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Items To Fix Before The Inspector In Nyack Notes Them
Dated: November 17 2017
Regardless of where the house is located, these are items that, unless resolved prior to listing your home, may cost you money in the sale price and the sale-ability of your home. The sooner you discover and deal with any of these issues, the better and the less expensive it will be for you.
The foundation - cracks in foundations scare buyers, may allow insects into the home, and may affect the structural stability of the home. Take a tour of your home's foundation -- inside and out -- and call in a professional if you note any issues of concern.
The chimney. When's the last time you had it swept and/or inspected? Are there cracks in the exterior? Is there a chimney cap at the top of the chimney to keep critters out? My parents did not have a chimney cap and came home one day to find raccoon paw prints (and the raccoon that made them) in the house. It didn't take long for them to have a cap installed!
Water damage: Evidenced by stains on the ceiling, but these days, many inspectors use a moisture gauge and/or infrared technology to scan ceilings and walls for water damage. Once the source of the water is fixed, you need to remove any reminders of the past problem.
Mold - just the word has caused some buyers to run away from what would otherwise be their ideal home. Check that your bathrooms are vented properly (meaning, they vent outside and not just into the attic. All that lovely moisture the vents remove from the bathroom just gathers in the attic, if not vented outside, and creates the ideal conditions for mold to grow. If the basement is damp, run a dehumidifier and check for mold there, too. If you discover mold, it is best to bring in a professional to remediate it.
Electrical issues. Does every outlet in your home have a multi-outlet plug installed so that you can plug 4, 5, or 6 items into what should be holding the plug for a single item? Call an electrician and see what can be done to add additional outlets and make sure all meet requirements. Faulty wiring or overloading outlets are both fire hazards.
The roof. Shingles came loose during the most recent storm? Tarp covering a spot on the roof? Have 3 years left on your 30 year roof? The fear of roof issues and needing to re-shingle a roof can send buyers scurrying away from your house or may cost you 2X the cost of the job in the value someone will be willing to pay for your house. Take care of it now.
Heating and cooling systems. Have you religiously had your systems checked by an HVAC professional? Great! have the records available for potential buyers. If not, have them checked out and have it noted on the systems. If you have an oil tank that is below-ground, seriously consider having it removed and install a new tank in the basement. Under ground tanks leak and cause environmental issues that new buyers do not want to think about.
Plumbing: Leaking faucets, sink and tub stoppers that don't hold water in the sink/tub, loose toilets, lead pipes, crusty crud on the faucets and spigots cause buyers to move on to the next house or to discount their offer for yours. Clean the bathrooms, fix the leaks, adjust the stoppers, etc. You'll be glad you did!
You can also find these items by hiring your own home inspector prior to listing the house for sale. Forewarned is forearmed.
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