As we wrap up 2022, I honestly have never been so bullish and excited about the vision of what we are building here at Inspectify. That being said, 2022 has been a trying year for all of us, something I relate to flying an airplane during turbulence. The year started like most flights, a smooth take-off with clear skies ahead. Then, what seems like out of nowhere, the year became turbulent. Small bumps and jostles started and then quickly escalated to severe drops and swerves. At times we thought we were through it, only to be thrown back into another series. As we ended the year still within turbulence, I take solace not in believing the turbulence is over (sorry, it's not), but rather in what flight attendants assure us on every flight...
Online reviews can be helpful, but anyone looking for a home inspector should bear in mind that online reviews may not tell the full story. Like many trade professionals, you can find reviews of home inspectors on Google, Angi, Trustpilot and Yelp. And just like in those professions, more people leave a review after a negative experience than after a positive one, leading to a plethora of one-star reviews that don’t five the full picture. Former customers may write glowingly about their positive experience with the inspector, or they might leave paragraphs about unprofessional behavior, lack of skills and other complaints.
If you think your home project is costing more than you had expected, don’t be surprised! With a labor shortage in the construction industry and major increases in the price of materials, your home project will cost a lot more than it would have last year.
The US economy is in a turbulent state, with inflation hitting 8.5% in March 2022 – the highest increase in 40 years. This increase is driven by supply chain problems and monetary policies. With high inflation, mortgage rates have also started rising, indicating that the economy may be overheating. On top of that, energy prices have surged by more than 34%, causing almost everyone to tighten their belts on utilities usage. But what does this mean for home buyers and sellers?
The most common home plumbing issues may not seem like big problems, but even the slowest drip, if left uncorrected, could lead to massive damage and higher water bills over time. Thankfully, when these issues are still small nuisances, most can be solved by anyone with some repair experience– no plumber required! But, when the leaks or clogs are hidden out of view or behind walls, it can be a good idea to book a professional inspector. Their expert eyes are trained to uncover carefully hidden problems. Whether you’re trying to buy a home with some common plumbing issues or are getting ready to sell your property, getting your plumbing inspected before the transaction is finalized can save a lot of headaches later on.
Buying and owning a home is one of the biggest investments you’ll make in your lifetime. With the median home price hitting $428,700 in Q1 2022, it's more important than ever to have your prospective home inspected before you commit to such an expensive purchase. An inspection can ensure the home is in good condition and devoid of defects or threats.
Buying your first house is often considered one of the biggest milestones in life. In fact, 70% of Americans consider buying a home an important part of adulthood. Between saving up the funds, getting approved for a mortgage, making offers on homes, and finally getting to closing: the homebuying journey is long and stressful.
In today’s real estate market, buyers are finding themselves out of luck. The historical seller’s market during the covid-19 pandemic has resulted in high home prices and low inventory levels.