Selling your house does not only require you to make your house spic and span and devoid of clutter. You have to market it in such a way that prospective buyers will vision themselves living in your home. This is how you sell your house. However before any decisions your buyer will make, having a recommendation from a reliable home inspector is the boost that you will need to make the sale final.
A radon gas inspection gives you peace of mind, comfort and some relief of the stress caused when buying a home. As a home inspector inspects the home he will be looking for things that he knows may be a problem. As I said earlier, plumbing is the number one most common problem. He will get the water pressure throughout the house; he will check for leaks around any type of fixtures, he will also look at the connection between the water connection and the washing machine.
He’ll also look at glazing tapes or strips around glass panels in steel or aluminum sashes. Has sealant hardened? How is the fit? Have weep holes been blocked by putty, paint or dirt? This can be easily cleaned up. Is there flashing where it should be?
Doors with glazing, such as storm doors, sliding glass patio doors, and any glazing next to these doors, should have safety glazing. That is, it should be fully tempered, wire, or laminated glass or an approved plastic material.
Stuck in the past or just burying their heads in the sand like an ostrich is just another way of resisting the inevitable change. If these home inspectors are not looking down the road, the big truck just might run them over, or worse out of business.
A garage door without a motor should be opened and closed manually to check it. Doors with motors should be checked for proper and safe operation. While the mode of operating a motorized door may vary, there should be a means of operating the door from the outside. Does the door open smoothly, quietly and safely? Is there a means of reversing the door, and does it work as it should?
Seller disclosure laws vary from state to state. However, if you don’t discover problems until after the closing or settlement, you might have the opportunity to sue the seller for damages and get attorneys fees back. Find out if this applies where you live.
Home buying is complex and involves large amounts of money. It is wise to carefully select the needed advisors to guide you during this emotional and stressful process. Don’t be lazy in your search. Don’t be intimidated by the “experts” such as realtors. Don’t rely solely on their recommendation for attorney and inspector. Their interests may not be the same as yours. Be informed and understand who you are dealing with while making these life changing decisions.