The Big Five Issues in the Home Inspection – Part 5: Structural Issues

Typically, the most informative and also worrisome phase of every transaction is the home inspection.  A great home inspector will thoroughly inspect the home a buyer is purchasing and under contract, and make recommendations to buyer’s for items that need repair in the home.  A buyer has the right after the inspection to ask the seller to either fix some or all of those items, or provide a credit so the buyer can fix after closing.  If you’re looking into selling your property with the Natale Edge, visit here.  We’ll go over preventative steps to take before listing your property.

While the repairs that could come up in a home inspection are numerous, I wanted to focus on the Big Five Issues that could come in a home inspection.  One’s that are concerns to every buyer.  Over the past few weeks, I went into detail how each develops and the typical solutions to each big issue that could arise in the home inspection.

In Part 5 of this series, I’ll go into detail about structural issues.  To start from the beginning and to view Part 1 of the series on Termites, click here.

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When it comes to the home inspection, most inspectors and buyers will correlate foundation cracks, either on the interior or exterior of the home, as being a structural issue.  Most times though, a vertical crack is said to be a more normal form of settling, while a horizontal crack could be more worrisome.  If there is a horizontal crack in the foundation, an expert mason should be brought in to fully diagnose the issue.   Cracks in the foundation could lead to parts of the home sinking or sagging, which could cause the sheet-rock to crack and start to show cosmetic issues.  Over time, these structural issues could lead to major problems, as a home could start look like the one directly above!

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Structural issues can result from a variety of things.   Like the illustration directly above, vegetation located near a home can either soak up the water under a home, or can push its roots against the foundation.   Foundations can be comprised by water pressure being built up around the foundation, leading to cracks.  Large foundation cracks could allow water to enter the home, which I’ve detailed as a major issue as well here.

**All of these items are fixable situations, and do come up quite often.  The $$ amount varies on a case-by-case basis. These items are more or less the “horrors” that could come up (often popularized by  large media outlets, such as HGTV).

Success,

John Natale Jr.

Keller Williams Realty

Cell: (732) 546-6177

E-Mail: NataleSells@Gmail.com

Skype: NataleSells

If you’re looking to buy, sell or invest into a home, please visit NataleSells.com!

The Big Five Issues in the Home Inspection – Part 4: Water – Basement/Leaking Roof

Typically, the most informative and also worrisome phase of every transaction is the home inspection.  A great home inspector will thoroughly inspect the home a buyer is purchasing and under contract, and make recommendations to buyer’s for items that need repair in the home.  A buyer has the right after the inspection to ask the seller to either fix some or all of those items, or provide a credit so the buyer can fix after closing.  If you’re looking into selling your property with the Natale Edge, visit here.  We’ll go over preventative steps to take before listing your property.

While the repairs that could come up in a home inspection are numerous, I wanted to focus on the Big Five Issues that could come in a home inspection.  One’s that are concerns to every buyer.  Over the next few weeks, I will go into detail how each develops and the typical solutions to each big issue that could arise in the home inspection.

In Part 4 of this series, I’ll go into detail about water penetration and the damage it could do to your home.  To start from the beginning and to view Part 1 of the series on Termites, click here.

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A few of the inspection issues that I have discussed already have a ton to do with water penetrating your home.  Simply put, water could be the issue that can do the most harm to your home and a lot of issues that arise typically start with water penetration.  Take mold for instance, it needs a damp environment to grow and prosper.   Termites often use a wetter environment to habituate and travel into a home.  A leaking roof, or pipes between walls, under sinks, or behind appliances could cause a ton of problems.  To start a leaking roof could put a fair amount of water into your home, before you’d even realize.  Patching a spot in the roof that is leaking is typically affordable and easy to do quickly.  It is greatly recommended if your roof is leaking to patch the areas that are immediately.  Also, a new roof these days is not as expensive as it used to be.  The technology has vastly improved in the making of the shingles, so new Timberline roofs could last upward of thirty to forty years.  Leaking pipes can usually be spotted by seeing some wet spots in the ceilings or walls.  Any leaking pipes should get immediately replaced and replace the sheet rock that took on water.  It’s worth it to not just paint over.  An inspector would be able to see any spots that have a newer coat of paint, versus an area of replaced sheet rock.

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When it comes to basements with water, it typically has to do with the water table that the home is located in.  Say there is a high water table, preventive systems such as french drains and multiple sump-pumps are typically recommended.  Another side note I always add with sump-pumps – always, always have them attached to back-up generators (even small battery operated ones).  Typically, in a storm that generates enough rain to put the sump-pump in use, the power is also knocked out so the sump-pump is deemed meaningless.  There are a vast number of companies that can assist you with a leaking roof or pipe and preventive water issues in the basement.  Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns about your home.

**All of these items are fixable situations, and do come up quite often.  The $$ amount varies on a case-by-case basis. These items are more or less the “horrors” that could come up (often popularized by  large media outlets, such as HGTV).

Success,

John Natale Jr.

Keller Williams Realty

Cell: (732) 546-6177

E-Mail: NataleSells@Gmail.com

Skype: NataleSells

http://www.NataleSells.com

If you’re looking to buy or sell a home, please click here!

412 Hulse Ave, Brick NJ 08724

Welcome to 412 Hulse Ave in Brick, NJ

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Thank you for checking out this awesome new listing in Brick!! This charming & large home in Brick Twp offers 4 large bedrooms and 3 full bathrooms.  This home really has everything you could need for every season – outside is an in-ground swimming pool and surrounding patio, greenery and shed, while inside a beautiful wood-burning fireplace.

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You enter this beautiful home in Brick to an open & inviting living room (which contains that fireplace), with an initial view through the sliding doors to one of Brick’s best backyards.  The living room boasts gorgeous hardwood floors, that continue in all rooms downstairs, other than the kitchen.

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Downstairs also offers a large & expansive ‘country-style’ kitchen with newer appliances and a great eat-in dining area.  Plenty of cabinet & counter space is offered in this beautiful kitchen.  Also, downstairs is the in-law suite with its own full bath, accompanied with another bed room with walk-in closet and a fully updated bathroom just down the hallway.

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Upstairs are two big bedrooms, including the master bedroom with extra-large closet space and a full bath room – making three total in the home.  Upstairs also boasts all brand-new carpeting – making this home in Brick truly a move-in ready option.

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Just in case you’re itching for Summer 2014, here’s another shot of this home in Brick’s awesome backyard!

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Thank you for checking out this new ‘Natale Edge‘ listing in Brick!

Signed off,

John Natale Jr.

Team Natale

Keller Williams Realty

Cell: (732) 546-6177

E-mail: NataleSells@gmail.com

Skype: NataleSells

If you know someone that my team could help with the Natale Edge, please reach out today!

111 Center St Freehold, NJ 07728

Welcome to 111 Center St in Freehold, NJ

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Thank you for checking out this new listing in Freehold! While the 4 Bedroom 3 bath home has some really great features that I’ll outline, one of the best attributes for this charming home is the location.  Located just steps away from downtown Freehold; with many restaurants, shopping and nightlife, this home really has some great “walking distance” options.  Awesome restaurants like Federici’s Pizza, El Meson, A Little Bit of Cuba are just a short walking distance away.  Transportation to New York City is also just seconds away.  The beauty of this all is the home is located on quiet tree-lined street just a bit from the hustle & bustle, giving the best of both worlds.  The price is so valuable, you almost NEED to check it out.

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Past the location, this home in Freehold offers some great upgraded features. The first up for this 4 bedroom home, is the loaded, dream kitchen with granite counters, stainless steel appliances, and a breakfast bar all open to the living room.  If you love to cook (or watch others cook), this is the kitchen for you.  A commercial stove, double ovens, and extra-large refrigerator all complete this kitchen.  Here’s a view from the living room:

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Outside of the beautiful and open kitchen in this home in Freehold, there is large master suite, with walk-in closet and an upgraded full bathroom.  The bathroom features modern double-sinks, shower stall, and a whirlpool tub – all recently done and upgraded.

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This split-level home in Freehold features a bonus family room, three other bedrooms, another updated full bathroom, an unfinished basement, laundry room and some great storage space in the attic.  A great backyard that is fully fenced in offers some great space.  The deck off the kitchen offers the buyer of this home in Freehold some fantastic BBQ space and awesome entertaining space.

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Thanks for checking out this great new listing!

111 Center St in Freehold, NJ

Signed off,

John Natale Jr.

Team Natale

Keller Williams Realty

Cell: (732) 546-6177

E-mail: NataleSells@gmail.com

Skype: NataleSells

If you’re looking into selling your property, check out The Natale Edge today!

The Big Five Issues in the Home Inspection – Part 3: Radon

Typically, the most informative and also worrisome phase of every transaction is the home inspection.  A great home inspector will thoroughly inspect the home a buyer is purchasing and under contract, and make recommendations to buyer’s for items that need repair in the home.  A buyer has the right after the inspection to ask the seller to either fix some or all of those items, or provide a credit so the buyer can fix after closing.  If you’re looking into selling your property with the Natale Edge, visit here.  We’ll go over preventative steps to take before listing your property.

While the repairs that could come up in a home inspection are numerous, I wanted to focus on the Big Five Issues that could come in a home inspection.  One’s that are concerns to every buyer.  Over the next few weeks, I will go into detail how each develops and the typical solutions to each big issue that could arise in the home inspection.

In Part 2 of this series, I’ll go into detail about Radon and harmful side effects of having high levels of Radon in your home.

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Most client’s first question is “what the heck IS radon?” or “what’s the story with this radon stuff?”  Very easily, radon is an odorless & colorless gas that is emitted from ground underneath your home that can be harmful to consistently breath in.  The Environmental Protective Agency writes, “Radon comes from the natural (radioactive) breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water and gets into the air you breathe. Radon can be found all over the U.S.”  This gas in your home can cause lung disease and other respiratory damage.

It is highly suggested that a buyer tests for radon during the home inspection phase of a transaction.  When the air inside the home on the lower level (typically the basement) is measured for Radon, the results come back measured in picocuries per liter (pc/l).  If the measurement comes above 4 picocuries per liter, it is mandatory for the home to have radon remediation done.  The good news is this, radon (no matter how high of a score) can almost be fully removed from the home with a fanned ventiliation pipe installed professionally.   If you have any questions regarding radon and preparing your home for sale, please feel free to contact me today or click here!

Signed off,

John Natale Jr.

Team Natale

Keller Williams Realty

Cell: (732) 546-6177

E-mail: NataleSells@gmail.com

Skype: NataleSells

The Big Five Issues in the Home Inspection – Part 2: Mold

Typically, the most informative and also worrisome phase of every transaction is the home inspection.  A great home inspector will thoroughly inspect the home a buyer is purchasing and under contract, and make recommendations to buyer’s for items that need repair in the home.  A buyer has the right after the inspection to ask the seller to either fix some or all of those items, or provide a credit so the buyer can fix after closing.  If you’re looking into selling your property with the Natale Edge, visit here.  We’ll go over preventative steps to take before listing your property.

While the repairs that could come up in a home inspection are numerous, I wanted to focus on the Big Five Issues that could come in a home inspection.  One’s that are concerns to every buyer.  Over the next few weeks, I will go into detail how each develops and the typical solutions to each big issue that could arise in the home inspection.

In Part 2 of this series, I’ll go into detail about Mold and the damage it could do to your home.  To view Part 1 of the series on Termites, click here.

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2. Mold – This ‘spore’ could present huge problems for a home.  As it’s a living item, Mold is typically born from a mixture of dampness and darkness.  Conditions inside a home that are away from light and also wet can lead to mold growth.  There are all different types of mold, from the type that sometimes grows above the shower (not severe) to the more toxic-bearing types that grow in the basement or attic of a home over a long period of time.

Now what can mold do to you & why is it bad?  Mold can help cause asthma in young children and could cause other lung diseases in children and adults over a period of time.  The best way to figure out if there may be a mold issue is by using your nose and eyes.  While it’s not nearly a definite representation if there is mold, if there’s a damp smell, try to locate the source and make sure there are no visual signs of mold (since it can be seen, unlike termites). The best remedy for most types of mold is a severe cleaning with a bleach mixture (1 cup of bleach in 1 gallon of water).  If on drywall, it’s typically best to replace the drywall.  If the infestation is severe enough, a professional company is always recommended to come in and do the job.  If you have any questions regarding the preparation of your home for sale, please visit my website regarding The Natale Edge!

Part 3. Radon

Part 4. Water – Basement, Leaking Roof

Part 5. Structural & Foundation Issues

**All of these items are fixable situations, and do come up quite often.  The $$ amount varies on a case-by-case basis. These items are more or less the “horrors” that could come up (often popularized by  large media outlets, such as HGTV).

Signed off,

John Natale Jr.

Team Natale

Keller Williams Realty

Cell: (732) 546-6177

E-mail: NataleSells@gmail.com

Skype: NataleSells

2 Strathmore Court, Howell – RENTED

Welcome to 2 Strathmore Court in Howell, NJ

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Awesome homes that fit the whole family don’t often come up for rent like this one!  This is truly an amazing opportunity for potential tenant’s who would like a worry-free rental home in a great location!  The property is completely move-in ready with an eat-in kitchen filled with newer appliances and center island, open to the family room.  Separate living room and dining room’s offer the space needed for the whole family plus great entertaining space!

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On the second level of this rental in North Howell, NJ, there is a spacious master suite, with sitting area w/ skylight, multiple walk-in closets, and an on-suite full bath!  Three other large bedrooms and another full bath complete the spacious upstairs of this colonial for rent in North Howell!!

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 One of the best features of this property for rent in North Howell, NJ is the awesome fully-fenced backyard!!  A nice-sized deck, nicely manicured landscaping complete the backyard built for entertaining and FUN!!

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All of these features, plus several others like a 2-car garage and a finished basement truly complete this home for rent in North Howell, NJ!  On top of all that, the home is in such a great location; close to both the Route 9 corridor and the Garden State Parkway.  This makes for an easy trip to shopping and also some of the Jersey Shore’s best beaches!

Thank you for taking a look at this great property for rent in North Howell!! If there’s anyone you know that may have an interest, please feel free to send their information along!!

Signed off,

John Natale Jr.

Team Natale

Keller Williams Realty

Cell: (732) 546-6177

E-mail: NataleSells@gmail.com

Skype: NataleSells

Looking to possibly rent out your property or find a great rental? Call/text me today!

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