If you have gone through the trials and tribulations of listing your home and have finally found a buyer, you might be popping champagne and sitting on cloud nine… but you may want to wait until after your home inspection before beginning your celebrations!
Many home buyer contracts include a clause that allows them to rescind if any serious problems are discovered during the inspection process. As a result, many sellers feel (understandably) nervous when it comes to this stage in the sale, but as long as you are prepared for potential issues, you can identify problems, fix them in advance and save the deal.
Here is a list of four of the most common issues found during home inspections – and what you can do to fix them.
- A leaky roof – A leaky roof can be one of the most costly home repairs to make, and so you might despair if your inspector discovers this program. With that said, there are many simple ways that you can repair your leaking roof, but your best bet is still always to keep up on your maintenance. Having an independent ASHI-certified inspector come to give your roof a ‘check up’ every few years is a great idea.
- A dark and smelly basement – This common problem is not just the realm of dank old houses; even the basements in new homes can easily become infested with mildew and are prone to leakage and water damage. Basement seepage can eventually become flooding – in order to nip this in the bud, you should invest in professional or DIY waterproofing and leakage prevention.
- DIY gone wrong – If you fancy yourself a bit of a handyperson around the house, unless you are a real pro your efforts may have in fact caused more problems than they solved! Amateur workmanship can cost you a lot of demerits on a home inspection, so it often pays to have a professional assess all of your past projects and double check that your work is stable.
- Dangerous wiring – Older homes can often have ungrounded fixtures, improper wiring, spliced wires, over fusing and just plain dangerous electricals. When it comes to wiring, the concern is about so much more than simply your home inspection – it is about the safety of your family. Shoddy electrical in your home can cause fires, and so this should be seen to as soon as possible.
Selling your Lake Tahoe home is an exciting process, but after taking care of all of the details above you might find yourself overwhelmed or unsure of how to best prepare your home for further inspections. Your best option is to consult with a professional who can help you every step of the way. The realtors at Homes at Tahoe, Century 21 are well versed in all of the steps involved in a successful transaction, and they can help you get the best price without the headache.
As long as you are prepared for your home inspection, you have nothing to worry about. Assess your home and get started on any changes that need to be made today.