3 Ways to Get Rid of a Clogged Drain

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I am excited to present a guest blog post from local Master Plumber Tom Shearman / Top Notch Plumbing Services Inc.! Tom has provided valuable info about clearing a clogged drain – an issue everyone, whether they’re a homeowner or renter, may come across from time to time. Thank you Tom for allowing me to share this information this with my readers! Top Notch Plumbing Services contact info will be at the end of this post – get in touch with them if you have any questions about this post, or any other plumbing question, and mention that you saw this on my blog!

-Richard

3 Ways to Get Rid of a Clogged Drain

No one likes dealing with a clogged drain! Not only does it mean that whatever area the drain is located in will be closed off until you can get to the repairs, but it can also mean messy cleanup, potential damages, and even damage to your pipes. While you should always call a plumber if you feel at all hesitant about dealing with a clogged drain, there are a few ways that you can attempt to clear a clogged drain on your own if you feel comfortable.

  • First, don’t discount the tried-and-true methods of vinegar and baking soda. That’s right, the same vinegar and baking soda concoction that you used in elementary school to make a volcano. Try pouring about ¼ cup down the drain and adding some vinegar equal to the amount of your baking soda. Let it sit for 20 minutes and then flush with boiling water a few times.
  • Second, try using a plunger. The plunger you want for drains is usually the one you would think of as a stereotypical plunger- the one with the flat, red rubber bulb. These plungers are built specifically to seal drains and can work wonders getting your clogged drain free.
  • Third, don’t discount the usefulness of the drain snake. This is an easy way to fish out a clog that you can’t get any other way, but people like to avoid it because it isn’t exactly appealing to pull out whatever gunk is clogging your drain!

If you have a clogged drain that you can’t get running, contact Top Notch Plumbing Services Inc.

Top Notch Plumbing

Email: topnotchplumbingnc@gmail.com
Phone: 704.360.3022
Website: www.topnotchplumbingnc.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/topnotchplumbingnc


Richard Slifkin, Broker/Realtor®
Highgarden Real Estate
Cell: 704-658-5352
Email: RSlifkin@highgarden.com

Real Estate Website: RichardIsMyAgent.com
Facebook: @RichardSlifkinRealtor
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/…
Twitter: @RealtorRS

Serving the Lake Norman and Charlotte, NC Area, including: China Grove, Concord, Cornelius, Davidson, Denver, Huntersville, Landis, Kannapolis, Mooresville, Salisbury, Sherrills Ford, Statesville and Troutman.

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Guest Post: The Legal Word on Lake Norman Pier Permits

I am excited to present a guest blog post from Real Estate Attorney Ben Thomas from the firm Thomas Godley & Grimes! Ben has provided valuable info about Lake Norman pier permits, as they relate to lakefront property buying and selling. Thank you Ben for taking the time to share this with my readers! Thomas Godley & Grimes contact info will be at the end of this post – get in touch with them if you have any questions about this post, or any other real estate legal questions, and mention that you saw this on my blog!

-Richard Slifkin [There is a DISCLAIMER at the end of this post.]

Pier Permits are one of the biggest issue we can run into when buying or selling property on Lake Norman. We decided to go to the source and once and for all understand what is needed with regards to pier permits and property on Lake Norman. So, when you are buying or selling property on Lake Norman that has a pier, the absolute first thing you should do is email Duke Energy at LakeServices@duke-energy.com to make sure the pier is in the name of the seller. Duke will either say yes it is, or no it’s not. If the pier is NOT in the seller’s name, you will need to submit an application (and pay the fee) to have the pier transferred into the name of the current property owner. Once the application is submitted, Duke will then come out to the property and make sure that everything is in compliance. After their review, Duke will then send a letter either accepting the name change, or denying it because some items need to be addressed first. If the pier was in fact already in the seller’s name, then the next step is to get a copy of the application that was filed with Duke and make sure that the pier is exactly the same as what was originally applied for, and has not been altered in any way. The best way to do this is to physically walk the pier and make sure it matches the original plans that were sent to Duke with the application. If the pier matches the application, you are good to go. If it has been added-to or altered in any way, you will need to submit a new application to Duke to make sure it is in compliance with their restrictions.

Thomas Godley & Grimes website: https://www.tgglawyers.com/ Phone: (704) 663-1600 514 Williamson Road, Suite #421, Mooresville, NC 28117


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Richard Slifkin, Broker/Realtor® Highgarden Real Estate Cell: 704-658-5352 Email: RSlifkin@highgarden.com Real Estate Website: RichardIsMyAgent.com Facebook: @RichardSlifkinRealtor YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/… Twitter: @RealtorRS Serving the Lake Norman and Charlotte, NC Area, including: China Grove, Concord, Cornelius, Davidson, Denver, Huntersville, Landis, Kannapolis, Mooresville, Salisbury, Sherrills Ford and Troutman.

Steps to a Smooth Closing: Inspections & Repairs

Steps to a Smooth Closing: Inspections & Repairs

I am excited to present a guest blog post from Real Estate Attorney Ben Thomas from the firm Thomas Godley & Grimes! Ben has provided a great reminder about a step often overlooked by home buyers and their agents when it comes to issues discovered during a home inspection. Thank you Ben for taking the time to share this with my readers! Thomas Godley & Grimes contact info will be at the end of this post – get in touch with them if you have any questions about this post, or any other real estate legal questions, and mention that you saw this on my blog!

-Richard Slifkin [There is a DISCLAIMER at the end of this post.]

It’s very important to have all of your inspections completed during the due diligence period. This allows the buyers to ask for any repairs that may be necessary to bring the home up to the standard they expected it to be in when placing the offer on the house.

Once the inspection is complete, and the repairs are completed, what should you do next?

One of the most important and most overlooked parts of the inspection process is the re-inspection.

When the repairs are completed, the original inspector should be brought back out to evaluate if the repairs were fixed accordingly. The original inspector will be able to give an unbiased opinion whether the repair was sufficient enough to move forward with the closing.

If the buyer never gets a re-inspection they are only relying to the sellers’ word that the work was completed to satisfactory. If you make it through closing, then realized the problem wasn’t fixed up to your standards once you move into the home, it is very difficult to get the sellers to come back and fix the problem.

So make sure that you get all repairs re-inspected prior to closing, and we highly recommend using the original inspector to make the call if the repair was done in a sufficient manor.

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Thomas Godley & Grimes website: https://www.tgglawyers.com/  |  Phone: (704) 663-1600 514 Williamson Road, Suite #421, Mooresville, NC 28117


[DISCLAIMER: From time to time I post content written by other real estate professionals. I do this to provide a perspective other than my own on various topics. Posting this content does not necessarily constitute or imply my exclusive endorsement, recommendation, or favoring of the products/services these professionals provide. The opinions expressed in all guest posts are those of the author of the content, and may or may not match my own opinion.] Richard Slifkin, Broker/Realtor® Highgarden Real Estate Cell: 704-658-5352 Email: RSlifkin@highgarden.com Real Estate Website: RichardIsMyAgent.com Facebook: @RichardSlifkinRealtor YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/… Twitter: @RealtorRS Serving the Lake Norman and Charlotte, NC Area, including: China Grove, Concord, Cornelius, Davidson, Denver, Huntersville, Landis, Kannapolis, Mooresville, Salisbury, Sherrills Ford and Troutman.

Guest Post: Are You Aware Of This Home Warranty Option?

Guest Post: Are You Aware Of This Home Warranty Option?

I am excited to present a guest blog post from Steve Baxley, Account Executive at 2-10 Home Buyers Warranty. Steve has provided a great explanation of an optional service his company offers, related to home buyer warranty coverage of HVAC systems. Thank you Steve for taking the time to share this with my readers! Steve’s contact info will be at the end of this post – get in touch with him if you have any questions about his post, and mention that you saw it on my blog! -Richard Slifkin [There is a DISCLAIMER at the end of this post.]

During the process of buying a home, home inspections are a great start in determining whether a home’s systems and appliances are working properly. However, some systems – like heating and air conditioning – can’t be easily tested, and require additional expertise for an accurate diagnosis.

What sort of defects or failures might be present even though the HVAC system is working?

There are many possible defects which may not be noticed on initial inspection. For instance, the evaporative coil could be leaking coolant, even though cool air is still flowing. Likewise, the heat exchanger can have small cracks and still produce warm air at the vents. These are defects or failures that develop over time, and if found immediately after closing, could be the cause for a denial of a home warranty service request due to pre-existing conditions.

How can a home buyer be sure that the HVAC system of the home they are looking at doesn’t have pre-existing conditions?

2-10 Home Buyers Warranty offers customers an optional HVAC Inspection program, where a licensed HVAC technician will inspect the system and certify whether the system needs repairs or not. The inspection is not required for coverage, but can be valuable in identifying pre-existing conditions that a home buyer otherwise would not have known about. If a potential issue with the HVAC system is discovered before the end of the Due Diligence Period, a prospective buyer could then ask the seller to address the issue before closing – or, of course they could walk away from the deal and receive a refund of their Earnest Money Deposit.

The cost for the optional inspection is $85 for the first system and $35 for each additional system.

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Steve Baxley – Email: sbaxley@2-10.com Enrollments: 800.795.9595   |   Cell: 704.649.8782


[DISCLAIMER: From time to time I post content written by other real estate professionals. I do this to provide a perspective other than my own on various topics. Posting this content does not necessarily constitute or imply my exclusive endorsement, recommendation, or favoring of the products/services these professionals provide. The opinions expressed in all guest posts are those of the author of the content, and may or may not match my own opinion.] Richard Slifkin, Broker/Realtor® Highgarden Real Estate Cell: 704-658-5352 Email: RSlifkin@highgarden.com Real Estate Website: RichardIsMyAgent.com Facebook: @RichardSlifkinRealtor YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/… Twitter: @RealtorRS Serving the Lake Norman and Charlotte, NC Area, including: China Grove, Concord, Cornelius, Davidson, Denver, Huntersville, Landis, Kannapolis, Mooresville, Salisbury, Sherrills Ford and Troutman.

Guest Post: Prequalification vs. Preapproval….There is a BIG Difference!

Guest Post: Prequalification vs. Preapproval….There is a BIG Difference!

I am excited to present a guest blog post from Dana Meadows, Senior Loan Officer with Movement Mortgage. Dana has provided a great explanation of the difference between prequalification and preapproval. Thank you Dana for taking the time to share this with my readers! Dana’s contact info will be at the end of this post – get in touch with her if you have any questions about her post, and mention that you saw it on my blog! -Richard Slifkin [There is a DISCLAIMER at the end of this post.] The current housing market is a competitive place, and one of the ways to have the advantage as you search for the perfect home is to get pre-approved. Many buyers do not realize the difference between pre-qualification and pre-approval. A pre-qualification is a simple phone or online application where the lender takes information from you and runs an analysis of your credit, income, and assets. Nothing is verified during the pre-qualification process. Often times, once income and asset documentation is reviewed by underwriting, issues arise, causing the process to derail. A pre-approval is when the lender reviews your credit, income and asset documentation and issues an underwriting approval. A pre-approval helps you stand out as a buyer (especially in multiple offer situations) and gives you the commitment that your loan will close. It also shows both real estate agents and sellers that you are serious in your pursuit of a home. Even if you are searching in a housing market that is not necessarily competitive, knowing what you can spend on a home and knowing that you will make it to the closing table will give you confidence as you begin the process. A pre-approval process analyzes: • Credit: Your history of paying bills/debts on time, credit score • Employment: Your employment history and your income. • Debt: How much debt do you have, what type is it and what is your debt to income ratio • Capital or cash reserves: The money, savings, and investments you have that can be utilized for down payment, closing costs, and reserves • Capacity: Your current and future ability to make your payments Getting pre-approved often helps speed up the mortgage process once your offer has been accepted, reducing the closing time frame to as little as two weeks. Knowledge is power and understanding what you can afford is a smart move.

Dana Meadows | Email: dana.meadows@movement.com | direct: 704-763-9728


PRINT THIS. Richard Slifkin, Broker/Realtor® Highgarden Real Estate Cell: 704-658-5352 Email: RSlifkin@highgarden.com Real Estate Website: RichardIsMyAgent.com Facebook: @RichardSlifkinRealtor YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/… Twitter: @RealtorRS Serving the Lake Norman and Charlotte, NC Area, including: China Grove, Concord, Cornelius, Davidson, Denver, Huntersville, Landis, Kannapolis, Mooresville, Salisbury, Sherrills Ford and Troutman.
[DISCLAIMER: From time to time I post content written by other real estate professionals. I do this to provide a perspective other than my own on various topics. Posting this content does not necessarily constitute or imply my exclusive endorsement, recommendation, or favoring of the products/services these professionals provide. The opinions expressed in all guest posts are those of the author of the content, and may or may not match my own opinion.]