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Signs It’s Time to Buy a New House

The average person moves more than 11 times in his or her life, but it can be tough to know for sure if now is the right time. If you find yourself browsing property ads, are you really ready to buy a new house, or do you simply have wanderlust? Fortunately, you can look for these signs that it is definitely time to make a move. 

Your House Is Too Small 
If you’re in a starter home, it might have seemed huge compared to the apartment where you used to live. Eventually, though, a starter home can start to feel like a cage. If your family is growing or you simply want more space, it might be time to start looking for a bigger house.

Your House Is Too Big 
At the other end of the spectrum, you might be tired of cleaning and maintaining a sprawling home. If your kids have moved out and you are ready to start getting rid of “stuff,” downsizing can feel like a blessing. Start shopping for a smaller home. 

Your Neighborhood Is Unsafe
Neighborhoods tend to change over time. Unfortunately, sometimes they go downhill. If you’re afraid to walk around after dark or are starting to hear frequent police sirens, it might be better to move to a safer neighborhood.

Your Commute Is Unreal
Unfortunately, traffic is getting worse and worse across the country, making many people’s commute longer than ever before. If you’re tired of spending hours in the car twice a day, it may be time to look for a house closer to your office. 

The Stairs Aren’t Fun
For some people, aging takes its toll. Others develop chronic health conditions, often after an injury or illness. Regardless...

For Purposes of Improving Landscape Water Use and Irrigation Efficiency

...a home inspection report on a dwelling unit on a parcel containing an in-ground landscape irrigation system, the operation of which is under the exclusive control of the owner or occupant of the dwelling, may include an irrigation system inspection report, prepared by either a home inspector or certified landscape irrigation auditor, that contains all of the following:

(1)  Examination of the irrigation system controller noting observable defects in installation or operation.
home inspection
(2)  Activation of each zone or circuit providing irrigation water to turf grass, noting malfunctions observed in the operation of (A)The irrigation valve (B)Visible irrigation supply piping and (C)Sprinkler heads and stems.

(3)  During activation of the system, observation of (A)Irrigation spray being directed to hardscape  

     (B)  Irrigation water leaving the irrigated area as surface runoff (C)Ponding of irrigation water on   the surface of the irrigated area.

Assembly Bill 2371 codified as Business and Professions Code §§ 7065.06 and 7195.5, and Government Code §§ 65592, 65596, 65596.5 and 65596.7. Effective January 1, 2019. READ MORE





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