Test Drive a Home Before an Offer

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While that newly renovated home looks great in photos, what’s really behind that real estate listing could be too good to be true. When it comes to assessing a potential new home, the savvy buyer knows to relentlessly sleuth for any hidden problems. Like you would at a car dealership, test drive your potential future home for important features that easily go unnoticed. Here, Trulia.com explains how to make like a crime-scene detective and put your potential home to the test—before you submit an offer.

1. See what the neighbors are like

Before you step foot into a potential new place, drive by a few times. What’s the foot traffic like in the neighborhood? Do the strolling neighbors look more like young professionals or married couples with children? How much noise do the neighbors make? (Sneak in a Saturday night visit to get the full taste.) If you drive to work, test your morning and evening commutes and time how long it takes you.

2. Head out on a walking tour

Once you’ve examined the place by vehicle, it’s time to repeat on foot. See how long it takes you to get to the nearest coffee shop or restaurant, and make sure you love the local cuisine or cup of joe. (A walkability score considers only quantity, not quality, of amenities.) Scope out the nearest public transportation stations while gauging the condition of sidewalks and public plantings—a well-manicured neighborhood usually suggests stronger civic engagement.

3. Test out the plumbing

Don’t get seduced by the stand-up shower with the exposed copper pipes and wraparound glass doors—try it out yourself. How hard is the pressure? How quickly does the water heat? Test the bathroom and kitchen sinks while you’re at it. Water pressure shouldn’t be a deal breaker, but low pressure could indicate a damaging leak and more water problems (and expenses) down the road.

4. Open the windows

Even if it’s chilly, open a few windows, especially in the room that may be your future master bedroom. This is a good way to check if any windows are stuck, but also an opportunity to listen. Can you hear a lot of traffic or neighborly noise? Do your windows seem to bring in a lot of cross breezes, or do neighboring buildings block the airflow? When the windows are closed, can you feel drafts around the edge of the frames? Windows are crucial for the look and feel of your home.

5. Inspect the home’s natural lighting

If the open house happens on a cloudy day, schedule a follow-up visit when the sun is shining. See how the natural light flows through each room, especially high-traffic areas. If a room seems especially dark, consider whether the paint color is causing the problem. On the same note, you’ll want to see how dark the bedrooms can get. Close all the shades in all the bedrooms and see if the light still filters through; you might want to throw room-darkening shades onto your shopping list.

6. Keep your ears open for any unwanted noise

This is a biggie—condo sounds, in particular, can drive homeowners insane. Make multiple visits to a unit to catch surrounding neighbors when they’re home and making noise. If there are multiple condos for sale in the building, bring a friend and walk around upstairs or in the adjacent unit to see how noise travels. And be sure to ask if children live in the building; the pitter-patter of little feet is far less charming to those who live below them.
Once you’ve assessed noise levels, you should determine how sound travels within the home. Turn on the dryer to hear how loud it is. March around in the guest bedroom to determine how thick the walls are. If you’ll need to invest in sound insulation and throw rugs, it’s better to know now.

7. Scope out storage space

Some sellers clear their homes of all clutter, but many don’t. Rather than turn up your nose at an overstuffed bedroom closet, take out the tape measure and record some dimensions. The space may be larger than it seems; you can also take those measurements home and plan out a closet scheme online to see how much stuff it can really handle.

8. Don’t forget your marbles

Are those newly stained hardwood floors level? Bring a marble to find out. Discreetly place the marble on the hardwood floors: Does it stay put or start rolling? If the slope is especially steep, there might be a structural problem at play, but even a slightly uneven floor can become a bargaining chip.

Let’s Talk REAL ESTATE GEM RARE OPPORTUNITY

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I know that I am often perceived as very enthusiastic, which from where I stand is not a bad trait. My excitability is infectious and endearing I’ve been told but this time, I need to be heard and taken seriously.

SEEKING any serious buyer, who is interested in Real Estatae in Southern CA, who appreciates views, privacy and space to TAKE ME DAMN SERIOUSLY! THERE IS AN OPPORTUNITY HERE!

I sold a property some years ago for the second time. It was a love story between a family and a  home, perched high on the Peninsula. My clients fell in love with the land, the views and the home – from THOUSANDS of miles away, in the Czech Republic. I successfully negotiated them through a difficult transaction and it was indeed a true love affair of ocean and architecture.

When my clients relocated out of CA, I sold it FOR them and I could have sold it a dozen times.

What made that property so special and unique? The location, the orientation on the land, and the design.

TODAY there is a new offering on the market, just two lots to the South. Same view, same flat land, different house. BUT AMAZING opportunity to live/own on one of the most special streets in the South Bay, on top of the Palos Verdes Peninsula.

CALL ME, TRUST ME! I’m SERIOUS +1.310.200.3037

Groovey

Let’s Talk “La Vie, E.V.”

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A SENSE OF COMMUNITY ADDS MEANINGFUL, DEEP FULFILLMENT TO ONES LIFE, AND EVERYONE HAS A DIFFERENT  GENRE OF THE COMMUNITY THEY ENJOY AND TAKE PART IN. YOU HAVE THE WINE AND FOOD AFICIONADOS, OBSESSED DOG LOVERS, TRAVEL ENTHUSIASTS AND THE LIST GOES ON.

I’VE ADDED ONE TO MY LIST OF COMMUNITIES AND IT’S A BIGGIE. I’LL CALL MINE “LA VIE E.V.”.

I TOOK DELIVERY OF MY TESLA S ABOUT A MONTH AGO AND ITS BEEN A LOVE AFFAIR EVER SENSE WE FIRST STEPPED INTO THE FACTORY PARKING LOT IN FREEMONT.

WHAT I DIDN’T YET KNOW WAS THAT TESLA OWNERS ARE A ‘COMMUNITY’. TESLA OWNERS ARE PROUD ALL ELECTRIC VEHICLE ENTHUSIASTS, BUT ITS  DEEPER THAN THAT.

TESLA OWNERS HAVE AN ENTHUSIASM FOR THE CAR, FOR ELON, THAT IS TRULY PALPABLE. THERE IS A GIDDY EXCITEMENT AMONGST TESLA OWNERS, AND THIS FERVOR IS, WELL ELECTRIC!

ONE MIGHT THINK WITH SUCH A STELLAR PRICE TAG THAT TESLA S OWNERS MIGHT ERRON THE  SNOBBY SIDE? THIS HAS NOT BEEN MY OBSERVATION! TESLA OWNERS ARE LIKE LITTLE KIDS WITH THEIR FAVORITE TOY ON THEIR 5TH BIRTHDAY. THE SMILES, THE PURE ZERO OCTAINE JOY SMELLS LIKE A SUMMER BREEZE, NOT CHOKING EXHAUST.

SUPER CHARGING STATIONS ARE A NEW VENUE FOR CONVERSATION, STORY SWAPPING AND GENERAL TESLA COMMRADERIE. IN THE 40 MINUTES IT TAKES TO GET A FULL CHARGE AT A SUPER STATION, NEW FRIENDSHIPS ARE FORGED, TESLA ETIQUETTE PASSED DOWN TO THE NEWBIES AND PEOPLE ARE BEAMING. THIS IS A HAPPY CAR, A SMART, SEXY, DID I MENTION FAST AS HELL CAR!

THERE IS ALSO THE FUN MINI COMMUNITY OF “PLUGSHARE”. THE APP THAT SHOWS YOU WHERE THERE ARE APPROPRIATE CHARGING OUTLETS IN PEOPLE’S HOMES! CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT? THEY LIST THEIR NAMES, PHONE NUMBERS AND TYPE OF OUTLET AND CAR THEY HAVE. WE WERE TOLD AT OUR FIRST SUPER CHARGE EXPERIENCE, TO CARRY A BOTTLE OR TWO OF WINE AT ALL TIMES – JUST IN CASE THE “RANGE ANXIETY” GETS THE BETTER OF US AND WE MIGHT NEED A QUICK TOP OFF AT SOMEONES HOME. WHAT A CONCEPT! WHAT A COMMUNITY!

I DEFINITELY FEEL THAT EVERY TIME I STEP ON THE GAS FREE ACCELERATOR, THAT I’M A PART OF THE FUTURE.

 

THANK YOU ELON!

TESSIE

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