Things to Look at When Buying a New House

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What Should You Look at Before Buying a New House 

While TV shows will make you think that you need years of experience to actually know the value of a new house, you can really do a lot of things on your own. While no house is perfect, and you probably already have a good idea of what you want in your mind, certain issues need repairs that will cost much more than what you want. Here are some ideas to avoid those issues.

The Roof

A house is not just a kitchen, a bathroom, and a bedroom. There is one extra thing that is essential, everyone looks at, yet most buyers don’t even think about. The roof. Most roofs last for around 20 years, yet having to replace one can cost as much as 25,000 or even more. That’s a cost you don’t to surprise you when you get the house, so take the condition into account when you’re doing an offer.

The Foundation

Try to see if you can check out any damage in the home’s foundation, literally the place where everything rests on. If there’s a huge damage there, fixing it is probably not going to be worth it. In a similar note, check out the sewer and septic systems of the house. A damaged line is going to be an additional cost you’ll with by yourself, checking out any potential issues is going to help out.

The History

Find out any past insurance claims. These will help you find issues that are not so obvious and helps avoid nasty surprises. If the house is near a body of water, be sure to ask for flood insurance and whether it’s essential, as it can affect financing.

Water Damage

Lookout for places with water damage. The easiest way to see this is actually going to the basement, and checking out if it’s filled with dry furniture. If the utility systems or the basement storage are found some inches off the ground, that’s also another indicator that there might be water damage.

Electrical

If you’re looking for an older house, check the electrical systems and the wiring. While they might be functional, they could also provide a safety risk, and be much more difficult to insure. Not only that, but they’re also a lot harder to get insured. If you’re unsure about what an old fuse box looks like, having an electrician check out the details is a must.

Windows

The last quick tip is to check the condition of the windows. If they’re not airtight, utility costs will change considerably during the seasons. Efficient windows can increase savings in the long run, and can also help sell when you decide to take the home back to the market.

Additional Tips

It is also important to find a moving company to help you make the transition. You can find more information on moving companies here, or just call local businesses in your area to hear about what they can do for you!

Your Shoes Can Now Send Morse Code

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Say Goodbye to the Work Boots of Yesterday, and Hello to the Future!

Well, not your shoes exactly (yet). At the Mobile World Congress, a pair of rather remarkable work boots were unveiled that allow wearers to communicate via morse code being tapped with the toes. Developed by Sierra Wireless, these boots are meant for workers (miners, loggers etc.) that need to communicate to each other but may not necessarily have the hands free to do it in a more traditional way. Each boot is fitted with a SIM card, and a series of high-tech components that allow the person wearing it to send morse code messages with the tap of a toe. The message is then sent to managers and other workers on the team, vibrating and emitting a loud noise to let the wearer know communication is inbound. The communication method is similar to morse code and would require the wearer to learn the language to the point of being able to send messages and understand incoming messages easily.

While this may seem laughable, it is actually quite practical. Recent events (notably the Chilean mine collapse) have left workers stranded and unable to communicate effectively. Using GPS technology, these boots not only allow wearers to communicate remotely, but also can show real-time location data via Google Maps.

Not much more information is available as of yet, but it will be interesting to see how these progress in the industrial world.