What Your Need to Know About Your Home Inspector

“A home inspection is a limited, non-invasive examination of the condition of a home, often in connection with the sale of that home. (Wikipedia )”

 

A home inspection is an important part of the home sale process for both for buyers and sellers. Here’s what you need to know about a home inspector.

What You Need to Know About Your Home Inspector

You Can Choose – Your Realtor is a valuable resource for reputable home inspectors and can recommend one to you. You can, however, choose any home inspector you like. Get references before hiring them. It’s important that they are highly-trained to spot current and potential problems before you buy or sell your home.

Spotting Big Problems – A home inspector is skilled at spotting issues based on the integrity of home-safety, the electrical work, foundation, and more. Cosmetic issues like the color of the walls or distasteful light fixtures are not a part of his inspection.

The Inspector’s Report – The home inspector’s list has a lot of items on it. It mainly focuses on damage, needed repairs, etc. Make sure you read the report and understand it completely. Your real estate agent will help you with this.

The Inspector’s Code of Ethics – The inspector is actually working for the party that pays his or her fees. However, the inspector’s integrity and code of ethics will only allow him/her to write a report based on true facts regarding the home. They will not intentionally omit information about the home that is not true. Although the report is a private matter between you and the inspector, the seller must disclose any issues that the inspection finds.

Home Inspector’s Liability – It’s great news when a home inspector doesn’t find any problems in a home. It’s important to know, however, that the inspector cannot be held liable for any issues that occur down the road.

As you can see, the home inspector plays a vital role in the purchase of a home. Your Realtor® is a skilled and trusted ally in making sure you are protected.

Contact me if you have any questions about home inspections or need a recommendation for a reputable home inspector.

5 Do-It-Yourself Home Inspections

Pride of ownership means inspecting your home on a regular basis.  This ensures that small maintenance issues don’t become big, expensive and overwhelming disasters.

5 Do It Yourself Home Inspections

 

Do your own home inspections on these five household items:

Smoke Detectors – According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) ps://www.fema.gov, smoke detectors should be tested at least once a month.  Check your batteries at least twice a year.  A good way to remember when to change batteries is to choose a special holiday or occasion; New Year’s Day, Daylight Savings, your birthday, etc.

Be sure to test your carbon monoxide detectors, too, if you have them.

 

Electrical Outlets – To test your electrical outlets in your kitchen and bathroom, plug in a small appliance like a mixer or hair dryer.  Push the “test” button.  If it’s working properly, your appliance will shut off.  It not, call your electrician to fix it.

 

Fire Extinguisher – Every home should have at least one fire extinguisher per floor.  It’s also recommended that you keep one in the garage.

Your fire extinguisher should be inspected and certified annually by a fire protection equipment company.

 

Staircases – Wear and tear occur on staircases and banisters.  Regular checks on stairs and banisters ensure that they are maintained.  Loose railings on staircases can cause serious personal injury.

 

Water Quality – Test your tap water for contaminants by purchasing a test kit at your local Home Depot or another home store.  The water test kits are simple to use and will let you know whether or not your drinking water is safe.

 

These five do-it-yourself home inspections will help you keep your home well maintained and safe for many years to come.  Contact me for more suggestions.

Calling All Naples Florida Area Food and Wine Lovers

Calling All Naples Florida Area Food and Wine Lovers

Paradise Coast Food and Wine Tasting Event

Calling All Naples Florida Area Food and Wine Lovers - Paradise Coast Food & Wine Experience

Calling all food and wine lovers!  Mark your calendars for the Paradise Coast Food & Wine Experience. This is a must-attend event!

What: Paradise Coast Food & Wine Experience

When: November 11, 2017, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Where: 5th Avenue South, Naples, FL

Cost: $85 for Grand Tasting and $120 for the VIP Grand Tasting, $25 add-on to Meet Martha’s Experts; Thomas Joseph

Tickets:  Go to http://protixonline.com/events/details/?event_id=668 to purchase tickets.

This is a great opportunity to sample the culinary delights offered by some of the most renowned chefs and mixologists in the country.

Choose Your Ticket:

$85 Grand Tasting includes unlimited culinary delights including spirits from local restaurants.  You’ll also be able to see chef demonstrations and seminars.  National and local culinary experts will participate in panel discussions.

$120 VIP Tasting allows you avoid the long lines with a one-hour early-access.  Enjoy private wine and other drink tastings in the VIP Lounge.  This is in addition to what’s available in the Grand Tasting.

Need a little more of the Paradise Coast Food & Wine Experience?  For a $25 add-on Thomas Joseph, Martha Stewart’s Culinary Director will demonstrate his best tips and techniques.  A one-year subscription to Martha Stewart Living Magazine and Naples Daily News or The News-Press digital subscription.

This event promises to be a fun-packed thrill event for foodies of all experience and talent.  It’s more than the usual food tasting event.  It’s the full experience.  An exciting few steps beyond.

Proceeds from this event will benefit the Fifth Avenue South Business Improvement District and the USA TODAY Network publications.

Bring your appetite!  This event is going to be a lot of fun.

Easy and Economical Ways to Make Your Bathroom More Energy Efficient

Looking for ways to make our homes more energy-efficient? The thought of going through the whole house and making changes can be overwhelming.  Your bathroom can be the easiest place to start working on creating a more energy-efficient home.

Easy and Economical Ways to Make Your Bathroom More Energy Efficient

 

Here are just a few energy-efficient bathroom ideas:

Low-Flow Shower Head – Start by installing a low low-flow shower head. A conventional shower head uses between 3 and 4 gallons per minute while a low-flow showerhead uses about 2 gallons per minute. That’s a lot of water and money savings.

HomeTips.com provides some excellent tips for purchasing a low-flow show head.

Low Flush Toilet – Install low-flush toilets. They use significantly less water than the standard toilets in most homes. They were designed in the 1990s to address energy concerns.

Energy-Efficient Light Bulbs – Replace those energy-guzzling light bulbs for energy-efficient LED lightbulbs. LEDs make a difference in your bathroom and your wallet.  Take a look at this cost-comparison.

Light Bulb Energy Savings

Fix all Leaks – When you hear the drip, drip, drip of your sink or bathroom faucet, fix it right away. It can be as simple as making a little repair. Or, it can mean replacing the fixtures altogether. Immediate fixes will save time and conserve energy in the long run.

Go to your local Home Depot to get suggestions for “greening” your bathroom. Ask if they have homeowner classes to help you learn more ways to make your bathroom more energy-efficient.

If you’re not the do-it-yourself type, no worries. Just contact me and I’ll be happy to point you in the right direction.

‘Tis the Season “FORE” Golf on Florida’s Paradise Coast

Tis the Season “FORE” Golf on Florida’s Paradise Coast

Just about any day is a great day for a round of golf on Florida’s Paradise Coast.  With temperatures rounding out in the 70s and low 80s, there is no more perfect time to break out the irons than now.  

'Tis The Season for Golf on the Paradise Coast - Fiddler's Creek in Naples Florida

Naples is a Golfer’s Paradise

USA Today named Naples #5 on their list of, “10 Best Golf Destinations in the World”.  Those who live, visit and golf here would definitely agree. With 90+ golf courses in the Naples area, duffers and pros alike will easily find their own little piece of golfing heaven.

 

The Community of Fiddler’s Creek

Fiddler’s Creek in Naples, Florida is one of the most exclusive communities.  Its master plan includes luxurious homes, an elegant club and spa as well as tennis, swimming and restaurants. This is definitely the place to live the active lifestyle.

Golf – Among other awards, Fiddler’s Creek has been rated among the “Top 100 Residential Golf Course Communities” by GolfWeek.

The Golf Club at Fiddler’s Creek boasts an 18-hole championship course designed by Arthur Hill. Since it opened in 2002, many golfers have enjoyed great scenery, challenging holes and clubhouse.

Health Club and Spa – Luxurious treatments in the spa, an energizing fitness facility or just lounging by the pool are just what the doctor ordered. There is always plenty of fun and entertainment scheduled.  Never a dull moment.

Marinas and Beaches – Fiddler’s Creek residents have beach and marina access.  Swim, sunbathe or go boating to your heart’s content.  

 

The Homes You’ll Find in Fiddler’s Creek

Now that you know what a wonderland you’ll find in the community of Fiddler’s Creek, I’m sure you’d like to check out homes for sale in Naples, Florida.  

Take a peek at what’s currently for sale and contact me when you’re ready to buy or sell a home.  I’m here to help.

Spend the winter in this stunning Lely Resort pool home!

8924 Mustang Island Circle

From the moment you drive up, you will notice the manicured grounds and landscaping which set the tone for this home. Upon entering, you’re welcomed by a combination of open spaces and contemporary style with clean lines and sleek decor. This Belmont floor plan boasts over 2,100 square feet of air-conditioned space with two bedrooms, two full baths, den, great room with tray ceilings and crown molding. Updated in 2016, this home offers a new eat-in kitchen with breakfast bar, quartz countertops, top-of-the-line stainless steel appliances/hood, tile backsplash, new washer/dryer, new carpeting in bedrooms/den, recessed lighting, freshly painted interior/lanai and new air-conditioning system installed in 2017. The screened lanai offers a heated pool and covered seating space, ideal for social gatherings and provides a peaceful, private setting as the home backs up to a preserve.

Offered at $565,000

Contact Michelle Thomas for more information at 239-860-7176

About Lely Resort

Your membership provides access to The Players Club & Spa, a retreat where you can enjoy formal/informal dining, resort-style pools, fitness center, tennis, spa, programs and more. You can also have access to two golf courses within the community and a third private course which is available if desired.

Luxury Living in Lely Resort – Golf Community – Naples, Florida

Lely Resort is a fantastic golf course community in Naples, Florida. Voted Community of the Year 5 consecutive years, Lely offers several world-class golf courses, an abundance of amenities (Players Club and Spa, fine dining, fitness center, resort-style pools, nature trails and tennis, to name a few) and 40 different residential communities to choose from.

Located just 10 minutes from the glorious white sand beaches, plus downtown Naples’ famous 5th Avenue shopping and dining mecca, Lely is the perfect place to call home.

And this STUNNING estate home could be YOUR perfect home!

For more information about Lely Resort community, this home, or any other Naples, Florida real estate questions, please contact Michelle Thomas at 239-860-7176

Luxury Living in Award-Winning Fiddler’s Creek Golf Community in Naples

Fiddler’s Creek is one of Naples most desirable communities, and it’s easy to see why! Championship golf course, pro shop, tennis, state-of-the-art fitness center, resort-style pool, casual and fine dining, boating and beach memberships…the list of amenities and things to do go on and on!

One of the premier Southwest Florida builders – Ashton Woods Homes – has built this fantastic Spanish Colonial Revival-inspired home on an 80-foot lot. Over 4,700 sq ft of elegance, comfort and style!

Offering privacy and a golf course setting, this three-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bath home with a den is truly an estate home of unsurpassed splendor. Featuring the Pontevedra floor plan of open-concept living with architectural details, this home includes vaulted ceilings with beam treatment, maintenance-free tile flooring in a wood-grain look and multiple French doors. A modern kitchen, that is well-equipped with a center island, Shaker-style cabinetry and stainless steel appliances, is flanked by a spacious and bright dining area with built-in buffet to create memorable gatherings. The home’s accommodations are no less luxurious. Master suite offers a sitting area and bath with dual sinks, stand-alone soaking tub and expansive shower with frameless glass door. The home features a covered lanai area with a swimming pool and spa with spill-over water feature. Located in the renowned community of Fiddler’s Creek, residents enjoy access to award-winning recreational and social activities that include tennis, fitness, resort-style pools, spa services, a fine dining restaurant, a poolside bar and grill and multiple clubs. Optional golf, marina and beach memberships are available.

For more information about this home or about living in Fiddler’s Creek, contact Michelle Thomas at 239-860-7176

Hideaway Beach Ocean-Front Estate – Paradise Found!

Paradise awaits!

Displaying exquisite architectural details and enjoying a magnificent beachfront position, this impressive residence bears all the characteristics of a quality property. Located in the gated community of Hideaway Beach, this remarkable masterpiece offers a welcoming entry that frames the endless views of the Gulf of Mexico. Stately proportions, high ceilings, gracious living and dining areas with glass doors that transition living from indoor to outdoor are defining characteristics of this extraordinary home. Entertaining is made easy with an eat-in kitchen that displays state-of-the-art appliances, guest rooms featuring en-suite baths and a master suite fitted with luxurious appointments and access to an adjoining beachfront terrace. Outdoors, the multiple verandas set the stage for dramatic sunsets, and the inviting swimming pool and spa provide a perfect setting for relaxation or entertaining. An active resort lifestyle is enhanced with access to the Hideaway Beach Club, which features an array of social and recreational activities that include golf, tennis, fitness, a spa and beachfront dining.

This home is located at 1002 Royal Marco Way on Marco Island. Call Michelle Thomas at 239-860-7176 for more information.

Dreaming of a beachfront retreat?

If you’re looking for the perfect beachfront home for luxury and relaxation, look no further than this stunning estate on Marco Island.

Sunset views over waters of the Gulf enhance the architecture of this beachfront estate home. Nestled among tropical foliage, this home is located in the private country club community of Hideaway Beach. Comprising 8,873 square feet of luxury, spread over three levels, this four-bedroom, four-bath residence offers sun-kissed interiors and views from virtually all rooms. Eight beachfront terraces allow for relaxation or entertainment. Living room has volume ceilings and transom windows, making the best of the views and natural light.

A well-equipped kitchen highlights a large island with casual bar seating and separate dining area provides an array of amenities for receiving guests. Master bedroom offers a retreat with views and master bath evokes serenity with soft-colored granite and cabinetry, inspired by the colors of the coast. Private guest suites provide comfort and space. Additional highlights include elevator, plantation shutters, crown molding, spiral staircase, generator, impact-glass doors and windows, security system, water softener and reverse osmosis. Residents enjoy social and recreational activities that include golf, tennis, fitness, spa and beachfront dining.

If this sounds like the perfect place to call home, contact Michelle Thomas for more information at 239-860-7176