Buying a Home? Here Are A Few Tips!

buying a home

Here are a few things to think about as you start your home search. Educate yourself on today's issues before making any offers. Knowledge you gain today can save you headaches down the road!

Asbestos Concerns Home Buying Tip

Many sales agreements mention asbestos by saying “the buyer is aware asbestos may be used in the construction of this home”. This can be a little unsettling, but the right preparation and information can keep asbestos from becoming a huge issue. …

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Home Heating Sources Home Buying Tip

Heating and cooling systems are some of the most important investments you’ll ever make in your home. As heating and cooling accounts for almost half of your home’s energy use, having a well-functioning, energy efficient system can save you money. …

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Insulation "R" Values Home Buying Tip

Other than safety issues with urea formaldehyde and asbestos, the most important thing to be aware of with insulation is the R-value - the insulating factor. …

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Home Insurance Home Buying Tip

Homeowners insurance is extremely necessary when purchasing a home. All lenders will require a policy be in force prior to funding your home loan. However, not all home insurance policies provide the same amount of coverage. …

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Lead Paint Home Buying Tip

If a home was built prior to 1978, the seller is required to fill out a lead-based paint disclosure. The seller must also provide the buyer with a lead-based paint educational booklet in any sale, as lead is a highly toxic metal that can cause a range of health effects. …

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Plumbing Alert Home Buying Tip

There are a number of different types of plumbing systems that can be used in houses. Certain systems are more prone to having certain problems, which can be identified by a reliable home inspector. …

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Lap Siding Home Buying Tip

When shopping for a new home, one of the items you need to be on the lookout for is man-made siding. A house with lap siding may need siding replacement - which can result in thousands of dollars in expenses. …

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Thinking of Stucco? Home Buying Tip

Many newer homes are being sided with artificial stucco siding, which can add a classic look to a home while providing extra insulation. However, if installed incorrectly, stucco siding can become a costly expense. …

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Energy Efficient Windows Home Buying Tip

When it comes to windows, there is a lot to be known about the different varieties available. Depending on the needs of your family, certain types of windows may be more beneficial than others. …

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Home Wiring Home Buying Tip

A home with improper or outdated wiring can result in significant hassles for a homeowner. Consulting with an electrician before buying a house can save you from unexpected issues later on. …

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Contact Information

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Ethel Curbow
Coldwell Banker Vanguard, REALTORS®
1334 East Republic Road
Springfield MO 65804
Office: 417-447-4968
Fax: 417-447-1214