THE List Of Home Inspection Issues To Be Aware Of Before You Put Your Home On the Market - A pre inspection could save you a ton of money!

THE List Of Home Inspection Issues To Be Aware Of Before You Put Your Home On the Market 

- A pre inspection could save you a ton of money!

Home buyers are as individual as the homes they dream of purchasing - everyone has tastes and preferences that make shopping for a new home challenging and exciting. There’s no one home fits all! But one thing all home buyers have in common is a desire to ensure that the home they will call their own is as good beneath the surface as it appears to be.

We've noticed a trend over the past couple of years where a deal is only half done when we get the offer negotiated. We now have to go through the home inspection, which has been opening another round of negotiations in most situations. This causes a ton of stress for sellers, as home inspections usually make or break a sale. We talk to our inspector Chris Odds of Odds on Home Inspections about the benefits of a pre-inspection in our attached video. Think about could know what issues your home has long before it becomes a deal-jeopardizing problem, giving you ample time to repair them. Also, it could save you thousands in price reductions after the fact. Making you money, and selling with less stress? That's a win in my book!

THE List Of Home Inspection Issues To Be Aware Of Before You Put Your Home On the Market

When you put your home on the market, you don’t want any unpleasant surprises that could cost you the sale of your home. By having an understanding of these 11 problem areas as you walk through your home, you’ll be arming yourself against future disappointment.

  1. Defective Plumbing

Defective plumbing can manifest itself in two different ways: leaking, and clogging. A visual inspection can detect leaking, and an inspector will gauge water pressure by turning on all faucets in the highest bathroom and then flushing the toilet. Is your plumbing made of Poly B or Kytek? This could cause insurance issues for potential buyers.

  1. Damp or Wet Basement

An inspector will check your walls for a powdery white mineral deposit a few inches off the floor, and will look to see if you feel secure enough to store things right on your basement floor. A mildew odor is almost im- possible to eliminate, and an inspector will certainly be conscious of it. It could cost you $200-$1,000 to seal a crack in or around your basement foundation depending on severity and location. Adding a sump pump and pit could run you around $1500 - $6,000, and complete waterproofing (of an average 3 bedroom home) could amount to +/- $15,000. You will have to weigh these figures into the calculation of what price you want to net on your home.

  1. Inadequate Wiring & Electrical

Your home should have a minimum of 100 amps service, and this should be clearly marked. Wire should be copper. Home inspectors will look at grouding issues, double tapped panels, and overloaded circuits.

  1. Poor Heating & Cooling Systems

Insufficient insulation, and an inadequate or a poorly functioning heating system, are the most common causes of poor heating. While an adequately clean furnace, without rust on the heat exchanger, usually has life left in it, an inspector will be asking and checking to see if your furnace is over its typical life span of 15-25 yrs. For a forced air gas system, a heat ex- changer will come under particular scrutiny since one that is cracked can emit deadly carbon monoxide into the home. These heat exchangers must be replaced if damaged - they cannot be repaired.

  1. Roofing Problems

Water leakage through the roof can occur for a variety of reasons such as physical deterioration of the asphalt shingles (e.g. curling or splitting), or mechanical damage from a wind storm. When gutters leak and downspouts allow water to run down and through the exterior walls, this external problem becomes a major internal one.

  1. Damp Attic Spaces

Aside from basement dampness, problems with ven- tilation, insulation and vapor barriers can cause water, moisture, mold and mildew to form in the attic. This can lead to premature wear of the roof, structure and building materials. The cost to fix this damage could easily run over $2,500.

  1. Rotting Wood

This can occur in many places (door or window frames, trim, siding, decks and fences). The building inspector will sometimes probe the wood to see if this is present - especially when wood has been freshly painted.

  1. Sewer Blockages/Line Breaks

Some older neighbourhoods have common issues with sewer pipes that are made from a collapsible material. This can be an extremely costly repair, and one that most buyers will run away from

  1. Windows/Doors

Are your window seals broken? Do the casements or sashes work properly and smoothly? Are all the screens in place? These are things that will come up on an inspection

  1. Eavestrough Extensions/Water Drainage

Most inspectors will look for drainage issues on the outside of the house. The goal is to prevent water from collecting near the foundation, and causing leaks into the basement. Make sure your eavestroughs are clean, your eavestrough extensions are in place, and that there is an adequate slope away from the foundation around the perimeter of your home. Building up soil or drainage rock around your home is a good idea.

  1. Asbestos/Radon/Other Hazardous Chemicals and Products

Asbestos was used prevalently in construction before 1984. This can be an issue for potential buyers depending on where it is, and how concentrated. Radon has come under the microscope in recent years, and is starting to become a big issue for buyers. Having these two tests done before you list your home can be a big benefit.

  1. Structural/Foundation Problems

An inspector will certainly investigate the underlying footing and foundation of your home as structural integrity is fundamental to your home.

Could a Pre Inspection Save You Money?

From a realtor’s perspective, yes. Not only could a pre inspection ease the mind of a buyer before they write an offer, it could be a great leverage tool during the negotiation. If we have an inspection in our hands, we’re going to be more confident that there isn’t anything that will pop up, even if a buyer wants to do their own inspection during conditions.

For more info, or if you have a home to sell, give us a shout. We can talk you through all the things that could potentially be a problem for you during your sale.

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