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A home inspection is a vital part of every real estate transaction. Its importance is usually solidified in a purchase contract in the form of a contingency clause.

Whenever you buy or sell a home, the transaction is typically contingent upon a few things being fulfilled. Inspections help protect the buyer from purchasing a home that they believed didn’t have any major issues.

For buyers, an inspection can save you thousands in the long run. For sellers, getting a preemptive inspection done (on your own dime) can be useful since it will help you avoid any surprises that could arise when a potential buyer has your home inspected.

Hiring a home inspector

Regardless of whether you’re the buyer or the seller in this instance, hiring a home inspector isn’t something you should take lightly. You’ll want to confer with your agent before you pick an inspector.

It’s also a good idea to check out some online reviews and visit the inspector’s website for pricing. Typically, inspectors charge between $200 and $400 for an inspection, so feel free to shop around.

Inspectors are certified, so make sure whoever you choose has the proper licensure. You can search for inspectors in your area with this search function.

Ultimately, you’ll want to choose an inspector that can give you the most unbiased assessment of the home, so that you can be assured that you know what you’re getting into when you buy or sell a home.

Preparing for an inspection

Many buyers aren’t sure what to expect on inspection day. However, the process is relatively simple.

You’ll want to make sure the inspector can easily access workspaces (like around the furnace, circuit breakers, etc.). This will make the inspector’s job easier and allow them to focus on the service they’re providing you.

If possible, it’s also a good idea to provide them with records of important home maintenance and repairs. Inspectors know what red flags to look for with the home, both physically and on paper.

Finally, make sure pets, kids, and any other distractions are away from home or with someone who can attend to them.

Post inspection

After the inspection is complete, the inspector will hand you a report and be able to answer any questions you have about their findings. They will give recommendations about the timeline for repairs that need to be made soon or even years into the future.

With this report in hand, you can determine if there are repairs you want to negotiate with the seller if you’re buying a home. As a seller, this report will tip you off to issues that potential buyers will likely have and give you a chance to address them in advance.

If you’re planning on buying a new home sometime in the near future, you may be wondering when the best time of year to buy a home really is. There’s many theories about when the best time of year to buy a home is. It’s widely known that inventory on homes available for sale picks up in spring. That means that inventory increases, but so too does the volume of competition for people who are buying homes. Just because spring is busy, in real estate that doesn’t mean that it’s necessarily the best time to buy. 

Spring is, however, a great time to sell your home. The same goes for the summer as the buying frenzy continues right into the fall for most home buyers. As a buyer or a seller, you’ll want to have a good understanding of the housing market no matter what time of year you’re making your property transactions. Whether you’re buying or selling, you’ll want to know how to get the best bang for your buck. While many people are ready for a change after the long winter months, yet, many people can hold out through other times of the year. 

The Market Changes With The Seasons

As the seasons change, so too do the number of people selling versus the number of people who are looking to buy. If you don’t mind the competition and know what you’re looking for, any time is a good time to buy. As a buyer, you’ll either be facing low inventory, tough competition, or a combination of the two. If you’re scoping out the type of home you’d like to live in, you’ll want to browse in the spring. Have your pre-approval ready just in case you find a home you love at the right price. If you’re not in a rush, spring shopping can give you a good idea of what’s out there for you. You’ll be able to narrow down the type of home you want and where you’d like to live when the time is right.

There’s Really No Golden Rule For Timing

When it comes to buying and selling real estate, there is no sweet spot during the year as to when you’ll have better luck. Being prepared and understanding the trends in your area are a good start. When you hire the right real estate agent, they can be your advocate throughout the process of either buying or selling. Agents can research different trends from the time of year that properties are sold in a certain neighborhood right through to the correct pricing for a home just like yours or the one you are looking for.

Framed photographs have helped transform your ordinary house into a comfortable home. However, if you recently bought or sold a home, you may need to pack up these photographs and take them to a new address in the near future.

Lucky for you, we're here to provide expert insights into how to safely and quickly pack your framed photographs prior to moving day.

Now, let's take a look at three best practice for packing framed photographs.

1. Choose the Right Packing Material

The right packing material for a framed photograph usually varies based on the size of the photograph itself.

For example, if you're packing a small framed photograph, you may want to use a small moving box. Pack the box with bubble wrap or packing paper as well to fully secure the photograph during transit.

If you need to move large framed photographs, you may want to pick up specialty boxes. These boxes can be purchased from a moving supply store and will make it easy for you to protect your photographs as they go from Point A to Point B.

2. Wrap the Picture and Frame

When it comes to protecting framed photographs, packing paper is ideal. If you wrap the photograph with the frame glass-side down against the paper, you can reduce the risk of damage.

For those who decide to pack multiple small framed photographs in the same box, it often pays to individually wrap each photograph in packing paper. That way, you can keep various framed photographs together and prevent them from getting damaged.

Also, use packing tape all the way around a photograph frame. This will help you keep all packing paper in place around the frame and photograph.

3. Use Caution When Placing Framed Photographs in a Moving Truck

A framed photograph will absorb pressure more easily on its edge than lying flat. Thus, a framed photograph should be placed on its side – not flat – in a moving truck.

Furthermore, when you pack a moving truck, you should always place framed photographs in a spot where they won't move or fall over. You may even be able to wedge framed photographs between heavy objects to keep these photographs in place in a moving truck.

If you need additional assistance as you pack your framed photographs or other belongings, you may want to hire a professional moving company. With this business at your side, you can receive comprehensive support as you prep for moving day.

Lastly, a real estate agent can help you enjoy a seamless transition from one address to another. In addition to helping you map out the home selling or homebuying journey, a real estate agent can put you in touch with the best moving companies in your area.

Simplify the process of packing your framed photographs – use the aforementioned best practices, and you can quickly and effortlessly get your framed photographs ready for an upcoming move.

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