the home search online, and the only thing they have to judge a property by is a photo. Make sure that your photos stand out by using a professional photographer.

Because luxury properties are unique and possess so many distinctive architectural features and amenities, it is difficult to convey and accurate representation of the property with just still photos. That is why many people choose to also incorporate a video of their property in their marketing materials. Like the photos, make sure this video is recorded and edited by a professional. It will pay off in the end.

Market Your Property

Marketing is essential to sell a luxury property. The pool of potential buyers for luxury properties is understandably small. You must do your best to ensure that as many people have the opportunity to view your property as possible in order to improve your chances of finding the right buyer. Make sure that your agent is distributing your property through a variety of online outlets such as the local MLS, Trulia, Zillow, etc. Also, do not neglect to advertise on foreign real estate sites. A large number of luxury property buyers live outside of the United States.

Put the Word Out Through Brokers and Friends

As a luxury homeowner, your friends and their friends are part of your potential buyer pool. Make sure to get the word out to your network of business colleagues and friends that you are interested in selling your property. Some sellers even go so far as to host a party right before they put their home on the market or right after. They invite all their friends as well as well-respected brokers to the party. This gives the seller the chance to get the word out while the house looks its absolute best but in a relatively informal setting.

Show the Property

Be prepared to show your property as often as it takes to sell it. Don’t expect that your property will sell within the first few weeks. If it does, that’s great, but be prepared for the process to take a while. Luxury home buyers are picky. Don’t be offended if everyone doesn’t love your house. Be persistent and the right buyer will come along.

Showing your home is made much easier with an expert real estate agent on your side. She will handle all the showings. You don’t even have to be there. You can be away at the office or on vacation while your agent is showing the property. In fact, it’s normally better for both parties if the owner is not present while the house is being shown.

If you follow these steps, you will sell your luxury real estate, and you will command a top price. So, there’s no reason not to do your best to put your home in the best possible light, market it aggressively and show it until it sells. Contact me today if you are ready to sell your home. I will be happy to go over any questions you may have and help get the selling process started.

Chris Wylie
The Chris Wylie Team
281-583-9393
www.ChrisHoustonRealEstate.com
www.CountOnChris.com

Throughout the Houston area including Spring, The Woodlands, Tomball, Cypress and Katy, Chris Wylie is known as a professional others can count on to guide them successfully through the real estate process. Her calm, friendly manner puts others at ease and makes the home buying and selling process a fun and memorable experience.

Photo courtesy of Sean Stanfield at Flickr.Com.

Sell Your Home with Foreclosures in the Neighborhood

by Chris Wylie

The past several years have been hard on homeowners. Many people lost their homes during this time, and there are still many foreclosures and bank-owned properties around.

If you are selling your home and there is a single foreclosure in your neighborhood, it’s generally not a reason to worry. However, if there are several foreclosures in the area, you may have an issue.

Living on the street with vacant homes all around you can affect your property value and make selling your home difficult. However, there are some things you can do to improve your chances of a quick sale at a fair price.

When buyers see that there are foreclosures near your house, they may be expecting a deal. That’s why pricing your home is very important. You need to work with your realtor to make sure you price your home right for the market. Too high, and you’ll scare off buyers. But if you price it correctly, you are much more likely to attract interest.

Be sure that your home has good curb appeal, and is spotless and is move-in ready on the inside. Foreclosures usually require some work, and sometimes need thousands of dollars in repairs before they are livable. Buyers will be attracted to a home that doesn’t require any work to move in.

Keep in mind that if your street is full of foreclosures and short sales, it can affect your appraised value. Resist the urge to make expensive improvements to your home, trying to increase your selling price. If you keep your improvements to a reasonable cost, you can accept a lower price if necessary, and still make money.

Finally, be honest if there are vacant homes in the neighborhood. Don’t try to hide anything from potential buyers. It will make a good impression with buyers if you are open about the situation in neighboring homes right from the start.

Selling your home in a neighborhood of foreclosures and short sales can be a challenge. I’d be happy make suggestions on how to best position your home for a quick sale at a fair price. Contact me today to set up an appointment for a consultation.

Chris Wylie
The Chris Wylie Team
281-583-9393
www.ChrisHoustonRealEstate.com
www.CountOnChris.com

Throughout the Houston area including Spring, The Woodlands, Tomball, Cypress and Katy, Chris Wylie is known as a professional others can count on to guide them successfully through the real estate process. Her calm, friendly manner puts others at ease and makes the home buying and selling process a fun and memorable experience.

Photo courtesy Alex Hafer, Stock.XCHNG.

5 Problems With Your Home That Are Only Going to Get Worse

by Chris Wylie

How would you feel if I told you that the problem you just paid $5,000 to fix could have been solved with just a few hundred last year? Pretty bad, right? Let’s be honest, you would be kicking yourself.

Each year, thousands of homeowners across America experience what I just described. They put off fixing a small problem until it became a very big and very expensive problem.  Then, they had to pay the bill. Don’t make the same mistake.

Here are five small issues that could become big problems if you don’t address them quickly.

Poor Drainage

After a good rain, check around your home to make sure that the rainwater is being channeled away from your home and not pooling around the house or overflowing the gutters. If you do notice that water if pooling or overflowing the gutters, check your entire gutter system for clogs, leaks, corrosion and gaps. Poor drainage can lead to foundation problems, rotting siding and even mold and mildew problems if it gets into the walls.

Damaged Roof and Siding

Your roof bears the brunt of any storms, and so, it’s the most susceptible part of your home to water infiltration. Siding has almost as much exposure, and what your roof and siding protect is very expensive to fix and replace. One day, when it’s nice and sunny out, take a pair of binoculars out and inspect your roof shingles or tiles for signs of damage. Are shingles curling or missing? Are tiles cracked and gone? You might also want to get a ladder and climb on the roof to check the flashing. If you notice any problems, have a professional repair them.

The same goes for siding check for damaged siding regularly. Pay special attention to areas around you gutters, windows and eaves. You can seal these gaps with caulk.

If water gets into your attic or into your walls, it can cause structural damage that can cost thousands to repair.

Termites and Ants

These critters might be small, but they can of plenty of damage in a short amount of time. Termites and ants love moist conditions. That’s another reason that making sure the area around your home is draining properly. Experts advise that you should have a professional check your home at least twice a year for signs of termites, but termites and carpenter ants can cause a huge amount of damage in six months. It’s a good idea to inspect your property yourself between inspections.  You can check for termites by poking a screwdriver along the mudsill. If it goes through or in, you have termites. Carpenter ants leave little piles of sawdust in their wake.

Mold and Mildew

Remember a few years ago when everyone was petrified of “toxic” mold. Good luck selling a home if there was even the slightest evidence of mold. Well, since that time, people have come back down to earth about mold and mildew. It’s no longer a death sentence, but it is still something people need to keep an eye out for as it can be evidence of larger problems. Generally a mold and mildew situation occurs when either moisture is trapped in the walls or under carpet or there is a persistent damp environment – like a leaky pipe that goes unnoticed for weeks or months.  If you notice mold and mildew in your home, first cut off the source of the moisture. Then, you can treat the mold and mildew problem. Most small problems – under 10 square feet – can be effectively treated with a solution of one cup chlorine bleach to one gallon of water. Larger outbreaks will require professional assistance. So, it’s always a good thing to catch a mold and mildew problem early. Bleach costs a couple of dollars a gallon. A professional remediation service costs thousands.

Cracks in the Foundation

Oh, no! There’s a crack in the foundation. Don’t worry. It might be nothing. Houses settle over time, and cracks do appear. Most of the time they are no big deal and do not affect the home’s value in the slightest and are not a safety hazard. Still, a crack is something to keep an eye on. As a general rule, vertical cracks are okay. Horizontal cracks are bad. If a sharpened pencil can fit into a crack up to the yellow, that’s not good. If a crack measures over 3/16ths of an inch across, that’s not good. If you have any concerns, you should mark the crack with chalk or a piece of tape and monitor it for a few months. If it continues to grow, call in a professional structural engineer to take a look at the problem before it becomes a major structural issue.

Protect your real estate investment. Don’t let minor issues with your home turn into major, expensive headaches. Keep an eye on these problems areas --- and others that might be specific to your region – and your real estate investment will appreciate – not depreciate. Contact me today for a consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have, and/or help you determine the value of your home.

Chris Wylie
The Chris Wylie Team
281-583-9393
www.ChrisHoustonRealEstate.com
www.CountOnChris.com

Throughout the Houston area including Spring, The Woodlands, Tomball, Cypress and Katy, Chris Wylie is known as a professional others can count on to guide them successfully through the real estate process. Her calm, friendly manner puts others at ease and makes the home buying and selling process a fun and memorable experience.

Photo courtesy of Eric Haney/ Flickr.com

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