If you are selling a house, you need to read this article on how to prevent problems with the home inspection…
One of the things that can throw a monkey wrench into the sale of a home is the inspection. But after reading this article, anyone selling a home should understand how to prevent problems from the home inspection.
Most home buyers don’t want the inspection to uncover problems. Instead, they are just doing the smart thing and getting a highly trained professional to ensure there are not any defects with the home. It is quite possible you would not find all the problems that a home inspector will.
Don’t Be a Hater
It never ceases to amaze me how people place the blame for their mistakes on someone else. If you are selling a home and the home inspection uncovers problems or defects, it is not the fault of the buyer or the inspector.
It is the fault of the seller that refused to properly prerpare the home for the market. Cleaning and decluttering is part of getting a home ready.
So is ensuring that the home does not have any issues that could cause a buyer to run away!
Home inspectors have a tough job. But it is also an essential job in ensuring there are not any potential issues with a home.
When you are selling a home, you can bet that most buyers will get an inspection. You can plan ahead and address any potential issues by looking at this list of common home inspection issues:
This is one of the most common issues I have seen. Especially in older homes. Just because a home’s wiring was up to code when the home was built does NOT mean it is today. It is also possible that an older home’s wiring is a safety hazard.
Some potential deal killers are ungrounded outlets, improper wiring or incorrect connections in the electrical panel. Replacing an entire electrical system can be expensive, but it’s worth it not to risk a fire.
It is highly recommended that you hire a licensed electrician to perform any electrical repairs.
It may sound strange but you may be able to find plumbing problems by looking at your ceilings. Look for signs of water damage in the ceilings. This could be a sign that something above, like a bathtub or sink is leaking into the floor or walls.
You can also check for soft floors around toilets and under the kitchen and bathroom cabinets for leaks. Look for dripping faucets and slow drains.
Some leaks are easy to fix, but some will require a licensed professional. I strongly suggest you always use the appropriate professional for all home repairs or improvements.
Foundation And Framing
You do not have to be an engineer to spot obvious problems. Take some time to walk around your home looking at the foundation and framing of your home for any structural issues. You’ll want to keep an eye out for cracking in the foundation due to water runoff or settling.
This is also a good time to look for signs of wood rot or termite damage.
One thing that will cause buyers to cross your home off their list is an iffy looking roof. Most buyers do not want to buy a home and immediately turn around and put a new roof on it.
You don’t have to climb on top of the house to look for problems with the roof. You can stand back in the yard and look for any missing shingles. Even if you do find some issues with your roof, it may not mean you have to completely replace the roof. You may be able to repair or replace just the problem areas.
The Take Away:
These are just a few of the common issues uncovered by a home inspection. As a seller, you’ll want to address these potential deal killers before the home hits the market!
As a seller, it’s a good idea to consider paying for a home inspection as part of your pre-listing preparation. This way you can repair or replace things before the home hits the market. You will be able to get bids and schedule repairs instead of paying extra for rushed last minute repairs.
The downside to having an inspection is you MUST disclose any problems, even if you have repaired them. However, disclosing that you have addressed issues goes a long way in showing buyers that you are a reputable trustworthy seller.