Included is a list of 10 home inspections you may want to consider before listing your property for sale?
1. Termites and other pests.
Mice are the pests you see; termites are the ones you don’t. A proper pest inspector will get into your home’s crawl space and turn up any evidence of critters in your beams. They can also spot dry rot, which is caused by fungi and can lead to wood disintegration.
If your home was built before 1975, there is a good chance asbestos is present in one or more of its building materials. Scary but true! It is most commonly seen as thermal insulation in basements, but pre-1970’s asbestos could be found in anything from window caulk to attic insulation.
Asbestos is hazardous only when it begins to crumble. Bring in an inspector to assess the condition of any known asbestos; if they recommend removal, tackle the removal before listing.
If you live in an older home, the threat of foundation settling looms large, although a bit of setting is expected. Have a foundation engineer look for signs such as a cracked wall, twisted window frames, or horizontal cracks in the foundation itself…and then offer a timetable for repair.
Homes go through many stages; a home business here, a couple of rental apartments there. That also means a lot of electrical rewiring, which can lead to code violations. Bring in an electrician you trust who is also familiar with the neighborhood architecture and history so they know what problems might be prevalent in that neighborhood.
While that wood-burning fireplace is a major draw to buyers, prepare yourself for questions about its condition. A chimney inspector can make sure the flue liners and inside bricks are in good condition and that smoke is exiting the home properly.
Just because lead paint was banned in 1978, does not mean it is still not lurking in your home. If you have concerns, bring in a certified lead abatement contractor.
Hire someone who specializes in your kind of roof material (rubber, slate, tile, etc.) to confirm whether or not damage exists. An estimate of repair costs will help in final negotiations.
Many areas in our cities have expansive soil, and if this is the case, a soil inspector can affirm your parcel’s stability.
You have loved that old chestnut tree, but have always wondered why its leaves grow so sparsely. Might be a good idea to bring in an arborist to test the trees long term viability. Tree care and removal are costly ventures, so buyers may be wary if those towering trees are unstable or unhealthy.
The health dangers of mold are well-documented. If you have had issues with mold, a good mold inspector will ask you the history of the home, including questions about past water damage, and then will do a visual tour before testing for various spores.