In this election year we have been besieged with troubling allegations of dishonesty and corruption at the highest levels of government. We have become all too familiar and acceptant of the low standards commonly attributed to politicians.
At Independent Home Inspection honesty is job number one. I report things only as they are without the exaggeration we so often encounter.
Even new homes have some defects. All defects can be fixed. My pledge to you is to simply present them honestly for your evaluation. You will then be in a better position to decide how to proceed.
Montgomery County Bill 31-15 will take effect on October 1st of this year requiring radon testing for certain residential Real Estate transactions.
In an article published last fall the ‘Bethesda Beat’ discusses some of the ramifications of this bill.
The article erroneously suggests, however, that radon test kits can be had for as little as $15-25 at hardware and lumber stores. Had the authors taken the time to actually read the instructions with these kits, they would have known that an additional $50-75 fee is necessary to submit these kits to a lab by mail.
For a Real Estate transaction the time required to test and mail the kits may not accommodate the settlement schedule. Radon Testing for a Real Estate transaction will require a minimum two day (48 hour) short term test. A professional Radon Testing company, like myself, can provide results the same day that testing concludes.
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Maryland, D.C. and Virginia standard home contracts have been revised according to The Greater Capital Area Association of REALTORS (GCAAR) and the Northern Virginia Association of REALTORS (NVAR) to no longer include standard contingencies.
This means the buyer’s need for a thorough home inspection is doubly important. Buyers can no longer be assured that the property they are considering will have basic functioning amenities. Homes sold under the new contract will be completely ‘as-is.’
A home inspection is now, more than ever, a necessity for a new home purchase.
The seller no longer has any obligation to ensure that anything is in normal working condition. Now it’s all negotiable.