Waypoint Real Talk is produced by Waypoint Property Inspection, a home inspection company in Tampa Bay Florida. Our goal is to educate the community on real estate topics by bringing in industry experts on different niche topics.
Why You Need A Sewer Scope Inspection w/ Francis Diaz Kennedy
On this episode of Waypoint Real Talk, Francis from Marketing For Change shares her research on homebuyers wanting sewer scope inspections and why they need them.
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Home inspectors know better than anyone that the house of a buyer’s dreams can have costly hidden surprises. One of them that can often get overlooked is a home’s lateral sewer line.
As pipes get older they can break down or roots can grow in and intrude on the pipe. When this occurs, waste and chemicals can leach out, and rainwater can seep get in and overwhelm the pipe — leading to overflows during rain events. These breaks not only cause plumbing backups for homeowners, but also lead to nutrient pollution leaking into our Central Florida waterways.
Problem laterals are most common in homes built before 1975 — prior to the use of PVC piping. In the 1950s & 1960s they commonly used Orangeburg pipe — a wood pulp and pitch mixture — and cast iron pipes, which can degrade over time.
As local governments are working to improve aging public sanitary sewer systems, efforts are also underway to encourage the update of privately owned laterals, which also play a role in affecting water quality in Tampa Bay and its watershed.
Last summer, the Tampa Bay Estuary program enlisted Marketing for Change, a national behavior change communications agency, to conduct qualitative research and develop a marketing campaign to foster action by homeowners to replace or repair their privately owned lateral sewer lines to improve water quality in Tampa Bay and its watershed. We conducted online discussion groups with adults who lived in Tampa, Plant City, Temple Terrace or Pinellas County and owned a home built before 1970. Separately, we conducted in-depth interviews with utility experts, plumbers, realtors, and home inspectors.
Here are the top 4 things we learned that you should know from our research:
* Most homeowners don’t know what a lateral sewer line is.
At the start of the study, most homeowners didn’t know what a lateral sewer line is, where it is located or that it’s their responsibility to maintain it.
* Homeowners assume lateral sewer line inspections are included in standard home inspections.
While some participants generally knew old pipes should be inspected, many assumed this would be automatically part of the required inspection when they buy their home. Once they learned lateral sewer lines were not included as a standard part of their required home inspection, some prospective homeowners expressed feeling motivated to take proactive action by asking for a lateral line inspection to be included in the overall home inspection to give them peace of mind.
* Issues with a lateral sewer line are something prospective homebuyers want to know about.
Learning that a damaged line could result in a very costly repair increased participants’ interest in having the sewer line inspected before purchasing a home.
Once they purchase the home, homeowners in general take an “out of sight, out of mind” approach to their sewer lines, waiting until there is an obvious plumbing problem, like a sewage back up, before shelling out the money for a repair. This makes the pre-purchase home inspection the ideal time for potential buyers to inspect the lines so they can make an informed decision on their purchase or in negotiations.
* Home inspectors are viewed as a trusted resource for homeowners.
Children’s Cancer Awareness w/ 1Voice Foundation
Mary Ann with the 1Voice Foundation in Tampa Bay, FL joined us on Waypoint Real Talk this past week to discuss the 1Voice Foundation and raise awareness for children’s cancer.
The 1Voice Foundation offers 25 programs for pediatric cancer families in Tampa Bay. Some of these programs include a summer camp for kids with cancer that includes kayaking, swimming, and more!
Also, 1Voice funds and operates the only private pediatric cancer research lab in the Bay. In addition, they testify annually before Congress and the Senate during Childhood Cancer Action Days in the Capital.
Lastly, 1Voice has partnered with the Hillsborough County Schools to open the 1Voice Academy, the first school in the United States for children with cancer.
Waypoint Property Inspection recently visited the 1Voice Foundation for a tour of the campgrounds. Waypoint is committed to raising awareness for childhood cancer and will be donating time and money to the 1Voice Foundation.
Donate To The 1Voice Foundation.
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How To Prepare To Buy A Home w/ Nicki McKiernan
On this episode of Waypoint Real Talk, Austin Hintze chats with Nicki McKiernan with Fireside Real Estate in Tampa to discuss how buyers should prepare to buy a home.
During the podcast, Austin and Nicki cover every step a buyer should take before looking at homes, signing a contract, and ultimately, purchasing a home.
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What Happens During A Home Inspection w/ Kevin & Lisa Cahill
On this episode of Waypoint Real Talk, Aaron and Austin are joined by Kevin and Lisa Cahill with REALean Real Estate to discuss what happens during a home inspection.
During the podcast, Kevin and Lisa discuss what to expect, the various inspections, how to handle negotiations, and special inspections like pre-listing inspections, new construction inspections, or condo inspections.
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Alternatives To Buying A Home w/ Heather Stotts
On this Waypoint Real Talk Podcast, Heather Stotts with The Hustle & Heart Group at Re/Max Collective discusses how she helps others get into homeownership.
You may have heard of rent-to-own programs before. Heather and her team specifically like Divvy Homes. With Divvy, you can shop for a home you like without the large deposit down and rent the home until you can own it!
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How To Grow Your Business Online w/ Reuben Saltzman
If you are a real estate agent or any business owner for that matter, getting leads is a constant need. One of the ways you gain leads organically is through online marketing strategies.
Today on Waypoint Real Talk, Reuben Saltzman from Structure Tech shares his secrets to growing his business strictly from online marketing.
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It’s awesome hearing input from top producing real estate agents in the Tampa-St. Pete area!