From the home inspector's point of view there is always a VERY different approach to the meaning of this phrase than from the seller's position. And for a very simple reason – "we" (the property owners) tend to forget about areas in our homes that do not (at least not immediately) affect our daily routines. For as long as we do not feel any dramatic changes in our surroundings, everything is assumed to be alright. We adjust and make to notice small, gradual changes, and because, over the years of living in the house, it is decorated (in and out) to please our personal senses, we think that everything is in a good shape, and the property want to sell quickly, just because we love it so much.
And this approach, or rather this natural human behavior, worked perfectly for the past few years. Unfortunately, for the sellers, with the current unstable real estate market.
During the recent months, I've had several clients using my inspection services 2 or 3 times each (it never happened during my 10 years of being in this business). I'm not sure if the sellers of all these properties are looking for the most appropriate, or if they are ready to move- in: clean, de-cluttered, de-personalized (so the buyer could be easier picture himself as the owner), rearranged, with a perfect curve appealing … yet that did not sell. Why?
– Because the current market buyers & # 39; approach (at least my clients) changed dramatically, they seem to be more comfortable in what they can not see.
– Because the sellers did not check the attic and crawlspace area, heavily contaminated with black mold.
Do not get wrong – so called "staging" or "house dressing" is still very important, it's the bait! And that first impression may give you the signature on a contract, but it may start fading extremely fast. You can, of course, keep gambling because not every buyer hires a home inspector, but if it does, it might even be late to save the deal.
Would not it be better to check out a few things before you put a property on the market? – recognizing those major issues is simple and you could do it yourself, or have a friend. What you might gain, just a few minutes of your time, is a lot of frustration, aggravation, and ever, a canceled deal. If you have a critical issue, it's much better to have your property for sale, and even add it to your offer. During negotiations, you'll often end up paying much more for the repair because it's driven by emotions, time limitations, and just wanting to get over it. And even if you fix it, the deal may not exist (at this point it does not matter for the buyer) really did not know about the problem).
Mold, roofs, cracked / leaking foundations, and heating systems.
1. For the house heating system, it would be a certified HVAC contractor. Than you can provide a potential buyer with a proof of such service (make sure it is a recent one).
Second Cracked / leaking foundation – do not mark it, unless you're sure it's not leaking. Just take a walk along the exterior and interior view, look for cracks and stains / discoloration on the finished walls along the base. It's a mental approach – a lot of the buyers are scared of cracked foundations, they do not know a crack, even a small one, could have a disaster in the future. As a seller, you're not in the position to make such a guarantee. But, the scenario changes if you hire a professional (it's good idea to use an established company like US Waterproofing or Perma Seal) and present the buyer with a warranty documentation – the responsibility for the foundation condition just shifted over to the hired contractor this works for any type of repair as long as you can provide sufficient paperwork and believe me, it makes the buyer happy).
Third Crawl spaces – most of the time, they're often a pleasant place to visit, but are often responsible for many surprises. If you have not heard of it yet, you will feel it is dry, well ventilated, and has no leaking plumbing.
4th Roofs – it's very important and most of the "home selling tips" have it listed as one of the top priorities. If you fail to check what & # 39; s underneath. It looks like it does not do anything – it's just about the roof, it's worth it somewhere around $ 3,000.00 – $ 10,000.00 … for the mold cleanup – that's just doubled the roof replacement cost! If you just did the roof without checking what's underneath, and you have a mold problem, replacing the contaminated decking (plywood sheets) at the time of the shingles (or other material) replacement could be cheaper than the mold remediation process itself.
5th Mold – again, check the attic; the critical areas are usually located above the bathrooms and bedrooms. Lack of or inadequate attic ventilation is the most common cause. Check the foundation surface for moisture and stains or any type of growth, look inside the closet, cabinets on exterior walls, or any other poorly ventilated areas.
Depending on your abilities, it may take you more than 15 – 45 minutes, but it might save you precious time and tons of money when it comes to deal negotiation – Good Luck.Immobilienmakler Heidelberg Makler Heidelberg
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Source by Dariusz Rudnicki