Things You Need To Know About Buying A Home

Things You Need To Know About Buying A Home

Buying a home is a huge financial and personal decision. You have access to all sorts of information. But is it correct? Is it complete? Is anyone hiding anything? How do you put it all together and make the best decision for you?

To assist you in making the best decision, we have accumulated a list of resources to help educate you to the various issues you will be facing when buying a home. We will discuss these issues with you during your home buying process, but it is a good idea to familiarize yourself with each concern.

  • AICUZ NAS Oceana - The purpose of the AICUZ (Air Installation Compatible Use Zone) Program is to protect the health, safety and welfare from noise and hazards through compatible development in the airport environment.
  • Asbestos - Asbestos is well recognized as a health hazard and is highly regulated. Asbestos has been used in home insulation and other construciton materials.
  • EIFS (synthetic stucco) - EIFS is insulation board, made of polystyrene or polyisocyanurate foam, which is secured to the exterior wall surface with a specially formulated adhesive and/or mechanical attachment. there can be moisture issues with this product if not maintained properly. 
  • Electromagnetic Fields - Electric and magnetic fields (EMFs) are invisible lines of force associated with the production, transmission, and use of electric power such as those associated with high-voltage transmission lines, secondary power lines, and home wiring and lighting.

  • Flood Zones - Flood maps, insurance and information.

  • Home Inspections - The American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI), founded in 1976, is North America’s oldest and most respected professional society of home inspectors. 

  • Home Warranty - A home warranty is a service contract, usually covering one year, which helps protect homeowners against the cost of unexpected covered repairs or replacement on their major systems and appliances that break down due to normal wear and tear.

  • Lead Paint - Lead is a highly toxic metal that may cause a range of health problems, especially in young children.

  • Masonite Siding - There are class-action lawsuits against manufacturers of hardboard siding due to buckling, swelling, and other moisture-induced problems.

  • Mold - Potential health effects and symptoms associated with mold exposures include allergic reactions, asthma, and other respiratory complaints.

  • Oil Tanks - Regulations concerning the proper way to locate, install, maintain and close out small heating oil tanks under the building/fire codes and local ordinances.

  • Polybutylene Pipe - Cox v. Shell polybutylene plumbing class action settlement.

The above list may be a little overwhelming, but chances are none of these issues affect your dream home. It is part of our job to help you determine which issues are of concern and how these issues can best be dealt with.

Want to talk with us about your concerns? Give us a call at 866-222-0558 #550 or email us,

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The Butler Team
RE/MAX Allegiance
4000 Virginia Beach Blvd. Ste 164
Virginia Beach VA 23452
Fax: 757-233-1552

The Butler Team, ABR, CRS, GRI

Dave  Macklin 
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