Home inspections have become very popular in today’s market. When working with buyers, I strongly encourage they hire a professional home
inspector to take a closer look at a home during the initial due diligence period. The inspections cover a multitude of systems
within your house. It is wise to take care of some of the more important ones
before placing your home on the market. Such as:
- Mold & Mildew – Mildew stains and odors
will drive a buyer away.
- Roofing – Deteriorated shingles or other roof
coverings are hot-spots for buyers and inspectors. Repairs will be requested from buyers before proceeding to closing.
- Cracks in walls or ceilings - These are red
flags. Mortar and brick should be in good condition. And flashing should be
- Structure and foundation – Foundation issues
are usually deal breakers for most buyers.
- Gutters and downspouts - They should allow water
to run away from the house. Have a
contractor reattach any loose gutter of fallen downspout prior to listing.
- Plumbing problems – Leaks and clogs should be
fixed. Inspectors will check water pressure by turning on numerous faucets,
exterior spigots and flushing toilets. Dishwashers and other appliances will
be tested as well.
- Heating and cooling – These should be in good
working order, and efficient.
- Electrical – The inspector will make certain
your electrical system is working properly.
Remember, no home is perfect and the inspector will most likely find those
imperfections. Don’t be discouraged, and don’t feel that you must comply with
unreasonable demands for repairs. Your contract probably states that things
should be in good working order at closing. That doesn’t mean you have to
replace a roof because of a leak. It simply means that if you fix the leak,
then the roof is in good working order. The bottom line is to do everything
possible to get your house in good condition prior to selling.