So why not hire your own inspector to head off the problems that inspectors are going to find?
Because it is a given that every home in Boca Raton, no matter how perfect it appears on the surface, will have something that needs to be fixed. (To find Boca Raton homes for sale, go to http://www.JablonTeam.com)
Even if you donâ€™t see it, a competent, licensed home inspector (and there are many to choose from) will discover every flaw in your home.Â Suddenly you are faced with repair bills you hadnâ€™t counted on, along with a seller who wants to renegotiate the price.
There are always items that need to be repaired.
Once the buyers of the Boca home receive the inspection report, they will read it thoroughly, and then they report back to the Boca home seller. Â Almost always, there are items that the homeowner has stopped thinking about, but that the new home buyers are concerned about.
It may be as small as a squeaking door, or as large as a leak in the roof that has damagedÂ a ceiling. These are obvious problems that can be easily fixed and whose expense is evident.
However, today, the largest item creating friction between Boca home sellers and Boca home buyers is the discovery of any kind of mold anywhere in the confines of the house.
The most expensive problem: mold.
As recently as ten years agoÂ , mold was treated with bleach or cut away, and the sale proceeded. Today we know that mold can create health issues, and it is wise to find out the extent of the infestation in the house.Â There are many reputable companies available to take care of this.
They will test your home for mold, and the buyer will pay for this test. The test is not the large cost; it is the result â€“ if the test is positive -- that can become extremely expensive. Â If the tests indicate that mold has spread throughout the house via the air conditioning system, you, the seller, will have to pay to remediate it.
Â When you have no deadline, you have time to get estimates.
If you have to rush the remediation because there is a closing date you have to meet, that work can get even more expensive
Similarly, the small leak in your roof that may be eroding the stucco around the house may not noticeable to you. But once the inspection takes place, it will be very noticeable to the buyers and they will rightfully demand that you have it fixed. Â
Â But if you have sufficient time, because youâ€™re not yet on a contract deadline, you can get estimates from several contractors. That way,Â you donâ€™t need to pay the highest price for those repairs.
Inspect first. Sell afterwards.
So, do yourself a favor. Once you decide to sell your home in Boca Raton and you have hired a Boca Raton realtor to list your home, ask your Boca realtor to recommend a home inspector. Â Let the inspector conduct a thorough home inspection before the sale. Talk with the inspector and then read the report thoroughly.
Â If there are items that appear to be problematical, ask your Boca realtor for the names of contractors who can fix these problems, and then take care of them.
A fully repaired home is worth more.
You will add value to your Boca Raton home by taking care of problems beforehand. More important, you will find yourself more confident about your asking price, because you know your home in Boca Raton has no problems.Â And a home with no problems is much more desirable to a buyer.
Also, because you have inspected and repaired beforehand, you will have an advantage over most Boca Raton home sellers: you will not have to renegotiate the price of your home after you and the buyer have come to an agreement. That is because there will be no expensive surprises for you when the buyers send in their own inspector. The result: a win-win situation.
Marc Jablon, The Jablon Team
RE/MAX Complete Solutions