Whether you are a first-time homebuyer or a seasoned homeowner looking to sell your property, the home inspection process can be a nerve-wracking experience. In fact, home inspection issues are the biggest reason for contract termination, amounting to one-third of all reported terminations.
However, with the right knowledge and preparation, you can breeze through this critical assessment and ensure your home meets all the necessary criteria. Read on to arm yourself with the insights and confidence needed to sail smoothly through the process, resulting in saving yourself time and money.
Before You List Your Home, Consider Repairing:
- Roof – Roof repair is one of the most common issues encountered. Look for brittle or curled shingles; or broken or missing flashings.
- Insufficient Insulation – Older homes can be charming, but unless they’ve been updated, they can be less energy efficient. Look for insufficient insulation in the walls and attics.
- Poor Ventilation – Extreme heat in attic and/or vapor condensation can cause a variety of problems. Make sure you have a good balance of weatherization and ventilation.
- Storm Water Drainage – Clogged or poorly maintained gutters can leave your home exposed to mold and mildew. Make sure gutters are clear and drains are pointed away from the house.
- Rotten Wood – It can be a deal breaker to buyers to find rotten wood around the base of the home, along the roof, or anywhere moisture may intrude.
- Minor Electrical – Even if they aren’t causing problems now, check for open junction boxes, broker GFI outlets, amperage mismatches, or spots with no wire nuts on the wires.
- Minor Plumbing – It can be easy to fix minor plumbing issues without professional help. Check for inadequate water pressure, slow drains, worn gaskets and seals, or signs of leaks on the ceiling.
- Old Appliances – Research the year, brand, and model of the major appliances in your home. Replace anything faulty, and do research ahead of time in case the buyer asks for additional replacements.
- Environmental Concerns – Radon, lead-based paint, mold, and asbestos can all lead to health concerns.