To inspect or not inspect… the side sewer
Recently, Ali and Jason were buying a home in the Ruston area of Tacoma, and having their home inspected, they were given the dilemma of should I, or shouldn’t I expend the money for a sewer inspection. As luck had it, they chose the correct answer. And, yes we did have the sewer video scoped. Luck continued on their side, as it turned out in the scoping, that 54 feet of their sewer pipe was crushed and trapping solids in their lines…
For the mere cost of $220 it saved them the cost of replacing and going through the side sewer nightmare. That nightmare can run from $5,000 to $20,000, dependent upon the fix.
Apparently, homes built before 1950, the piping of choice was clay or Orangeberg, a tar paper consistency, which over time tends to blister, erode, and crush down, leaving the homeowners with a basement or home backed up with a sewer overflow hazard.
In the long run buying costs less than renting. Look at it this way: Every time you pay rent, you are paying towards somebody elses’ mortgage. Every time you pay mortgage, you are paying yourself.
Porch is a website (and app!) as well as a local Seattle start-up. Porch allows you to look up historical information your property. Perhaps more importantly, this helpful tool shows you the repair, renovation and update projects performed in your neighborhood. You can see what was done, which professionals did the work (as well as their ratings) and get a quote for your project. A simple, quick way to research contractors near you!
Some people go above and beyond to make sure you succeed. For several years now, Wendy Atencio at New American Funding has done just that. The Realty West Properties family can work with any lender, but it is the rare few like Wendy who make the process a smooth sailing pleasure.
To say thanks we want to highlight Wendy’s hard work and commitment to excellence.
Thanks Wendy, we love working with you and consider you part of the family.
Senior Loan Originator Regulated by the Division of Real Estate
Phone: (206) 412-0131