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Importance of Completing Inspection Repairs on Buyer’s Response Prior to Closing

After reviewing and writing estimates on over 13,000 homes we have a few reminders on the importance of addressing buyer’s response on inspection repairs before the closing on the sale of the home:

  1. Major and Safety Repairs.

Major repairs and deferred maintenance can quickly lead to additional issues and further damage to the home if left unrepaired.  Safety issues can lead to harm to the new homeowner and their children.  Agents, buyers and sellers all need to protect themselves. Get it done.

  1. Limits Seller’s Liability.

Completing all the repairs agreed upon by both the buyer and seller limits the seller’s liability to post closing issues, such as complaints, claims or lawsuits.

  1. Buyer’s Assurance.

Completing repairs before closing protects buyers against hidden damage and unforeseen costs that could be exposed when a repair is made after closing.  Buyers want to have peace of mind about their new home and not be surprised with unforeseen issues. When repairs are completed, this provides the buyers the opportunity to have the repairs re-inspected before they take ownership.  Buyers can settle in to their new home knowing that the repairs were done properly.

  1. Negotiating.

When price is negotiated down or money given back at closing we find that often times the new buyer fails to have the repairs made.  The needed repairs come up again when the house is resold.

  1. Storm Damage.

Seller’s insurance company could pay for roofing, siding, or other damage if caught in advance of the sale.

As a leader in our industry, Indiana Residential can provide a quick accurately written estimate, and repairs made correctly, on-time, by professionals.   While others promise results, we provide them.

Contact us and learn how we can be integrated into your process, helping you be more productive and focusing on what you do best, selling homes!


Indy Top Producers Spotlights Indiana Residential

Closing! The word (in the context of real estate) inspires a plethora of emotions, a host of experiences and the summation of an event that provides everyone with a “win” – or at least it should. Many approach closing day with an unexpected laundry list of repairs found during the home inspection. Reaching that crowning day only to have something go awry, can leave many unhappy and unpaid. That is why it is so important to choose people that are devoted to the success of your rewarding moment.

The dedicated owners and staff at Indiana Residential understand this concept and champion their business as a solution. Following an inspection report, Indiana Residential offers a program designed specifically for Real Estate professionals to streamline the inspection repair process. With “One Call” (or email, text, one-click online submit), they appoint “One Contact” and provide “One Estimate” for all the inspections repairs that are required on the Buyers Response. The company is a MIBOR Affiliate Member that also offers many years of experience in home remodeling and renovation. Additionally, they are an IICRC Certified Mold Removal Specialist and an Owens Corning™ Preferred Roofing Contractor.




Window Service Announcement -Window Glass Replacement and Wood Window Restoration

We are excited to announce the addition of professional window glass replacement, wood window restoration and window repair services to our one-stop construction service offerings for realtors and homeowners.  Now you can include your window restoration needs on your Inspection Repair report and Buyers Response and we will estimate and complete with your other necessary repairs. Learn More>


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Window Glass Replacement

indianapolis window glass replacementFoggy Windows? Visible condensation or residue between your window panes? The Indiana Residential Window Restoration team can professionally restore existing window glass to like-new condition.  Replacing the glass and failed thermal seal on insulated glass units (IGU) can offer a quick and cost-effective way to extend the life and look of windows, and can be fixed at a fraction of the cost of having the entire window unit replaced. We can properly repair the bad ones and keep the good ones in place.

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Wood Window Restoration

Yes, wood windows can be repaired! It is essential to utilize parts that are designed specifically for each window type when restoring wooden windows to their original glory.  Your typical handyman or repair company cannot do this. Why? Well, every original window was designed with a specific profile for proper fit and function. To achieve that exact fit and function, you need to use an exact replica of the original components. And that’s exactly what we do; we utilize specifically engineered window sash replicas that are duplicates of the original window profile. We match yours to these replicas AND have stock on hand for most brands of windows that were installed in the Indianapolis and surrounding areas. This allows us to quickly identify and start restoring your window, compared to months of lead time for custom tooling. 

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Window Repair & Replacement

Have broken or faulty window parts? Got leaks or damaged frames? Foggy Glass? Condensation? Various window components can fail or be damaged over time.  We repair everything from failed thermal seals and weather-stripping to locks, balances, cranks, openers, operating arms, and screens. From double-hung, sliding and casement windows to bay and garden style windows, our team installs quality windows to meet your energy and insulation needs.

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Contact us today to discuss your window restoration needs.


How To Know If Your Roof Has Hail Damage? Do You Need a Roof Replacement?

While you can’t determine the full extent of hail damage to your roof from the ground, there are some signs that you can look for to help decide if there is a need for a professional to take a closer look at your roof. Hail damage to area roofs is common and the need for a roof replacement or repair can ultimately be determined by an Indianapolis Roofing Contractor when they inspect your roof from on top.

How to check for hail damage to roof without leaving the ground

1.     Indianapolis roofing contractor shows hail damage to sidingDamage to siding, windows, doors and screens.  Look around for dents, cracks, breaks, dings or any other signs that hail may have come in contact with your home. Hail damage will usually dent the soft metals on your roof, i.e. roof vent, exhaust caps, before fracturing shingles. From the ground, you can visually inspect your siding and the vinyl trim around your windows, Most likely, if there is any noticeable damage, small or large, to your siding or windows, the roof would have suffered this impact as well.

2.     Dents on gutters and downspouts.  If hail hit your area hard, your gutters and downspouts may show signs of damage.  Look up at your gutters from the ground for any bends or dark areas that may be dents.  Take a close look at the condition of your downspouts, even small dents or cracks could be a sign there is more damage up top.

3.     Indianpolis roofing contractor shows hail damage to air conditioning unitCheck outdoor appliances for signs of damage.  Examine your outdoor appliances like air conditioning units, grills, and even patio furniture.  Look for dents or excessive water intake. Enough hail abuse can even damage components inside your cooling unit (metal cooling fins). If your air conditioner seems to be working harder and producing less results after a series of storms, don’t rule out hail as a possible factor.  If dents are present around your outdoor appliances, it’s a good sign that you need to take a closer look to the damage that may be present on your roof.

4.     Confirm with historical resources like Weather Underground of the existence and intensity of a storm traveling through your neighborhood.

5.     Review the age and material qualities of your roof. Newer shingles obviously hold up better than older shingles, which have been subjected to natural elements for a longer period of time.  On newer roofs, the class of material used can provide an indicator of how well your shingles may resist hail damage. Class 1 is least hail resistant, Class 4 is most resistant.  Consider these factors when evaluating how likely it is for your roof to have suffered functional damage.

The presence of one or more of these signs may indicate a situation where the homeowner needs a roof inspection to determine the degree of hail damage. Repairs needs can range from simple roof repair to a full roof replacement.


·        Be safe when checking roof damage; stay on the ground, consider using binoculars, or call a professional.

·        Take pictures of anything you think may be hail damage before you make temporary repairs.

What to do if you think you have hail damage?

If you’re a homeowner, real estate agent or potential home buyer and you think the property may have hail damage, the first thing you should do is call a professional roofing contractor  for a free roof inspection.  When selecting an Indianapolis area roofing contractor, pay close attention to the contractors qualifications. Consider their product warranties, workmanship guarantees, standing with the Better Business Bureau, amount of liability insurance, and required state and local licensing and insurance.

If the Indianapolis roofing contractor sees signs of hail damage to your roof, you will want to contact your insurance agent and start the process to file an insurance claim. A trained roofing professional can determine whether the roof damage is functional or cosmetic in nature.  Request that your Indianapolis roofing contractor and insurance adjuster inspect your roof together to avoid delays or opposing opinions on the nature and degree of your roof damage.

After identifying the proper repair or replacement needs for your roof, a qualified roofing contractor can complete the roof repairs/replacement to avoid any further damage to your home or property value.  For help identifying hail damage, contact us for more information.


Home Maintenance Tips to Prevent Water Intrusion and Avoid Need For Mold Removal

It’s that time of year again, the rain keeps falling here in Indianapolis and that means that all this water has the potential to find its way into your home and cause some major damage.  As mold removal specialists in Indianapolis, Fishers, Carmel, Greenwood, Avon, Noblesville, Westfield, and the surrounding areas, we see many easy home maintenance items being overlooked.  Water damage and mold growth can be avoided in so many situations, and these preventative tips to control water intrusion and mold growth in your Indianapolis area home are a great place to start.

  1. clean gutters avoid mold removal in IndianapolisClean gutters and downspout extensions every 60 days. When water accumulates around your home’s foundation, it creates puddles and eventually can cause major leaks and cracks within the foundation walls. Additionally, as water accumulates over the roof line, the roof begins to deteriorate, the shingles wear and the ceiling begins to take on water. It’s important to keep your gutters clean so water moves away from your home properly.  Inviting water into your home creates a great place for mold to start breeding. Avoid the need for mold removal by staying on top of the clearing of your gutters and downspouts.
  2. bury downspouts avoid mold removal in IndianapolisBury your downspouts to help direct the water further away from your foundation. Moving water away from your foundation is essential, and burying your downspouts is a great way to get the water moving in the direction you want it to go.  Ensure that it is angled away from the home so the water does not have a chance to come flowing back towards your home.  Not only does a buried downspout have better curb appeal for your home, it allows you to choose where on your property your downspout empties out.  For many properties this is a quick DIY project, but for others it may require a little help with the labor and proper guidance of the water away from your home.
  3. use pop up drains to move water away from foundationLocate your buried downspouts, perimeter drain (if you have one), and sump line and know where they terminate. Knowing where your water is draining is the first step in identifying a potential problem.  Discharge lines and outlets can freeze over or get clogged with debris over time.  With any kind of blockage, the drainage of your system can slow or be stopped entirely. If there is no other way for water to exit your sump pump system, then it will back up cause flooding. If you know where your lines terminate you can visually inspect these regularly. Placing pop up drain at the end of your downspouts is a great way to keep lines from getting blocked.  Knowledge about your drainage system is an important step in keeping water out of your Indianapolis area home and reducing the risk for mold growth.

  4. grade water away from foundation prevent mold removal IndianapolisEnsure soil is graded to sloped away from foundation. There are two types of grading: positive and negative. Positive grading is good, negative grading is bad. Positive grading slopes away from your home, directing storm water away from your foundation. Negative grading slopes toward your home, directing storm water toward your foundation. When water collects around the foundation it increases your chances of basement and crawlspace flooding and the breeding ground for mold becomes a real risk. “Regrading”, or changing the slope of your yard so it’s pitched away from your house instead of towards it, is an important step in keeping your basement or crawl space free of water and mold.
  5. Avoid trees with large root systems near foundation.  Available space is probably the consideration most overlooked or misunderstood when deciding what tree to plant. Before you plant, it is important to know what the tree will look like as it nears maturity. Consider its height, crown spread, and root space before you plant to avoid disrupting your homes foundation in years to come.  Planting too close to your foundation can open the potential for water intrusion and mold growth. Check out this helpful guide from the Arbor Day Foundation that provides a basic spacing guide from various distances and various tree heights.
  6. Ensure mulch beds are not piled too high around foundation.  keep foundation clear to avoid mold growth in Indianapolis homeWhen mulching year after year, its important to not bring your mulch beds up over your block foundation.  If mulch is too high it can help contribute to a negative grading, and when storm water consistently collects near the home only bad things can happen. It is recommended that a minimum of 6 inches of foundation be exposed.  Don’t pile on more mulch that creeps up over your foundation and onto your siding, wood, brick, stone, etc. Instead, opt to remove the old mulch, ensure a positive grade away from foundation is in place, and then replace with new mulch.
  7. clear window wells prevent mold remediation IndianapolisMake sure basement window well drains are clear. A window well drain is very similar to a sink drain, if it is plugged, water will not drain away.  If leaves and other debris are allowed to accumulate in the window well, it prevents rain water from draining properly. If water is allowed to pool it will eventually rise until it pours into your basement right through the windows. Keeping the window well free of debris is essential in protecting your home from water intrusion and mold growth potential.  Depending on your location and landscaping, you may also consider a window well cover if excess debris is gathering quickly around your windows.

As mold removal specialists in Indianapolis, we find that the most common causes of mold growth can be avoided with proper maintenance. If you think you have a problem with water intrusion or need mold removal, we can come take a look at your property and set you down the right path to fix the problem before it gets worse. Complete our online contact form or contact our Mold Removal Specialist directly.

Indiana Residential Mold Remediation Services |  IICRC Certification #213801
Robert Barnes: 317.476.5688 or 800-601-4050




Now Hiring Construction Professional

Construction Superhero – Strong Handyman Skills Needed

Indiana Residential is seeking a Contractor/Construction Professional with strong handyman skills in the Indianapolis, Indiana area. Looking for people with remodeling and residential home repair experience. Skills should include carpentry, light plumbing, light electrical, flooring, tile, etc.

  • 40 Hours Each Week
  • Company Vehicle Provided
  • Tools & Disposables Paid For
  • Paid Every Friday
  • Must be dependable and deadline oriented
  • Must pass background check
  • References Required
  • To be considered please attach a brief work history, Project Portfolio or Resume.

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Many homeowners complete the closing process and immediately start their own search for qualified contractors. Many times we’ve already been in the home to complete repairs so we are very familiar with the condition and its need for updates. We can help reduce the transition stress by staying on the project after the inspection repairs are complete.

Famazon-100giftcardor every new remodeling/construction client we complete work for, we will send you a $100 AMAZON GIFT CARD as a THANK YOU!  This includes anything from house painting, kitchen or bath remodel, roofing and more (with a estimate value of $5000 or more) 

If you know your friends or clients are looking to do some additional enhancements or remodeling, let us know and we’ll take it from there.  Or pass along our info and be sure they let us know you sent them.  It’s that simple, we’ll send you $100 Amazon card for your referral if we end up winning the bid.

The Details:

  • Reward is $100 Amazon Gift Card that will be sent to you via email.  You can use the code we provide you when completing your Amazon transaction. If you have an Amazon Account, just let us know the email you use for that account and it will sync and deposit as a credit onto your account. Easy right?
  • You can receive reward multiple times… simply send us more referrals. We are happy to give you our money!
  • To count, your referral must become a new Indiana Residential client
  • To count, your referral must result as a client and the value of the work completed must be estimated at $5000 or more


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projectmanagerEstimator/Project Manager

Successful and growing construction services business is seeking an Estimator/Project Manager in the Indianapolis, Indiana area. This position will be responsible for preparing accurate and profitable job estimates, converting estimates into successful bids and for planning and managing the resultant projects to successful completion.

Salary plus company vehicle included. No cold call sales.

Must be a dynamic and proactive communicator, who competently uses written and verbal disciplines such as e-mail, MS Office and voice-mail, etc. Candidate must be dedicated, motivated and loyal. Prefer experience in the construction field or a similar position estimating jobs within the construction industry

Indiana Residential, where homeowners and real estate industry professionals turn to for quality workmanship, competitive pricing and superior customer service.  Apply directly to Mike


Customer Award Winners

Congratulations to all our customer award winners!

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You’ve been working hard and it shows. We appreciate you and your team and look forward to another great year working together.

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Happy Holidays!


ir-group-emailFrom our team to yours, we hope you have a wonderful Holiday and Happy New Year!

As 2017 approaches quickly, remember we are here to help get your real estate business off to a great start.

Don’t forget about all our other great services:

  • Kitchen and Bath Remodels: Come by anytime to visit our office showroom.
  • Mold Remediation: We manage the entire remediation process… all the way to material replacements
  • Roof Replacements: We are a Preferred Owens Corning™ Roofing Contractor, offering a Warranty covering workmanship for a full 10 years


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