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Posted by Hillman Homes on 12/11/2017

Getting a professional inspection is one of the most important parts of closing on a home. An inspection can save you endless time and money if it catches repairs that need to be made, and it can draw your attention to any problems that could be dangerous to you and your family.

Many buyers, especially those who are buying a home for the first time, aren’t sure what to expect during a home inspection. They might have questions that they’re afraid to ask the inspector, or they might feel like they should be asking questions but don’t know the right ones to ask.

In this article, we’ll give you the rundown on the home inspection process. We’ll explain how to get started, what to expect on inspection day, and what to do with your findings.

Contingency clauses

Before closing on a home, it’s important to make sure your offer involves a contingency clause, otherwise known as a “due diligence contingency.” This section of your contract gives you the right to perform a home inspection within a given number of days.

Sellers may inform you that they have recently had the home inspected and even offer to show you the results of the inspection. However, it is best practice to have your own inspection performed with a trusted professional.

After your offer is accepted, you should begin calling and getting quotes from inspectors immediately.

Before the inspection

Once you’ve considered your options of inspectors and chosen an inspector, it’s time to schedule your inspection. Both you and your real estate agent should attend the inspection.

You’ll both have the opportunity to ask questions. However, it’s a good idea to write down your minor questions and ask them before or after the inspection so that the professional you’ve hired is able to focus on their work to do the best possible job inspecting your future home.

During the inspection

The inspection itself is pretty straightforward. Your inspector will examine the exterior and interior of your home, including several vital components and then will provide you with a report of their findings.

They will inform you of repairs that need to be made now, parts of the home that should be monitored for future repairs, and anything that poses a safety concern to you and your family.

The parts of your home the inspector will review include:

  • Roof

  • Exterior Walls

  • Foundation

  • Garage

  • Land grading

  • Plumbing

  • Electrical

  • Heating, ventilation, air conditioning

  • Appliances

There are some things your inspection won’t include. For example, mold, termite damage, and other issues that aren’t easily observable without causing damage might be missed by your inspector and will require a specialist.

After the inspection

Once the inspection is complete, you will have the chance to ask any remaining questions. You can review the findings of your inspection report and make decisions about how you want to handle any repairs that need to be made.

You may choose to ask the seller to make the repairs noted in your inspection report. If they refuse, you can withdraw from your contract at any time.


Ultimately, the choice will be yours what to do with the findings from the inspection. But having one can save you immeasurable money on impending repairs that you may not have been aware of.




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Posted by Hillman Homes on 12/8/2017


December 9th, 10am-5pm Shop Local - Eat Local - Art Local

ABOUT THE ARTS STROLL & SHOP

The Stroll is a collaborative event thrown by Newton's local arts and business scenes to create an enchanting holiday tradition for our community. The Stroll makes it fashionable and fun to Shop Local. Eat Local. Art Local. 

HISTORY OF THE STROLL 

The Newton Cultural Alliance founded the Arts Stroll & Shop in December 2011 in Newton Centre. The motivations behind the Stroll were to

1. Offer NCA's members a collaborative performance and exhibit opportunity

2. Thank Newton's business community for their years of donations by bringing arts audiences directly into their businesses

3. Create a memorable and engaging day for our community

In our first year, the Stroll had 30 business participants from Newton Centre and Piccadilly Square plus more than 50 artists and musicians who entertained shoppers and diners. We even turned empty storefronts into pop-up art galleries! The great collaborative power of arts and business was obvious from the start!  Over the years the Stroll  has evolved into a fun filled day in a variety of villages and each year culminating in a rousing collaborative seasonal performance by the New Philharmonia Orchestra, students from the Boston Ballet School, Newton Studio and a variety of other local performers - all at the First Baptist Church in Newton Centre.

For more information please visit the Arts Stroll & Shop website

 




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Posted by Hillman Homes on 12/6/2017

 


Brighton ranks #13 of the best neighborhoods to live in the Boston Area. Formerly "Little Cambridge", the Charles River separates Brighton from Cambridge and Watertown. This lively but tranquil neighborhood gives a refreshing welcoming vibe - ideally, being a great area for young professionals and families. Already home to many Boston University and Boston Colleges students, Brighton is central to many of Bostons top public schools as well. 

Brighton also holds a local favorite the Chestnut Hill Reservoir, enjoy a walk, jog, or ride on this paved pet friendly trail. Visit the pool for Summer or the Riley Rink for Winter activities!

One of the many perks of the Brighton area is how easily accessible it is, Brighton is central to the B, D, and even C line as well as many Bus routes. Brighton offers various cafes, restaurants, and bars with many affordable options:




Does this sound like a place where you want to live? Call us today to find your next home in Brighton! 




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Posted by Hillman Homes on 12/6/2017

Beautifully renovated specious 2-bedroom apartment in Central Square with high ceilings and lots of natural light! Hardwood floors throughout, tons of storage/closet space, private in-unit laundry with extra storage room. Freshly painted, all NEW appliances! Enjoy the convenience of being steps from Mass Ave, the Charles River, Central Station/Red line, Mass Pike, and many shops/restaurants/bars. Available now, no pets, no smoking, tenant to pay 1 month broker fee.

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Posted by Hillman Homes on 12/6/2017


19 Howards St, Cambridge, MA 02139

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$2,200
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5
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2
Beds
1
Baths
Beautifully renovated specious 2-bedroom apartment in Central Square with high ceilings and lots of natural light! Hardwood floors throughout, tons of storage/closet space, private in-unit laundry with extra storage room. Freshly painted, all NEW appliances! Enjoy the convenience of being steps from Mass Ave, the Charles River, Central Station/Red line, Mass Pike, and many shops/restaurants/bars. Available now, no pets, no smoking, tenant to pay 1 month broker fee.
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