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What to look for in a good property manager?

by Kijner & Sons International Realty




Many KSI Realty’s clients inquire about the best property management tips out there. Since ringing in the New Year, we thought we would share some of the best resolutions and common advices we provide our clients day in and day out.

As a dependable real estate broker, we always strive to cultivate a strong working bond with our clients and customers, so in turn, we advise landlords to develop rapport with their property manager, creating a positive and lasting relationship with the person that will balance their tenants’ wellbeing as well as maximize the bottom end. We encourage you as a landlord to look for the following attributes:

  • A property manager that build trust. Someone who does what they say they are going to do, when they say they are going to do it. 
  • Someone who is communicative. Keeping you informed of pertinent issues, and doing so in a timely manner. Likewise, always responding to tenants’ calls as promptly as possible as well as yours. Look for someone who over communicates and establishes expectations upfront that he or she will stick to. Training you on what to expect from them.
  • A professional who over delivers. Making your objectives known, and then…do better. 
  • Someone who is realistic. Someone who is grounded, firm and who follows through and follows up.  Someone who accomplishes the mission you have hired him or her for.
  • Someone who suggests improvements. Welcome suggestions that will improve the property value or income generation. Trust the professional.
  • They listen and know what the owner wants. He or she won’t base their actions on assumptions. A good property manager will know what your expectations are, and have a clear plan in place to meet them.

Know that no one will do a better job than you - the owner - who has a vested financial interest in the property. Absentee owners often expect to delegate all and every task to a property manager. This is the first mistake. You must be realistic and handle certain delicate aspects of your investment yourself to ensure that your interests are best served but that your liability is minimized. Mitigate risk by:

  • Setting up and maintaining a reserve fund that the property manager can use for maintenance issues, emergencies, and daily matters.
  • Obtaining and maintaining proper insurance that also covers the property manager. Make sure to renegotiate every year premiums and get 5-10 quotes to ensure you are getting the best rate.
  • Having a direct communication channel with the property manager in the event you miss a payment associated with the property (property taxes, mortgages, HOA fees or insurance) so that your tenants are not impacted. Be proactive and not reactive.
  • Reimbursing the property manager for any expenses and by setting up a clear budget. Don’t run short on cash flow and don’t expect tenants to pay the bill on your behalf. High turnover signifies a problem of customer service or bad maintenance. Good tenants attract good tenants and long-term stay.
  • No renting the property without notifying the property manager or worst not putting the property for sale without informing your property manager. Fear can propagate fast among good standing tenants and jeopardize your cash flow.

Typically, the property manager addresses repair issues, either by doing the repairs him/herself, or more commonly, by hiring someone else to do the work. Before you sign the agreement with a property manage, take time to evaluate the property you have and the expected maintenance. Take note of any repairs that need to happen right away, as well as ones that can be deferred. Prioritize the repairs and discuss your list with your property manager to ensure he or she has a realistic picture of the task at hand.

If your property manager is not increasing your rental income, he or she should be building customer rapport and client retention with your tenants. Satisfied tenants tend to pay on time and look after your property as theirs. Keep in mind that your tenants might be your best buyers the day you may sell your unit. Most people take pride in their home and may consider buying the place they rent.

In addition to outlining needed repairs, you should be clear on whether the property manager needs your approval for all repairs. Or perhaps, just those repairs exceeding a certain cost that you set. Setting up a “rainy fund” or “emergency fund” is a good idea. Don’t use security deposit to handle emergencies. Instead, a good property manager should help you set aside reserves. 7% of your income is usually a good starting point. The more amenities or luxuries you offer, the more reserve you should set aside as you are dealing with more discerning customers that will have higher expectation. Remember, the owner of a Lexus will have higher expectations and needs than the owner of a Yugo.

Accounting responsibilities should also be addressed but shared.

Every State has its own laws regarding the accounting procedures that property managers need to follow. Ensures that your legal counsel assesses the risk and liability that you are exposed to. Any agreements you sign should support those laws, so make sure you are well versed on your State requirements, but over all, that your property manager is dully licensed and able.

The agreement should also specify the date by which you can expect to receive your money. The 15th of each month? The 30th? Be as specific as possible, so that everyone is on the same page from the start. This will help to limit complications later. A happy owner is one that gets paid on time systematically.

Avoid cash system and try to automate payments with direct deposits. Keeping a clear paper trail of monies ensures a clear accountability and limits risk of loss or theft. Monies should be handled by the fewest amount of hands and financials should be shared on a need-to-know basis.

Lastly, spell out responsibilities for evictions and terminations of tenancy. 

Most States outline specific guidelines regarding evictions and terminations of tenancy in their landlord/tenant laws, so you will want to be sure to abide by those. Your agreement should outline, though, the extent to which the property owner wants to be notified about and/or directly involved with such matters. Have your Real Estate attorney have a master lease drafted with eviction procedures in mind and have all papers handy so the process is timely and efficient.

As usual, don’t hesitate to contact us for all your real estate needs. Come and sit down at our KSI Realty’s Manhattan Midtown office to discuss your income producing or investment property needs. 

December 2017 eNewsletter

by Kijner & Sons International Realty



   


FROM OUR FAMILY TO YOURS, HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
Wishing you good health, success and joy throughout 2018 




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with Swimming Pool and Cellar

in Carqueiranne, Var
at 
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with Swimming Pool and Garden

in La Presqu'Ile de Giens, Var

at 
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BANGKOK, THAILAND


New this month! 
Some of our latest commercial and retail leases in Bangkok


322 sqm of Ground Floor Commercial Space
with street level access

in Suriyawong, Bang Rak

at 150,000 THB/month

      
     
 


Renovated 3-Story Commercial Building
with parking for 9 vehicles
775 sqm suitable for restaurants, offices, a showroom, spa or hotel
in Phrom Phong, Soi 26
at 400,000 THB/month

      
    


3 Commercial Spaces
in a Building with Elevator

suitable for restaurants, offices, or retail stores
in Asok, Soi 20
for rent as follows
1st floor: about 90 sqm at 900 THB/month/sqm
2nd floor: 144 sqm at 850 THB/month/sqm
3rd and 4th floors: 174 sqm at 750 THB/month/sqm

      
    
    


180 sqm of Retail Space
suitable for a restaurant, coffee shop, pub, spa or showroom
in Thonglor, Soi 49
at 220,000 THB/month

      
    
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Happy Thanksgiving

by Kijner & Sons International Realty

Wishing everyone celebrating a wonderful Thanksgiving!

The Art of Doing a 1031 Exchange

by Kijner & Sons International Realty

 

Many clients of KSI Realty NY Inc. are savvy investors and one of our favorite topics of discussion is the 1031 exchange. Those 4 mysterious numbers are simply an IRS tax code identification that allows owners of a business or investment property to defer the recognition of the capital gain tax normally due upon the sale of the property as long as it is re-invested in a "like-kind" property of equal or greater value through the use of a qualified intermediary.

We often start our conversations with our sellers and prospective buyers by including their attorneys, wealth managers, bankers and accountants around one table to ensure that their short, mid and long term objectives are well understood. We start with a snapshot of their current state and open the discussion on their goals in 7, 15 and 30 years from now. It is crucial that all professionals have a clear understanding of what is happening first as many fields overlap and all professionals around the table will ultimately shape the final real estate deal decision making process. This is a pluridisciplinary effort.

Many misconceptions and issues can arise from the lack of communication between key professionals. Clients may sometime fail to realize that legal objectives may come in opposition with fiscal, or real estate ones. Having a clear overview and a dashboard of all mechanisms gives you the ability to take informed decisions. Multiple test scenarios are often studied in order to come up with the final approach. On a daily basis, we speak to our clients' attorneys, insurance brokers, accountants and other key financial actors to facilitate the deals. We never give financial advises, practice law or overstep in regulated and licensed industries but we talk, exchange and facilitate the flow of real estate related information to ensure that our client's end goals are achieved.

1031 exchanges are often looked as mysterious, difficult, lengthy and potentially cumbersome. To the contrary, they are actually very easy, reasonably fast and very transparent if you use the right professional. The cost is very minimal, most qualified intermediaries get a small service fee plus a percentage of the interest of the funds they hold.  This is often far less than the potential capital gain that may be paid especially for investments that have been kept for a long time. The likelihood of heightened capital gains is stronger over long periods as market prices often rise. A good business practice is to identify your qualified intermediary via your trusted professionals such as your licensed real estate broker, accountant, banker or attorney. A solid track record and years of experience in serving as a qualified intermediary is key. We advise our clients to research the nature of the guaranties offered by the qualified intermediary. Making sure their money will be safe and limiting the risk to see lifelong savings vanishing into the "wild".

Many clients forfeit the idea of a 1031 exchange thinking they have to find someone who is willing to swap, or worst that they have to buy the exact same type of property they are selling. Another classic misconception we see, is that the exchange must be simultaneous or that the entirety of the proceeds must be used for the replacement property(ies). This is all false. Even very complexed real estate deals such as REITS or other trust funds can have adequate solutions such as using DST's (Delaware Statutory Trusts) which are recognized 1031 exchanges. One of the main advantages of DST's is the ability to exchange immediately without delay on the day of closing ensuring the continuity of passive income as it is often one of the determining factors for many of our investors that are looking at ensuring the perennity of their flow of income. 

As licensed real estate brokers, we do not financially benefit from the 1031 exchange, we do not perceive a commission and at KSI Realty NY Inc. we are not qualified intermediaries. The benefit goes 100% to our clients. We share our vast knowledge of commercial and investment real estate as good business practices to allow our clients to maximize their reinvestment. Allowing them to use the deferment of the capital gain portion, which is in essence free leverage that can be used towards a new purchase until it is sold again and/or reinvested. Currently, there are no limitation to the number of 1031 exchanges one investor can undertake as long as the replacement property is kept for at least 2 years, although certain exceptions may apply. As with everything, nothing is static and clients should always seek the assistance of their attorney, accountant as well as wealth and estate planners to anticipate new regulations that are in discussion. For instance, the new tax plan law that President Trump is pushing may have repercutions to 1031 exchanges as well as state and local deductions that would be eliminated (SALT tax) or standard loan interest deductions that many homeowners and investors are relying on. This could put a serious damper to the vivacity that the real estate market has seen lately especially since the slow but steady recovery from the subprime crisis of 2008.

We advise our clients to constantly scan the fiscal and legal environment to make the best investment decisions. Also keep in mind that even failed 1031 exchanges can have benefits. If you are not able to identify a like-kind property or meet any of the restrictions rules imposed by the IRS in the allotted time, you simply defer the payment of your capital gain up to 6 months.

For more information on how to purchase income producing or investment properties, please contact us for your complimentary session.

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Article originally published on October 19th, 2017 on KSI Realty New York website at http://www.nyc2buy.com/blog/the-art-of-doing-a-1031-exchange

New Changes to the Florida Condominium Act

by Kijner & Sons International Realty




On July 1, 2017 several new amendements to chapter 718 of the Florida Condominium Act went into effect. Here is what you need to know if you are looking to rent or buy a condo in the Sunshine State.

  • A unit renter has the right to inspect and receive a copy of the association’s by-laws and rules.
  • The association must issue an estoppel certificate (letter) within 10 business days of receipt of a written electronic request for said certificate.
  • If the estoppel certificate is not delivered within 10 business days from request, no fee may be charged for the preparation and delivery of said estoppel certificate.
  • The estoppel certificate if hand-delivered or sent electronically must be valid for 30 days; and 35 days if sent by regular mail.
  • The fee is limited to up to $250.00. However, for an expedited request to be delivered within 3 business days, the association may charge an additional $150.00. Furthermore, if the owner is delinquent on the payments, the association may charge an additional $150.00.
  • All condominium estoppel certificate must contain the following:
    • Specific assessment information
    • An itemized list of all assessments
    • Regular periodic assessment and frequency
    • Assessments and other moneys to become due
    • If there is a capital contribution fee and the amount
    • Resale fee or any other fee and the amount
    • If there is a right of first refusal to the association or to its members
    • Contact information for all insurances maintained by the association
  • Board of director members are limited to a maximum term of 8 years.
  • Denial of condo documents may be cause for a felony charge.
  • Associations with 150 or more units must post digital copies of the condo documents on its website as of July 1, 2018.

Effective July 1, 2017, Condo Associations and Homeowners Associations will have a limit on the amount they will be able to charge homeowners for an Estoppel Certificate (estoppel letter). The cap is as follows:

  • For Homeowners who are current in their assessments: $250.00
  • For expedited services, to be delivered within 3 days from request: $100.00 extra
  • For Homeowners who are delinquent in their payments: $150.00 extra

This bill also requires certificates to be valid for 30 days if delivered electronically, and 35 days if delivered by mail. This uniformed fee will facilitate accuracy for closing agents when preparing closing estimates for sellers.

If you are looking to rent or buy a condo in Miami Florida, contact us today at info@kijner.com.

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Source: Fortune International Realty

Summer 2017 eNewsletter

by Kijner & Sons International Realty

    

SUMMER 2017 E-NEWSLETTER
    


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LISTINGS OF THE MONTH
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FRANCE
 


   PROVENCE-CÔTE D'AZUR

with our exclusive partner



france@kijner.com
          


Breathtaking Panoramic Sea View
of the peninsula of Giens, the double tombolo
& the island of Porquerolles

Stunning 6 Bed, 3 Bath Contemporary Villa 

with Garden and Swimming Pool

Carqueiranne, Var
at 
3,300,000 euros

     
   
  


Sea View 5 Bed, 4 Bath Luxury Villa 
overlooking the Mediterranean Sea
Gulf of Saint Tropez, Var

at 1,250,000 euros

     



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here.

 

PARIS & SUBURBS

with our exclusive partner



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We offer tailored-made luxury solutions and unique listings for sale in Paris and its suburbs.
Our dedicated and experienced team offers full concierge and lifestyle services from housekeeping, property management, decoration to apartment hunting.
Contact us today to learn how we can be of assistance!


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THAILAND

New this month!
Some of our latest commercial and retail leases in Bangkok


7 Private Fully Furnished Office Spaces
Can accommodate 17 to 20 staff
Rama IV, Bangkok
starting at 
18,000 THB/month for a 28 sqm space

     
      
  


AVAILABLE ON SEPTEMBER 2017
139 sqm of Prime Commercial Space 
Phrom Phong, Bangkok
at 
180,700 THB/month

     
      

  

381 sqm of Commercial Space
Ratchada Road, Ding Daeng, Bangkok
at 160,000 THB/month

     
      

  

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NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK

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We have amazing properties for rent and sale all over Manhattan. Check out our latest condos, coops and townhouses now to find your next home in the Big Apple.

Whether you are looking for a doorman building in the Upper East Side, a walk-up apartment in a brownstone in Greenwich Village or the East Village, a studio in Gramercy, a 2-bed to move-in with a roommate in Midtown or a penthouse suite overlooking Central Park, we have what you need!


    

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WHAT TO DO AND SEE THIS SUMMER
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"Christian Dior, Couturier du Rêve"
Paris, France


     

        


The Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, France celebrates from 5 July 2017 to 7 January 2018 the 70th Anniversary of the creation of the House of Dior. 
Be amazed by the impressive exhibition that invites you to discover the universe of its founder and its many famous designers who made Dior, the ultimate French luxury fashion powerhouse adored and revered worldwide.

Learn more and get tickets here


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Miami Spice is Back! 


From August 1st to September 30th 2017, enjoy the yearly restaurant promotion showcasing some of the Magic City's best cuisine. No sign-up or membership required. Just visit your preferred restaurant websites to see if the Miami Spice Lunch, Brunch or Dinner Promotion applies. Bon Appetit South Florida!

 Learn more here.


HAVE AN AMAZING AND SAFE SUMMER!

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Is your Florida home ready for showings?

by Kijner & Sons International Realty

Your Florida home is hitting the market and you want to make sure your property looks in tip-top condition. As we say, a little goes a long way! Here are some tips that can help you sell faster by making your home more appealing to potential buyers:

CHECK THE ROOF – Doing a roof inspection prior to receiving a contract, may put you in a strong position to negotiate with full knowledge of one of the most important aspects when calculating a purchase price. You will also have the advantage of fixing any possible leaks before the rainy season starts and this will prevent possible damage to the interior ceiling of the home.

CHECK THE WINDOWS AND DOORS – Check the windows and doors for proper closure. Cracks will allow warm air entering the home during the hot months, which makes the air conditioning work harder and will increase the electricity bill. Many buyers ask for an estimate of the monthly electricity bill as reference of the air conditioning working capacity.

DRIVEWAY – Power-wash the driveway, get rid of grime and dead twigs. First impressions are powerful. The driveway would be the first thing a potential buyer sees when visiting the property.

FRONT DOOR – A fresh coat of paint to the front door does miracles for the “look” of the home. The front door is the face of the home, show always a smiling face.

GUTTERS – Have the gutters cleaned. Get rid of leaves and other dirt settled in the gutters. This debris may obstruct the flow of water and may clog the gutters. The excess water may overflow back onto the property or may create leaks.

TRIM AND PRUME – As temperatures start to rise is the best time to trim trees and invest in that landscaping project that is always put aside for the benefit of other updates to the inside of the home. Just a bit of trimming and planting of some flowering will give a majestic look to any home.

GARAGE – Unclutter the garage of all those “precious treasures” that have not been put to use for years. A clean, spacious garage increases the size of the home in the eyes of the viewer.

SMOKER DETECTORS – Most owners do forget to check smoke detectors. Ensuring that the smoke detectors are functional, will demonstrate your interest in all aspects of the family well-being.

Are you looking to buy or sell a property in Miami or Sarasota Florida? Contact KSI Realty today at info@kijner.com.

Search Miami Florida latest listings for sale and register to your daily email alerts at 
http://idx.miamihousesforsale.net/idx/search/advanced. It's easy as 1,2,3!

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Source: tips courtesy of our Miami Broker, Terry Alvarez at FIR

Electrical Know-How: GFCI and AFCI Devices

by Kijner & Sons International Realty

GFCI and AFCI are specialized electrical safety devices with very different purposes. Let’s take a look at how each is used in the home as well as how they work. 

A GFCI, or ground fault circuit interrupter, is an inexpensive device that is designed to protect people from electrical shock in the home. They should be installed in any area with potential risk for electrical shock with a direct path to the ground, especially areas with plumbing. GFCI receptacles are commonly installed in bathrooms, along kitchen counters, in garages, unfinished basements, outdoor outlets and near swimming pools and spas. A GFCI monitors the electrical current leaving from and returning to the receptacle, which should be the same. If there is a mismatch in the currents, the GFCI will shut off the receptacle immediately, protecting people from serious electrical shock.

GFCIs have various configurations, including the standard GFCI receptacle with “test” and “reset” buttons. Homeowners should test these monthly to ensure proper operation. If the GFCI fails to trip or can’t be reset, it should be replaced. There are also remote GFCIs, which protect standard receptacles in the circuit. These should always have a visible label indicating GFCI protection, because there is no way to tell otherwise that a receptacle is or isn’t protected. Another option is a GFCI breaker, which is installed at the electrical panel and protects the entire circuit. These can be identified by the presence of test and reset buttons on the panel.

An arc fault circuit interrupter, or AFCI, is designed to prevent electrical fires in the home. This is a relatively new type of circuit breaker that detects arcing in an electrical circuit, shutting down the affected circuit before it causes a fire. Arcing can be caused if an electrical cable is punctured or cut by something as simple as hammering a nail into a wall. Other potential causes of arcing include frayed extension cords, loose electrical connections, and old and/or cracked insulation on electrical wires and cables.

An AFCI breaker fits into the electrical panel in place of a standard circuit breaker. AFCI breakers are much larger than standard breakers and have a test button. They may not be available for older electrical panels, so retrofitting with AFCI breakers is not always possible. In addition, old wiring may have been subjected to years of poorly-executed modifications, which AFCIs may or may not compensate for. It is always best to check with a qualified electrician who can assess your panel and electrical components before making the decision to install AFCI breakers.

Are you looking to sell or buy a house, a condo, a villa or an apartment in Miami Florida or New York City? Do not hesitate to contact us at info@kijner.com or visit us at www.kijner.com.

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Information courtesy of Pillar to Post: www.pillartopost.com.

The Estoppel Certificate

by Kijner & Sons International Realty

Congratulations to Florida Realtors® that recently scored a big legislative victory! Once signed into a law to take effect on July 1st 2017, Florida will be prohibiting associations to charge unreasonable fees for an Estoppel Certificate.

As many of you may know, a seller in a homeowner and condominium association is required to provide prior to closing, an Estoppel Certificate which is a statement of the homeowner’s financial status with the homeowners or condominium association.

The new law will cap the fees that associations are charging for this service. A maximum of $250 will be charged for unit owners who are current in their association. An additional $150 can be charged for those who are delinquent in their assessments. A $100 fee may be charged for expedited services. There will be a maximum of $500 for an expedited, delinquent estoppel certificate.

Finally, the bill will also require an Estoppel Certificate to be valid for a period of 30 days and the association to prepare and deliver the document within 10 days of the request.

For more information on the Florida home buying and home selling process, contact us today at info@kijner.com. Looking to buy a house, a condo or a villa in Miami or Sarasota Florida? We are just an email or phone call away! 

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Source: http://www.floridarealtors.org/NewsAndEvents/article.cfm?p=1&id=351440

The Inspection-Ready Home

by Kijner & Sons International Realty

As many of you are heading straight into your busiest time of year, it makes sense to revisit the importance of being prepared for the home inspection. By taking some important steps to prepare the property for inspection, your sellers can avoid some basic problems that might otherwise affect a clean inspection report.

  • Routine exterior maintenance is an easy way for homeowners to keep up with minor problems before they escalate. Even if the home has been well maintained overall, there are some common problems that should be addressed.
    • Prior to the inspection, repair any damaged masonry on steps and walkways, and seal cracks in the driveway. Not only will the home look better, but future problems can be prevented.
    • Recaulk around exterior doors, windows, check flashing, and replace any missing or damaged shingles.
  • Inside the home, relatively minor fixes can improve the home inspection results.
    • Repair leaky faucets and fixtures, and repair grout around tubs and sinks. An electrician should inspect receptacles and switches and make any needed replacements or repairs.
    • Replace any cracked or broken window glass, and loosen any windows that are painted shut.
      If there is a fireplace, have it and the chimney cleaned and checked by a professional.
    •  If the home inspector can’t see into the chimney because of soot buildup, they won’t be able to inspect it and may need to return after it has been cleaned.
  • Homeowners should arrange service appointments for the furnace and central air conditioning so that any issues can be addressed before the home inspection.
    • If the home has battery-operated smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, put in fresh batteries and install additional units if any are missing.

When the day of the home inspection arrives, a few easy steps will facilitate the inspection process.

  • First, the buyers should allow sufficient time for the inspection. A professional home inspection will take two and a half to three hours on average, longer if the home is very large. Most sellers choose not to be present for the inspection, though the potential buyer will usually want to be there. The homeowner will need to provide keys to any locked areas, and allow access to the attic, crawl space, garage, and yard.
  • Be sure that the home inspector has access to components such as electrical panels, the main water shutoff, and gas meter. Move objects from around the water heater, furnace, and central air conditioning unit so that the inspector can reach them unimpeded. In winter, clear walkways of snow and ice for safe access to the home.
  • Make arrangements for pets to be out of the home or contained in a crate for their own safety and that of the home inspector. Dogs in particular can be disruptive, and some may even be distressed by having an unfamiliar person in their “territory”.
  • It is always a good idea to store small valuables and medications out of sight and in a secure location for peace of mind. One option is for the homeowner to simply take them along when they leave during the inspection.

Taking these steps can go a long way in preventing or addressing problems that could negatively affect the inspection. An inspection-ready home presents itself best for evaluation and makes the entire process go more smoothly.

Are you looking to sell or buy a house, a condo, a villa or an apartment in Miami Florida or New York City? Do not hesitate to contact us at info@kijner.com or visit us at www.kijner.com.

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Information courtesy of Pillar to Post: www.pillartopost.com.

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