Tips On Avoiding Home Safety Risks

Now that you’ve weathered the winter, the door is open for you to focus on the maintenance of your home not only the inside of your home but outside, too, making sure the house is safe and properly maintained. Doing this will help to prevent safety risks and costly repairs in the future. Therefore, here are some simple suggestions:

Inspect the deck: Wooden decks can become damaged and corroded from the harshness of winter. See if nails or screws are popping up. Clean the deck and seal it. 

Check electrical outlets and extension cords: Replace any loose-fitting plugs or frayed extension cords to prevent a fire hazard.

“Degrease” the garage: If the family car has been leaking oil or other fluids onto the garage floor all winter, now is a great time to clean it up. A greasy garage floor is slippery and potentially a fire hazard. Use nontoxic, nonflammable, biodegradable degreasers such as Simple Green. Pour the concentrate on liberally and scrub with a nylon brush. Cover the area with about an inch of kitty litter and let it sit for 24 hours. Sweep away the kitty litter for a clean floor at low cost.

Improve the yard with size in mind: Look to see how plants and trees have grown during the past year. They may be too large and could cause damage to the home’s structure. Leave enough space between the house and those baby shrubs you’re planting to allow 12″ between the plant and wall. This provides adequate ventilation and reduces the risk of future damage.

Clean the A/C: Use your garden hose to rinse off the evaporator coil fins on your A/C condenser unit. 

Check the garage door: The garage door can weigh up to 400 pounds. Springs and balancing mechanisms can fail over time, which can cause great damage to the door and harm to people around it. Now’s a good time to take a close look at the springs.

To avoid safety risks and expensive repairs down the road, it’s always a good idea to get a complete home inspection from a reputable and established company such as Pillar To Post. 

Inspect smoke, radon, and carbon monoxide detectors: Test them and change the battery every three months or as needed. Be certain there is a detector on each floor of the home.

Installment Sales Contracts

New Real Estate Act of 2018 involves Installment Sales Contracts related to Real Estate… It provides that a real estate installment contract for residential real estate is subject to the foreclosure provisions of the Code if the purchase price is to be paid in installments over a period in … Adds a corresponding change in the Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act. Effective January 1, 2018.

To learn more about this new act visit: http://bit.ly/2qfAZHw

Illinois ranks #4 in foreclosure rate

From an article written in Bankrate.com, foreclosure filings increased 5.3 percent nationally from April to May according to ATTOM Data Solutions, a firm that tracks foreclosures.

Illinois ranked #4 with foreclosure filings last month was 1 in every 1,057 housing units.

You can read more of the article and compare your state by clicking on the link below:

http://www.bankrate.com/finance/real-estate/foreclosures-by-state/default.aspx

Illinois Residential Real Property Disclose Act

The Illinois Residential Real Property Disclosure Act is an Illinois statute that was enacted in 1998 with the goal of guarding home buyers against dishonest sellers who falsely report the condition of their real estate property.  It is meant to provide Illinois real estate buyers with a reliable representation of the key conditions of a property.

It requires that sellers complete a form entirely, specifically answering numerous questions about a wide range of conditions of their property from foundation to plumbing and everywhere in between. Therefore, it’s always important to talk with an Illinois real estate lawyer.

To learn more about the Illinois Residential Real Property Disclosure Act: http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs5.asp?ActID=2152&ChapterID=62