Here in our market, foundation issues, are less of an 'if' scenario, and more of a 'when' - we have "shifty" ground or so I've been told by several experts. And while you can have a solid foundation that is performing structurally and is sound, you can still have cracking and stress fractures. In fact, that is very common here.
I recommend, especially for folks not from this area and wanting to buy here, to do several things if you have a concern.
First, your home inspector has likely seen quite a few homes in the area and should be able to give you their subjective opinion.
Second, if they refer you to a specialist, there are indeed several foundation companies here that will do inspections free of charge.
Third, I take what they say with a grain of salt, they make money only if you do have foundation work done.
So, any report they give me I will refer back to the original home inspector and get their take on the matter.
It can be stressful. And ultimately, even if your foundation is performing fine now, that doesn't mean it can't change in the future, so if you start later on having concerns, definitely go through the steps above.
Oh, the joys of home-ownership! :)
I often have sellers ask me the benefits of holding open houses. And while there are some, I am very candid with them in my response. Very rarely will someone offer on a home after coming to an Open House (I've only had that happen one time in all my years of doing them.) Primarily, you have the neighbors (some nosy, some nice) your 'weekenders' as I like to call them (those folks that go to every open house, every weekend) and then the few who are looking but not really sure what they want.
Does that mean sellers shouldn't hold open houses?
No, not at all. They can be great for getting feed back on condition and price, and other things potential buyers are noticing. But there may be some people who simply don't want a ton of strangers, all at one time, walking around their house. And that's okay too. Talk with your Realtor, get their opinion, and then decide for yourself if it's the right thing for your listing.
Autumn is my favorite time of year. Depending on where you live the weather can be perfect, the scenery beautiful and the pumpkin spice flavoring - abundant!
If you're listing your house during this time of year, it's important to remember things like smell and feel that make an impression on buyers.
Maple scentsy flavors and fall decorations are small things overall, but they can truly make an impact on the feeling that people have when they are viewing your house. It can give your property an advantage - people often buy because of feelings - humans are not rational creatures, so use that to your advantage as a seller and sell them the idea of Autumn in this house. Create an image so they can dream what it would be like to want this home!
I'm so ready for Fall, y'all!
Below: Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes!
I absolutely LOVE working with other agents... until I don't. ... All joking aside I work with some truly wonderful people in this industry, but as my husband has been saying, "It only takes one turd in the punch bowl, to ruin everything". Okay, that might be a gross example.
But we do see some big personalities in Real Estate, and that's probably true in just about every market on the planet. However, I believe it's in your clients (and your) best interest to get along.
Always be professional, and at least always be civil. You don't have to like everyone you work with, but you do have to get the job done and represent your clients to the best of your ability. Even if that sometimes means putting up with a (for lack of a better word) turd every now and then.
At least, that's my philosophy - life is too short to let people bother you. Do right, and that's all you can do!
Full disclosure: patience has never been my strong suit. When I want something, I want it now. I make decisions quick and I expect results quicker, but that's not always realistic. My husband tells me all the time that I need to be more patient, and I think, at least in a professional setting, that I have gotten better at doing just that.
When I'm communicating with clients I respond promptly (usually within a few minutes of a missed call or text, within the hour for e-mail etc.) and while I feel comfortable and thrive at this pace, not everyone does. Sometimes, I won't get a response from someone I'm working with for a day or two (although after 24 hours I do normally follow up through a different mode of contact) and I have to remind myself to "Stop, Breathe, Rethink, and then React (or not act)."
It isn't always easy, especially the way my brain is wired, but oftentimes patience is the correct strategy when waiting to hear on an offer or for a report back. So, for the sake of my clients I stop, breathe, rethink and then react.
I think this technique of mine comes in especially handy with Real Estate (and also with two-year-olds) and so I hope that if patience is something you may struggle with from time to time that you will find it useful too!
Vikki Head - Licensed Realtor® in the great state of Texas. Self-proclaimed writer/blogger. Former Teacher. Mother and Coach's wife.