How To Choose a Home Inspector

I would never recommend that you purchase a home without first getting that home inspected. You’re making a huge investment and not just a financial one. You’re also going to move your family into this home and you want to make sure that home is dependable and safe for the people that you care about to live in. But what should you look for when choosing the right person to inspect your potential investment? In this episode, Episode #19 of “Real Estate, Real Answers,” I’m going to share with you what makes a good inspector and, at the end, I’ll show you how to find the right inspector for you.

The first thing I think of when I think of a good home inspector is someone who is trustworthy and thorough. You’re making a big investment, probably thousands of dollars into this home that you’re buying. You want to make sure that it’s a good financial decision and that it’s a safe and dependable home for you to move your family into. For that reason, a good home inspector is first trustworthy and thorough. But how do you know if he’s trustworthy or thorough in his work? Well, you can ask for recommendations and look at reviews but I’ll go into more depth and share with you how to pick the right inspector in the end.

The second thing that makes a really good home inspector is someone who can help you understand the difference between a major issue and a minor issue. A good home inspector will do more than just email you his or her report when that inspection is done. He might meet you at the property or another location or maybe have a phone conference with you and explain that report to you, answer any questions and help you understand what are those major and those minor issues. Some issues can be insignificant like maybe a small building code change that happened since the home was built (he has to report all of those) or an issue could be a significant issue that you really want to have addressed and taken care of if you’re gonna move forward and purchase that home. Knowing the difference in major and minor issues is really important because when you’re negotiating for repairs with a seller you want to focus on the items that really matter and not waste time on insignificant or small items that will distract and probably prevent you from getting those major issues taken care of.

A third thing that can make a really good home inspector is someone who can do multiple types of home inspections. When you’re purchasing a home and getting inspected there are a lot of different reports and inspections that you can have done. Some you might want to have a specialist for but others are fine to have one inspector do all of those different reports. The inspector who can do multiple types of home inspections might have a broader base of experience and understand how the different systems in a home all work together. Also, you can save time and money by having one company do multiple inspections. Usually, they will give you a slight discount when you order more than one inspection and you also save time and stress by not having to coordinate with different inspectors to get each one into the home and inspect it at different times and to get them access to the home.

Those are the three things that I think make a really good home inspector, but I told you at the end that I would share with you how to find the right home inspector for you.  First I would suggest asking your real estate agent for recommendations. They’ve usually worked with a lot of different inspectors, seen a lot of different reports and developed a level of trust and dependability with certain home inspectors. They or maybe friends or family who have also gotten home inspections can usually give you a recommendation of a good home inspector.

The second thing to do to find the right home inspector for you is to ask WHY. When someone gives you a recommendation for a home inspector ask them why they’re recommending that person. It could be something simple like they’re a friend or a family member (that’s not really important) but it could be something significant like the reports or the way that they interacted with that inspector that was extremely valuable to them. Knowing why will really help you to pick the right home inspector and sometimes the reason that an inspector is good for someone else will help you know that that person might not be the right person for you. People value different things and what someone else might value in a home inspector might not match what’s important to you.

The third thing to do to find a good home inspector is to look at online reviews. Online reviews can be helpful but should be taken with a grain of salt. Usually, the people that do online reviews are people who are either really happy or know a home inspector or maybe had a terrible experience. When you look at online reviews, often you’re getting people on both ends of the spectrum and not hearing from all the people in the middle who had just a normal everyday experience with that inspector. So just understand that when you’re looking at those reviews you might not be getting a full picture of the work that inspector does.

Anyways, I hope this Real Answers been helpful for you! I’m Kyle Pfaffe, local Austin-area REALTOR and certified Texas First Time Homebuyer Specialist. Through professional and exceptional service, I focus on helping homeowners sell their homes for the most money they can net and helping home buyers purchase the “most house” for the least amount of money!

If you have a question, concern or need that I can help with, contact me and I’d be happy to help any way I can!

By your Texas REALTOR, Kyle Pfaffe

512.636.9707   kpfaffe@cityscapepg.com

NEW Pet Adoption! RUMMY!

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You can adopt “Rummy” for FREE! Caleb & Madison just sold their Round Rock house with me and, as part of my “Buy or Sell with Me, Get a Puppy for Free” program, they have chosen to sponsor “Rummy”! Rummy couldn’t make the move with Caleb & Madison, but his adoption fees are now covered completely and he is FREE to adopt for anyone who would give him a new home!

When I met Rummy, he was shy and quiet and is looking for a new home and owner to love and care for him! Would you consider adopting Rummy or do you know someone who would?! You can adopt him for FREE!

My “Buy or Sell with Me, Get a Puppy for FREE” program gives home buyers or sellers an opportunity to adopt a pet for free from the Williamson County Animal Shelter or, if they cannot accept a pet, to chose to sponsor another pet that someone else can then adopt for free! For more information on this program, CLICK HERE. Please consider supporting needy pets and helping to connect them with new homes and owners! You can find out more information on the Williamson County Animal Shelter and see all the pets available for adoption here, on their website.

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Kyle PfaffeREALTOR® e: KPfaffe@cityscapepg.com
m: 512-636-9707 w: MoveSmartAustin.com

 

First Pet Adoption! TURBO!

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You can adopt “Turbo” for FREE! Ryan & Solange just sold their Round Rock house with me and, as part of my “Buy or Sell with Me, Get a Puppy for Free” program, they have chosen to sponsor “Turbo”! Turbo couldn’t make the move with Ryan & Solange, but his adoption fees are now covered completely and he is FREE to adopt for anyone who would give him a new home!

I got a chance to meet Turbo and he is a sweet dog and seems like a lot of fun! Would you consider adopting Turbo or do you know someone who would?! You can adopt him for FREE!

My “Buy or Sell with Me, Get a Puppy for FREE” program gives home buyers or sellers an opportunity to adopt a pet for free from the Williamson County Animal Shelter or, if they cannot accept a pet, to chose to sponsor another pet that someone else can then adopt for free! For more information on this program, CLICK HERE. Please consider supporting needy pets and helping to connect them with new homes and owners! You can find out more information on the Williamson County Animal Shelter and see all the pets available for adoption here, on their website.

Make sure to follow Move Smart Austin (you can sign up with your email on the top right of this page) for more updates and information on Austin real estate. Check out and like our Facebook page, Move Smart Austin.

Kyle PfaffeREALTOR® e: KPfaffe@cityscapepg.com
m: 512-636-9707 w: MoveSmartAustin.com

 

A $1 Pricing Mistake That Can Cost Austin Home Sellers THOUSANDS!

When YOU are choosing the right price to list your Austin area home for, you are making a big decision. Price your home too high and you could run off qualified buyers. Price your home too low and you could leave money on the table. To choose the right price, most people use market statistics, comparable properties and 50-year-old pricing strategy. In episode #17 of Real Estate, Real Answers, I’m going to share with you a $1 mistake that could cost you thousands that you need to avoid to move smart and show you how to price your Austin and Round Rock home right! 

Hi guys, I’m Kyle Pfaffe and I have a passion for helping people like you make smart decisions that enable you to achieve the dreams and financial success you never thought was possible. If you have a question, please ask it in the comments below and I will answer it in another video. Today we’re talking about a $1 or $100 pricing mistake that can cost you thousands!

First, I’m going to give you a chance to pick the right price for our practice house. Let’s say your home is worth around $300,000 – let’s say $297,000 to be exact. Look at the prices to my right/left and guess what you think is the best price to list the house at. Let me know your guess and why in the comments below!

$309,000 is not the right answer mainly because you have overpriced your home and qualified buyers will overlook your home. What do you think about $299,000 or $299,999? That seems like the correct choice, right? NO! For years, the model for pricing homes, cars and many other things has been to price the home $1 to $100 under the next price point. That “OLD” way of pricing your home could cost you THOUSANDS!

In the 21st century, you have to do things differently. Think about how YOU and other buyers search for homes right now. If you search on Realtor.com or use Zillow’s app like millions of people do, you don’t search for homes that are “$299,00000.” On Realtor.com, you can search for homes with pricing parameters that jump every $50,000 or $100,000. On Zillow, you use a slider that adjusts every $5000. If you use the ancient pricing strategy and price your home for $299,000, anyone is looking for homes $300,000 or higher (a $1000 difference) is NEVER going to see your home! Your home is ONLY seen by buyers who are actually willing and able to pay LESS than what you are asking!

Don’t you think that the smart move would be to price your Austin home with today buyers and today’s search tools in mind? If you list your home for exactly $300,000, your home will be exposed to buyers looking below and above your price! That can make a huge difference in how much your home actually sells for.

If you have questions about selling your Austin area home or how to price your home to sell for the most money you can, contact me and I’ll be happy to help any way I can. Thanks for checking out Episode #17 of Real Estate, Real Answers! Make sure to LIKE my Facebook page, Move Smart Austin and subscribe with your email to my blog in the right column. 

Kyle PfaffeREALTOR® e: KPfaffe@cityscapepg.com

m: 512-636-9707 w: MoveSmartAustin.com

Home for Lease in Austin’s Colony

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15205 Bullace St, Austin, TX 78724

Home for rent in Austin’s Colony! This three bedroom home has an open floorplan and two full bathrooms. This mother-in-law plan also give plenty of privacy! Living room also has a fireplace. Spacious backyard with plenty of room for you to relax or give your pets a place to play! Contact me to set up your private showing to see it today!

Get More Info and Setup Your Private Showing NOW!

By Kyle PfaffeREALTOR® e: KPfaffe@cityscapepg.com

m: 512-636-9707 w: MoveSmartAustin.com

JUST LISTED! Spacious, Single-Story Round Rock Home!

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$260,000

306 Ranier Ln, Round Rock, TX 78665

Spacious single-story Round Rock home with 4 bedrooms on an over-sized lot! Pride of ownership shows in this quiet Chandler Creek neighborhood home. Space and rooms flow effortlessly together in this open floor-plan while still providing you privacy and quiet hideaways. Updates include granite counters, new hardware and doorknobs, fresh paint. Tall windows allow the natural light to highlight space and extra high ceilings. Enjoy the amazing Texas spring days under your covered patio, watching your kids play on the playset or run in the large yard. Quiet and peaceful yet easily accessible, 306 Ranier is a moment from 79 or AW Grimes and gives you easy access to Round Rock and surrounding areas. Set up your private showing to see it today!

Contact me today for your private showing of this Chandler Creek home for sale! Search other Chandler Creek neighborhood homes for sale (LINK).

MAIN HOUSE

  • 2243 sq. ft. floorplan
  • 4 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms
  • Large bonus room perfect for formal dining, media area or open space office
  • Over-sized yard – almost a quarter acre!

KITCHEN

  • Granite counters and backsplash update
  • Deep sink and upgraded faucet
  • Island and plenty of counter space
  • Workstation in kitchen

OTHER UPDATES

  • Fresh paint
  • New door handles throughout
  • New faucets

Get More Info and Setup Your Private Showing NOW!

By Kyle PfaffeREALTOR® e: KPfaffe@cityscapepg.com

m: 512-636-9707 w: MoveSmartAustin.com

JUST LISTED – 706 Crane Canyon

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706 Crane Canyon PL, Round Rock, TX 78665

Meticulously kept single story home in the sought-after Sonoma community!! Open floorplan with many upgrades including Corian countertops, farm sink, executive height cabinets, security doors, and deluxe bathroom fixtures. Tile throughout with carpeted bedrooms. Master has separate sitting area perfect for an office or nursery. Rock fireplace with hearth adds warmth and beauty to your cozy family room! Relax on your covered front or back porch. Welcome home!!

Contact me today for your private showing! See 706 Crane Canyon on the MLS. Search other Sonoma homes for sale (LINK).

MAIN HOUSE

  • 1920 sq. ft. split-bedroom floorplan with separate formal dining, family room
  • 3 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms
  • Corner rock fireplace with hearth and mantle
  • Iron security doors front and back, perfect for those beautiful spring days!
  • Beautiful tile floor throughout with carpeted bedrooms

KITCHEN

  • Corian countertops
  • Updated stainless rectangular sink w/ stainless high-rise faucet
  • Executive height cabinets with tons of extra storage space

BEDROOMS

  • Split bedroom plan for private Master bedroom
  • Sitting room in Master which can be used as a nursery, office or reading area
  • Walk-in closet in Master

BATHROOMS

  • Double sinks in Master
  • Upgraded faucets
  • Upgraded Kohler toilets in both bathrooms

MISCELLANEOUS FEATURES

  • Covered front and back porches with privacy bushes
  • LED lightbulbs throughout
  • Lenox AC/heat system regularly maintained
  • Auto sprinkler system front and back

Get More Info and Setup Your Private Showing NOW!

By Kyle PfaffeREALTOR® e: KPfaffe@cityscapepg.com

m: 512-636-9707 w: MoveSmartAustin.com