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When buying a home, there are so many things to check out before the big signing day. Inspecting a home should be at the top of the list. Home inspections identify problems that may not be obvious to the naked eye. Here are some important things to consider when having your new home inspected. 

There are different home inspection processes to choose from and the age of your home will help to determine which one to get. 

Start by first finding a professional and certified home inspector. Check out your online resources such as Angie’s List and the home adviser website to find one close to you. Realtors also have recommendations of inspectors so make sure to ask them to help you locate one. 

Once you have found your certified home inspector, they would be able to identify with you what type of inspection your home would need. Most homes need a general or residential inspection. General inspections include the structure, exterior, roof, electrical, plumbing, HVAC, interior, insulation, and ventilation. After completing the inspection, the final report helps the buyers decide on any needed repairs before purchasing. To get the most information out of the inspection, make sure to ask questions about the findings. Having these answers on hand will enable you to negotiate with the sellers about including those needed repairs. Besides, it is essential to know the structural condition of your home. 

Another home inspection to consider is the termite/wood destroying organism inspection. This type of inspection would account for structural damage caused by wood boring insects. For older homes, these insects may cause problems in the future. Generally, this type of inspection comes at an additional cost.

If you are buying a home that is older than 30 years or more, consider doing a lead-based paint inspection. This type of inspection came about after the federal government banned the use of lead-based paint. If you that lead-based paint may have been used in your home, hire a certified lead abatement contractor to inspect your home.

Another type of inspection to consider is gas and chemicals. A mitigation contractor can test for methane gas or radon and identify ways to remove it. There are additional charges for this type of inspection. Overall, getting a home inspection is an integral part of becoming a homeowner. Make sure to use the resources provided to you and your realtor for any questions or concerns.


If your house is currently on the market or you're preparing to put it up for sale, the secret of success lies in the lyrics of an old popular song called "Accentuate The Positive." Although it was originally published in 1944, the song has been resurfacing for years on television, in movies, and music recordings.

"Accentuating the positive and eliminating the negative" may seem like basic, old-fashioned advice, but when homeowners follow it, they increase their chances of selling their home faster and for the highest possible price.

Although your real estate agent will provide a ton of helpful advice on how to present your house in its best light, there are dozens of things you can start doing now to improve its marketability, curb appeal, and the positive response you get from real estate agents and buyers.

  • Avoid or minimize any aspect of your home and property that gives the impression of neglect. That could include anything from peeling paint and cracked windows to overgrown bushes and weedy yards. Weeds growing out of cracks in walkways, driveways, and concrete flooring often looks the worst -- but weeds, in general, always detract from the appearance of a home for sale.
  • Reduce or eliminate anything that might create a feeling of "unpleasantness" in the minds of prospects. In other words, if there's anything about your home that might cause buyers to cringe, frown, gasp, crinkle their nose (in displeasure) or shake their heads, then you probably need to take corrective action -- and fast! A prime example would be pet odors, stains, and loose fur, which can be major turnoffs for many people -- especially if they have allergies!
  • If little or no interior painting has been done over the past five or ten years, there's a strong chance that your walls are faded, marred, and looking worse for the wear. A couple coats of neutral-colored paint can often infuse a more vibrant, updated appearance to those tired-looking rooms. Subtle, light colors -- although, not necessarily stark white -- are often advisable. The objective is to appeal to as many people as possible, without taking any decorating risks that might alienate anyone.
  • Speaking of "harsh versus eye-pleasing," your home's lighting is another important thing to scrutinize when looking for cost-effective ways to increase the attractiveness, appeal, and marketability of your home.
As you're searching for ways to accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative, try to view your home from the perspective of someone who's just seeing it for the first time. In all probability, your real estate agent will be enormously helpful in that respect, and immediately begin looking for ways to effectively stage your home. If they've been showing homes in your area for a number of years, they will have a good sense of what attracts and repels today's home buyer. Your agent can provide a professional opinion on everything from flooring and counter tops to wall colors and curb appeal.

LinkedIn is a social media that brings professionals together. Instead of Facebook and Instagram that do pictures and other social captions, LinkedIn is focused more on helping professionals interact in a formal environment. You can use it to build your career profile or even enhance your business network. Another way LinkedIn is useful is that you can use it to get clients for your business. Being part of a corporate network is beneficial to both your personal and corporate life.

Here are some ways that you can use LinkedIn to increase your corporate network:

1. Post blogs. LinkedIn Pulse allows you to write your thoughts and share with your network. This content can be in the form of an editorial, thought leadership opinion or a tutorial. LinkedIn blogs help people to learn more about you your business acumen and activities.

2. Join LinkedIn Groups. Joining LinkedIn Groups help you to meet professionals in the same field as you. LinkedIn Groups have both new and old professionals of different experiences and jobs who share knowledge and keep information flowing among each other. You can find new connections in these groups that will add value to your LinkedIn network both online and offline.

3. Use the LinkedIn App. The LinkedIn Connect app is a cool way to get information about your network contacts like anniversaries, birthdays and other important dates. It also helps you to stay in touch with updates, notifications and other things that come around on the network. Being on the app keeps you in tune with all the recent happenings on LinkedIn so that you can quickly react where opportunities arise.

4. Share your LinkedIn posts on other social media. LinkedIn is for professionals, but you can also take the link to your posts and share them on other social media like Facebook and Instagram. By doing so, you can reach people that are not on LinkedIn but are still essential to have as connections in your social network. Sharing your link to other social networks also helps you to expand your reach up to a level where you can leverage on.

A better reach on LinkedIn can help take you to the next level of your business development and career, so it is definitely worth the effort. Network building is a great way to find new clients for your business. If you don’t have a LinkedIn profile, ask a social media person to help you create a profile.


When it comes to selling a house, it helps to plan ahead. By doing so, a home seller can identify and resolve potential home selling hurdles right away.

With the right approach to selling a house, any seller can minimize problems along the way. In fact, the right approach may increase the likelihood that a seller can enjoy a speedy home selling experience.

Now, let's take a look at three tips to help sellers streamline the home selling journey.

1. Price Your House Competitively

What is your house really worth? This question is difficult to answer for a home seller, as many factors impact the value of a home.

A home's age and condition likely will play important roles in your residence's value. Furthermore, external factors like the crime rates in the city or town where your home is located or your house's proximity to parks and schools may affect your residence's value.

To establish a competitive price for your house, you'll want to study the local housing market. Look at the prices of available houses that are similar to your own; this data can help you define a competitive initial asking price for your residence.

In addition, it frequently helps to perform a home appraisal. During a home appraisal, a property expert will assess your house and provide a property valuation. Then, you can use this valuation to determine the ideal asking price for your house.

2. Conduct a Home Inspection

Although a home inspection generally is completed after a seller accepts a buyer's offer on a house, there is no need to wait. Instead, a home seller can conduct an inspection prior to listing a residence to learn about a house's strengths and weaknesses.

Review the results of a home inspection closely – you'll be glad you did. After a home inspection, you can identify any underlying problems with your house and take the necessary steps to resolve these issues. That way, you can prevent such problems from cropping up after a buyer submits an offer on your house.

3. Hire a Real Estate Agent

If you are unsure about how to price your house or complete other home selling tasks, there is no need to worry. Remember, you can always hire a real estate agent who can provide plenty of support throughout the home selling journey.

A real estate agent understands the ins and outs of selling a house. As such, this housing market expert can teach you about the real estate sector and ensure you can achieve the best possible home selling results.

Typically, a real estate agent will set up home showings and open house events, negotiate with a buyer's agent on your behalf and simplify the home selling cycle. With a real estate agent at your side, you should have no trouble receiving expert responses to your home selling questions too.

Ready to add your house to the real estate market? Use the aforementioned tips, and you can reap the benefits of a speedy home selling experience.


You now understand your yard’s climate. Depending on your location you’ll be looking for cool-season or warm-season grass varieties for your lawn, or a hearty type that survives well in a mixed climate if you reside in a transition zone. Read on to learn about the different varieties of grasses and their features. 

Types of Grass.

There are many grass varieties in the world, but there are a few go-to types for a good lawn. Here are the significant varieties suggested for lawn use categorized by their growing seasons.

Warm-season varieties

  • Bahia — Bahia is a hearty turf grass that takes well to hot weather and humidity found in the southern United States. You can use a variety of soil types for planting, and the grass has a rough texture that helps it survive in warm climates. Bahia is very resistant to insects and disease, but it does not mix well with other grasses. When planting Bahia, it is important not to introduce any different grass varieties. This grass prefers full sun and less than one inch of water weekly. It is best to plant Bahia in spring or early summer.
  • Bermuda — Bermuda grass is a common choice for warm climate lawns. The grass is sturdy and can tolerate harsh heat, and even drought conditions. Bermuda grows aggressively and is therefore popular with homeowners looking to establish a lawn quickly. If you intend to plant flower beds as well, make sure you have a protective barrier between the flowerbed and your lawn as Bermuda grass tends to grow so aggressively it can take over your garden space. This variety does well in full sun but is not tolerant to shade at all. For best results plant Bermuda in late spring or early summer.
  • St. Augustine — For those living in the southern United States, especially along the coast St. Augustine is a great choice. This grass variety does very well in sandy soils and is much more salt tolerant than the majority of other warm climate grasses. St. Augustine roots grow quickly and establish easily in your lawn. For the best yard, regular watering is necessary. However, you must ensure you have a properly-irrigated yard with drainage points. St. Augustine is a beautiful grass that maintains its green-blue coloring well into Fall, but it is not a very tough grass, so yards with children or animals that have lots of traffic on the lawn are not ideal. Plant St. Augustine in the late fall in yards with full to partial sunlight. 
  • Zoysia — Like Bermuda, Zoysia varieties are robust, aggressive growers. Though some types of Zoysia can handle higher amounts of foot traffic, this grass is not well-suited for yards that get a lot of use. Of the warm-climate options, Zoysia can tolerate and adapt to different climates the best. It typically prefers a lot of sunshine but can survive in more shade as well. Plant this grass in late spring or early summer and keep moist to maintain your yard.