Archive for May 2007

Hiring a home inspector?

May 30, 2007

Here’s a great article that might be helpful when choosing a home inspector.

Tips for Hiring a Home Inspector – (article from Georgia Realtor® Magazine, May/June 2007)

1.  Is the inspector a Member of the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI)?

Working with a certified Member of ASHI is an excellent indicator of an inspector’s qualifications and professionalism.

2.  How long has the inspector been practicing the profession and how many inspections have been completed?

Full ASHI Members are required to have completed at least 250 paid professional home inspections and pass two written exams that test the inspector’s knowledge and competency.  ASHI Candidates with logo use (CL) have passed the same exams and have performed a minimum of 50 fee paid inspections verified by ASHI to be in substantial compliance with the Standards of Practice.

3.  Is the inspector specifically experienced in residential inspection?

Related experience is helpful, but is no substitute for training and expertise in the unique discipline of home inspection.

4.  Does the inspector or his company have a policy not to do repairs or improvements based on the inspection?

ASHI’s Code of Ethics prohibits the inspector from performing any repairs or improvements to a home for a period of one year following the inspection, as it might cause a conflict of interest.

5.  Does the inspector participate in continuing education programs to keep his or her expertise up to date?

ASHI membership requires yearly continuing education.  To locate an ASHI Member, homeowners and homebuyers can use ASHI’s advanced “Find an Inspector” tool by loggin on to www.ASHI.org.  The search engine allows users to identify an ASHI Member in their area by language, specialty or ancillary services provided.  For more information, visit www.ASHI.org or call 800-743-2744.

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Trolley Run Station

May 23, 2007

We have exciting news to announce!  Keystone is going to be a part of Trolley Run Station, a master planned community in Aiken County, South Carolina. 

Trolley Run Station is conveniently located next to the University of South Carolina Aiken campus and Aiken Regional Medical Center. 

 Trolley Run (as we like to call it) will be broken down into 9 different neighborhoods or “stations”.  Keystone will be building in Bristol Station.

 As a master planned community Trolley Run has a lot to offer.  It’s located just minutes from downtown Aiken with all its shops and dining, offers a membership option to Houndslake Country Club, and easy access to the interstate for weekend roadtrips to Charlotte, Charleston, or Atlanta.

 A brand new Family Y is under construction in the heart of Trolley Run.  This amazing facility will feature indoor and outdoor pools, waterpark, two gyms, indoor track, and more.

 For more information visit Trolley’s web site: www.trolleyrunstation.com

Well here we are!

May 15, 2007

This is the first post of our new Keystone web blog.  We thought we would venture out into the Web 2.0 world and try our hand at blogging.

 The goal of this blog is to share information about what Keystone is up to such as new neighborhoods, company events, and community outreach.

 This is also a great way for us to communicate some of the knowledge we have on what to expect with the home buying experience – or for those of you who have already purchased a new home – how to maintain your investment. 

  As we come across information that we think would be helpful we’ll be sure to make you the first to know!  So why not start right now?  One of the most challenging aspects of  buying a new home is the financing.  Financing a home does not have to be as scary as it sounds.  On our web site (buildkeystone.com) we have a mortgage calculator that will help you get an idea about monthly payments.  We also recommend the following two sites that have a great deal of information about your overall finances as well as financing a new home.

 www.360financialliteracy.org

 www.feedthepig.org

Well that was our first official post! Not too bad for a bunch of homebuilders 🙂  Check back with us soon!

-Your Keystone Team