Why do I need a Home Inspector when purchasing a house?

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One of the most important things you will need to do when purchasing a home is schedule your home inspection.  Depending upon the contract you are using, you have about 10 days to have the home inspected and request the sellers to make any repairs.

A home inspector performs a visual inspection of the systems and items in the home. It’s best to use an ASHI certified inspector who has been rigorously tested, educated, experienced and follows the ASHI code of ethics.

Depending upon the size of the house and any additional items requiring inspection (such as a pool) the inspection will take a about two hours.  The inspector looks at the structural parts of the home like the foundation and roof as well the heating and cooling systems, electrical, and plumbing.  In addition they will also inspect walls, floors, doors, ceilings, attics and more.

It’s best if you arrive at when the inspection is almost complete.  The inspector will go over his report with you in person and show you his findings.  You should also receive a detailed written report after the inspection is complete.  The inspector should be very thorough and the report will probably contain a few cosmetic items that can be repaired after you move in. If there are any serious structural concerns you can usually negotiate with the sellers for the repairs or if there are too many you may be able to cancel your contract, check with your attorney or agent for guidance.

The Home Inspector will be able to advise you on the condition of the home you are buying and suggest any future repairs.

Kelly Harden, Realtor

Mihara & Associates

(813)244-9688

 

 

 

 

My eye opening visit to the local library

wlandolakesI am in a book club and when I went to the bookstore recently they didn’t have my assigned book for May in stock.  I could easily go home and order it on Amazon but that meant waiting two whole days for it to arrive!  I wasn’t sure I could wait that long, I’m an immediate gratification kind of girl!  On my way home I decided to make an impulse trip to the Land O’ Lakes public library to look for the book, and boy have things changed.

I haven’t visited any library regularly since my children were young, I had no idea they offered so many things to do for adults and children.  They are currently holding a book sale offered by Friends of the Library.  Scheduled activities for the month of May include Yoga, Canasta and Mahjong sessions, reading time for all ages of children, and various club meetings.

But the coolest thing they have is the Foundry where they teach all kinds of fun activities, crafts and more.  These activities are geared towards older kids and adults.  Current classes include sewing, intro to knitting and crochet, making a pom pom rug and woodworking.

If you are looking for fun activities for the summer I urge you to check out your local library.  And yes, they did have the book I needed on the shelf.

Here is a link to the Land O’ Lakes library’s schedule, and I am sure your local library has similar offerings as well .  http://pascolibraries.evanced.info/signup/calendar?ag=&et=&lib=4

Kelly Harden Realtor®, GRI

Century 21 Affiliated

813-244-9688

 

My time with Veronica Ortiz from Bella Furniture and Redesign

table and shelvesRecently I met a wonderful woman, Veronica Ortiz, who owns Bella Furniture and Redesign.   She and her husband Greg take the old wooden furniture you have and turn it into something completely different and new again or, if you prefer, they can make you something from scratch.  Her imagination appears to be endless.

We met at Veronica’s home because she displays many of her own works there.  As you wander around her space it is clear Veronica is a woman who loves what she does and takes pride in her work.

The top photo shows Veronica’s Industrial styling with custom built shelving installed on a stainless-steel wall.  The dining table has a stainless-steel top as well.

One of my favorite pieces is an extra-long console table complete with complimentary wall art she designed as well.  The console is in the farmhouse style so popular today, heavily distressed with a white crackle finish.

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Many Floridians have friends and family in various northern states who love to visit and experience everything Florida has to offer.  What do you do when you run out of sleeping space for them?  Veronica solved this problem by building a custom designed Murphy Bed in the home office creating a dual use for the space.

Are you looking for a special piece to create a statement in your space?  Or is it time to redo the entire room?  If you want something special call Veronica Ortiz at Bella Furniture and Redesign, 813-960-7485.

Kelly Harden, Realtor®

Mihara & Associates

813-244-9688

 

Why does my Realtor® want to meet me before showing me houses?

As a Buyer, when you first start working with a Realtor® they are going to request a sit down meeting with you.  This meeting could take place at their office or even a coffee shop.  Why do we do this before jumping in and showing you prospective houses?

It gives us a chance to get to know you better.  I have a series of questions I ask all of my buyers that helps me understand the type of house you are looking for, where you want the house to be, features you would like the house to have and what’s most important to you.  These interview type questions help save time in the long run by helping me understand you better.

A sit down meeting also give you a chance to interview the agent.  Ask questions, anything you want.  You need to feel comfortable working with me and confident I have your best interests at heart.

If you’ve never bought a home before, or if you did but it was years ago, you may not be aware of everything involved.  During our first meeting I will explain the process to you, what steps are involved, and what your responsibilities are as well as mine.

If you have not gotten pre-approved for a mortgage your agent will refer you to a couple of great lenders they trust and have worked with in the past.  In today’s strong sellers market you will need to send a pre-approval letter from the lender to the seller along with your offer.

Last, but certainly not least is safety.  It’s never wise to meet someone you don’t know in a vacant home.  Your agent may also ask for a copy of your drivers license, that’s standard procedure in many offices today.

When you take the time to meet with a Realtor® at the beginning of your home search you have the opportunity to ensure they are the right person for you.

Kelly Harden, Realtor®, GRI

Century 21 Affiliated, Tampa Bay

813-244-9688

 

Final Week of the 2017 Tampa Bay Parade of Homes

It’s here, the final week of the 2017 Parade of Homes put on by the Tampa Bay Builders Association.  This is your chance to see 92 models from 39 builders at their absolute best.  Model homes have extended hours, you don’t even need an appointment.  You can check out which model home won what award and pick your favorites.

This is my favorite outdoor space (and it’s an award winner too).  I’d like to use it as inspiration for my own backyard, another fun reason to go!

If you are thinking of moving a new construction home is always a great idea.  The home is brand new, no one has lived in it before.  If you start the process early you can choose your finishes and maybe even customize part of the house.  Newly built homes are usually more energy efficient and offer the latest in technology.

Many of the homes are in awesome communities with fabulous perks such as community pools, playgrounds, dog parks, walking or bike trails and more!

Kelly Harden  Realtor®, GRI

Century 21 Affiliated Avila

(813)244-9688

ps- When you find a home you love and want to buy don’t forget to bring your Realtor®, our job is to look out for your best interests!

 

Almost 4 Acres of Beautiful Land for Sale In Dover, FL

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I recently listed a beautiful piece of property in Dover, Florida for sale.  It’s almost four acres of undeveloped land with gorgeous oak trees, shrubs and other trees located north of Brandon Blvd and south of  Dr. M.L.K. Blvd.  It’s close to everything while still allowing plenty of privacy.

If you are looking for a place to build your dream home this might be it!  With almost four acres of land there is plenty of room for you and all of your toys!

The property is listed for $175,000.  If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about the land please give me a call, 813-244-9688.

Kelly Harden, Realtor®, GRI

Century 21 Affiliated, Avila

813-244-9688

Anderson Chhabra Eyecare Center and my new specs

I am now the very proud owner of a pair of Jimmy Choo’s!  Ok, it’s not a pair of his fabulous shoes (I can’t justify spending several hundred dollars on a pair of shoes, not matter how fabulous they look) but I did splurge and ordered his glasses!  I think I’m in love!

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It was time for my eye exam and my regular eye doctor moved to another location further away so this seemed like the perfect time to find a new doctor.  Yes, the eye wear selection they have there is very unique but I decided I wanted to find a place closer to home.  If the new place didn’t offer a great selection of frames I could always go back downtown to my regular shop.

After careful research (with the help of my friend Google) I found Anderson & Chhabra Eyecare Center in north Tampa off of Fletcher.  http://www.andersoneyecarecenter.com

I was very pleased with my experience there.  Setting the appointment with my crazy schedule was a breeze, I even had to reschedule on them and the were wonderful.  On the day of my appointment I didn’t have to wait long to be seen and the doctor was very thorough and made me feel at ease.

Selecting the glasses was the fun part of course.  They have so many brands to choose from- Carolina Herrera, Kenzie, Coach, Guess, Tom Ford, Prada, Jimmy Choo, Fendi, Michael Kors, Careera and many more!

I fell in love with two pair of Jimmy Choo’s and almost bought them both, but decided on the ones pictured above because a terrific pair of Fendi sunglasses were calling my name!

If you are wanting to change eye doctors this is where I would send you!

Kelly Harden, Realtor®, GRI

Century 21 Affiliated Avila

(813)244-9688