Category: Residential

September 12, 2014

Don’t Buy A Money Pit

5 Steps to Avoid Buying a Money Pit


According to, here are 5 steps that will help you avoid buying a money pit.

  1. Attend Inspections. When you’re there in person, the inspector is able to physically show you the items that may need repair, and give you their professional opinion of how serious and large needed repairs may actually be at a level of clarity a written report may lack. Sometimes, written inspection reports convey minor items (like reversed hot and cold faucets) as a red-flagged health and safety issue, and more major items (like a problematic foundation) as something that needs further inspection. If you are at the inspection in the flesh, you can brief the inspector on what level of cost and effort you consider major (and vice versa), and ask them to help you understand roughly where the property overall and any individual repairs needed fall, from that perspective.
  2. Read the Reports and Disclosures. Reading the inspectors’ reports is critical to avoiding a money pit. Things to watch for and investigate further in the sellers’ reports and disclosures include:  repairs the seller completed themselves, repeated repairs to the same home system, water and leakage issues, and any reports of non-functionaing mechanical or other systems in the home. In your inspectors’ reports, make sure to notice: repair estimates they offer, items that seem like they will have to be completed soon (versus upgrades you can do over the long run), items that seem like they might run into big ticket dollar amounts, and especially watch for any recommendations that you get a specialist to look at something. Follow up on your reading of reports and disclosures by working with your agent to: list your questions and concerns, ask the inspector and seller any follow-up questions you have, and obtaingin reliable repair estimates.
  3. Get Multiple Repair Bids. Money pits often occur when buyers take a place knowoing it needs what they thought was a little work, that actually turns out to be a much more costly or involved repair once the actual repiar contractor takes a look or starts the work. Get multiple repair bids from reputable contractors while you are still within the inspection contingency time frame of your contract. These repair estimates can also provider the basis for any renogotiation you and your agent choose to initiate with the seller for price reduction, repairs or increased closing cost credits.
  4. Stop Overconfidence In Its Tracks. Even if you expect to cut costs by doing some work yourself, I urge you to contact and obtain bids on the repairs and upgrades you plan from actual professionals, so you can at least be armed with the information about what it will cost to get them done if you can’t complete them for any reason.
  5. Prioritize Price Reductions and Credits over Seller Repairs. For the most part, buyers will select their own materials and repair contractors with more care and are generally more deeply invested in ensuring that repairs are completed to their satisfaction than an outgoing seller. If you are negotiating with your home’s seller over repairs that need to happen, discuss with your agent whether it might make sense to ask for a price reduction or a closing cost credit to offset the cost of the repairs so you can have them completed to your standards, and with the materials and by the contractors of your choice, after clsoing.
September 8, 2014

Home For Sale | MLS# 7331991 | 279 Chestnut Hill Rd



  • 5,189 Total SqFt on 4.844 Acres
  • 6 Bedrooms, 4.5 Baths
  • Built 1995
  • 2 Master Suites
  • Small Den Area
  • Gas Log Fireplace in Living Room
  • Dining Room Seats 12+
  • Granite Counter Tops in Kitchen
  • Computer & Sitting Area in Kitchen
  • Full Basement
  • Basement Leads to Stone Patio
  • Fenced Yard
  • Out Building & Additional Parking Shed
  • Gated Entrance
  • Contact Alicia Gibson For More Information!
August 21, 2014

How Home Staging Works

DIY Home Staging

If you decide to go it alone when staging your home, you can take some tips from the pros. The No. 1 piece of advice for do-it-yourselfers is to ask for honest opinions from family and friends about what needs to be changed. Most homeowners are too personally connected to be objective about their home’s contents. But remember: Your home is no longer your home — it’s a product on the market.

Most professional home stagers contend that most people will have to spend little to no money on extra furniture and accessories. There are three major exceptions:

  1. If you’re selling a multimillion-dollar property, any obviously inexpensive or outdated furniture will probably need to be replaced. You can typically rent upscale furniture for a few months.
  2. If the appliances are completely out of date, they will drop the value of the house. Many stagers recommend buying stainless steel, but as long as everything looks current and is in good working condition, you’ll have more luck selling.
  3. If there is extreme color in your home, buyers will have a tough time imagining themselves living there. Purple carpets, orange countertops, pink walls and tie-dyed furniture could cause a distraction. Most experts recommend investing in neutral paint and floors and replacing unusual furniture with less eye-catching pieces.

Another good investment, according to most home stagers, is renting storage space. There might be enough room in the house for you to stash everything you need to hide, but you’ll want to free up that space so buyers can see it. A storage space can be a safer place for valuables and important documents, which you may not want to have easily accessible to potential buyers.

Helpful Hint:


So, you rearranged your furniture, and now there are dents in the carpet. How to get them out? One of the little secrets of professional home stagers is to place ice cubes on the dents. When the ice melts and dries, the carpet fibers lift up, and voila! No more dents.

February 17, 2014

The Prestigious Collection | Pike County Home For Sale | Video Tour

For your enjoyment, we’ve created a video tour that takes you through this prestigious home to show you a more detailed view of everything it has to offer! We hope you enjoy watching! Please check back soon for more video tours of our Prestigious Collection of Homes & Estates.

July 24, 2012

Now Offering Personalized Websites For Your Home

Just recently, we joined a website called Through this website, we can add your property, that you list with us, and give it a domain name so that we can market your house directly with that website. It may look something like, This website provides buyers with a list of features, a description, a photo gallery, a virtual tour of your home, community information, schools near you information, and more. We believe that by doing this, your home will sell itself to all its visitors. Call us today and let us market your home for you!

June 15, 2011

Discount Points Program

Come help us celebrate the McLeRoy Inc.’s 40th Anniversary!


We’re rolling out our Discount Points Program just in time for the big event.


From June until December, earn points toward paying down the commission you pay for us to sell your home or let us return a portion of our commission back to you. Earning points is easy! You can earn points by simply being a former customer or referring a friend to buy or sell through us. Earn up to 1.5% off selling commission paid or $1000 gift of your choice upon closing. The options are unlimited, contact us to get registered into our program and begin saving money!


Call 770-567-3030 and ask for the agent on duty!


* Rules and Restrictions Apply- By contacting our agents you will be given all the Program rules and details.