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Home Search 101: How to best research a property online

Categories: New Homes in Raleigh | Posted: May 31, 2019

If you’re in the market this spring for a new home in Raleigh, you are most likely like every other buyer and spending countless hours online doing research to help you find the perfect new home. However, once you narrow your search down to a home you feel comfortable putting an offer on, what can you do to ensure that home is the right one for you? Royal Oaks Homes, a division of Mattamy Homes, shares three tips that can help you do more online digging towards your prospective new home.

No days, it is amazing how much information you can find online. The internet is full of data on past home sales, home prices in the area, the history of each sale of a resale home, neighborhood activity and so on. There is very little you can’t find online now when it comes to a home or the area around the home.

One of the things you will want to consider when researching a possible home is the building records. Most all public information and documentation is available online. You can also typically find building permit history as well.

Even though by law, sellers must disclose work done to the property, there may have been work done by a previous owner you may want to know about if you are looking at a resale home.

One thing buyers need to watch out for is any work that was done on a home, without a permit. If updates were made and not up to a health or safety code, if you become the owner and look to sell down the road that could be your issue to deal with even if you weren’t the one to make the update.

The best way to search for records like these is to search for “building records” and then the city you are looking to purchase a home in.

If you haven’t already utilized Google street view to look at your prospective new home, enter the address of the home into Google and hit search. You will see a thumbnail image of the home pop up next to the map with the location of the home, and if you click on the image you can see what the home looked like prior to being listed on the market. Most often, these photos were taken a few years in advance and can give you an idea of any work that might have been done to the exterior, prior to selling.

You can research a lot about school districts and individual schools online these days. You can search district test score numbers, student to teacher ratios, parent reviews and if there are any special learning options if you have a child who needs special teaching requirements or advanced learning opportunities.

The final piece you want to be sure to check when you’re doing your online due diligence in background history of a home, is to find a neighborhood crime app and due some digging. You can check things like sex offenders, crime, homicides, theft, robbery and so on that have gone on in the area. Especially if you have children or plan on having children in the home you are looking to buy, these are very important to consider for their safety as well.



Royal Oaks, a Division of Mattamy Homes is a new home builder in Raleigh, North Carolina. For additional information about Royal Oaks building your Raleigh new home, please call (888) 677-1502.

Simple Monthly and Yearly Maintenance Schedule for New Homeowners

Categories: Blog | Posted: May 28, 2019

If you’ve just moved into a new home, it’s hard to imagine anything but that shiny, perfect interior and exterior. However, as a homeowner, you’re going to be putting a lot of time and energy into maintaining that home. When you start considering everything that needs to be updated, cleaned, and repaired over time, it can get a little overwhelming.

But you can prepare for regular maintenance by keeping this schedule in the back of your mind (or right in your Google calendar). That way, you can tackle these tasks head on and keep your home safe and secure for many years to come.

Monthly Tasks

Check and Change HVAC System Filters

Checking your filters each month is an easy way to avoid super expensive repairs later on. Plan to go around the house checking these filters at the same time each month; you can even build it into your regular monthly chores. Be sure to clean or replace filters when they get dirty.

Inspect Your Fire Extinguisher

Don’t wait for a full-blown grease fire to realize your fire extinguisher is outdated or worse, missing. Every monthly, take a look at your fire extinguisher(s) to make sure it’s easily accessible, has the right amount of pressure, and isn’t expired.

Clean Your Kitchen Range Hood

Range hood filters get grimy fast. You definitely don’t want to pull yours out a few months from now and find a thick layer of grease covering it. Use a degreaser to clean it, then rinse and dry before replacing thoroughly.

Check Water Softener

You won’t need to add salt to your water softener each month, but it’s a good idea to take a look and make sure.

Yearly Tasks

Replace Batteries in Your Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

There’s nothing more important than your family’s safety. Regularly check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to make sure they’re in working order. Once a year, replace all the batteries in those detectors. Don’t forget — plan to do this every year on the same day, like an anniversary, daylight savings, or a holiday.

Service Your HVAC System

Once a year, it’s a good idea to get your HVAC systems serviced by a professional. Clean systems are more energy-efficient, and you can stay ahead of potential issues by regularly serving these systems.

Vacuum Refrigerator Coils

You heard that right. As the fridge coils get dusty and dirty, they can suck up a ton of extra power. Keep your refrigerator running efficiently by vacuuming out all that grime.

Service and Prepare Air Conditioner (in the Spring)

Depending on whether your home uses window units or has central air, you’ll want to prepare your air conditioner before the hot weather rolls in. If you have a central air system, consider calling in a professional to service it and get it ready for summer.

Turn Off Outdoor Faucets, Unhook Hoses (in the Fall)

Prepare for colder weather by turning off your outdoor faucets and flushing them, and doing the same to your hoses. Unhook them and store them until the Spring.

There are other tasks you’ll want to do on a semi-regular basis to keep your home exterior maintained, like cleaning out your gutters in the Spring or cleaning out window wells in the summer. But the list above of monthly and yearly tasks are the most important ones to keep in mind to make sure you’re keeping your home up to date. With regular checks and repairs, you’ll be able to live in a safe and secure home for years to come.

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