Real Estate Blog / Data - Blog Archive: August, 2016

August 2016

Found 4 blog entries for August 2016.

You can’t call yourself a dentist unless you have specific hard-earned credentials. Just about anyone, however, can hang a shingle and call himself a home improvement contractor. That’s why choosing a reputable one is so difficult. 

Here are some tips: 

  • Find out if he or she is truly in business full-time. A part-time or occasional contractor may not have the experience necessary to do a great job. 
  • Ask about licenses and other credentials. Some contractors have accreditation's from professional and trade associations. 
  • Review his or her project portfolio. A reputable contractor will have photos and other evidence of work completed for similar clients. 
  • Check online for reviews. If there are more than five poor reviews within the past
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Figuring out how much time you should spend viewing properties for sale is a little like asking, “How long should I spend trying on shoes?” The answer seems obvious: As long as it takes to make a decision! Buying a home is significantly more complex than purchasing shoes – and the stakes are higher too! You need to make sure you have all the information necessary to confidently make the best decision. There are basically three stages to viewing a property: 

  1. Macro 
  2. Micro 
  3. Professional

When you view a home on a macro basis, you’re looking at it from an overall perspective. For example, you may do a general walk-through to get a first impression and determine if the property has the basic features you need, such as the number of bedrooms

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