Archive for May, 2009

What’s Really Lurking Behind that Couch?

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

While hosting a dinner party last week, I found myself in the middle of a discussion about the state of the economy. Our friends were discussing their frustrations in being unable to sell their home in the current market.

These particular friends were planning on moving out of state and their moving date was fast approaching. They knew that they were not going to be able to sell their house before they had to leave South Florida and were leaving their home in the hands of a realtor. (more…)

Americans with Disabilities Act: Replacing a $25 door handle could save you over $50,000.00

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

Most of us have heard of the American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA). It’s a set of laws to help prevent discrimination against people with disabilities. Part of those laws deal directly with construction. If you own or are a tenant in a commercial building, then you better pay attention because most likely, you aren’t as compliant as you think you are. (more…)

Recession Creates Opportunities

Monday, May 11th, 2009

The National Bureau of Economic Research has officially declared what most of knew a year ago — we’re in a recession. But what hasn’t been said and what many money-savvy individuals are finding is that there are a huge number of opportunities for individuals and investors alike.

With the large number of houses currently available on the market and more being listed every week, it has become a true buyer’s market. Many sellers and banks are highly motivated to off-load properties. They’ve been offering huge incentives and price reductions that have never been seen before! With the vast number of foreclosures on the market, it has become more important than ever to retain a qualified Miami home inspector. Many of these homes are rough diamonds, but can just as easily turn into nothing more than a lump of coal. Frequently, there is no contact with the previous homeowner in a foreclosure. You’re just dealing with the bank and are not even given the ability to review a seller’s disclosure statement. Many of these homes have been neglected for some time and Building Inspection Services can identify many of the key problems and offer cost solutions to help make your dream home a reality.