All posts by Katie McCartney

The Magic of Buying Homes

There is more to a property than an empty shell of a building and the latest fashionable decor. When walking through property, people tend to have this sixth sense people about how a building feels to them. There are those who write passionately like Kate, the Centsational Girl, about What Makes a House a Home?

Hopes.. Dreams are seen while walking these grounds.

Unfortunately, people look at the readily available pictures and may totally dismiss a home because of the pictures and not take a visit. Thoroughly and immaculately staged homes are now the expectation–which often removes the whole intuitive element of buying property.

There are companies now which rent out fashionable furnishings such as Cheap Chic Home Staging to assist in lending you THE look to draw the buyers into your property. 

Having someone stage your home with fashionable furniture is something to consider when the showings have stopped, you have not received suitable offers, and it is time for some type of change to get your home noticed.

Franklin County Auditor – Great Source of Real Estate Information

The Franklin County Auditor has added information that is helpful to current home owners and prospective buyers, such as:

  • County Recorder Documents – Documents Recorded on the Property
  • City of Columbus Zoning Maps – How a Property is Zoned
  • Closest Fire Departments
  • Area Sex Offenders Inquiry – See where the Closest Sex Offenders live
  • Tax Estimator – Estimate Taxes if the Property Price Increases/Decreases
  • Levy Distribution – Breakdown of Your Property Tax Dollars

The Franklin County Auditor provides great information to help citizens make informed decisions–whether it is buying a new home or understanding how a levy affects their personal property tax. Check it out!

Home Remodeling Hiccup

Remodeling can cause a whole host of troubles.  Be sure to plan for the unexpected because once the project starts sometimes there is no way back. 

The Story:

A couple has decided to put in new flooring because one of them has severe allergies; they decided on hardwood in all in the bedrooms and the flight of stairs leading to the second floor. 

The flooring company that they hired did warn them that they like to do things right and fix (at extra cost) problems as they arise.

The couple chose to pull up the original carpeting themselves and discovered that the stairs had cracks on the risers and was made out of pressed particle boardThe flooring company confirmed that this staircase was a safety hazard that needed to be fixed.  Fearing for the safety and well being of their family, they decided to go ahead with the reconstruction of their stairs.

The family thought ahead and knew their were risks involved in remodeling by exposing skeletons in the closet; but, never expected something like this to be such a safety hazard. Who is to blame?  Did they not receive a home inspection?

Yes, 10 years ago. And the stairs were covered by the carpet so no one could actually see the issue until the carpet was taken off. 

In my opinion, the blame is on the builder of this house who did the work 20+ years ago. One would think that the materials and the construction had been inspected for safety and quality; however, homes go up so quickly that sometimes short cuts are made on materials and on structure.

What can you do?

If you are building a home, have an independent home inspector periodically check your builder's progress. You need an independent party's professional opinion on the build of your home.

If you are buying or own a resale home, fix it.  It is a vital structural issue and a safety hazard.  It is so hard to prove that the previous owner knew the problem or issue.  On top of that, it may be years down the line before you discover this situation.

Moral of the story?  
There are always unexpected surprises to home ownership.  Are you ready?