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By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 7
This is the case of FRT plywood that needs further investigation.FRT plywood (Fire Retardant Treated) came into use in the 80s when masonry firewalls between townhouses were replaced with a thick, fire-resistant drywall fire barrier wall.  This material is intended to resist or impede the spread ...

By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 7
Do you know what a gas lantern mantle is?Gas lanterns, or gas lamps, are popular around here in neighborhoods that are made to look old fashioned.They provide the street lights via little pear-shaped cones called mantles. You can see two mantles in the street lamp in the front yard of this house....

By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA)
Comments 11
FAQ:  Where Can I Buy to Guarantee That I Have Equity in Five Years?There are two types of real estate buyers in the world.  Those that are looking for home and those that, while they may be looking for a primary residence, are really focused on the investment aspect of buying that home.  The lat...

By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 39
Faux painting at its best.I don't often see faux painting.  And I certainly don't see it done so well!Faux - adjective - imitation, artificial, made to look similar.This kitchen had some very classy wall tiles, placed subway fashion.And this homeowner had someone come in to hide all the receptacl...

By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA)
Comments 47
Online Yard Sale Lesson in Communication and NegotiationThe other day I went into the Facebook marketplace with an item that I move would sell quickly. a forty inch Samsung LED TV that was used for one week, while my larger TV was fixed.  Since the end of the last year, I have decided that rather...

By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA)
Comments 11
Monday Morning Consult the ProfessionalMonday morning is not something anyone looks forward to arriving.  Back to work.  Back to school.  Mind you, loving my job as a Bristow Real Estate Agent, I actually look forward to Mondays and work.  However, this Monday morning did bring some dread as I ha...

By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA)
Comments 9
FAQ: Can I Wait to Sell My Home Until I've Found One I Want to Buy?Timing the sale of your current home with the purchase of the next one is something that troubles move up and down sizing sellers.  Every so often I meet a seller who qualifies to carry two mortgages, meaning they don't have to se...

By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 10
'Tis the season for carpenter bee infestation.This may be a problem where you live.  It certainly is here.Carpenter bees!  They are what they sound like - they work on wood.They carve holes and tunnels into wood surfaces, lay eggs, and keep going.They seem to pick out a house, or an area of a hou...

By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA)
Comments 12
FAQ:  How Do I Get the Highest Sales Price When I Sell My Home?No matter the condition of the market place in terms of buyer demand, sellers always want to know how they can sell for a record setting sales price.  Rightfully so.  The sale of a home is the probably the single largest financial tra...

By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA)
Comments 2
Braemar Townhouse Report:  March-April 2017After days of cloud cover and rain, I can honestly say that I would never last in the Pacific Northwest climate.  Sunshine is essential to my existence.  And I'm so happy to see the sun shining away in Bristow today.  Makes it very tempting to go outside...

By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 20
How do I know the radon mitigation system is working?I get that question all the time.Some houses have a radon mitigation system installed, which consists basically of a pipe stuck through the basement floor, connected to a vent fan which runs all the time, and a tube to blow the air outdoors.It'...

By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA)
Comments 9
Finding a Pet Friendly Real Estate Agent in Bristow, VAWhen you are selling your Bristow, VA home, there are lots of things to consider.  Getting an agent that knows the market is key.  You can't very well sell your home if your agent has no clue how to help you price it.   And hiring an agent th...

By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA)
Comments 4
Braemar Property Values:  March-April 2017 (Ryan Homes)It is Memorial Day Weekend in Braemar and it makes me proud to see so many homes displaying the American flag.  Some of our neighbors going the extra mile and putting miniature flags around the periemter of their front yard.  What a nice touc...

By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 13
Little hole.  Big leak.It was a little hole in the TPO covering of a veranda outside a master bedroom.TPO is a Thermoplastic Olefin material, a single-membrane roof/balcony covering which is pretty tough and has a life span of 15 years or so in the sun.This veranda was 12 years old.But no single-...

By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA)
Comments 1
Braemar Property Values:  March-April 2017 (NV Homes)The sun is shining brightly in Bristow today, after countless days of cloud cover.  That makes it a great day for me.  Even the sight of a rat snake in the road on Native Rocks Drive didn't get me.  He's needed some sun too.  Unfortunately, I t...

By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 10
Was this staining outside indicative of a problem inside?Why yes!Looking up these foundation stains were directly under a third-floor, bathroom window.  The two bathrooms abutted and shared a single drain stack which ended in the basement.The siding was new, but these stains were old and had two ...

By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA)
Comments 4
Braemar Property Values:  March-April 2017 (Heritage Series)It is another gloomy day in Bristow, perfect conditions to do a Braemar Property Value Report and tell you what's going on in the Braemar real estate market.  This report will look back to sales in the Heritage Series homes in Braemar fo...

By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA)
Comments 1
Braemar Property Values:  March-April 2017 (Courtyard Series)Most days I wake up and pay no attention the weather report.  As I was getting ready to head to Wegman's to put a few groceries, after placing a TOO LATE sign topper on a listing in Gainesville, I expected it to be sweltering.  I'm not ...

By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 14
A sofa does not a guardrail make!While that might come as a shock to some, it should not.This homeowner decided to replace the flooring in the house with new hardwood flooring.While it was a very nice job, the pesky guardrail was removed and not replaced!Instead, and why not, a sofa was purchased...

By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 8
Roof truss cables must be removed.Some builders remove them and some don't.But leaving roof truss cables exposed just provides another unwanted penetration through the roof, with shingles that are never going to glue down flat. Shingles that are not flat are wind vulnerable. And leak vulnerable.A...

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