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ValueGuard Philadelphia Home Inspections
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Recently received an email which stated:

"Did you know that
if you sell your house after 2012 you will pay a 3.8% sales tax on it?
That's $3,800 on a $100,000 home, etc. When did this happen? It's in
the health care bill and goes into effect in 2013. Why 2013? Could it
be to come to light AFTER the 2012 elections? So, this is "change you
can believe in"? Under the new health care bill all real estate
transactions will be subject to a 3.8% Sales Tax.
If you sell a $400,000 home, there will be a $15,200 tax. This bill is
set to screw the retiring generation who often downsize their homes.
Does this make your November and 2012 vote more important? Oh, you
weren't aware this was in the Obamacare bill? Guess what, you aren't
alone. There are more than a few members of Congress that aren't aware
of it either"

After reading your reaction of surprise may be similar to mine. Looking into further discovered the truth behind it.

The truth is that only a tiny percentage of home sellers will pay the tax. First of all, only those with incomes over $200,000 a year ($250,000 for married couples filing jointly) will be subject to it. And even for those who have such high incomes, the tax still won’t apply to the first $250,000 on profits from the sale of a personal residence — or to the first $500,000 in the case of a married couple selling their home.
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This 19,000-square-foot estate in Malvern, Pa., has an Italian name that means 'all smiles.' The home boasts a wine cellar, a gourmet kitchen and a two-story media room with an elevated walkway.
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A section of the floor sheathing was repaired with a hollow core door. Interesting repair.
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Good read for potential home buyers/sellers.
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ValueGuard Home Inspections has been awarded the prestigious 2011 Angie’s List Super Service Award, an honor bestowed annually on approximately 5 percent of all the businesses rated on the nation’s leading provider of consumer reviews on local service and health providers. “Our favorite phone calls start with “I found you on Angie’s List!” We feel like we’ve already been introduced,” said Ralph Millard, president of ValueGuard Home Inspections. “And we’re so appreciative of our former clients that have taken the time to recognize our employees' professionalism and hard work.”
PHILADELPHIA home inspection Award reflects company's consistently high level of customer service (January 2, 2012) ValueGuard Home Inspections has been awarded the prestigious 2011 Angie’s List
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5 Reasons to Call ValueGuard Home Inspections & Radon Testing
1. Better Business Bureau (BBB) Accredited Business, with an A+ rating!
2. Experienced, ASHI® certified & licensed home inspectors
3. Detailed, informative home inspection reports, with color photos
4. Competitively priced home inspections performed 7 days a week
5. Award winning client services. Knowledgeable, local office staff.
Since 1997 over 43,000 families have trusted ValueGuard Home Inspections. ValueGuard is a local, family-owned BBB Accredited Business with an A+ rating recognized for consistently high quality customer service. Our team of experienced, American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) Certified, licensed home inspectors are available to inspect your home 7 days a week. ValueGuard PA DEP certified radon technicians perform continuous rate, electronic tamper-resistant radon tests.Schedule a home inspection, radon test and termite inspection - call 215-860-3150.
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600 Chestnut St #675 Philadelphia, PA 19106
600 Chestnut Street #675USPennsylvaniaPhiladelphia19106
Home InspectorToday 8:30AM–5:30PM
Wednesday 8:30AM–5:30PMThursday 8:30AM–5:30PMFriday 8:30AM–5:30PMSaturday ClosedSunday ClosedMonday 8:30AM–5:30PMTuesday 8:30AM–5:30PM
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Ryan Anderson
a year ago
Called to ask a few questions about a home inspection. Man got incredibly rude quickly told me he was not a 411 and then hurried me off of the phone. Do not do business with this company. They treated me poorly and finished all of my sentences. He hung up on me.
Response from the owner - a year ago
This review was not posted by a client of ours. The call was not in reference to a home inspection or other related service that we perform. As a renter, the caller had concerns about his apartment and we suggested that he contact the landlord or the City. Shortly afterwards, he posted a merit-less review.
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Mike Reyman
4 years ago
Always a pleasure - as a Realtor, I come across many businesses that serve the real estate industry. Without hesitation, I would recommend Value Guard and in particular, their #1 inspector, Mike B. Shelly & Ralph are great people to work with and will do whatever they can to accommodate a Realtor's request. As for Mike, I have seen him work with very tentative buyers and with the buyers that have experience in home repair. He is very straightforward and explains what he sees without the drama and need to prove his experience and knowledge. Mike is excellent in making the potential buyer educated on the house so they can be better buyers. I pleasure to work from start to finish. Keep up the great work!
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A Google User
4 years ago
Wonderful service, prompt, communicative. I found them to be very thorough and professional. Not only did they provide a very comprehensive inspection, they provided a large list of tips and tricks for home maintenance. I would certainly recommend them to friends and family. Very good for a first time home buyer.
A Google User
4 years ago
Professional service from the point of initial call to the inspection and ending with a detailed report. We were fortunate to have the home inspected by Michael Baltrush. Mike started with a short interview of our main concerns and point we would like him to address. The inspection was very thorough from minor to major issues. We will definitely work with Value Guard again!
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Dent Wilkens
3 years ago
The Valueguard team was exceptional. They were able to book an appointment the day after I called. The inspector was on time, very personable, and was knowledgeable about his job. He was very thorough and explained what he found in each section of the inspection as he went, which was then backed up in the inspection report. The report also contained cost estimates for work that needed to be performed. We also used them for Radon testing which was extremely easy. We will certainly be using them if we buy again in the area.
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A Google User
4 years ago
Professional, knowledgeable, helpful, and all-around just a job well done. Buying, selling, or renting a home is enough of a hassle. ValueGuard is probably the one aspect of this process that my wife and I agree was low-stress, valuable, and worth every penny. Mike was on time, easygoing, extremely knowledgable, and not only took the time to answer all of our questions, but also walked us through some of the basics of construction, HVAC, and home maintenance and repair options. I recommend ValueGuard without hesitation; from start to finish a world-class, polished experience.
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A Google User
6 years ago
Just had our home inspected by Cory at Valueguard. He was an excellent inspector and very helpful in answering all my questions about the property. All my interactions with this company were great. They really know what they are doing. Thanks again.
A Google User
5 years ago
My future home got inspected by Brad from ValueGuard. He came on time and was very friendly. Comparing to my previous experience with another inspector, Brad did much more inspection and was very thorough. I am very happy with the service and will recommend Brad and ValueGuard to do my next home inspection. Thank you.