Spotting Prior Disasters in a House

country-house-540796_640Thanks to all of the “do it yourself” television shows, internet broadcasts, and online articles that are widely available for public consumption, people are fixing up their own properties and are selling their homes like never before. It is a testament not to just how clean and tidy everything can be, but also how high end and customized any given house can be. When it comes time to look at any houses, though, you have to keep your eyes wide open. That is because any of the updates and renovations that someone else has previously done might mean that there could have been a problem, and you might want to avoid it.

Cracks in the Walls

If you are looking into a home and you find out that there are several cracks in the walls, then you have to be careful of what the cracks are from, how deep or long they are, and how much trouble they could wind up being. As See Page discusses, you absolutely need to be aware of the problems ahead of time, because if they are structural issues, then you could have a faulty and unstable foundation, and that could mean your home is going to need some major work redone.

Another possible problem that could occur with a house that has a few cracks is that the previous owner might have tried to take out a wall or some major supports in order to go the “open concept” look, but in the process, they might have been able to accidentally remove a necessary support or beam. If that is the case, then the cracks you are seeing are not just new, but they are also indicating that the house could be falling in on itself as a result of a “do it yourself” project gone wrong. There always could be a chance that the house is just settling over time, and cracks do appear for no reason, but you can’t afford to risk a mistake like not checking the cracks out further.

Different Shades of Paint

Any time you see a few splotches or spots of paint that look different from one another, you are inclined to believe it was just a touch up. While it may be true that holes were in the walls from nails and pictures being hung, it could also mean something as serious as a major problem behind the walls. What if there was water damage behind the given wall that caused the entire drywall to be exposed and replaced? Could there be additional damage lurking behind that wall or even other walls? What if there was a fire and that area was affected and needed to be touched up?

The truth is that if you live in a house for any given span of time, then some undesirable things will eventually happen. You don’t need to be overly paranoid about every little detail that looks off. However, you also need to know that any touch ups in a home were touched up for a reason, so you absolutely have to be careful when it comes to what caused that touch up in the first place. When you are looking for a house for sale with DDProperty, then it is imperative for you to take just a few minutes and try to find out why things aren’t the same paint or the same material throughout.

Uneven Surfaces

If you pay attention to the problems that could be repaired according to Fix My Cabinet, then you should be able to see exactly how simple some fixes are. The truth is some cabinets and tile work will appear uneven, however, and you need to know why. With great amounts of standing water, you could see that significant water damage could occur, and then the wood could be rotting and even sinking in the cabinet or even in the surrounding floor.

An uneven surface and a floor or a cabinet that simply isn’t level could be the reason that all of the water is pooling into a certain area itself. However, when you see uneven surfaces, you have to remember that the moisture damage could not only be present, but it could be continuously pushing things out of place. You absolutely have to keep this in mind when you are thinking about how much a house will cost you, because redoing an entire sink in a bathroom or a kitchen is one thing, but pulling up the tile and down to the floors to find and replace rotting wood could be a nightmare.

Lighting or Plumbing that Doesn’t Flow

If you go to check the water pressure of a pipe or faucet, or you go to flip a light switch and verify that electricity is working, you need to know exactly what you are able to receive. The reason is when you start to check out a home, having bad water pressure or flickering lights might mean bigger problems. You could have clogged lines or a dry well when it comes to the water, and you could also be stuck with a lower than needed amperage for an electrical box. Either of these things could cost countless dollars to fix, and if you have to do serious work, then you may even have to expose the electrical wires or pipes, which could cost even more when you figure the demolition work as well as the repair of the finished walls and surfaces.

At the end of the day, your next home or potential home could already cost a lot of money with a down payment, taxes, insurance, and general supplies to think about. The last thing you want to do is to take on additional work without even knowing it, or wind up having a house that starts to fall apart once you have taken ownership of it. You need to make sure that your pre-purchase walkthrough is accurate and thorough, or else you could be on the hook for a significant amount of money.

Tips for Finding Your First Job After College

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Finding that first job after college can be hard. These tips can help.

Following your last finals and finally saying goodbye to college, the real world hits you pretty quick. While I am sure you can remember many late and difficult nights meeting deadlines during your studies, job hunting becomes the next big challenge in your life. Finding that first job after college can be a full-time gig in itself.

This can be a difficult time for many graduates. As employers look for experience, and you seek to obtain it, you may feel discouraged or lost as you apply. But, before you throw in the towel, here are some tips for finding your first job after college:

  • Update your resume. This may seem obvious, but you would be surprised how many recent college grads miss the mark on this one. Do a little resume audit, and make sure it is updated with recent relevant information. Include your grade point average (GPA) and any college or other activities, including community volunteering. It is commonly recommended to attempt to keep your resume one page long, but this can be difficult. Try not to exceed two. Always update it when you gain new skills. You don’t need a new job to attain new knowledge. Examples include learning a new language or website coding in your now free time. These talents should be added on your resume.
  • Look for internships. Opportunities are often right under your nose. If you are having a hard time finding internships in your area, try to create one for yourself from a company in which you’d like to work. Internships are a great way to build experience that you can include on your newly updated resume. Even if you have a couple internships under your belt already from college, you may need to do more until an employer takes your bait.
  • Follow up with your connections. Throughout your college years, you’ve been exposed to connections you may not even realize you have. Reach out to old professors from your major to see if they can inform you of available positions.  If you completed any internships that did not lead to an employment opportunity, follow up with them to see if there are any openings or if they can provide you with a reference. Networking is a great way to find a new job without using a resume. Friends and families can also be a part of your job network. Be sure to ask for help as you continue the job hunt. Not to mention, you can check with your Alma mater’s career office to check on any upcoming opportunities.
  • Attend career fairs. Face to face interactions still prove to be effective. Being able to talk to potential employers in person is important so that you can ask questions, make a first impression and discover jobs that will match your skill set. Many colleges host these career fairs, but you don’t always need to be a college student to attend them. Check local community boards and websites to see what job fairs may be coming up in your area.
  • Be flexible. Jobs do not need to be black and white. If a company has room for growth or potential for you to utilize your degree, you should consider applying even for positions outside of your field. For example, if you are hoping to make it as a social media manager in a big corporate company, try applying for a front desk or assistant position first to try working your way up. Don’t worry if you do not get nor find that dream job after college; if they were easy to obtain, everyone would have a dream job.
  • Don’t rely on one resource. There are multiple resources you can use when applying for jobs. Sites like Indeed.com as well as your local career center are just a couple examples. The more you are able to distribute your experience summary to potential jobs, the better your chances of landing one quickly after college.
  • Personalize your materials. You will have a better chance of standing out to employers if you personalize both your cover letters and resume to the job listing. Don’t talk about your gardening skills in the cover letter if the job is for writing English papers. Make sense?

One of the most important things to remember during the application process is  to keep applying. You may face rejection, but this is a normal part of the process and should be expected. Keep going anyway, even though it can be a daunting task. Stay positive and remember that every time you get your resume out, you are regularly exposing yourself to new opportunities. Practice makes perfect, and the more you apply, the closer you are to landing  that first job.

What tactics did you take when applying for your first job after college?