Quad Cities Real Estate Blog
While you’re in the process of searching for a new home, you are going to spend a lot of time looking at different houses and assessing them for quality, durability, hominess, etc. During this process, one of the first parts of any home you are going to notice is the siding that surrounds it from top to bottom. You might have noticed that different homes have different types of siding, and you might have wondered what exactly makes the difference. Are some better than others? To help you answer these questions, we are going to write about some of the more popular types of siding as well as offer you useful information when it comes to assessing the condition of any siding you see.
When it works like it should, plumbing is something that you hardly notice. Considering that pipes and tubes run through walls and between floors throughout much of the home, the fact that they are so seldom thought of is somewhat remarkable. And, while it lasts, this is a blissful state. But then something happens: you notice a dark crack forming along the ceiling, or you’re standing in a closet when a drop of water lands on your bare arm. These are troubling signs indeed and may indicate that the plumbing which you counted on remaining quiet and out of sight is now emerging into the daylight.
In a very real sense, plumbing is the guts of a home. Through the pipes go the fluids and the waste – things that you very much want contained within a sealed chamber as they make their way between your walls and across your floors. Like the digestive tract for the human body, the plumbing in a house is a fantastic component when it works, but extremely frustrating when it goes wrong – especially if you’re in the process of moving to a new home. Also like the digestive tract, it can sometimes be a challenge to discover just what is causing the issue. It is also the case that issues with plumbing can reach your awareness only after they have been a problem for some time.
We’ve written already on the dangers of purchasing a home based on how it looks. In our last piece, we focused on the possible pitfalls of deciding a home isn’t “worth it” due to external factors…factors which may be masking a true gem underneath an off-putting exterior. Today, we are going to swing to the opposite pole and look at the dangers of being swayed by a home simply because of how bright and clean it is.
When looking for a home to buy, you will find yourself looking at many open houses and going through many virtual tours. Hopefully, these places will be well-staged, with their attributes highlighted and the clutter of their current owners tastefully tucked away. There are going to be times, however, when this isn’t exactly the case.
Last time, we began looking a little at some of the ways those looking to purchase a home might need to check, in order to avoid making a hasty decision that isn’t the best choice for them. In our first article, we spoke to the temptation to purchase a cheaper home that requires a lot of maintenance work – something that’s great for those with the time and knowledge, but a different story for those without.
One of the forgotten topics of buying a home is often the location of the home being bought. Especially when money is an issue (and for the vast majority of us money will always be an issue), it can often feel as though the only thing that matters is finding home within our price range and then making an offer. Because of the way the financial system works in this country, things such as a home’s condition and a home’s location can fail to register among the important considerations in a homebuyer’s mind.
The dream of home ownership is something familiar to most of us. The feeling of walking through a door that is yours, of painting a kitchen without asking a landlord for permission, of knowing you can get a dog if you want or a cat, that you can tear up the yard and plant a garden, that the work you do will not benefit the property value of a home that you could be evicted from as soon as the owner decides to raise the rent. It’s a difficult sensation to describe. One thing, however, is fairly certain: the desire to own a home of one’s own can lead to a sense of hopelessness and desperation, which causes some people to purchase a home that is not right for them for numerous reasons. We’re going to explore some common pitfalls associated with purchasing a home without due consideration.
As the warm, sunny weather quickly fades away, potential Quad Cities homebuyers who had set their sights on moving before the end of the year are now facing a tough decision: should I attempt to purchase a new home during some of the chilliest months of the year, or hunker down and hold out until spring cycles around? Both certainly have their benefits, but if you’re contemplating a move during the winter, there are a couple of things to take into consideration before signing on the dotted line.
The sun is setting a little earlier, the trees are starting to shed their leaves, and that warm, comforting breeze that we’ve all come to know so well over the past few months is beginning to feel a bit chillier. And even though the dog-days of summer are quickly coming to an end, the Quad Cities real estate market is just getting started as the fall home-buying season heats up and shifts into high gear.