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The home inspection may seem like a standard thing that you need to go through in the process of buying a home. Really, you’re paying for the home inspection, and it’s a huge opportunity for you. As a home buyer, you should look at the home inspection as an educational event for homeowners. You’ll learn a lot about the history of the property that you’ll be living in. From water that may have been present in the basement to a leaky roof, you’ll get to know your new home and how everything works.


When you hire your home inspector, he or she may seem like they are talking to experts. For this reason, it’s a good idea to ask questions during the inspection so that you can clarify what the inspector is talking bout.


Is This Problem Urgent?


It’s a good idea to see how soon any problems in the house need to be fixed. If the roof needs to be replaced within 3-6 months and your finances are tight, it’s something that you’ll want to know about. While home inspectors will reserve their opinions about a property overall, professionally, they can tell you how big of an issue certain things are. You may need to hire a certified professional who specializes in a certain area like plumbing or electricity for further evaluation in many cases. For your own knowledge, it’s a good idea to know what needs to be done around the property and when.             


Take Notes


You’re never going to remember where everything is in the house on the first pass. It’s a good idea to carry a notepad with you when you’re going through the home. Make notes of any major issues, where they are, and how to fix them. This way, even after the inspection report is sent, you’ll have something to refer back to.  


Is This At The End Of Its Lifespan?


Your home inspector will take a look at all of the moving parts of the home that you’re about to purchase. This includes the appliances. Is the dishwasher on its last leg? Will you need a new refrigerator very soon? Is that creak in the floor more than just a problem with a floorboard? If you find out what to expect from both the major and minor issues in the home, you’ll have a better idea of what to expect from the property overall. 


Home inspectors give you an overview of the condition of a home. Inspectors will tell you that there is no home that comes completely clean when it comes to an inspection. Even a brand new home that was just built will have some issues. While it may not be the most fun to find out that your new home needs a new roof, at least you and your realtor will know what needs to be brought to the negotiation table if you decide to go through with the purchase of the home.



6 School Street, Sunderland, MA 01375

Single-Family

$420,000
Price

9
Rooms
4
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
Wonderful in-town location! Stately 4-bedroom Colonial with inviting wrap-around porch catches the eye. Built in 1921, this home features built-ins, chestnut woodworking, hardwood floors, and has been updated with a deep energy retrofit that includes new windows, wiring, plumbing, super insulation, metal roof, solar panels, and heat exchanger. On the first level you will find a large living room with picture windows, spacious dining room with built-in, gorgeous kitchen with cherry cabinets, pantry, and new half-bath. On the second level there are three bedrooms, laundry room, full bath with tub and tiled shower. The third level is ideal for a guest room or office, with plenty of storage. If you are looking for energy efficient, this home is it! In 2016, energy costs were close to net zero. Close walk to area amenities. Zoned Residential and Village Commercial, allowing for a business if desired. Gardens, mountain views, sunsets, A dream home!
Open House
Saturday
June 17 at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Cannot make the Open Houses?
Location: 6 School Street, Sunderland, MA 01375    Get Directions





37 Pomeroy Ln, Amherst, MA 01002

Single-Family

$225,000
Price

6
Rooms
3
Beds
1
Baths
Wonderful location in Amherst, close to all area amenities, bus route, S Amherst Commons, restaurants! This 3 bedroom, 1 bath Ranch could use some updates, but it has good bones! Village Center Residential with potential for an office space. Spacious yard, attached garage, kitchen, dining room, large living room, 3 bedrooms and 1 bath. Hardwood floors throughout. Opportunity knocks with this fixer upper. Don't miss it! No showings until Monday June 12th.
Open House
Saturday
June 17 at 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Cannot make the Open Houses?
Location: 37 Pomeroy Ln, Amherst, MA 01002    Get Directions

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The roof of a home is one of the primary concerns of real estate transactions for both buyers and sellers. An aging roof can affect the value of your home. Often, if your roof is over 20 years old, it’s wise to have it repaired or replaced. The material that is chosen for the roof is just as important as the way that the roof is constructed. A new roof may even make your home look more updated and more attractive.  


Types Of Roofing Materials


When you are deciding on certain roofing materials, you’ll need to consider some things:


  • The color of the material
  • The weight of the material
  • Will the material stand up to severe weather conditions?
  • How much does it cost? 


Asphalt Shingles


This is the most popular type of roofing material. These shingles can be reinforced without the appearance changing. It does come in many different colors and is the least expensive type of roofing material ranging between $70 and $120 per square. The downside to asphalt is that it doesn’t have a very long lifespan compared to other kinds of roofing materials, lasting somewhere between 20 and 25 years. It also isn’t a very insulating type of material, which is a downside for home construction.  


Slate


Slate is a beautiful material that can be used for roofing. It appears with many different shades including shades of green, gray and red. Slate is a very sturdy material. It’s even fire resistant. The problem is that it’s very heavy and requires special installation. The good news is that your investment is well worth it. Slate roofing can last between 50 and 100 years or longer! 


Wood Shingles


Wood shingles are a sought after roofing material. They weather well, turning to shades of gray, which is attractive for some homebuyers. One obvious problem with wood roofing is that it’s a fire hazard. Wood shingles are treated with a fire-resistant coating. Fire codes could prevent you from being able to install this type of roof in your area. In wetter climates, wood shingles can mold or rot away. Wood shingles cost about $100 to $150 per square. The lifespan of wood shingles is somewhere between 25 and 30 years.  


Other Roofing Options


There’s many synthetic roofing products that are available. These include rubber, plastic and polymer. A roof can be made so that you end up with the color and the look that you want. You can have a synthetic roof made to look like slate, making it more affordable. These synthetic materials can even be fire resistant. Synthetic roofing materials aren’t as expensive as their alternatives, making them more attractive for home construction. This type of roof also can be much more durable. The problem with roofs like these is that they can absorb water and their quality varies. This could cause obvious problems in the future once this roof is installed. The price of synthetic roofing varies but these roofs can last up to 50 years.



0 Potwine Ln, Amherst, MA 01002

Land

$59,900
Price

0.93
Acres
Residential
Land Type
This is it! Lovely .93 acre lot in South Amherst on desirable road. Close to schools, Atkins Farm, town, UMass, Hampshire College, hiking, and area amenities. Convenient location with town water and sewer. Potential views of the Holyoke range. Priced below assessed. Survey available with building options. Bring your building plans and get started!
Open House
No scheduled Open Houses






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