Sunday, May 30, 2010

Summer is here and buyers and sellers are keeping me busy. Interest rates are still great and no better time than the present to buy or sell! Please visit my websote for links on Greenville & Spartanburg to include home searches: www.victoriacottlegreenvillehomes.com

Saturday, May 29, 2010

White Squirrel Festival in Brevard NC

Do you know that the Carolinas have some awesome Festivals - going on this weekend is the White Squirrel Festival in Brevard, NC. http://whitesquirrelfestival.com

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Getting a Home Inspection? Remember to Check the Sewer Pipe!

Home Maintenance Tip -
Getting a Home Inspection? Remember to Check the Sewer Pipe!
When buying a home, your offer should always be contingent on the results of a professional inspection of the property. If the inspection turns up something like termite infestation or cracks in the foundation you can back out of the contract, or you can have the seller repair the problem to your satisfaction.
A professional home inspection will cover the interior and exterior of the house, but it will rarely include an inspection of the building's sewer (known as the private sewer lateral or side sewer).
The private sewer lateral is the part of the sewer that runs from the house to the public sewer main, which is located under the street, alley, or in an easement behind the house.
The maintenance and repair of the private sewer lateral is the responsibility of the property owner. But most owners don't give much thought to the private sewer lateral until a sewage back up occurs, usually due to a damaged or root-clogged pipe, or an offset joint. Repairing damages caused by a sewage backup can cost thousands of dollars; an expense not always covered by homeowner's insurance policies.
For only a few hundred dollars, a licensed plumber can do a video inspection of the private sewer lateral. The video will show if there are cracks or breaks in the pipe, offsets, and any root intrusion (the leading cause of sewer backups). Private sewer lateral repairs costs can be several hundred dollars; replacement costs can run $5,000 or more.
If a private sewer lateral problem is discovered as part of the home inspection prior to close of escrow, the buyer has the opportunity to negotiate with the seller to cover the cost of cleaning or repairs.
A Simple Device Can Protect Your Home from Sewage Backups
Two additional things you'll learn with a private sewer lateral inspection are: 1) whether or not the lateral has a cleanout; and 2) if that cleanout is fitted with an Overflow Protection Device.
If you don't have a cleanout, you should have one installed. It will give you and your plumber easy access to your private sewer lateral for cleaning and maintenance.
And the best way to prevent sewage from backing up into your home - from a blockage in your private sewer lateral or from the public sewer main - is to have an Over Flow Protection device. This inexpensive device allows sewage back-ups to spill outside rather than from a drain inside your house.
Installation of the device (which is available at many plumbing supply stores) is relatively simple, but must be done according to your local sanitary district specifications. We recommend that a licensed plumber install the device since elevation and location are critical for the device to function properly.
Source: The Central Contra Costa Sanitary District PIPELINE, Fall 2009
Testimonial of the Month
“ORHP is so amazing, after we turned our AC on to realize it wasn't working, I remembered the home warranty. I put in a service request at 11:00 p.m. online and woke up the next morning at 9:00 a.m. to have Service Contractor at my door! The unit needs replacing and ORHP had it taken care of. Thanks so much! Also, the AC company was so professional and have great people working for them!”
S. R., Sweetwater, TX

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Compromise

Everyone has to compromise - what will you compromise and who will reap or suffer at your choice?

Sunday, May 9, 2010

2 Price Reductions



2 Price Reductions



Links to Greenville & Spartanburg Counties to include home searches!

Check out great links to Greenville & Spartanburg Counties from Utilty companies to events. Then search for your next home at www.victoriacottlegreenvillehomes.com, and ofcourse call me to schedule an appointment to view!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Read more on GreenvilleOnline.com

Greenville called one of nation's top places to live
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Greenville is one of the 10 best places in the country to retire, RelocateAmerica says


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