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Posted by Loomis Team on 10/16/2017

The sellers of your home will not be present during a home inspection. It constitutes a conflict of interest. In fact, in some cases, you may never actually get to meet the occupants of a home you’re considering buying. There’s ways that you can get in touch with the sellers. That’s through your realtor. It is a good idea to ask the sellers of a home plenty of questions that may concern you. It will help you to make a more informed final decision on the home you’re considering buying. Getting these answers also can help you to know what to expect once you actually live in the home. Unless you’re buying a short sale or a foreclosure property, you’ll have likely have this opportunity to ask questions.  Most of the things that you’ll ask the seller will be a bit more open-ended. Here’s some ideas of what you might want to ask the sellers of a home:

Have you ever had water in your basement?

While the home inspection can reveal traces of mold and mildew, the fact that water comes into the basement on a regular basis is a problem. Other questions related to this would be, “Do you have a sump pump?” If there are any major signs of water damage, you can ask that it be repaired before you even buy the home.

Have you had any structural problems repaired? Are there any cracks in the walls?

The seller will answer these questions honestly, allowing you to better assess the condition of the home. 

Has your roof ever leaked? When was the last time the roof was replaced?

The typical roof on a home lasts about 25-30 years. If the roof was replaced more recently, you won’t have to worry about it for years to come. The home inspection will also reveal a lot about the roof and any water damage that may have occurred.

How do the heating and cooling systems work in the home? How much do you typically spend on these utilities?

You should find out from the occupants how well the heating and cooling systems work in the home and if there are any problems that have been found. You can also get an idea from the previous owners of how much money you can expect to spend on gas, oil, and electricity in the home. Your home inspector will also give the heating and or cooling systems a good inspection and let you know if he sees any potential problems with the unit.  

Have you made any recent improvements to the home?

A bonus to any home purchase is if a seller has made any major recent upgrades to the home. Everything that the sellers have done from replacing windows to updating the kitchen to replacing the roof is all things that you won’t have to worry about until a much later date. 

Asking questions during a home inspection is always a great idea. It’s also even better if you get an idea of the condition of the home from the sellers themselves. The bottom line is that when you’re buying a home, you shouldn’t be afraid to ask questions!

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Posted by Loomis Team on 10/9/2017

There are a few common problems that occur often in rain gutters. These problems include leaking, sagging, and overflowing gutters. Some gutters even cause a pool of runoff to form in areas around the outside of the house.

The good news is that gutters are fairly easy to fix. You can complete most of these repairs yourself even if you’re not the savviest DIYer. 

Leaky Gutters

If you have leaking gutters, you should first check the joints between each section of the gutter. Standing water in the gutters can rust the steel or seep right through the seams of aluminum gutters. There are a variety of ways that you can fix this problem including:

Caulking the gutter seams

First, you should adjust the gutters and allow them to dry. Brush the seams of the gutter clean and apply caulking to the seams to seal the leaks.

Patch Holes

You should patch up any holes that can be found in the gutters with roofing cement material. Apply the mixture round the holes generously. It’s best to use the roofing cement on a warm day. If the weather is cooler, you can warm the cement to room temperature for easier spreading.

You can repair larger holes with patches or sheet metal. Apply roofing cement to the patches. Make sure the substance is applied generously over the patch so it is secure. 

Create A Dry Well

Running your spout into a dry well can be very effective if you live in a region where there is a large amount of rainfall. The well should run about 2-4 feet wide ad 3 feet deep. Alternatively, you can use a large drum or barrel (about 55 gallons). Both ends of the container should be punctured with holes and filled with rocks. Creating a downspout like this can help to keep water away from your home’s foundation. You may need to check on local building codes and regulations in order to complete this project.

Overflowing Gutters

If your gutters overflow, they can cause some serious damage to your walls and foundation. This problem can be caused by clogged gutters, sagging gutters, or the downspouts not being large enough to handle the rain runoff. 

To fix these issues, you should first do the obvious and clean the gutters out. Wider downspouts can also be installed to handle more runoff. A dry well can also be very useful in these cases. 


One of the most important things that you should do for your gutters is to perform regular maintenance on the gutters. Be sure to inspect the gutters for any issues and clean them regularly. This can help you to prolong the life of your gutters and stay away from any problems that may occur around the house.

Posted by Loomis Team on 10/2/2017

Renting a house offers financial rewards. It also offers a unique set of challenges.

Demand for rental homes has increased in parts of the United States,making renting out a portion of your house or, better yet, your entire home a good option to bring in more income. Rising mortgage rates and a shortage of affordable, quality rental properties is helping to drive the demand. So too is the demand for temporary housing to attend one-time events like weddings, graduations and business meetings that last for three days or longer.

The latter rental demand may generally be associated with luxury rental properties. But, it isn’t only the wealthy who are renting out their houses. Success of businesses like Airbnb prove that there’s a large number of people who are open to renting out their house for a limited or extended period.  

Cover the bases before you start house renting

Companies that operate house rentals that you can reserve online may be new. However, the concept of house renting is not new.  People rented out rooms in their house during the Second World War. During the 1940s, house renting served as a source of income for women whose husbands and sons fought or died in the war.

Then and now, there are challenges that come with house renting. When house renting, you generally have less regulation. Although you are required to adhere to local and federal housing laws, because you’re renting out a single home, you’ll likely experience less hands on review and enforcement from local housing authorities.

Alone, this could present problems. Lack of oversight could tempt you to drop your guard which, over time, could cause your property to become non-compliant. It could also cause renting out your house to cost more than it’s worth. Some ways that this could occur are:

  • Unsafe chemicals – Materials and chemicals like lead and carbon monoxide can make your home unsafe. If you don’t pay to install detectors, you might be renting out a house that makes people ill without knowing it. For example, carbon monoxide levels that exceed 35 ppm are considered to be toxic.
  • Poor landlords – A poor disposition could turn you into a bad landlord. Short patience can lead to festering disagreements and heated arguments with tenants. As you deal with property damage, pets and loud music, you could accuse tenants of engaging in unwanted behaviors that they mayor may not have been involved in. This could cost you legal fees should a tenant take you to court. It could also cost you future rents should a former tenant create bad word-of-mouth marketing for you.
  • Pests – You might love your pets, but a tenant could see Fido as a pest. Not only that, once you enter the house renter arena,you’ll have to ensure that your entire house stays free of insects and other pests.
  • Poor or no maintenance service – Rent out your house and you won’t get to skimp on maintenance. In addition to paying for regular maintenance, you’ll be responsible for buying and installing new or good performing appliances like ovens, refrigerators and washing machines and clothes dryers.

Both you and the tenants who rent out your house should win. Your house should meet housing codes and allow renters to experience a safe, comfortable stay. If you keep tenants a priority, you will perform regular inspections,maintenance and repairs on your house. This positions you for another advantage.Not only could your house become increasingly attractive to renters, your house should pass inspections without you needing to pay for more repairs should you decide to sell your house.

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Posted by Loomis Team on 9/18/2017

Did you know that according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) most store-bought air fresheners contain formaldehyde, petrochemicals, p-dichlorobenzene and aerosol pollutants. There seems to be some kind of connection between air fresheners and Asthma problems. It is also thought that air fresheners containing these chemicals can accelerate respiratory diseases and reduce lung capacity. The EPA has not advised against purchasing these air fresheners, but suggests using them with care. If you have concerns about the health risks associated with these products, why not try a natural air freshening alternative. If you have a musty basement or smelly closet, a tray of natural clay cat litter may be helpful. The main ingredient in cat litter is a natural occurring mineral that absorbs odors and moisture from the air. If you prefer an alternative to cat litter, try diatomaceous earth which you can purchase at a garden supply store. Place it in a bowl or other open container in foul smelling areas. Placing fresh or used (dried) coffee grounds in a bowl or stocking will help to cut the odor of winter mustiness. Fill your home with subtle scents and refresh the air by simmering some sweet smelling ingredients in a little water on your stove. Try to keep your supply list simple and use items found at the grocery store or even in the yard. Citrus fruits like lemons and oranges make very fragrant scented waters. Herbs such as rosemary and thyme are good choices as well. Pine or cedar twigs and needles collected from the yard will give off a fresh, natural fragrance. Almond and vanilla extract and spices like cinnamon and cloves when simmered together add a wonderful fragrance to the air without the dangerous chemicals.

Posted by Loomis Team on 9/11/2017

Stuck in a rut? Consider giving your house a stylish makeover. Unlike total upgrades,makeovers can be finished in a single day. In fact, some house makeovers don't cost a cent. If you're ready to refresh your home, check out these home makeover ideas.

Walls that pop - Hang framed portraits of relatives and friends on a wall in your den. Don't just hang the pictures.Put each picture in a different colored or different size frame. If you're feeling especially gutsy, paint the wall an attention grabbing yellow, orange,blue or green. This wall pickup works well with children's playrooms too.

Double up in the bedroom - Grab bolts,washers and a drill. Get support beams, slats and safety rails. Get ready to turn your children's twin beds into bunk beds. Add a ladder, so your children sleeping on the top bunk can easily climb in and out of bed. Decorate the space where the other twin bed formerly was with a rustic chest. Fill the trust with your children's toys.

Lay new carpet - This simple home makeover will make your entire house feel different. For weeks, you might feel as if you bought a new house or had another room added onto your existing home.To save money, shop at discount carpet stores. You can also save by getting the carpet from a wholesaler.

Re-purpose your basement - Desire for more space is a leading reason why couples move into bigger houses. But, you may not have to buy a larger house if you clear old furniture, old clothes and boxes out of your basement. Donate the goods to a charity that serves people living in your community. Use your basement as a play room, family room or home office. All you need is a sofa, two chairs, bookcase and rugs. Place furniture in your basement as if you were furnishing your upstairs family room. Add in an office desk if you're converting your basement into a home office. Decorate the space with plants, family pictures and framed motivational quotes.

Rearrange living room furniture - Move your living room sofa away from the window. Put it against an opposite long wall. Add new upholstery to living room chairs.

Take advantage of craft stores - Visit craft stores in search of items like elegant silk flowers, hand woven baskets and wreaths. String colorful, silk ribbon through wreaths. Hang a self-decorated wreath on your house's front door. Place a crystal vase or handwoven basket filled with elegant silk flowers on your coffee tables and bathroom counter tops.

Wallpaper works  wonders - Line your bathroom walls with decorative wallpaper. Think seashells, black and white etchings and turtles.

True. You spend a lot of time at work. You also spend a lot of time at home. Whether you realize it or not (like work), your home influences your mood, attitude and your energy. Give yourself a boost by refreshing your house, particularly rooms that you spend the most time in.