Inspection vs. Appraisal- by Olivia Brion, Showing/Listing Assistant

November 25, 2015

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Whether you’re thinking of buying a home, renovating your home, or selling your home it’s natural to want the very best home for the very best price. If you’re selling your home, having a minimal to non-existent list of items that need to be fixed or replaced combined with a great appraisal is the best possible outcome. If you’re currently looking to purchase, finding that perfect home and then going thru a fairly easy inspection provides comfort like no other. Either way, Inspections and Appraisal are a huge piece of your real estate transaction. But what’s the difference?

A home inspection is a choice that is offered to you once you write an offer on your new home. Inspections are not mandatory or required by any lender or seller. Many also believe that the cost of an inspection is something that is part of your closing costs, should you have any. This is not true. Inspections are an out of pocket expense and are typically priced based on the square footage of the home. The entire process can take 3-4 hours. Your inspector will look closely at the foundation, all the appliances, any and all major systems, and they observe the overall condition of the home. Their job is to give you their opinion and call out any deficiencies they may find. It is then up to you to decide if you’d like to continue with your buying process or continue to search for your next new adventure.

Like inspections, and appraisal is also an out of pock expense based again on the square footage of the home. Appraisals are ordered by your lender and typically take anywhere from 7-10 business days to complete. The appraiser will come to the property, observe the land it sits on, observe the materials used to build the home, the current condition of the home, and pull all known records on the home. Once back to their office, they will then compare the price and condition of the home to all other recently sold, pending, or available homes on the market today to determine if the property is fairly priced in the current market.

If you or someone you know is thinking about buying a home and/or selling your current home, contact The Better Living Group today! We are here to provide you with information on purchasing a home and a free market analysis for the home you are considering to sell. The Better Living Group are Real Estate professionals in the Twin Cities and Greater Metro areas who are ready and able to assist with all of your Real Estate needs and goals and to provide only the best Real Estate service to all of our clients past, present and future.

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The Better Living Group

Realtors- GRI, ABR, CDPE

cknutson@kw.com or 763-496-2903

Keller Williams Classic Realty NW

 

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Home Inspections: Why should I pay for one?

October 14, 2015

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When purchasing a home it is an option for you to get a home inspection. There is a cost, and many people ask why they should even have one completed if it is going to cost them extra money. There are an abundance of reasons but we will start with the most important.

Yes, a home inspection is a cost that is paid separately by you, the individual purchasing the home. This cost can range anywhere from $295-$450 depending on the size of the home as well as the style. This is going to provide you with an expert who inspects homes for a living and will dig deeper then the eye can see. It will also answer questions about your home you would have never thought to ask.

A question we get a lot is “What are they going to look at?”. Well, your inspector is going to spend quite a large amount of time in the home looking at, well, everything. They will be checking the condition of your foundation, looking for any way intrusion that may have occurred or may be occurring. They will also look at your water heater, furnace, and also in your attack. They do not just check the interior of the home, they also do a detailed check of the outside. On the outside they will check your grading to ensure there is not water entering around your foundation walls. They will climb on your roof to ensure it is in a condition that will last you for hopefully many years. Amongst these items, there is also so much more!

Lastly, you are going to get a third party opinion. Yes, you, your family and your Realtor will all be viewing the home prior to the inspection and will see many things. Having an inspector come through is another opinion on the over all condition of the home from a professional in that field. Going in to your new home feeling comfortable and knowledgeable is huge! You will have a sense of comfort and relief knowing what it is you need to do to make the home what you want it/need it to be.

If you or someone you know is thinking about buying a home and/or selling your current home, contact the Better Living Group today! We are here to provide you with information on purchasing a home and a free market analysis for the home you are considering to sell. The Better Living Group are Real Estate professionals in the Twin Cities and Greater Metro areas who are ready and able to assist with all of your Real Estate needs and goals and to provide only the best Real Estate service to all of our clients past, present and future.

The Better Living Group

Realtors- GRI, ABR, CDPE

cknutson@kw.com or 763-496-2903

Keller Williams Classic Realty NW

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Home Inspections: Video discussion by Georgie- Lead Buyer Specialist

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Are you considering whether or not you should invest in having a home inspection done when purchasing a new home?  Listen to what Georgie has to say about home inspections.

Stay tuned for more on Wednesday when Georgie blogs about the benefits of having a home inspection done.

Click here to watch Georgie’s video on Home Inspections

The Better Living Group

Realtors- GRI, ABR, CDPE

cknutson@kw.com or 763-496-2903

Keller Williams Classic Realty NW

 

 

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Why should I pay to get a home inspection done?

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It is not required for you to complete a home inspection when purchasing a home. As Realtors we highly, HIGHLY recommend you pay the $350-$450 (on average) to hire a professional inspector to come through the home. The cost varies as they typically go off of the square feet of the home.

When an inspector goes through the property, they look at everything from visible condition of the inside and outside to climbing on the roof, entering in to the attic and taking a thorough look at your major mechanicals. They will look at all aspects of the home. However, they cannot break in to walls or do any sort of intrusive testing.

Your inspector will always provide you with a detailed report of anything and everything they look at and find as “deficiencies” in the home. This is for your records and for you to look at when you choose to complete any repairs that are needed.

As we always tell people, it is best to know the most current condition of your home when you have closed and are now ready to move in. Going in to a new home can be a lot to take in. With all this information in hand it will typically give people the comfort of knowing the full condition of the home, instead of just the cosmetics.

If you or someone you know is thinking about buying a home and/or selling your current home, contact the Better Living Group today! We are here to provide you with information on purchasing a home and a free market analysis for the home you are considering to sell. The Better Living Group are Real Estate professionals in the Twin Cities and Greater Metro areas who are ready and able to assist with all of your Real Estate needs and goals and to provide only the best Real Estate service to all of our clients past, present and future.

The Better Living Group

Realtors- GRI, ABR, CDPE

blghomesmn@gmail.com or 763-496-2911

Keller Williams Classic Realty NW

 

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Just Listed – Coon Rapids SF Home

March 21, 2014

Our team, the Better Living Group at Keller Williams Classic Realty NW in Maple Grove, MN has just listed this beautifully updated single family home in Coon Rapids! This home has many wonderful amenities including a fully updated and renovated kitchen with stainless steel appliances and beautiful granite countertops, as well as a large center island for plenty of counter space.

This home features 3 bedrooms and two bathrooms, both of which have been remodeled. There are new utilities: furnace, water heater and water softener. Beautiful hard wood floors accompany this home along with a new sliding glass door on the upper level leading to the deck, which over looks a large pond. This pond can be utilized as an ice rink in the winter and great for sitting on the deck and watching the ducks and geese in the summer.

If you are interested in purchasing a home in the Coon Rapids area, contact me today for a private viewing of this wonderful home – you don’t want to miss this!

The Better Living Group are licensed Realtors in MN, working in the Twin Cities and greater Metro Areas and we’re dedicated to providing the very best service to all of our clients – past, present and future. We know the current market trends and have some fantastic and reputable lender referrals available, all who are ready and able to assist you in purchasing your new home.

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Chelsea Knutson and the Better Living Group

Realtor- GRI, ABR, CDPE

Keller Williams Classic Realty NW

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Just Listed – Updated One ½ Story home in Roseville

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My Team, the Better Living Group at Keller Williams Classic Realty NW in Maple Grove, MN, has just listed this beautifully updated one ½ story home in Roseville, MN. This home includes over 1,800 sq ft of space including 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, one on each level. The beautiful and original hard wood floors are sure to catch your eye!
Off the back of the home there is a beautiful 3-season porch, it stays nice and toasty when enjoying your morning cup of coffee and sitting by the fireplace! Also including a large deck with plenty of space to entertain throughout each season.
If you are interested in this property, are thinking about purchasing a home in the Roseville area and/or need to sell your home, contact us today! We know the current market trends and have some fantastic and reputable lender referrals available, all who are ready and able to assist you in purchasing your new home.
The Better Living Group are licensed Realtors in MN, working in the Twin Cities and greater Metro Areas and we’re dedicated to providing the very best service to all of our clients – past, present and future.

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Chelsea Knutson and the Better Living Group

Realtor- GRI, ABR, CDPE

Keller Williams Classic Realty NW

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Purchasing a New Home? Tips for Staying In the Know

October 24, 2013

When you are in the market to purchase a home, there are many things you’ll want to take into consideration. There are aspects of the home purchasing process you’ll need to understand, some more important than others.

First and foremost, start with preparing yourself with the wants and needs of your new home, as well as what sacrifices you’re willing to make – because there will be sacrifices, no house is perfect, not even new construction. Our team ensures our clients are as prepared as possible when they’re ready to move forward. It’s our sincere pleasure to see our Buyers find the house that they’re excited to call home.

Next, you’ll want to determine what type of financing is going to work best for you. There are many different options out there and each type of financing has it’s own rules and regulations to follow, some even have stipulations on the property’s overall condition. Lean on your Realtor and Loan Officer when it comes to knowing if the home you are looking at may cause a financing issue, they should be able to give you a good indication if the purchase will go through, prior to writing an offer.

Now we’re on to house shopping! You’ll want to keep an eye out for the condition of the major systems and mechanics of a home, i.e. the furnace/boiler, air-conditioner, water heater, roof, windows, etc. These are expenses that are more costly to replace, especially if you’re not prepared for them. When you’ve found a home that fits your needs, take a second look at these systems with your Realtor, write your offer accordingly and most importantly, get a home inspection. A home inspector will look at things that are not easily visible to you or your Realtor, you will need this inspection to understand how to care for your home and to determine if there are any items that should be discussed with the Seller.

Being an informed Buyer and aware of these few steps will make looking at homes much more enjoyable. While some properties may seem to be a great deal, they may also turn into a money pit if you don’t take the necessary precautions. On the other hand, many will be just what they seem to be – a not quite perfect yet fantastic home, at a fair market price.

Our Team looks forward to all of our clients finding the home of their dreams and we’ll be there to help with these and all the other steps in the home purchase process. We are here for the good, the bad, the ugly and everything in between.

If you are thinking about purchasing a home and/or need to sell your home, contact us today. We will go over current market trends and have some fantastic lender referrals available, all who are ready and able to assist you. My team and I are licensed Realtors in MN, working in the Twin Cities and greater Metro Areas and we’re dedicated to providing the very best service to all of our clients – past, present and future.

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Chelsea Knutson and the Better Living Group

Realtor- GRI, ABR, CDPE

Keller Williams Classic Realty NW

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How to Prevent Water Intrusion in Your Home

August 30, 2013

When showing homes there are many things that Real Estate Professionals and potential homeowners will want to look out for, one major item to keep in mind are signs of water intrusion. When there is dampness on the basement walls and/or floors, a wet and musty smell, or water-marks in the ceiling, these may be signs that there has been water in the home, whether it has been recent or in the past. Of course, there are many different ways to prevent this sort of intrusion from happening in your home.

First, check to make sure there are gutters around the exterior of the property, if they are not currently there, they should be and may be something to discuss with your Realtor if this is the home you want to purchase. Gutters are a key component in water intrusion prevention, they should be properly installed and come out at least 6 feet from the foundation of your home. This will lead the water to run away from your home. When gutters are leading water any closer then 6 feet away, it may not prevent the water from running back to the home’s foundation and potentially cause water intrusion. If this is not corrected, it could eventually cause foundation problems in the future. Needless to say, gutters are a much needed component when it comes to the prevention of water intrusion.

The second key component in water prevention is properly landscaping and grading the dirt/land away from your house. Site grading is one of the easiest and cost effective solutions to properly drain water away from your home. Bringing the dirt to slope away at least 6ft, at a 1 inch slant down for every foot, so that the water drains away from the house is how you’ll want it done. You may hire a professional Contractor/Landscaper to do the grading or doing it yourself is also an option.

Keeping these home maintenance tips in mind will be a great benefit to you in preventing water from entering your home. As you may have gathered, water damage can sometimes make or break a sale.

If you have any further questions on water intrusion prevention, the process of buying a new home, or selling a home, please contact me today. I am a licensed Real Estate Professional in the Twin Cities Metro and Greater Minnesota Areas and strive to provide the best real estate service, with the support of my team the Better Living Group, for all of my past, present and future clients.

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Chelsea Knutson

Realtor- GRI, ABR, CDPE

763-496-2903

the Better Living Group

Keller Williams Classic Realty NW

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The Importance of a Home Inspection

August 2, 2013

When a purchase agreement has been signed, it is usually because the Buyer(s) have found “the one” and have already begun an emotional attachment to the property. As a Licensed Realtor in Minnesota, I am here to look past the emotional side and look for things that could adversely affect the Buyer’s use or enjoyment of the home. For example, I may preview for the condition of the roof, siding, windows, cracks in the foundation and possible water damage yet I am not a Home Inspector, a Home Inspector is the person who will climb onto the roof, go into the attic, inspect the electrical box, etc. – all things that are needed to make an informed decision on the condition of the property.

When a Home Inspector goes through a property they look at everything, from the exterior to the interior to the condition of the major systems that run the home. This is all to determine the home is safe and sound and won’t end up being a money pit. They are also there to make sure you know how to care for and maintain the home you are purchasing, no matter how long you intend to stay there.

Getting a home inspection is vital to becoming a successful homeowner. We encourage our clients to get a home inspection because no house is perfect, there will always be imperfections and being prepared for them is the best way to move forward. As a licensed Realtor, I want my clients to close on their new home feeling confident about their purchase, and the information given to them throughout an inspection is one of the ways I ensure that outcome.

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Chelsea Knutson
Realtor- GRI, ABR, CDPE
763-496-2903
the Better Living Group
Keller Williams Classic Realty NW

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