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So, I'm just trying to get some responses from what different professionals think about this.For those of you not in the St. Louis area, St. Louis County consists of 91 municipalities, all with their own rules regarding real estate. There is also a large chunk of the county that is unincorporated...
So, you're buying a new house. Congratulations! Now, before you can move in, you may need an occupancy permit.These are nothing new. Many municipalities around the St. Louis area have been requiring them for years. Now St. Louis County is requiring them in all unincorporated areas. You should fin...
As an agent, when you are representing a buyer, do you recommend a home inspection? If so, I have a few questions.Why do you recommend a particular inspector, or do you give your client a list of names?Is price or quality of inspection your primary deciding factor?Besides being prompt, courteous,...
While on an inspection last week I found an improperly connected furance vent in the attic. This reminded me that safety issues in a home are not always obvious. On another recent inspection, a stair handrail was stapled on and pulling loose. There are many different things that can be safety iss...
So, you're buying a condo. Awesome. There are many benefits to owning a condo. Most of these benefits are things you don't have to do. They include no moe lawnmowers. No painting the outside. No upkeep of the grounds. Of course, there are  generally condo association fees that pay for all this, b...
I should inspect my house before I put it on the market?Absolutely. There are several reasons we recommend a pre-listing inspection. Your buyer is going to have a home inspection, why be surprised? You can address any issues you may overlook before you list your home. If major repairs are needed ...
Do I really need an inspection on a new house?  Absolutely. New home builders make the same mistakes rehabbers do and if you were buying a 75-year-old home that has been "updated" you would have it inspected, right? So why not a new house?For the sake of conversation, I will call a new house some...
Does age matter? In personal relationships, maybe. In housing, not as much as you might think. I recently had the opportunity to inspect this house. The home was built in the 1890's, but was in better condition than houses I have inspected that were built in the 1970's! Construction techniques ha...
We had an incredible opportunity the other day to inspect the most interesting house I have ever seen. The previous owner of this 6 bedroom, 3 bathroom house was nuns. The owner before that, who had put on two additions, was a bricklayer. He could apparently get brick and steel cheap, because the...
Last week and again later this week, we have had the opportunity to do not your normal home inspection. First, last week.We were called by a contractor to look at a house for code compliance. We are not code inspectors, we told him. He said to come by anyway. This was a home that has not been liv...

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