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11 Questions You Should Always Ask When Buying a Home [SPOILER ALERT: Housefax Can Give You All the Answers!]

Before you make an offer on a house it pays to ask a handful of questions. While the answers might scare you off or make you rethink your bid, they could make you feel more confident that you’re making the right move on the right house. And as a seller or real estate agent you should anticipate and be prepared to answer these questions

But where do you go for all this information? With so many sources out there, who can you trust?

The good news is Housefax has relationships with over a dozen trusted public and private sources to bring you reliable data. Whether you are a real estate agent, homebuyer or seller, Housefax answers 11 must-ask questions immediately, to build confidence and cut the amount of time you waste researching in half.

You have questions. Housefax knows the answers.

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HOMEOWNER’S GUIDE: BBQ Grill Safety Tips for Summer [INFOGRAPHIC]

With Memorial Day almost here and summer just around the corner, chances are you’ll be firing up your outdoor grill soon (if you haven’t already!). In fact, May is National Barbecue Month so there’s no excuse not to break out the charcoal or flip that igniter!

Although humans have been cooking food over an open flame since practically the day after fire was invented, it wasn’t until the 1940s that it caught on in the U.S. as a backyard fun-omena. Early open-air cooking was a challenge, though, as the only grills available at the time – brazier grills – weren’t designed for consistency or safety. Continue reading

7 Easy Ways to Make any Bathroom Feel Like a Luxury Spa

 

Ok moms, confession time! Everyone needs a trip to the spa now and then. But what if you could go to the spa every day —in your own bathroom? Every Mom’s dream, right? Check out these 7 simple (and affordable) tips for turning your bathroom into your own private spa retreat just in time for Mother’s Day!   Continue reading

Is Your Home in a High Risk Flood Zone? How to Prepare for Flooding [Infographic]

It’s said that April showers bring May flowers. But for many residents of the Midwest, record rainstorms that began the last week of April unfortunately brought historic flooding. Parts of Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Arkansas and Louisiana received 10 to 15 inches of rain in 7 days, causing rivers to overrun banks and levees and endanger both lives and property.

Flooding near Pocahontas, AR (Photo credit: CourierNews)

The flood waters caused evacuation of residential and business areas, closed parts of Interstates 44 and 55, and shut down a 14-mile stretch of the Mississippi River. And the storm continued to travel, resulting in flash flood watches for parts of Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Arkansas, Indiana and Ohio. Ten deaths have been attributed to the flooding. Continue reading

You Can Now Stay Overnight at “A Christmas Story” House [PHOTOS & HOUSEFAX REPORT]

Calling all “A Christmas Story” fans! The house featured in the 1983 classic holiday film “A Christmas Story” is now accepting overnight guests. Sure, it’s only May, but who could resist spending the night in Ralphie or Randy’s bed? Before you sign-up, check out the Housefax Report to help you plan your stay:

  • Has the house been in a fire? (cause you know, that furnace is pretty old)
  • Where are the nearest schools? (so you can avoid neighborhood bully, Scut Farkus. And yes, our sources confirmed it’s Scut, not Scott…who knew?!)
  • How well will your cell phone work? (you’ll need it for when you order Chinese food takeout)

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Homebuyer Alert: 350,000+ Reported House Fires Annually [INFOGRAPHIC]

 

Only Housefax Reports Contain 16M Fire Incidents Occurring Before 1999 

A house fire, no matter how small or localized, has the ability to impact the whole house, with cascading effects that can linger for a long time. Potential homebuyers need to know if the house they are considering purchasing has had any damage related to a fire including electrical, smoke, water and even mold —not all of which is visible. (Check out the infograph below for more alarming house fire stats.)  Continue reading

How to Reduce House Hunting Stress

Thinking of buying a home? It’s exciting, right? Whether you’re becoming a home owner for the first time or just looking for a new house, there’s something so appealing about imagining living in a new place. And then reality sets in. (Wah, wah, wah…)

The truth is buying a home can be one of life’s most stressful events, especially in today’s hot housing market. While there is no way to make it a completely anxiety-free event, there are things you can do during the house hunting and buying process that will minimize your stress. Continue reading

Value of Landscaping to Homeowners & Sellers [INFOGRAPHIC]

First impressions are as important for houses as they are for people. Whether you’re a homeowner looking to increase your home value or a seller looking to increase market price, the many benefits of landscaping are astonishing. And with spring finally here, now’s the perfect time to consider landscaping and other DIY projects to boost your home’s curb appeal. Check out this infographic that quantifies the value of good landscaping.

Special thanks to HouseHuntHouseLogicAbout.com, and the National Association of Realtors for this valuable information. Continue reading

HOMEOWNER’S GUIDE: How to Quickly and Easily Organize Important Information About Your Home

Thanks to Centriq for this guest post!

When most people think of April, it’s usually in the context of Tax Day. And getting your taxes done often requires a fair bit of work, starting with making sure you have all the paperwork, receipts, W-2s, etc. in one place. So it’s no coincidence that April is also National Records & Information Management Month.

For homeowners, there is a LOT of information about the house that they should keep track of – from receipts for any improvements, repairs, or maintenance done on the house to manuals and spare part info (what is the water filter part I need? what paint color did I use on that wall?). For most of us this information is not well organized, so when we actually need it we waste a lot of time searching for it…including types of information you might not realize. Continue reading

Housefax Celebrates Earth Week with a $50 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

Earth Day is an annual event celebrated on April 22. In 1970, Gaylord Nelson, a senator from Wisconsin first conceived the idea. The senator was worried about the rate of industrialization and the careless attitude of people towards our environment. Today, Earth Day events are coordinated globally in more than 193 countries to support environmental protection and awareness.

Housefax is celebrating Earth Day all week long by encouraging “green” pledges that will increase environmental awareness and decrease environmental waste throughout the home — today and every day.

For a chance to win a $50 Amazon Gift Cardclick here to participate in the Housefax Earth Week Campaign. No purchase necessary.

A healthier, green planet starts at home. #HousefaxCares