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Should A Seller Get A Home Inspection?

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By: Wayne Czybora

As a home inspector, it is very common for me to discover many, many issues during a typical home inspection and most (if not all) of the issues are actually minor concerns. However, the problem with a report that consists of this many problems is that it can be totally overwhelming to a prospective buyer.

I looked at a typical home inspection report which I did recently and counted 81 problems. That’s right, 81 problems with the house. I then went through the report again and the “biggest” problems that I encountered were (1) The attic needs soffit vents and (2) Active water penetration observed in basement.

Now, if you don’t want to pay more than $800.00 to have a contractor install soffit vents, that is understandable but as far as water entering the basement, this problem alone could probably be resolved by removing the debris from the gutters so the water doesn’t overflow, extending the downspouts at least 4 feet away from the house and adding some soil at the foundation area to create a downward slope away from the house so the water is sent away from the house instead of toward the house. Now, it doesn’t take much money and/or effort to solve this particular problem, does it?

In addition to the minor drainage issues mentioned above, here is a list of some of the other minor issues I found:

• Exterior spigot handle is damaged
• Loose bricks at top of chimney
• A few of the doors do not latch
• Some of the kitchen cabinets doors need adjusting
• Exhaust filters at microwave need cleaning
• Toilet tank leaks due to missing hose inside tank
• Leaking observed at showerhead
• Bath exhaust fan vents into attic
• Handrail needed at front entrance
• Some of the latches are loose at windows
• Dirty air filter at furnace
• Trim shrubbery away from A/C condenser
• Several loose electrical outlets observed
• Ground fault circuit interrupters are needed at kitchen counters

If you plan on selling your home, it is a wise decision to hire a home inspector before you put your house on the market. That way you will find out all of the minor repairs that are needed so you can take care of them ahead of time. This will ensure that you don’t send the buyer “running for the hills”!

For more information on home inspections you can reach out to Wayne Czybora directly by clicking here.

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