Real Estate Today
All of the local economic indicators point to an improved housing market. The spring and summer markets this year should produce more sales than at any time in the last three years. So if you are thinking of putting that house on the market, let me suggest that you have a home inspection.
A home inspection may surprise you, even if you have lived in your home for several years. Most buyers are encouraged by their Realtors to request one. Why not be prepared in advance of the sale? It would be better to know any potential problems now rather than have them show up during the middle of a sale. There are many good competent inspectors all vying for your business. Ask your Realtor for a list of recommendations.
According to the National Home Inspectors Association, seven out of the top ten problems that show up in inspections are water problems. These may include: Improper surface grading and drainage which could lead to water penetration into the basement or crawl space areas of your home.
Roof damage of old or broken shingles, or improper flashing and drainage, can cause a lot of problems. Plumbing problems may involve old or incompatible piping materials, as well as faulty fixtures and waste lines. A small leak, left undetected within the walls may do thousands of dollars in damage through rot and mold.
Poor ventilation is sometimes caused when homeowners, in their efforts to save heat, seal their homes so tight that interior moisture leads to rotting and failure of structural components.
Exterior flaws such as windows, doors and wall surfaces may pose a discomfort to the occupants due to water and air penetration. This can be corrected by adequate caulking and weather stripping.
Poor overall maintenance causes deterioration, including cracked or peeling paint, dirty surfaces, makeshift wiring, broken fixtures and appliances. Heating and A/C systems may include broken controls, blocked chimneys and unsafe exhaust disposal.
Electrical wiring may be inadequate or insufficient for the needs of today. “Do it yourself” wiring without a permit may cause dangerous conditions. These are but a few of the areas of the home that will be addressed with a comprehensive inspection by a licensed professional. Until next week, keep smiling. Email your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org