Some sellers do not know, or have not been told that they can get their own home inspection prior to putting their house on the market.Â Not only is this a great idea it is one I highly recommend to all sellers! If you have lived in your house for thirty years when was the last time you crawled into the attic and poked around with a ski pole! Probably never! Over time your house goes through changes and although you have done a great job maintaining it, you can be sure a buyerâ€™s home inspector will find faults and deficiencies with something. By hiring your own home inspector and having them go through your house with a fine tooth comb, you will alleviate any surprises and have an opportunity to fix those pesky items that may deter a potential buyer from moving forward with purchasing your home. Hereâ€™s an analogyâ€¦ You go to Sears to buy a washing machine; you get a 10% discount on the floor model because it has a small ding in the lid. You know the ding is there and you are willing to accept that ahead of time. You buy the machine, ding and all, and you are happy! However, if you buy the machine and donâ€™t know about the ding until you get home the first thing you do is return the machine or call to complain. So show your dings up front to potential buyers so that the offer they make will get to a closing.
Donâ€™t forget to test for Radon as well. Radon is a gas that emits from the ground and can be in the air in your home. It is a leading cause of cancer in the United States and if a buyer gets a high test back they sometimes will not consider moving forward even with a remediation (removal) system. If you have a high test result and remediate ahead of time you can alleviate that objection as well. So donâ€™t panic about that inspection, get your own and make that sale smoother from the get go!
Â Â Written by Heidi Zizza, Realtor mdm realty inc. (508)879-8999 www.mdmrealtyinc.com