Category Archives: Home Improvement

From the inbox: what should I look for in a home inspection?

As a potential homebuyer, it’s essential to know what to look for during a home inspection to avoid costly surprises down the road. Here are the some things to look for during an inspection:

  1. Roof – Check for any signs of damage or wear and tear, including missing shingles, leaks, or cracks.
  2. Foundation – Look for any cracks or signs of settlement in the foundation, which could indicate structural issues.
  3. Plumbing – Check all faucets, sinks, and toilets for leaks or damage, and ensure the water pressure is adequate.
  4. Electrical – Make sure all outlets, light switches, and electrical panels are functioning properly and up to code.
  5. HVAC – Inspect the heating and cooling systems to ensure they are in good working order and free of any leaks or damage.
  6. Windows and doors – Check for any cracks or damage to windows and doors, and ensure they close and lock correctly.
  7. Attic and insulation – Look for any signs of moisture or damage in the attic, and ensure the insulation is up to code.
  8. Appliances – Test all appliances to ensure they are in good working order, including the stove, dishwasher, and refrigerator.
  9. Exterior – Inspect the exterior of the home for any signs of damage, including cracks, rotting wood, or damage to the siding or stucco.
  10. Safety features – Check for the presence and proper functioning of smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, and other safety features.
  11. Radon – test for levels of radon gas, which can be harmful if too high.
  12. Sewer scope – inspect the main sewer line to check for any potential issues or blockages.

By taking the time to thoroughly inspect a home, you can ensure that you are making an informed decision and avoid any costly surprises down the road. This list is not all inclusive and is provided as a starting point.

If I can help with buying or selling a home, please let me know!

Rob Thompson, Realtor®, MBA, The Agency Colorado Springs

From the inbox: how much should I budget for home maintenance?

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Ooh. This is a good one. The general rule of thumb is one percent of the purchase price of your home, annually. Jeff Brown, from Main St, has quite a good breakdown on what this means for you as a homeowner.

For a home price of $200,000, that’s $2,000 annually it’s recommended you plan for. You may not always spend that much but I do recommend you save it…because there will be times you do.

Last year, I had to replace my roof ($1K deductible) and repair some damage from a washer that failed ($15 part, $1K deductible).

Knock on wood and I really shouldn’t say this but this year we have been fortunate (so far) and not had any major home maintenance issues.


FreshHome: 10 Wise Ways to Save on Winter Home Heating

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Where do you set your thermostat?

In my home, we aim for 67 at night and 73 in the day (though we occasionally bump it to 75).  In this article, FreshHome has outlined nine other ways in addition to the thermostat that you can save money on home heating in the winter!

If you’re looking to buy or sell in the Colorado Springs or Denver area, I’d be honored to earn your business!

HouseBeautiful: Closet Door Storage Ideas

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From HouseBeautiful, there are some seriously creative and cool ideas in here. I particularly like the book and tool box “door mods”!

In the market for a home in Colorado Springs or Denver, I’d be honored to help! Please give me a call at 719-440-6626 or PM me on Facebook!

Houselogic: carpet or hardwood?

Hardwood reigns supreme as the anecdotal favorite….should we give carpet a chance?

If you’re looking to buy or sell in Colorado Springs or Denver, I’d be honored to earn your business!  Call Rob at 719-440-6626!