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Real Estate Broker/Owner - Dan Edward Phillips, Humboldt and Del Norte Counties, CA
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When I am discussing the possibility of listing of a client's property, I lways inquire about prior insurance claims.  Sellers sometimes forget them and fail to disclose them on a Real Estate Transfer Disclosure Statement in California. It becomes a problem if potential buyers check with the Buil...
01/08/2012
"Is it a bedroom"?  The best answer I can provide my clients is; "let the building inspector decide".  I suggest to the client that they obtain a building permit for "a change in use".  In most locations a building permit is REQUIRED for ALTERATIONS and CHANGE IN USE OR OCCUPANCY even if no const...
01/08/2012
When your home is in escrow and about to close,  don't forget to say "Good By" to your, about to be, former neighbors.  A 'Good By' party is a great idea, I have attended several that were outstanding!  They do take time to plan and prepare for. If a party is not pratical; consider writing a 'goo...
01/08/2012
When was the last time you inspected the vents in your Gabled Roof?  Older homes in this area of Northern California, in many cases, have large openings in the 'Gables' to allow for ventilation.  Some are very ornate. These openings in the Gabled end of your roof should be covered with screen on ...
01/08/2012
A 'Widow Maker' in Humboldt and Del Norte county is not a spider.  It is an old 'logging term' that is very appropriate to Redwood Trees. Redwoods are very stable trees.  However their tops and branches are prone to breaking off in windstorms.  When that event occurs, the piece of the falling red...
01/08/2012
Adding a garage or a shop to your home?  Before you pour the slab, give some thought to adding a bathroom!  A bathroom in your new garage or shop will take up only a small amount of space.  Yes, it will need both a water line and a line to the sewer or septic but the additional cost to install th...
01/08/2012
If you live in a rural area of Northern California and you have a private septic system, is your Septic Tank a Hazard? The type of "hazard" I am referring to is will the tank or the top of the tank collapse?  Not all septic tanks are concrete tanks with concrete tops. Many older septic tanks were...
01/08/2012
If you will be visiting Humboldt County in the near future, here are five suggestions for 'things to do' during your visit.  1. Visit 'old town' Eureka.  Drive to old town, park your vehicle and take a walk.  Have coffee at one of the many coffee houses.  Enjoy lunch at one one the many restauran...
01/08/2012
If you are preparing your home for sale, take a good look at your closets before listing your property for sale. 1. First, empty them out!  Keep only the items you will need on a daily basis.  The rest, pack up and move to a storage area. 2. Do they need painting or other repairs?  If so get it d...
01/08/2012
This is an excellent post to read on the subject of 'brick and mortar' repairs.  Thank you to Clint Mckie of Desert Sun Home Inspections in Carlsbad, New Mexico for the post.  Please leave comments on Clint's original post. Is brick and mortar forever? Not really. When prospective buyers are look...
01/08/2012
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