How to Survive Your Home Inspection: 9 Issues to Solve before You Even List Your Home

BH-seller tipsSelling your home is a huge process. You have to deep clean your child’s crayon drawings from the walls, make sure Fido doesn’t shed on your nicely staged furniture, and often you’re going through your own home buying process at the same time. With so much to tackle as a home seller, you may be tempted to ignore certain issues that will come back to haunt you during your home inspection.

Home inspection issues are the biggest reasons for contract termination, amounting to fully one-third of all reported contract terminations. Almost all homes, even brand new ones, have at least minor issues that need to be resolved. By fixing potential issues before putting your house on the market, you can solve many problems before your buyer ever sees them.

Being proactive can also save you money. By solving issues on your own time and budget, you can spare yourself the funds required by demanding buyers who may prefer more costly repairs.

Here are 9 Home Inspection Issues to Solve before You List Your Home:

  1. Roof – Roof repair is one of the most common issues encountered. Look for brittle or curled shingles; or broken or missing flashings.
  2. Insufficient Insulation – Older homes can be charming, but unless they’ve been updated, they can be less energy efficient. Look for insufficient insulation in the walls and attics.
  3. Poor Ventilation – Extreme heat in attic and/or vapor condensation can cause a variety of problems. Make sure you have a good balance of weatherization and ventilation.
  4. Storm Water Drainage – Clogged or poorly maintained gutters can leave your home exposed to mold and mildew. Make sure gutters are clear and drains are pointed away from the house.
  5. Rotten Wood – It can be a deal breaker to buyers to find rotten wood around the base of the home, along the roof, or anywhere moisture may intrude.
  6. Minor Electrical – Even if they aren’t causing problems now, check for open junction boxes, broker GFI outlets, amperage mismatches, or spots with no wire nuts on the wires.
  7. Minor Plumbing – It can be easy to fix minor plumbing issues without professional help. Check for inadequate water pressure, slow drains, worn gaskets and seals, or signs of leaks on the ceiling.
  8. Old Appliances – Research the year, brand, and model of the major appliances in your home. Replace anything faulty, and do research ahead of time in case the buyer asks for additional replacements.
  9. Environmental Concerns – Radon, lead-based paint, mold, and asbestos can all lead to health concerns. Remove what you can do so safely, and contact a professional for help with the rest.

How to Survive Your Home Inspection: 9 Issues to Solve before You Even List Your Home

Your Beverly-Hanks REALTOR® is Here to Help

When you are prepared for your next home inspection, there will be a lot less stress should one or more issues crop up. This is why a professional real estate agent can prove so valuable. After viewing hundreds of homes, Beverly-Hanks REALTORS® are programmed to be on the lookout for common issues that are uncovered by qualified home inspectors. Real estate agents also work tirelessly to grow their vendor networks and build relationships with reputable pros and firms who know how to conduct business correctly and efficiently.

Contact your Beverly-Hanks REALTOR® today to learn more about solving home inspection issues before you list your home.

How to Survive Your Home Inspection: 9 Issues to Solve before You Even List Your Home




24 Responses to “How to Survive Your Home Inspection: 9 Issues to Solve before You Even List Your Home”

  1. My husband and I are looking into renovating our home before be list it for sale. We know we should get an inspection before we start renovating so that we can know what needs to get fixed before we sell the house. But we don’t know what exactly to expect in regards of what inspectors usually recommend to renovate. Thank you for this blog post. My husband thinks that we might have have some old appliances and rotten wood pieces that we need to fix. I feel more prepared for this home inspection after reading your list.

  2. My wife and I are getting ready to sell our home but we aren’t sure how to get ready for the inspection. I like that you suggest checking the year, brand, and model of major appliances to find out if they need replacing. We’ll have to do this and see what kinds of repairs we’ll need to make. Thanks for sharing!

  3. I’m glad that you suggested having a professional check to see if your home is in danger of asbestos. I have been wanting to sell an old home but I don’t know how to make sure it’s safe. I can see how it would be good to have a professional come check on it. That way, I will be able to know how much it will cost to make it safe again.

  4. This is some really good information about home inspection. It is good to know that it would be smart to check for minor electrical issues in the junction boxes and outlets. That is a good thing for me to know because I am currently looking for my first home.

  5. If I were to list my property up for sale, I do know that I would have to fix some things. As you said here, there is a substantial list as to what needs to be in good working order. Now if I wasn’t sure if something needed to be fixed or not, then I would see about getting an inspector to come and help me out.

  6. Thank you so much for mentioning how older homes might have less efficient insulation, so you should look at that before an inspection. I have never had a home inspection before, so I am trying to figure out all the things I should do to be able to pass it. I am really glad I found this article, especially when you mentioned that asbestos can be an environmental concern, so I can focus o those things and feel more prepared when the time comes.

  7. I am going to list my old home. I like how you mention replacing old appliances with new ones before listing your home. Thank you for the advice. I’ll make sure to check that everything is in good condition before calling a home inspection service.

  8. You made a great point about environmental concerns and how mold can lead to health risks. My husband and I are looking for a mold inspection service that can help us find the mold in our house before we list it to sell. We will keep these tips in mind as we search for a professional that can help us best.

  9. It’s good to know that the roof is one of the most common things you need to repair because our roof hasn’t been looking too good recently. Our shingles are curling so I’ll be sure to get that fixed soon. Other than that, I think our inspection will go fine!

  10. Thanks for explaining that you will want to get your house checked for mold and asbestos because it can lead to health problems. It might be best to get a professional to remove any mold you find. That is great for me to know as a new homeowner.

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  12. It’s great that you talked about how it’s important to inspect your home before listing it for sale. Recently, my wife and I decided we want to sell our home to buy a new one closer to our jobs. That’s why we’re looking for more information about it, and after reading your piece, we’ll be sure to call someone to help us check our water system. Thanks for the tips about what issues need to be solved before selling your home.

  13. Thanks for sharing this information about home inspections. My brother is thinking of putting his home up for sale. I’ll share this article with my brother as he prepares for a home inspection.

  14. I like how you mentioned that it is important to have a home inspection to know if some possible risks and problems may occur. My uncle mentioned to me last night that he is planning to sell their home and asked me if I have any idea what is the best option to do as he wants it to have a property inspection first. Thanks to this informative article and I’ll be sure to tell him that he can consult a home inspections service as they can help identify the status of their home.

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