The Perna Team Blog - Blog Archive: July, 2020

Top Ways to Improve Your Home's Energy EfficiencyThere's no questioning whether homeowners want to save money on their energy bills. Any extra funds wasted on inefficient walls and poor appliances can be put to good use elsewhere. The real problem is deciding which upgrades to make and when. Energy efficiency will look different for every home, depending on its construction date, environmental factors, and specific property traits. The best way to calculate the ones that are right for any given property is to rely on the average returns on investment. Here are a few suggestions with good rates of return for a better idea of how to get started.

Assess the Problem

Too many homeowners will invest money in a feature of their home that doesn't need quite so much attention. Like a home inspection, a…

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Real Estate Investing: What's the Right Option for You?Getting started in real estate investing starts with learning the basics of the types of properties available and how an investor can use them to make money. Like any potential venture, an investor will take on some degree of risk—no matter how fool-proof an opportunity seems. Learn more about the common terms of investment, how land can be used, and what tips to keep in mind before plunging in.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed real estate professional before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

The Language

The lingo of real estate can get pretty complicated, but it's good to start with a few definitions:

  • Residential: A broad category that refers to condos, town homes, single-family homes,…

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Why You Should Always Pay for a Home InspectionWhen buying a property, home buyers are not always required to get a home inspection. And if that is the case, many people elect to skip them altogether since they are an extra expense and can extend the closing date. That is almost always a bad idea, however, as it makes the purchase quite a gamble. Here's a look at why getting a new home inspection is always a smart move.

Learn About Maintenance Needs

During a property inspection, inspectors look from the roof to foundation for potential problems. They mark down all the imperfections they come across, including:

  • Water leaks
  • Foundation cracks
  • Holes in the siding
  • Missing caulk around windows and doors
  • Hanging gutters
  • Rotting deck boards
  • Loose railings
  • Signs of pests

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