Have you given any thought as to how to address home inspection issues? In some areas, we’re in a hot housing market. If you’re a buyer, you need to be a little flexible when it comes to minor defects in the home you wish to purchase. And that’s because there are other buyers trying to buy your new home. Read on to learn which defects you can live with, and which ones you can’t.
You may find that the homes is in need of paint, there are a few cracked tiles and the carpet is worn out. However, these are issues that don’t cost much to repair or replace. So don’t get your pantyhose in a knot worrying about them. After all, they don’t affect the structural integrity of the home.
The inspection may find little, inexpensive to repair defects. If something will cost less than $100.00 to fix, don’t jeopardize your purchase. If it’s a safety issue, ask for the repair or plan to fix it yourself – ASAP.
Fogged Up Windows
Sometimes, the seals between the double pane windows fail. This can produce moisture inside the window that’s unsightly. But it’s a cosmetic issue, and it has little effect on the window’s insulating ratings. In addition, many towns inspect the windows during the Certificate of Occupancy inspection. And if that happens, it’s on the seller’s shoulders to correct the issue. Worst case scenario, you can probably get the offending window repaired for about $200. each.
Basement Floor Cracks
Just because there’s a crack in the basement floor, it doesn’t necessarily need a repair. The floor isn’t structural, most cracks won’t affect anything. However, if there are cracks in the foundation walls, that may be a serious issue.
It’s common to have marks of water intrusion. Sometimes roofs, windows or skylights leak. Sometimes water enters an open window. Just because there’s a water stain it doesn’t necessarily mean there’s a serious issue. Listen to your home inspector. They should be able to tell you if a serious problem exists.
Pay attention to the sections of your inspection that pertain to structural or mechanical issues. By this, I mean foundation wall cracks or a leaking roof. If there’s evidence of wood destroying insects, you can request a wall be opened to inspect for damage.
If plumbing or electric defects are noted, these must be taken care of.
Also note environmental issues that can cause unsafe living conditions for you and your family. Environmental issues such as radon gas or mold must be addressed. Additional testing may be required.
We always tell our clients “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff”. If major issues are found, have your attorney request repairs or remediation. But don’t lose your dream home because you’ll need to spackle and paint the walls, or there’s a cracked switch plate cover.
When it’s time to either buy or sell a home, contact Bunny and Art. We can help you just like we’ve helped hundreds of other clients.
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