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DIY Moving Tips

Posted on January 17, 2017  /  in Articles, Blog, Home Buyers Tips  /  No Comments

When it comes time to move in Austin, here are some tips that will help get you by. Moving can be a stressful time. You are excited about moving into your new place, but you may not be apprehensive about the move itself. Organization becomes your best friend if you are considering a DIY move. […]

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Home Wiring

Posted on August 01, 2013  /  in Articles, Home Buyers Tips  /  No Comments

The type of wiring in residential homes generally depends on when the home was built, where it was built and if it has been updated. In the older homes, knob and tube type wiring was the norm, replaced later by encased plastic-sheathed wiring. In most cases the newer plastic-sheathed wiring is copper, insulated with plastic […]

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Energy Efficient Windows

Posted on August 01, 2013  /  in Articles, Home Buyers Tips  /  No Comments

Single pane, double pane, thermo pane, triple pane windows, plain glass, leaded glass, low “e” glass, wired glass, and tempered glass, too. WOW – There’s a lot to know! Some children have been known to shatter a window or two. Tempered glass can prevent this. Fogged thermal pane windows might need to be replaced if […]

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Thinking Of Stucco?

Posted on August 01, 2013  /  in Articles, Home Buyers Tips  /  No Comments

Many newer homes are now being sided with artificial stucco siding, or EIFS (Exterior Insulation Finishing Systems). This is essentially polystyrene foam with a base coat, reinforcement mesh, then another base coat and then a finishing coat of stucco over the top. This is a terrific product, as it adds insulation value to the home, […]

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Lap Siding

Posted on August 01, 2013  /  in Articles, Home Buyers Tips  /  No Comments

When you are checking out homes, there are several items in our market you need to be aware of – including man-made siding. A lot has been said about L.P.( Louisiana Pacific) OSB (Oriented Strand Board) products, and they have borne most of the bad press. But did you know that there can be issues […]

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Plumbing Alert

Posted on August 01, 2013  /  in Articles, Home Buyers Tips  /  No Comments

You will spot several different types of plumbing systems in any housing market, including our own. Copper, galvanized, rigid plastic, polybutylene, and soft plastic are but a few. Certain systems are more prone to having certain problems. Galvanized water pipe is most prone to rusting on the horizontal surfaces (such as under a floor) versus […]

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Lead Paint

Posted on August 01, 2013  /  in Articles, Home Buyers Tips  /  No Comments

All sellers with homes built prior to 1978 are required to fill out a lead-based paint disclosure form and provide you, the buyer, with a lead-based paint educational booklet in any sale. Lead is a highly toxic metal that was used for many years in products found in and around our homes. Lead may cause […]

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Home Insurance

Posted on August 01, 2013  /  in Articles, Home Buyers Tips  /  No Comments

When purchasing a home, you will need to acquire homeowners insurance. In fact, all lenders will require a policy be in force prior to funding the loan. Make sure you have enough coverage, should anything happen. Policies refer to “replacement costs” that may not cover everything. You should ask your insurance agent a lot of […]

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Insulation “R” Values

Posted on August 01, 2013  /  in Articles, Home Buyers Tips  /  No Comments

The most important thing to be aware of with insulation, other than the safety issues of urea formaldehyde and asbestos (covered elsewhere), is the R value, or the insulating factor. The higher the number, the better the insulator. Don’t be too shocked if the insulation in the 15 year old home you are considering isn’t […]

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Asbestos Concerns

Posted on August 01, 2013  /  in Articles, Home Buyers Tips  /  No Comments

Many sales agreements mention asbestos by saying “the buyer is aware asbestos may be used in the construction of this home.” This can be a little unsettling. Asbestos is a known carcinogen, and when exposed, tiny particles can be released into the air you breathe. Asbestos is a common insulator used in many homes, and […]

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