Ask the Expert: What Can Sellers Do to Prepare for a Home Inspection?

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Today’s Ask the Expert column features Buddy Stark, director of Operations for HomeTeam Inspection Service.

Q: What can sellers do to prepare for a home inspection?

A: Completing these quick and easy tasks before beginning the selling process will help reduce stress and save your clients valuable time during the home-selling process.

Clean the House
An important part of selling a home is keeping it clean in anticipation of a showing. Cleaning the home will convey that it’s been well cared for and that the house is less susceptible to any issues caused by neglect.

Check All Windows
Have your client take a quick inventory of the windows to make sure they’re in good working order. Replace windows that are cracked or broken before the inspection to save time during the selling process.

Finish the Honey-Do List
Some areas of the home, although not typically thought of as areas that would affect a home’s appeal, may be displayed as safety concerns on a home inspection report. Your client can help themselves by replacing burnt-out lightbulbs, testing smoke detectors, replacing air filters and unclogging drains. These little things are easy to forget in day-to-day life, but taking care of them is a relatively easy task that will help potential buyers focus on the important systems of the home.

Check All Outlets
A sampling of electrical outlets will be tested as part of the home inspection to make sure they’re in good working order. Encourage your clients to take note of which outlets are not functioning in the home and replace them. Or, they may want to consider hiring an electrician to make sure both outlets and the electrical box are updated and in proper working condition.

Clear Areas for Easy Access
Home inspectors will be looking at the major parts of the home, including the foundation, HVAC systems, electrical systems, plumbing and even the water heater. Making sure home inspectors can easily access these areas, including the basement and attic, will save time during the inspection process.

Consider a Pre-Listing Inspection
Hiring experienced and professional home inspectors can save a lot of headaches during the selling process. They will thoroughly go through the home and notify clients of any potential issues ahead of listing the property.

For more information, please visit www.hometeam.com.

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Inventory Shortage at Crisis Levels in Nation’s Hottest Housing Markets

There are 10 percent fewer homes on the market to choose from than a year ago, and up to 40 percent fewer in housing markets where home values are appreciating fastest Continue Reading →

$350,000 :: 1801 WASHINGTON BLVD, Birmingham MI, 48009

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,100 sq ft
Lot Size: 5,662 sq ft
Added: 11/17/17, Last Updated: 01/17/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 21390703
Community: Birmingham (63192)
Tract: RESUB OF BIRMINGHAM-LINCOLN
Status: Sold

Adorable updated Birmingham bungalow is ready for new owners! Three bedrooms, two full baths, finished basement, cute covered front porch and brick paver patio provide generous living & entertaining space to enjoy this wonderful home and neighborhood! Classic 1940?s cove ceilings. Refinished hardwood floors w/ modern walnut stain flows throughout – including kitchen and upstairs. Kitchen features granite, subway tile backsplash, stainless steel appliances, double sink and white cabinetry w/ interior lighting. Custom wood blinds & window treatments. Newer windows, plumbing and electrical. Recessed lighting. Both bathrooms feature updated tile showers & chrome fixtures. Large closets & storage throughout incl. double closets in master bedroom. Basement retains plenty of unfinished storage space and large laundry area. Walking distance to Pierce Elementary and multiple parks. Derby MS and Seaholm HS assigned. Lots of new construction in the area. Don?t wait. Set up your showing today!

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Home Laundry: To Vent or Not to Vent

I once believed it was a forgone conclusion that when adding certain laundry appliances to a home, it would mean installing exhaust ducting and cutting a hole to the outside for venting.

However, a recent report from Michele Weaver at Design Basics, LLC highlighted a growing trend in ventless dryers that can be easily located and relocated within a home because vent piping, exhaust holes and venting to the outside are not needed.

The mechanics of a home dryer can cause energy and safety problems if lint becomes trapped in the vent. This demands more energy use and frequent cleaning. Weaver believes one of the major trends consumers will be seeing in these key appliances will be the further refinement of ductless technology.

She says vent hoses snaking through a home’s framing have become a leading cause of the 2,900 (average) home clothes dryer fires reported annually, according to the U.S. Fire Administration.

J.D. Wollf at HomeSteady.com recently explained that a ventless or condenser dryer— also known as a Heat Pump Clothes Dryer (HPCD)—doesn’t need a vent because instead of expelling the hot, moist air, a heat exchanger removes the moisture from the hot air and “recycles” it, passing it back through the drying clothes. The excess water is then drained away or caught in a container that is later emptied.

The trade-off for energy savings and safety is a requirement for slightly more maintenance than vented dryers. Wollf says the condensing unit must be cleaned about once a month to remove any lint.

A study at the Florida Solar Energy Center at the University of Central Florida states that while an unvented HPCD uses less electricity than a standard resistance dryer, it was found to release significantly more heat than a conventional dryer during operation, demanding additional cooling energy that may compromise overall savings.

However, the study points out that with a current retail cost of $948, there is only a small premium on the HPCD dryers, making them cost-effective when chosen at time of replacement.

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Home Laundry: To Vent or Not to Vent

I once believed it was a forgone conclusion that when adding certain laundry appliances to a home, it would mean installing exhaust ducting and cutting a hole to the outside for venting.

However, a recent report from Michele Weaver at Design Basics, LLC highlighted a growing trend in ventless dryers that can be easily located and relocated within a home because vent piping, exhaust holes and venting to the outside are not needed.

The mechanics of a home dryer can cause energy and safety problems if lint becomes trapped in the vent. This demands more energy use and frequent cleaning. Weaver believes one of the major trends consumers will be seeing in these key appliances will be the further refinement of ductless technology.

She says vent hoses snaking through a home’s framing have become a leading cause of the 2,900 (average) home clothes dryer fires reported annually, according to the U.S. Fire Administration.

J.D. Wollf at HomeSteady.com recently explained that a ventless or condenser dryer— also known as a Heat Pump Clothes Dryer (HPCD)—doesn’t need a vent because instead of expelling the hot, moist air, a heat exchanger removes the moisture from the hot air and “recycles” it, passing it back through the drying clothes. The excess water is then drained away or caught in a container that is later emptied.

The trade-off for energy savings and safety is a requirement for slightly more maintenance than vented dryers. Wollf says the condensing unit must be cleaned about once a month to remove any lint.

A study at the Florida Solar Energy Center at the University of Central Florida states that while an unvented HPCD uses less electricity than a standard resistance dryer, it was found to release significantly more heat than a conventional dryer during operation, demanding additional cooling energy that may compromise overall savings.

However, the study points out that with a current retail cost of $948, there is only a small premium on the HPCD dryers, making them cost-effective when chosen at time of replacement.

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$2,800,000 :: 1415 SUFFIELD AVE, Birmingham MI, 48009

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4 beds, 6 baths
Home size: 5,002 sq ft
Lot Size: 12,196 sq ft
Added: 01/15/18, Last Updated: 01/15/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 21403969
Community: Birmingham (63192)
Tract: CASPAR J LINGEMAN’S QUART
Status: Pending

Another luxury home built by Great Lakes Custom Builder, LLC. Distinct in the design and workmanship, this exquisite Quarton Lakes Estates home is now under contract. With an open concept floor plan combined with distinct finishes and designer selections, this home is a wonderful addition to the highly regarded Quarton Lakes Estates.

Listed with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices HWWB


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How to Cancel a Check

(TNS)—Do you have a checking account? What should you do if you sent a check to someone and it hasn’t arrived weeks later? If you’re worried that it may have been lost or stolen, it’s critical you cancel it, or stop payment, as soon as possible.

Here are the steps to cancel a check—and what it may cost you.

Personal Checks vs. Cashier’s Checks
Your personal check contains your name, your account number, a bank routing number, a check number, the payee’s name and the amount payable. When the payee’s bank receives the check, your signature authorizes the bank to transfer funds from your account to the recipient’s account. Usually it takes a couple of business days for a check to clear once it’s been deposited. If a check hasn’t cleared, you can stop payment on it.

A cashier’s check, on the other hand, is drawn directly on the bank that issued the check and not on your account. You may need to use a cashier’s check when you are making a large payment, such as a security deposit on an apartment. You pay the bank the sum needed and a small service fee of $10 or so, and the bank guarantees the funds to the payee. In most cases, banks must honor a cashier’s check when it is presented, and a stop payment is not available.

How to Cancel a Check
If you made an error when writing a personal check—such as making it out for the wrong amount—or if you think the check may have gotten lost in the mail, the first thing you should do is review your account’s transaction history online or call the bank’s 800 number to find out if the check has already cleared.

If the check has not been posted, contact your bank to stop payment. You’ll need a few pieces of information to do this:

  • Your account number
  • The exact amount of the check and who it was made payable to
  • The check number

If you are enrolled in online banking, you can stop payment on a check from your mobile device or computer. Otherwise, you’ll need to call the bank or visit your branch office.

If you make your stop-payment request in time and in writing, your bank won’t be able to cash the check for six months. After that, your stop payment request expires and the check could be paid. Many banks, however, don’t honor checks after six months have passed (but be sure to ask your bank). If you make a stop payment request by phone and do not follow up in writing, the bank can cash the check after 14 days. That’s why it is important to renew your request in writing.

If your check has already been cashed and you suspect fraud, contact you bank so it can initiate an investigation. By law you are generally not responsible for a check if someone forged the signature of the person to whom you made out the check.

Cost of Canceling a Check
Depending on your bank and the type of account you have, you may have to pay a fee of between $15 and $30 to stop payment on a check. If you have an interest-bearing checking account with a fairly high monthly minimum balance, the fee may be waived altogether. Contact your bank to find out exactly what you can expect.

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$495,000 :: 880 RIDGEDALE AVE, Birmingham MI, 48009

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4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,162 sq ft
Lot Size: 7,405 sq ft
Added: 11/17/17, Last Updated: 01/13/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 21390896
Community: Birmingham (63192)
Tract: POPPLETON HEIGHTS SUB
Status: Pending

Look at this one, it’s adorable! An updated Birmingham classic is located a stone?s throw away from downtown. A turn-key ready 4 bedroom colonial with 2.5 baths has a fresh coat of paint & BRAND NEW carpet. Hardwoods, archways, & cozy fireplace all add to the character & charm. The family room & breakfast nook open to back covered deck offering great outdoor living space. Private fenced yard. White kitchen with stainless appliances & new tile floor. Lovely master suite with walk-in closet, skylights, vaulted ceiling & spa-like bath. This home has been loved & well cared for. With great curb appeal and ideal location, this one is a must see!

Listed with Max Broock, REALTORS~-Birmingham


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$495,000 :: 880 RIDGEDALE AVE, Birmingham MI, 48009

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4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,162 sq ft
Lot Size: 7,405 sq ft
Added: 11/17/17, Last Updated: 01/13/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 21390896
Community: Birmingham (63192)
Tract: POPPLETON HEIGHTS SUB
Status: Pending

Look at this one, it’s adorable! An updated Birmingham classic is located a stone?s throw away from downtown. A turn-key ready 4 bedroom colonial with 2.5 baths has a fresh coat of paint & BRAND NEW carpet. Hardwoods, archways, & cozy fireplace all add to the character & charm. The family room & breakfast nook open to back covered deck offering great outdoor living space. Private fenced yard. White kitchen with stainless appliances & new tile floor. Lovely master suite with walk-in closet, skylights, vaulted ceiling & spa-like bath. This home has been loved & well cared for. With great curb appeal and ideal location, this one is a must see!

Listed with Max Broock, REALTORS~-Birmingham


Brought to you by Janet Hull and Thomas Bush, Real Estate One, Inc.. Call me today at 1-855-Janet-Tom, or visit my website at www.JanetandThomas.com!


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$495,000 :: 880 RIDGEDALE AVE, Birmingham MI, 48009

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4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,162 sq ft
Lot Size: 7,405 sq ft
Added: 11/17/17, Last Updated: 01/13/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 21390896
Community: Birmingham (63192)
Tract: POPPLETON HEIGHTS SUB
Status: Pending

Look at this one, it’s adorable! An updated Birmingham classic is located a stone?s throw away from downtown. A turn-key ready 4 bedroom colonial with 2.5 baths has a fresh coat of paint & BRAND NEW carpet. Hardwoods, archways, & cozy fireplace all add to the character & charm. The family room & breakfast nook open to back covered deck offering great outdoor living space. Private fenced yard. White kitchen with stainless appliances & new tile floor. Lovely master suite with walk-in closet, skylights, vaulted ceiling & spa-like bath. This home has been loved & well cared for. With great curb appeal and ideal location, this one is a must see!

Listed with Max Broock, REALTORS~-Birmingham


Brought to you by Janet Hull and Thomas Bush, Real Estate One, Inc.. Call me today at 1-855-Janet-Tom, or visit my website at www.JanetandThomas.com!


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