10 Questions You MUST how to get rid of ants in the house Ask Before You Buy a Home!

Let’s take a step back from decorating and DIY projects how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar for a second….And let’s talk the questions you must ask before buying a how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar house. Be sure to download my FREE home buying workbook in how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar my how to buy a house in 12 weeks post. Also, check out the entire 30 questions you must ask before how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar buying a house

It’s been 8 years since we moved into this 4-BR single family house, and if I could have done it all over again, these questions below are the questions I wish someone would how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar have told me to ask before jumping in with 2 how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar feet. Here, I’m sharing these tips with you in hopes of helping how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar other people make better decisions about home buying!

Did you know that new windows can set you back how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar upwards of $10,000…..$15,000, or more? I know: GASP! How often do you walk into a house and inspect how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar the windows? Windows are boring. If anything, we swoon over the shape of them, the position of them, the scenery outside of them, but rarely do we consider the condition of the windows. But, have you ever had to deal with poor windows? Windows that don’t stay shut? Windows that are so drafty you’ve got to apply ugly plastic over them to keep how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar the cold out? Old windows that have peeling or chipped paint (which may even have lead in them if the house how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar was built before 1973)? Windows are costly and they’re one of the most costly home repairs and upgrades how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar that you’ll ever pay for.

When we moved into this house, the last thing I was paying attention to was the how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar windows. I was thinking about how pretty the house would look how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar with my favorite colors of paint…and how much space we’d have. The last thing I needed to know was if the how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar windows were drafty. We soon found out. And they all needed to be replaced. All 22 of them. Yes, 22. This is not the kind of expense you want to how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar pay when you move into a house. Spend $14,000 on something worthwhile, like–a car–perhaps?? Lol. Get a house with solid windows that will keep you how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar warm in the winter and cool in the summer.

In a bad storm, can those trees fall on your new house? Do any of them look rotted? Do any of them need to be cut down? Do those trees block the sunrise? What about the sunset? When we bought this house, it was the winter of 2010. There were no leaves on the trees. Who even notices bare trees in the winter? We sure didn’t. But let me tell you–when those leaves came….They sucked out all the sunlight, making our home feel like a cave.

Could you imagine buying a house and finding –ICK!–roaches?? Thank god we didn’t have this problem! But you need to be vigilant about pests when you’re looking for a place. Look for mouse turds. Ask the sellers for more information about it. Look inside cabinets and moist places where pests like to how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar hide. Heck–pull the refrigerator or stove out, and make sure there’s nothing there! Thankfully, we didn’t see roaches, but we did find centipedes after moving in. And OH MY GOSH, we were slammed with an infestation of ANTS. Yikes! We had them in nearly every room of the house, and I was having nightmares about them! Thankfully, as the season went on, I was able to get rid of them. But the following year, I had to spring for a pest control plan. We pay about $40 a month now and haven’t had any major problem with ants. But it was still an expense we hadn’t planned on.

Maybe you were too excited about the awesome house, but somehow, you didn’t even realize that there are no sidewalks in the how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar neighborhood. Oh–yeah, this happened to us! Because of this, our kids can’t just go outside and ride bikes or scooters; they might get hit by a car! If you’ve got kids, or nieces and nephews that come to visit, get a house with some sidewalks. Even if you have no children, for your own safety when walking or jogging, buy a home in a neighborhood where there are sidewalks. I find that older homes and neighborhoods tend to have how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar no sidewalks.

No house is going to be perfectly upgraded, especially if it’s a steal in price. But maybe you’re mesmerized by the beauty of the bay window, or the lovely wood floors, or how nice the house could be after you’ve gotten your DIY hands on it. Sometimes a home’s potential is its selling feature, along with the price and the promise of its beauty. But you must take a hard look at how outdated how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar the house really is. How much will it cost to upgrade your new home? How much time will be involved if you attempt some how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar DIY projects yourself? Are you being realistic regarding what you can accomplish, in time and budget? If you have kids, consider if you’ll have enough time away from the kids to get how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar these projects done. Otherwise, you may end up years later with rooms still donning how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar the hideous wallpaper because there just isn’t enough time to get the house “done.”

The same was true of my kids’ bathroom. It took nearly 4 years to finally get around to how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar transforming this room, too! Removing wallpaper was the worse part, along with the totally outdated green toilet. I did the whole room myself! My kids’ bathroom – BEFORE

Completing makeovers like these, though, take time, especially if the whole house is outdated. Just remember this rule of thumb: each room will take about 30 days to transform if how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar you focus on one room at a time. How many months will it take for you to totally how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar transform your new home, in that case? Factor in more time depending on budget, children, etc. How much time are you willing to do it?

What do you smell when you walk into the house? If you smell funk, RUN! Run far away. Because, seriously, if the house is funky, it’s either a) mold/mildew (read: water problems), b) dirty people, or c) cooking smells that may take a long time to go how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar away. Don’t just think that you can “air a home out” after settlement. When you walk into a house you’d like to buy, it should smell….Well….Like NOTHING. There shouldn’t be any odors that try to make the house how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar smell “good.” you should smell very little. Homes that leave an odor means that you will be how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar dealing with the odor when you move in, or it may be covering up other smells you don’t even realize are there until you move in. Sometimes this can be a costly problem to clear up, depending on its cause. This is from experience! When we came to look at our house, it had a rank odor. It was horrible. I thought we would just air the home out. And although the smell dissipated after moving in, our house still has a slightly “old” smell, probably emanating from the basement. It’s slightly stronger in the spring and summer.

Does the house sit at the top or bottom of how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar a hill? Where does the water flow around the house? Grading is probably one of the few things people check how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar when they go house-hunting. Don’t make this mistake! Grading that is poor and allows rain and water to how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar sit at the home’s foundation is a recipe for flooding and water damage. Grading isn’t cheap to fix. Expect to pay upwards of $2,500 to have a professional landscaper or grading professional to how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar regrade the entire perimeter of your home. We re-graded our entire perimeter because of water seeping into the how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar basement, and yep–that’s what we paid–$2,290. OUCH. But we couldn’t take the threat of flooding anymore, and it needed to be fixed immediately!

Okay, we’re boarding on something probably unethical, but it’s true. Take a look around you. If you see broken-down cars, expect to find a broken-down neighborhood.The cars don’t have to be bmws and audis. But look for late model cars that look well-cared for. The quality of the cars, more so than the brand, that people drive in the neighborhood, really can tell you about the quality of a neighborhood. 9. What are the neighbors like?

Imagine the horror of moving into a house and you how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar end up hating your neighbors. YIKES! Go up and knock on the doors of the nearby how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar neighbors and tell them you’re planning to make an offer on the house next how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar door or across the street. See what they say. Are they nice? Are they gossiping about the other neighbors that are moving how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar out? Do they seem SANE?? What does their yard look like? Be sure to talk to all the neighbors. Do they have something negative to say about certain neighbors? Choose your neighbors wisely! 10. How much are the utilities for that house?

Granted, your usage will be different, depending on your family size and usage. But calling ahead to the utility companies (and even identifying WHICH utilities you will need to pay–gas or electric? Both?) will give you a great starting point to use when how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar creating your budget, to make sure you can afford the property and all how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar the things that go into moving into a new or how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar larger home. There are tons of expenses you don’t even realize up front that you’ll need to pay when you move into a new how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar house, but if you can nail down the utilities, you’re one step closer to making a wise decision. NOTE: some of these things your inspector will look for and how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar note, but that’s AFTER you’ve already put an offer on a house. Why get to that point? Why not note these things beforehand so you’re not wasting money on an inspection for a house how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar that you may end up not buying anyhow? Be wise. Look for the right things, from the beginning :). BONUS TIP

Did you know that if a waste pipe or water how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar supply pipe breaks on your property, you are fully responsible for it? That’s right. Your homeowner’s insurance and your water company will not pay for how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar the repairs. And these repairs can cost you upwards of $10,000. There is insurance that can cover these repairs if they how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar are needed, but that’s something you have to purchase out of pocket. It’s only $60-$100 per year, but most people have never heard of it. I am enrolled in carpentry classes at my local community how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar college and this is just one of several surprising facts how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar I learned. Read the other 20 surprising things I learned in carpentry how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar class that will help you save money and be safer how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar when doing projects in your new house.

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