Well...I was nominated by my best friend in Costa Rica Eugenia Echeverria Gaspar to partake in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. My Son Patrick thought it was so funny to see her son Richie dump water on his Mother's head. I thought I could get away with just writing a cheque here in Windsor, Ontario to the ALS Society of Canada and be done with it.
Boy was I wrong! My son Patrick went straight to the fridge and started filling a bucket with ice. I said no Patrick, Mommy has decided to write a cheque instead. His eyes welled up with tears and I knew I was in for some cold water on my head and boy was it cold!!
ALS is a horrible scary disease which no one is too interested in talking about let alone opening their wallet for. This crazy campaign is not well received by all and is becoming a little redundant, however; it sure has raised a lot of money for this forgotten and unpopular charity. I chose to nominate Richie Gaspar and Patrick Macleod to partake in the Ice Bucket Challenge. Patrick chose Richie my best friends son as well. We had a lot of laughs doing this.
We always recommend that homes purchased in Windsor and Essex County be thoroughly inspected by a certified Home Inspector.
Inspections are an important tool to verify that any potential Windsor home is a sound investment and not a bottomless money pit! Inspections are normally built into every agreement of purchase and sale. They are a condition of the purchase which enable buyers the option to renegotiate or walk away should the Windsor home not fair well during the inspection.
A home inspector will typically inspect:
Roof, some inspectors will get up on any roof, some will tackle low slopes, and others use binoculars to check for wornness or curling of shingles. Here in Windsor during the winter months a visual roof inspection may not be possible because of snow.
Plumbing, most inspectors will flush toilets to check for leaks and run all faucets to assess water pressure and the immediacy and volume of available hot water.
Heating and Cooling, depending on the time of year the furnace should be tested by turning up the thermostat and checking the response.
Home Interior, an inspection generally includes a visual scan of floors, walls and ceilings for signs of water intrusion, or sagging.
Basement should be checked for indications of previous water intrusion in addition to signs of structural problems. You can find out a lot of information in the basement!
Smoke Detector adequacy
Attic, to verify that there is proper insulation in the home
Electrical, most inspectors remove the face of the electrical box if it is safe to do so and check for over current protections, grounding, and the presence of any aluminum wiring (which can be a dangerous fire hazard)
It is important to note that Windsor Home Inspectors can only check out what is visible to the eye. They do not tear out dry wall like Mike Holmes! A home inspection is necessary part to the Windsor home buying process. It will give home buyers a piece of mind and make them aware of potential problem areas as well.
For those getting ready to put their home up for sale in Windsor it can be useful to have a "pre-inspection". This will allow for Sellers to make an necessary repairs prior to a potential Buyer making an offer.
As always if you require any real estate assistance do not hesitate to call upon us. Servicing the Windsor Essex areas -Riverside, Tecumseh, Lakeshore, Central Windsor, East Windsor, South Cameron, Lasalle, South Windsor, Olde Walkerville, Waterfront Properties, Kingsville, Foreclosures and Bank Repossessed Properties
The latest MLS statistics are in for home sales in Windsor and Surrounding areas. Although sales are down over all for the year we are up 10% for the month of May, in comparion to May 2011. The most successful selling price range in Windsor Essex County and surrounding areas year to date appears to be $140,000 to $180,000.
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As always if you require any real estate assistance do not hesitate to call upon us. Servicing the Windsor Essex areas -Riverside, Tecumseh, Lakeshore, Central Windsor, East Windsor, South Cameron, Lasalle, South Windsor, Old Walkerville, Waterfront Properties, Foreclosures and Bank Repossessed Properties.