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What are some questions to ask a home inspector? If you're buying a house, you know that your home inspector will check it out and make sure it's in decent shape. So if you want to get to know your home beyond its pretty facade, you should pepper your inspector with questions—a whole lot of them, in fact!

But when you ask those questions is as important as what you ask. Namely, you should attend your home inspection and ask him right then and there. The reason: Rather than trying to decipher your inspector's (very technical) report, it's much easier for this pro to actually show you what's going on with the house.

To help you get this essential show-and-tell session rolling, here are a few questions to ask a home inspector that will help you size up a house yourself, and keep it in good condition for as long as you hang your hat there.

1. 'What does that mean?'
During the inspection, your inspector will go slowly through the entire house, checking everything to ensure there are no signs of a problem, says Frank Lesh, executive Director of the American Society of Home Inspectors. He'll point out things to you that aren't as they should be.

Don't be afraid to ask any questions about what he's telling you, and make sure you understand the issue and why it matters.

For example: If the inspector says something like, "Looks like you've got some rotten boards here," it's smart to ask him to explain what that means for the overall house—how difficult it is to repair, and how much it will cost.

Just keep in mind that your inspector can't tell you whether or not to buy the house, or how much you should ask the seller to fix (though your real estate agent should be able to help with that).

2. 'Is this a big deal or a minor issue?'
For most people, buying a house is the biggest purchase they'll ever make. It's normal to start feeling panicky when your inspector is telling you the house has a foundation problem, a roof in need of repair, or electrical that isn't up to code. Don't freak out—just ask the inspector whether he thinks the issue is a big deal. You'll be surprised to hear that most houses have similar issues and that they're not deal breakers, even if they sound major.

And if it is major? Well, that's why you're having the inspection done. You can address it with the seller or just walk away.

3. 'What's that water spot on the ceiling, and is it a problem?'
Don't be shy about pointing out things that look off to you and asking if they're OK. Odds are, if there's something weird, your inspector has noted it and is going to check it out thoroughly. For example, if there's a water spot on the ceiling, maybe he needs to check it from the floor above to know if it's an issue. If something is bothering you about the house, make sure to address it.

Ideally your inspector will ask you if there's anything you're specifically concerned about before he starts. Make sure to tell him if this is your first home, or if you're worried about the house's age, or anything at all that strikes you as a possible negative.

4. 'I've never owned a house with an HVAC/boiler/basement. How do I maintain this thing?'
Flaws aside, this is your golden opportunity to have an expert show you how to take care of your house.

"Inspectors are used to explaining basic things to people. If you have a question, ask it," says Lesh. "Don't expect your inspector to teach you how to build a clock, but we are happy to explain how things work."

5. 'What are your biggest concerns about the property?'
At the end of the inspection, the inspector should give you a broad-strokes summary of what he found. You'll get a written report later, but this is a great moment to get clarity on what the inspector thinks are the house's biggest issues, and whether or not they require further investigation.

Often, you'll need to call in another expert—a plumber, electrician, roofer, or HVAC professional—to take a look at anything the inspector flagged. You should walk away from inspection day with a mental punch list of things that need to be addressed by either the seller or another expert.

In some states, there's a limited amount of time for these negotiations to happen, so you and your agent may want to hit the ground running. Your official report will have more detail, but you should know what's on it by the time you leave the home that day.
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One of my all time favorite pics, "The Savage" and the story behind it. Horse on the left was in the lead, horse on the right was closing in the gap and starting to pass. Instead of the horse on the left putting forth more effort into gaining and keeping the lead, he reaches over and bites the horse on the right. Meanwhile the horse on the right has his ears laid back and his eye on the prize. Moral of the story.. Never entertain foolishness. Have a purpose in life, Stay focused and never let others bring you down. Winners are not people who never fail, but people who never quit. There is an old saying: a champion is someone who is willing to be uncomfortable & Rock bottom has built more champions than privilege. It's about hard work and drive.. Determination to keep pushing forward when others would love to see you fail. Winning isn't the score on the board, it's seeing something through to the end and congratulating your opponent. If you win through bad sportsmanship there is no real victory.
Favorite quote: "its not about how hard you can hit, it's about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward."- Rocky Balboa
P.S horse on the right won
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Yard-Staging. Yes, it's a thing. Or at least it should be...
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First impressions matter—and when you're selling your house, there's nothing quite like the vision of a manicured yard to really wow potential buyers. Like staging the inside of your home, staging your yard takes time, effort, and a little bit of money. But your hard work is sure to impress, and the payoff can be a fast offer.

Here are some of the best projects you can do to stage your yard and get ready for an open house.

Clean up the lawn and landscaping
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Imagine rolling up to an open house and seeing an overgrown lawn that's littered with weeds—not exactly appealing, huh? If you have a lawn, it's one of the first things potential buyers are going to look at, so it's critical to cut it and keep it neat every time you're about to show your home.

In addition to your lawn, Katie McCann, an organizing expert with Maeve's Method, recommends weeding and watering your flower gardens, pruning the shrubs, trimming the hedges, and sweeping away dead leaves.

You should also clean up the front stoop by removing cracked planters and pots with dead blooms.

If your porch, driveway, or the pathway leading to your house is coated with dirt and stains, you can get rid of it with a few hours of power washing. Most power washers can be rented from your local hardware store for about $60 per day.

Clear the clutter
Make sure the outside of your home looks as tidy as possible. Clear old newspapers from the front stoop, and pick up any litter you see around the yard.

"Don't forget to stash away any kids' toys you find on the lawn, and always park your cars in the garage," McCann says. You want to highlight your home—not your random belongings.

Add some color
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Head to your local gardening center, and pick up some pretty annuals to plant in window boxes, in your garden, or along the edge of the driveway. If you don't have much space for planting, install a few hooks on the eave and hang some plants.

To hide the dirt around the fresh new blooms you planted, lay down some mulch.

"Dark brown bark chips give your yard an inexpensive boost, so spread it in flower beds and wherever else dirt and weeds are exposed," says Lisa Gulliver, owner of Showhomes Home Staging in San Diego, CA.

Consider kids
While you don't want an explosion of toys and other kiddie clutter in the yard, you can still stage your lawn to look attractive to buyers with children.

"Kids can be very persuasive when it comes to a sale, so make the yard enticing—it can get a potential buyer with children excited about living in your home," says Gulliver.

If you already have a swingset, clean it up. Fill an empty space in your backyard with a pingpong table or cornhole boards. Organize a neat row of parked tricycles and bikes.

Arrange an area for backyard entertaining
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Show off your deck or patio by setting up an inviting outdoor furniture area. Create a focal point near the grill or under a tree with a picnic table, chairs, and an all-weather umbrella. You could even set the table with a cloth runner and attractive lanterns.

And don't forget accessories, says Gulliver.

"Decorative pillows on outdoor furniture add a pop of color and create a festive atmosphere," she sa
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