Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Benefits of a Home Energy Tune-Up by HomeTeam

Going green is all the buzz in today’s world. By exploring additional green possibilities, you can have a positive impact on the environment as well as your wallet. In order to get the most bang for your buck, however, it’s best to be strategic in where you make energy efficient updates. Home energy audits are one great way to get started on making green changes to your home. 

The first step toward converting your house into an energy efficient one is to find out which parts use the most energy. A HomeTeam Inspection home energy audit will pinpoint those areas and suggest the most effective measures for cutting your energy costs. 

In addition to the monetary benefits, going green will:
  1. Increase the comfort of your home
  2. Save money on your utility bills
  3. Add value to your home upon implementing the recommendations
  4. Tax deductions in some cases
  5. Reduce pollution and greenhouse gas emissions
HomeTeam’s customized evaluation will show which energy-efficiency improvements would reduce energy costs as well as make the home more comfortable.  Our analysis also takes into account regional variables such as the local weather, implementation costs and fuel prices in order to give you a true reflection on savings according to your specific geographic location. 

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Five Tips On How Realtors Can Select Quality Home Inspectors

We’ve been in the industry for a long time, having our franchisees in our 175+ locations work with hundreds of different Realtors interested in getting to the closing table as quick as possible, avoiding any slowdowns that may occur in the home inspection process. 

These simple tips can ensure how Realtors can select home inspectors that are valuable to them as they are to the client in the home selling/buying process.

  1. Look for home inspectors that are certified or licensed according to their area’s specifications.
  2. Agents should get to know the inspector(s) and be comfortable with how they address issues.  The inspector recommended by the agent will be perceived as an extension of the agent’s team.
  3. Look for an inspection company that can bring professional experts to deal with all types of homes and equipment.  In addition to being able to offer a higher quality inspection when the company has the proper resources, it can also be done more quickly and timely.
  4. Look for an inspection company that can do all ancillary services such as pest, radon, mold, etc.
  5. Look for a professional brand image that makes the agent recommendation look good to the client: timeliness, good image on materials, good report, friendly inspectors and clean vehicles.
Most importantly, Realtors should trust the home inspectors on their team.  We train each of our HomeTeam inspectors to be helpful to the agent who is coordinating the entire transaction during the final home inspection process before getting to the signing table.
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