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November 13, 2012

You Can’t Judge a House by Its Cover

by terresteinbeck RODEO REALTY

OK, your new L.A. home resembles a stunning castle from top to bottom, inside and outside. But if you’re judging this book by its beautiful cover, you might be in for an unpleasant and potentially costly surprise ending. True, you’re Camelot appears to be a pristine model of domestic perfection. And it may well live up to this admirable image. Then again, there could be flaws lurking beneath all the sheen and the shine.

The good news is, you can discover many hidden issues by taking a closer look at certain areas of your home. Sure, it’ll eat up some time earmarked for your latest tennis exploits. But, believe me, any discoveries made will be well worth the effort. So shift into full visual magnification – you’re zeroing in some of the potential trouble zones.

Under da Sink. Mold doesn’t rank high on the list of popular home accents. Nevertheless, it often shows up, usually uninvited. That’s right. The unsightly stuff could be taking hold in high-moisture regions of your home. A major moisture zone is to be found just below a sink that has a crack in its underbelly. Even if the flaw is microscopically hair-thin, the opening will release water seepage into the area below. And that’s enough to get mold breeding big time. So check your sinks for cracks. If found, fill the gaps in with a good caulking compound.

The Attic Tells All. If your home has an attic, check its insulation. Brand spanking new insulation could be a bad sign. That’s right. A huge negative. Why? Because new insulation often suggests that a leak and water damage have been concealed.

Give Your Home Its Space.  Plants and landscaping are wonders to behold. But they’re risky propositions when too close to your home. Plan on having a gap of around a foot between landscaping and your home. That’s because watered landscaping expands the soil and foundation. If the watering ceases, the foundation dries up, shrinks, and often cracks.

Well there you have it. If you’d like additional info about dealing with your home’s hidden issues, feel free to reach out to me.  Or just drop your questions and comments into the box below. There’s always a vacancy.

And, of course, if you want to be connected to the latest info and opportunities in the Beverly Hills real estate market, I’m ready to make it happen.  Call or email today.

Back soon.

Terre Steinbeck

(310) 666-4094  DIRECT

(310) 724-7100   OFFICE

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