How to Avoid Home Inspection Problems
If you’re thinking about putting your real estate for sale, you need to know that there are some problems you could face when it comes time to put it on the market.
If you’re thinking about putting your real estate for sale, you need to know that there are some problems you could face when it comes time to put it on the market. Home inspectors should be hired by you first before you put your home up for sale; the sooner you find problems the better – you don’t want a buyer finding out that you have termites or leaky pipes before you know it! Don’t look like you’re trying to conceal the truth, know what you’re dealing with before you put your home up for sale.
Ditch the Old Roof
A new or recently updated roof (in the last 2 years) is going to be a big draw when you’re trying to sell your home. If you’re buying a home and a house has a 20 year old roof, you’re more likely to run into an inheritance of repairs, and who wants that? These are the sorts of things tha the home inspector will pick up on when they’re checking out a property, and just because a roof is new doesn’t necessarily mean that a piece of real estate is really going to be free of problems.
Termites Are a Deal Breaker
If a property has termite issues, prepare to take care of it before the home comes to market. Sometimes the damage is so extensive that you’ll have to call it a loss – this is why routine maintenance is oh so important! Termites can be in your home, chomping away for years before you figure out what’s going on. Know what’s going on before it happens to your home! If buyers think you’re trying to hide something from them, it won’t do you any favours.
Electrical Systems Should be Upgraded if Possible
If you have an older electrical system, consider an upgrade. You may not be able to recoup your costs for this, but without it you may not be able to sell your home (luxury real estate or otherwise). Sometimes the wiser thing to do is just to eat the costs.
Leaking Pipes Could Cause Trouble for You Down the Road
Leaking pipes are easy for a home inspector to spot, especially if they’re seasoned and know what to look for. You wouldn’t want to buy a home with leaky pipes, don’t pass that on to the next owner. Fix what you can (and make the newly “retrofitted plumbing system” a selling point!)
Proper Drainage is Important
Knowing about the drainage and slope of your home is important. Over time homes settle, and without accurate drainage rain and snow melt could just end up rolling back on your home. While this isn’t a problem when homes are new, but it can be as they age.
The best thing you can do to head off any home inspection issues is prevention. Regular maintenance and a little vigilance will go a long way towards making sure you have homes for sale that will pass muster and help you profit.
The Goodale Miller Team is based in Oakville, Ontario, specializing in luxury homes for sale, is Canada’s #1 Century 21 team for 8 years running.
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