Homesellers can anticipate that, sooner or later, they’ll be asked to submit their property to a professional home inspector. Most buyers will understandably want to have the home thoroughly evaluated before they commit to buying it, and real estate agents tend to push hard for a comprehensive inspection process.
Sellers can also expect that the inspection will reveal at least a few items that need replacement or repair; after all, no home is perfect, even if it’s still quite new. Once the inspection is over, you may be asked to handle some basic maintenance issues, or else provide the buyer an allowance to handle things for themselves. Of course, there is room for some negotiation between the buyer and seller about exactly which issues are addressed and how.
One way to make your life easier is to audit your own property, before the inspector comes, and take care of any major problems. Remember that, if an inspector finds significant problems that you’ve left unaddressed, he or she is likely to start digging even deeper, scouring the home for further issues. By addressing the big-ticket items in advance, you can minimize any undue scrutiny and ensure a smoother, more positive inspection.
Major Issues to Address
Specifically, these are some major problems that sellers may as well address before they list; it is certain that inspectors will find these problems, so you’re going to have to deal with them sooner or later. Why not do it up front?
1. Problems with the roof. Buyers will always be wary of buying a home with a bad roof. Make sure to replace any loose, missing, or curling shingles.
2. Insufficient insulation. Older homes, in particular, may have poor insulation in the walls and in the attic. Updating this insulation can be an important step toward making your property more desirable.
3. Poor attic ventilation. Be sure your home has the right mixture of weatherization and ventilation, keeping unwanted heat and moisture from building up in your attic.
4. Rotten wood. If you spot rotten wood along the base or roof of your home, make sure to fix it; this points to potential moisture damage, which will be a significant red flag for buyers.
5. Minor plumbing issues. It’s usually pretty easy to fix leaky faucets or slow-draining showers without the help of a professional plumber. This is an important way to ensure your home impresses.
6. Dated appliances. If you have major appliances that are clearly past their prime or no longer work properly, it can be worth the investment to go ahead and replace them.
7. Minor electrical problems. If you’ve got bad breakers, loose wiring, or lightbulbs that hum when you turn them on, you might consider calling an electrician to make some repairs.
8. Clogged gutters. Yes, it’s always wise to clean your gutters before listing your home. Remember that a clogged gutter can cause water damage and potentially open you up to a mold problem. That’s something your inspector will be more than aware of.
These are just a few examples of how some repairs that are bound to draw the attention of inspectors, and likely buyers as well. As such, taking care of them before you list can lead to an overall smoother, more successful sale process.
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