Meridian Idaho Home Inspections

Nearly all of the homes sold in Meridian Idaho are purchased subject to the buyer’s approval of a home inspection report.

In the Meridian Idaho real estate market, the buyer pays for a home inspection to be performed by an inspector of their own choosing.

A home inspection will cost $300 or more in most instances, depending upon the size of the home and the scope of the inspection.

After the inspection, the inspector will prepare a report with his findings and deliver it to the buyers and/or their agent.

If there are no significant defects noted on the report, the transaction will proceed normally.

If, however, the inspection report notes problems, the buyer will have the option of asking the seller (in writing) to correct those items.

At that point, the seller can agree to complete the requested repairs, in which case the transaction will proceed normally.

The seller, however, can refuse to complete the requested repairs, thereby giving the buyers the option of canceling the purchase and having their earnest money returned.

Some sellers opt to have their home “pre-inspected” by a home inspector of their own choosing prior to listing their home.

This allows them to control the selection of the inspector, and a positive report can be used as an effective marketing tool.

 

Boise Home Appraisals

If you’re financing your home, your lender will have the home appraised by a licensed real estate appraiser to confirm that the value is adequate for the requested loan amount.

This assures you that the price you’re paying for the home is reasonable, because the lender wants to confirm they’re not lending more than they should.

Lenders are required to order the appraisal through an Appraisal Management Company (AMC), which then assigns the appraisal to one of their approved appraisers. This prevents the lender from influencing the outcome of the appraisal. Lenders do not know the identity of the appraiser until they receive the appraisal report from the AMC.

It’s important to understand that the purpose of the appraisal is to justify the value of the property for the intended loan; not to establish fair market value.

The appraiser looks at the physical characteristics of the home, as well as the condition.

Depending upon the type of loan (think FHA and/or VA here), the appraiser may note items needing repairs.

In the Boise area market, the seller often pays for the appraisal.

The cost of a typical residential appraisal in our area is usually between $350 to $450, but larger properties requiring more complex appraisals can cost more.

Appraisals for non-owner occupied properties typically cost more due to the additional economic analysis required.

 

Moving With Pets

Moving with pets can be stressful for everyone in the family.

That’s especially true for the four-legged members of your family.

The tough part is you can’t explain to your dogs and cats what’s happening. Every animal reacts differently to new living quarters, and temperament has a lot to do with it. Some pets take a move in stride, while others exhibit anxiety or insecurity for days or weeks.

Here are some things to consider as the big move approaches and after you’re in your new home:

Talk With Your Vet

Ask your veterinarian for recommendations on easing the transition. If your pet is generally anxious or high-strung, perhaps it’s worth asking whether a mild calming medication might be right for your pet for the first few days after the move. It’s not uncommon for vets to prescribe gentle stress relief for travel. Your veterinarian may also suggest additional vaccinations depending on the area and climate you’re moving to.

Give Your Pet The Tour

After you move in, give your pet time to explore the house gradually, rather than letting it loose immediately to roam at will. Limit it to one area – perhaps the kitchen – for a few hours until it calms down. Show the pet where you’ve placed its familiar items like the food dish, water bowl and bed. You might want to keep a dog on a leash when first allowing it to tour the greater part of the house. If you have a fenced yard, avoid letting pets out unsupervised for several days until you’re sure they can’t climb or dig out from under the fence.

Show Your Dog The Neighborhood

Take your dog for walks and allow it to sniff around the entire neighborhood. While you acclimate to your new location primarily by visual cues, dogs depend on their noses to guide them. Leave and enter the new home by different doors during the early walks, so your dog develops a good sense of direction and knows exactly where home is.

Calm Your Cat

Territorial by nature, cats often experience more issues with moving than their canine counterparts. Keep your cat safe in its carrier upon arrival, placing it in a quiet area. When the hubbub dies down, let it out in an enclosed room away from main traffic areas. Provide your cat with familiar objects, such as a bed, litter box and toys. Spend lots of time with it and encourage it to explore the room, perhaps by strategically placing cat treats. Outgoing, friendly cats might be ready for further exploration within a day or two after arrival, while shy cats might take much longer.

Create New Routines

While you have a million things to do after moving into a new house, try to have at least one family member home at all times during the first week or so. Have meals at home and establish a routine for your furry friends as soon as possible. Feed pets and take the dog for walks at the same time as you did at your old home.

Update Pet ID’s

Because accidents happen, update your pet’s identification information before you move. Your new municipality might require licensing within a certain time frame, but you need updated tags from day one of your move.

If your pets are micro-chipped, contact the registration company and give them the new information.

This way, if Fluffy or Fido slips out the door, anyone who finds them can easily return them to their new home.

Credit: RE/MAX International