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How to test your Florida home for Radon – FREE test kit!

In Home Inspections by Nicholas NolanLeave a Comment

Do you need to hire a home inspector to find out if you house contains unsafe levels or radon? The answer is not necessarily, there are many good home testing kits available from your local hardware store or for $15-20 dollars. Radon Testing What about a free radon test? Free radon testing home kits can be obtained in Florida for free from the Florida Health Department here. I ordered a free radon test kit for my new construction home and here were the results. The kit took approximately 7 days to arrive via USPS. Here is what it looks …

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Common Problems in Older Florida Homes Buyers Need to Know

In Guides, Home Buying by Nicholas Nolan

Polybutylene Water Pipes ???? Timeframe: 1978 to 1996 PROBLEM Polybutylene is a grey plastic used for water pipes in homes as a cost-saving measure from 1978 to approximately 1996. Pipes made from polybutylene were installed in up to 10 million homes in the United States. Why is polybutylene prone to failure? Manufacturers claim that the majority of leaks occur at joints and unions, which is where a leak would likely appear if a pipe were improperly installed. However, studies have shown certain disinfectants can react with the polybutylene and cause it to flake apart at any location within the …

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How to Get the Most From a Home Warranty

In Home Buying by Nicholas Nolan

Having a home warranty can relieve you of the financial strains involved in out-of-pocket payments for repairs and replacements of home components. Some home warranties come with the purchased home. These are often difficult to use or access. This kind of situation often frustrates many consumers. Despite the difficulties, it is not impossible to get your claim. Here are some strategies for getting the most from your home warranty plan. Perform Your Research Every Florida home warranty plan has its own characteristics. Shopping around for the right company is ideal before you sign up for a home warranty plan. This …

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Home Inspections AFTER PURCHASE are now a thing!

In Home Buying, Home Inspections by Nicholas Nolan

You have bought your dream home, BUT you had to by-pass the home inspection so you could make an offer without conditions just to get it!  Although it is not a good idea, unfortunately in today’s market this is what is happening.  Well good thing for you, it is not too late. You can still get that home inspection after the sale has gone through. No, it won’t change the fact that you are the new owner of the home and any problems are now your responsibility… will give you a heads up as to what potential problems you may …

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Parking for Free at the Beach

In Naples Recreation by Nicholas Nolan

All Collier County property taxpayers and full-time residents are eligible to receive an annual permit to park at all City of Naples and Collier County beaches for free. The City and Collier County rules are the same by interlocal agreement.  City of Naples residents may obtain a free annual beach parking permit from City Hall at 735 8th Street South.  The City rules for obtaining a beach parking pass are as follows: City Residents Residents must provide proof of residency, specifically, provide a driver’s license and original vehicle registration, both with the same name and address within the city limits. Non-City …

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In Guides, Guides, Home Buying, Selling by Nicholas Nolan

Scaling Down Small Spaces Big Opportunities SCALING DOWN: SMALL SPACES = BIG OPPORTUNITIES Bigger doesn’t always mean better. A large home can be a lot of work. If you find one or more rooms in your house collecting dust, you might be ready for a change. You can save time and money by aligning your space with your needs. Cut down on clutter and invite simplicity in. Read on for:1. Why Scale Down?2. Is Scaling Down Right for You? How to Decide. 3. The Big Benefits of Smaller Spaces.4. Pro-Tips for Scaling Down. Why Scale Down? Are savings and simplicity …

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Home Remodeling Projects With the Greatest Return

In DIY Home Renovation, Remodeling by Nicholas Nolan

Which remodeling projects will pick up the greatest return when a home is sold?Remodeling Magazine asked real estate professionals, and here are their estimates for theSouth Atlantic states. For the return on investment for nine specific Florida cities,go to Roofing Replacement(asphalt shingles) 66.7% Job cost: $19,680 Resale value: $13,130 Bathroom Remodel 68.2% Job cost: $22,450 Resale value: $15,303 Bathroom Addition 53.9% Job cost: $45,310 Resale value: $24,433 Window Replacement (vinyl) 73.2% Job cost: $16,992 Resale value: $12,431 Window Replacement (wood) 66.1% Job cost: $20,724 Resale value: $13,702 Entry Door Replacement (steel) 67% Job cost: $1,798 Resale value: $1,205 Deck …

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Staging your Home for Sale

In Guides, Selling by Nicholas Nolan

Home staging is the art of furnishing properties for sale. Great staging makes a house look both luxurious and welcoming, inspiring an emotional connection that wows buyers into bidding fast and high. 7 most important rooms to stage Living Room Kitchen Master bedroom Dining room Bathroom Children’s bedrooms Guest bedroom Reasons, buyers’ agents say, staging has value Easier to visualize property – 81% Buyers more willing to walk through staged home they view online – 46% Positively impacts value of home if staging mirrors buyers’ taste – 45% Buyers more willing to overlook staged home’s faults – 28% How the …

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Top 10 Home Trends for 2021

In Market Trends by Nicholas Nolan

These top 10 trends will not only add comfort but might even add extra value to your home. 1. Zoom Room A Zillow survey found a desire for a home with a dedicated office tops the list of reasons why Americans working from home say they would consider a move if they were to continue working remotely at least occasionally. Check out the 12 best Zoom Meeting Accessories 2. “HOMECATION” AMENITIES Pool was the top Zillow keyword search term in 2020. Waterfront and dock also landed in the top 10. Additionally, homeowners want to create a luxury experience at home, …