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Sell Your Home Faster.pdf
    How can a home inspection help you sell your home?????

    Most people don’t realize the number of complex systems there are in the average home. I
    can help you evaluate the condition of all these systems and components of your home. So,
    why a home inspection before you list your home for sale?

    Avoid Deal Killers

  •  Find the problems before the buyers or their inspector does. Potential buyers could
    find something  that scares them off before they even make an offer.

  • Talk to your Realtor about the report and evaluate what repairs are necessary for
    marketability or which will be disclosed “as is”, and adjust the list price accordingly.

  • Evaluate and address any areas of concern that are discovered within your time line.
    Save time.

  • Schedule the repairs as you choose. Dictate materials and get competitive quotes.
    Save money.

  • Save time. Don’t let your deal die because the repairs took too long.

  • Avoid last minute re-negotiation of the sale price. Buyer often use their report to
    pressure the seller to make repairs or leave $ allowances to cover their liberal
    estimates for the cost of repairs.

  • Sellers don’t have to fix anything, or accept a lower price. It’s your home, why get
    dragged into unnecessary negotiations after you compromised, and accepted an
    offer that you felt good about.

  • Disclosure. Every seller must fill a Condition disclosure. Fill your out with confidence.
    Buyers will feel more confident that this is a good deal and that you are not hiding
    anything.

  • Disclosing conditions “as is” let all parties to the sale get a snapshot of the home to
    avoid future liability.

No house is perfect, here is a list of common concerns       

Does Your House Have Any Of These?
Not Sure...       
You May Need An Inspection ! ! ! !


    Roofing defects:
    Problems with roofing material, due to aging, wear, or improper installation, are likely to be
    found in the majority of homes. Some roofs require replacement, others could use some
    type of maintenance or repair.

    Ceiling stains, indicating past or current roof leaks: Unfortunately, you often can't tell if the
    roof still leaks unless you inspect on a rainy day and when it is snow covered. Some stains
    are merely the residual effects of roof problems that have been repaired, while others may
    be related to leaky plumbing.

    Water intrusion into basements or crawl spaces due to ground water conditions:
    Faulty drainage can be pervasive, difficult to resolve, and sometimes very damaging to
    buildings. Correction can be as simple as re-grading the exterior grounds or adding roof
    gutters. Unfortunately, major drainage improvements are often warranted, requiring costly
    ground water systems such as French drains.

    Electrical safety hazards, especially (but not always) in older homes:
    Examples are ungrounded outlets, extension cords,  lack of ground fault current interrupters
    (shock protection devices), faulty wiring conditions in electrical panels or elsewhere in a
    building, etc. Such problems may result from errors at the time of construction but often are
    due to wiring that was added or altered by persons other than qualified electricians.
    Electrical upgrades are often desirable and necessary.

    Rotted wood at building exteriors and at various plumbing fixtures:
    In areas where wood remains wet for long periods, e.g. Roof eaves, exterior trim, decks,
    around tubs and showers, or below loose toilets, fungus infection is likely to attack, resulting
    in a condition commonly known as dry rot. If left unchecked, damage can be quite extensive.

    Building violations where additions and alterations were constructed without permits:
    Homeowners will often tell a home inspector, "We added the garage without a permit, but it
    was all done to code." This is a red flag to most inspectors, because no one could possibly
    know the entire building code, let alone the average person without construction knowledge.
    Whenever an owner offers code assurance, problems are likely to be found.

    Unsafe fireplace and chimney conditions:
    Problems with wood burning fixtures can range from lack of maintenance to faulty
    installation. Most common are missing spark arrestors and faulty placement of freestanding
    fireplaces.
    Wood-burning stoves are typically installed by homeowners and handymen, persons without
    adequate knowledge of fire safety requirements. Common violations involve insufficient
    clearance between hot metal surfaces and combustible materials within the building. Fire
    hazards of this kind are often concealed in attics, where they remain undiscovered until a
    roof fire occurs.

    Faulty installation of water heaters:
    In most localities, less than 5% of all water heaters are installed in full compliance with
    plumbing code requirements. Common violations include inadequate strapping, improperly
    installed overflow piping, unsafe flue conditions, or faulty gas piping. What's more, today's
    water heaters are designed to have shorter longevity. Leaks can develop in units that are
    only five years old. Sometimes installation of a new water heater is necessary.  

    Hazardous conditions involving gas heaters:
    Most gas-fueled heaters are in need of some maintenance, if only the changing of an air
    filter. In some cases, however, gas heaters contain life-threatening defects that can remain
    undiscovered until too late. These can range from fire safety violations to the venting of
    carbon monoxide into the building. A cracked firebox, for example, can remain undiscovered
    unless found by an expert or until tragic consequences occur.

    Wood decks:
    Frequently improperly built as a weekend project by amateurs we inspect wood decks for
    the most common defects and hazards. Inadequate railings and baluster spacing can lead
    to personal injury.

    Firewall violations in attached garages:
    Special fire-resistive construction is required for walls and doors that separate a garage
    from a dwelling. Violations are common, due to faulty construction, damage or alterations to
    the garage interior, or changes in code requirements since the home was built. In older
    homes, where firewalls' are not installed, sellers and agents will often suggest that the
    building predates the code. However, the fire separation requirement for residential garages
    dates back to 1927. Garage door openers have a separate set of concerns.

    Air quality issues:
    Additional information about asbestos, biological pollutants, toxic mold, home air quality and
    how to clean

    I realize buyers are most concerned about the structure, roof, heating systems and a dry
    basement. Those areas in particular are evaluated meticulously, but we make sure to
    ascertain other areas that may be of some concern to you. I work for you, not the seller or
    the Realtor. I help you assess the risk of home ownership and disclose the defects in the
    home to you which will assist you in making an informed decision.  

    The process of inspecting a home is a crucial one. Many buyers purchase their home on
    impulse and find themselves suffering from buyers remorse upon discovering serious flaws
    in the home itself. I provide my clients with the tools they need to make an educated choice
    regarding the quality and condition of their potential new home. By hiring an experienced
    home inspector who has your best interest solely in mind, my clients are better able to judge
    the strengths and weaknesses of the home in which they are under contract to buy.
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