May is Deck Safety Month

May is Deck Safety Month

The North American Deck and Railing Association recognizes May as Deck Safety Month. Most people can agree that having a deck, porch, or patio attached to your home is a very worthwhile addition. It can provide a nice, secluded outdoor space to relax, give you access to breathtaking views of the surrounding Rocky Mountains and even add significant additional property value.

It is important to perform routine maintenance and quality checks on your deck and railings. Without proper maintenance over time, your deck, and its railings, may not be as safe as you think they are. We highlight a few key areas of the deck to check during the month of May. These areas include:

1. Search for split or decaying wood – Check several different areas of the deck to ensure that the wood is still structurally sound. If you encounter any soft, spongy areas in the wood, this can indicate damage, mildew or decay and must be followed up with promptly. Important areas to check include the support posts, deck boards, railings and stairs.

2. Test railings and banisters – It is important to frequently test the sturdiness of your deck’s railing and banisters. The best way to do this is to gently push down on them with your body weight to assure that they are still firmly attached and have the ability to support you and your loved ones.

3. Check your fasteners – Over time, fasteners have the tendency to pop from wood, to loosen or even corrode. Walk the perimeter and surface area of the deck and check all nails, screws or anchors and replace/schedule a professional evaluation for anything that looks suspicious.

4. Step carefully – Walk the surface area of the deck and check for loose or sagging boards. It is also important to frequently clear the deck, especially the staircase of any potential tripping hazards including planters, décor or toys.

5. Clean up debris – Make it a priority to sweep away leaves, branches, mildew or other debris from your deck frequently. A long-term buildup of these materials, especially when wet, can be slippery and promote mildew growth.

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Real Estate Agent Safety Tips

Real Estate Agent Safety Tips

As a Real Estate Agent, it is no surprise that a large part of your job involves interacting and building relationships with people you’ve never met before. It is essential to take a couple steps to implement a safety plan for meeting with clients to ensure that you never put your personal safety in jeopardy while hosting a showing or open house.

The team at Axium Inspections has compiled a list of tips and best practices to ensure that your safety is always the first priority when selling a home.  

Team Axium's Safety Tips

  • Always meet new clients at your office or in a public, neutral location, such as a coffee shop when meeting for the first time.
  • Share your appointment schedule and client contact information with a colleague, assistant, family member or all of the above! The more people that know your whereabouts, the better.
  • In addition to sharing your schedule, develop a secret, distress code to use in the event that you ever find yourself in a dangerous situation. A distress code is a codeword that is not frequently used but can be worked into any conversation to convey to your colleague, assistant or family member that you are in danger. For example, “Hello this is Kathleen. I am with Mr. Smith at the Main Street listing. Can you please email me the red file?” The term “red file” will signal to your point of contact that you are in danger and need assistance.
  • Do not share information about where you live, information about your family members, typical office hours, etc. If possible, avoid using your photo and home address on initial forms of client communication including advertisements or business cards.
  • Do not host open houses alone. Always try to host with a colleague.
  • Check your cell phone battery and cell signal before heading to an appointment. Alert a colleague, assistant or family member if you have a low battery or signal issues as well as the time you are meeting with your client so that they can be on the lookout for your return. Team Axium suggests purchasing an inexpensive portable phone charger to ensure that you have full battery at all times.
  • Avoid going into attics, crawl spaces, or garages where you could be trapped, especially if you are alone. Team Axium also recommends getting in the habit of having the client walk in front of you during a showing while you direct them from behind. For example, you can gesture for them to walk in front of you and say “the half bathroom is just ahead on your left and the home office is located on the right.”
  • Only show properties before dark. If you must show a property after dark, notify a member of your team or supervisor of your appointment so that someone has knowledge of the appointment and the estimated time that you will be done. Prior to meeting the client, ensure that the inside of the home is well lit and that no curtains or blinds are closed.

    For More Information:

    The National Association of Realtors has compiled a list of helpful resources for personal protection including several smartphone safety apps, webinars, articles and much more. Click the button below to learn more!

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    Tips to Prepare a Spring Listing

    Tips to Prep for a Spring Listing

    There’s no better time to buy or sell a home than the Spring when inventories are lower and the number of prospective buyers is higher.

    It’s no surprise that the Colorado housing market is very competitive! Sellers are eager to have the “for sale” sign in front of their houses and buyers are hungry and hunting for new opportunities after a slow winter. While the prospect of connecting buyers to their dream homes is higher, the agents who strike the mouthwatering deals have to do some behind-the-scenes work before the spring market.

    Stay ahead of the curve and maximize your chances of success this spring with the tips below!

    Personally Connect With Homeowners

    Get a competitive edge by sourcing for homes that are currently available in the market and those that are about to go on sale. Get in touch with your leads and connect with homeowners. Win them over with personalized pitches and maintain a line of communication. Stay ahead of the game now so that you’ll be right in the center of the action when spring season hits fever pitch.

     

    Advise Clients on Prepping the Home

    When selling a property, it must be prepared to be appealing to prospective buyers or the real estate market in any season.

    Exterior Preparations: They say first impressions count which is certainly true in buying and selling real estate. So, it’s about making sure the outside of the home looks and feels clean.

    Advise your clients to rake the leaves, mow the lawn and remove any debris. A manicured lawn tells prospective buyers you’re also about the little details – inside and out. Tidy the flower beds, clear out the garage and gutters. Also, thoroughly wash windows so they reflect sunlight.

    Don’t let anything like overgrown vegetation block the path to the entrance of the house or windows. Trim bushes and cut down trees to allow sunlight to shine on the home and into the rooms.

    Interior Preparations: Just as the exterior is important for first impressions, you’ll want the interior to be just as eye catching so that the home will leave a better and stronger lasting impression on prospective buyers

    Consider acquiring the expertise of a professional home cleaning service. They can be thorough as they focus on the windows, walls, light fixtures, flooring, vacuuming, and upholsteries. The result is a decluttered, highly organized, and very presentable interior of the home.

      Consider a Pre-Listing Inspection

      A pre-listing home inspection allows you to be in sync with the nature of the spring market — fast-paced. Buyers are also happy to secure their first choice homes quickly and would have a lot more trust and confidence if there was a pre-listing inspection report to consider when comparing it to other homes. A pre-listing inspection gives you a heads-up and affords you enough time to correct any defects that are likely to be a sticking point with potential buyers. This can be the difference in securing the best possible deal for your client and also reduces the likelihood and amount of negotiations.

      Brainstorm Renovations with the Homeowner

      Not all renovations increase the value or selling price of a property from a buyer’s perspective. But when they do, discuss the prospect with your clients and let them know the things that are likely to put buyers off before the negotiations even begin. It makes little sense to keep showcasing a home only for a buyer’s inspection to reveal serious issues with the structure which drives them away.

      With the help of a pre-listing home inspection, there should be enough time to carry out any necessary repairs and improvements before the home hits the market.

      Call 720-740-2338 to schedule your

      Pre-Listing Inspection today!

      Axium adds Septic Inspections & Septic Tank Cleaning Services!

      Axium Launches Two New Services - Septic Inspections & Septic Tank Pumping

      Axium is thrilled to announce that, after many months of researching and training for certification, we have added two new services to our portfolio – septic system inspections and septic tank pumping.

      of Colorado Households are on Septic

      of all Septic Systems are over 30-Years Old

      Septic Systems Fail Each Year

      Why Get a Septic Inspection

      • Don’t delay a sale. Most counties require a septic “use-permit” inspection as a part of a real estate transaction.
      • Avoid unforeseeable expenses. A fresh report on the general design, operation, and current condition of the septic system will alert a homeowner to any issues of immediate or future concern, allowing them to proactively make a plan.

      When Should a Septic Tank Be Pumped?

      • It is recommended that septic tanks be pumped every 1-5 years, depending on the tank and household size, or after any remodeling or renovations.
      • Most counties require a pump-out upon sale, and most HOAs/Covenants require it every 1-3 years for homes with septic systems.

      Call Axium at 720-740-2338 to schedule or schedule online at axiuminspections.com.  Use code NEWS50 for $30 off online septic orders.