Many Bergen County home sellers worry about the home inspection process because it has the potential to make or break a deal.
After all, if the interested Bergen County home buyer finds something seriously wrong with the home and the buyer and seller can’t agree on a means to fix the issue, the buyer may end up walking.
Luckily, there is a way for home sellers to prepare for an upcoming home inspection to ensure that there are no surprises.
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Most people who make an offer on a property are going to want to schedule a home inspection to see whether there are any major issues with the home before they buy it.
Should a problem be discovered and the buyer asks the seller to repair the issue, it could delay the closing for weeks.
But thankfully, the home seller can take some preventative steps to ensure that the home inspection goes well.
We recommend that home sellers fix the following problem areas before any prospective home buyer ever schedules a home inspection:
Mold & Mildew. The health issues associated with mold and mildew are well-known in the general population. Thus, if a home buyer discovers either in your home, it may be a turn-off. So make sure you remove any of these two growths before the inspection.
High moisture levels in the basement and crawlspace. The smell of mildew is usually a dead giveaway. Lower moisture levels by covering any area of exposed ground with plastic. You should also consider checking out your drainage system to make sure it’s not making the problem worse.
Problematic Roofs. Because roofs are so costly to repair or replace, most home buyers are going to be especially turned off by roof issues. So make roof repairs before the inspection. The most common issues you’re likely to encounter are deteriorated shingles and rotted materials beneath the shingles.
Plumbing problems. Leaks can cause a lot of damage on a home. In order to locate them, the inspector will likely do such things as check the water pressure in the bathroom and run the dishwasher. They may also check out the septic system. Make sure any leaks are addressed.
Electrical Issues. Home inspectors will be looking for inadequate electrical panels and circuit breaker configurations. Check to ensure your electrical system is fully functioning.
Other areas likely to get inspected. Be sure that your heating and air conditioning systems, the home’s foundation and the home’s various appliances that would come with the house are all in proper working order.
And remember, the inspection process doesn’t have to be a guessing game. In fact, your contract should dictate what home features are expected to be working properly at the time of closing.
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