Passing a Home Inspection

Home inspections have become very popular in today’s real estate world. Most buyers hire a professional home inspector to take a closer look at a home prior to closing, or even prior to writing a purchase contract. 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. 
   »  Cracks in walls or ceilings - These are red flags. Mortar and brick should be in good condition. And flashing should be watertight. 
   »  Structure and foundation – This could be a deal breaker. 
   »  Gutters and downspouts - They should allow water to run away from the house. 
   »  Plumbing problems – Leaks and clogs should be fixed. Inspectors will check water pressure by turning on numerous faucets and flushing toilets at the same time. Dishwashers and other appliances will be tested. 
   »  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.

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