A standard home inspection is a necessary part of a Denver house sale. Although, a standard inspection may not tell you everything you need to know. Your buyers will likely want to know more details about the house so it’s essential to prepare the information ahead of time. This could help to expedite the sale of your home.
While you may believe a standard home inspection provides answers to all questions prospective buyers may have, it doesn’t always. There are serious gaps that savvy buyers may know about. These are issues that could mean costly repairs if they’re not caught quickly and addressed. Buyers and sellers should perform a double check for any potential issues. The following tips give direction on what to look for prior to a Denver house sale.
A physical inspection of the roof is not a legal requirement for standard home inspections. This means the buyer or seller bears responsibility. Roof inspection is important to find any problems that exist. If there are issues such as leaks or compromises in the integrity of the roof, severe damage could exist or may be imminent.
The National Roof Certification and Inspection Association has released a statistic that shows thirty-nine percent of insurance claims made by home-owners relate to problems with the roof. Often, standard home inspection reports include a disclaimer about roofs and recommend an independent inspection.
General inspections only include floor issues seen with the eyes. This doesn’t touch on the condition of the floor materials beneath the carpet, laminate or tile. Actively search for problems by walking across each floor and testing it. Spongy or warped floors show an issue with moisture and a high potential for rotting.
The repairs for water damaged flooring can become very expensive and labor intensive. Physically inspect all floors for a musty or moldy smell, soft spots in certain areas or weaknesses/creaking in the wood when you walk across.
The National Institute of Certified Floorcovering Inspectors has more information on the topic available. Tearing up a floor is a big job, and when you hire the work out, the costs can be high.
A routine home inspection may catch issues that occur with the heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems of a house, but there are problems that can easily go unidentified. The systems may be functional, but this doesn’t mean that they are in good repair. It’s good to know the age of the system when it has had the last work is done or tune-ups and if there have been any ongoing issues. It takes an HVAC specialist to inspect and catch any issues.
Keeping original receipts, warranty manuals and records of all maintenance done on appliances gives as much information on their performance as possible. While there is no way to guarantee when a part will fail, it’s good to have all relevant information about their known condition available for inspection.
A visual inspection will usually reveal any outside water damage. It’s not the outside that is the big concern, rather what’s on the inside of the walls. Routine home inspections may not identify any water damage that has taken place within the walls and underneath the floor coverings.
Any water stains on walls, ceilings or floors can show that there’s a bigger problem underneath. Inspection will ensure that there isn’t a serious problem with interior mold or wood rot, which could easily cost thousands in repair bills.
It is the responsibility of sellers, by law, to disclose any asbestos that exists in the house. While the material is not dangerous as long as it’s sealed and undisturbed, when the fibers enter the air and inhaled, they can cause serious health issues. All homes built prior to 1980 have the potential for containing this material. If found, get a removal cost estimate before closing the deal on the house.
Every state in the country has areas where radon gas naturally occurs. This is a colorless, odorless and tasteless radioactive gas and the EPA recommends testing all homes for radon. The testing kits range in price from free to $40, and testing is well worth the investment.
Routine home inspections may not identify problems with the drainage of the home. It’s wise to do a physical inspection of the many places that drainage issues could occur. Clogged gutters or those damaged or poorly fitting are just one potential source that is usually easy to remedy. Cracks in the foundation of a house are signs of a more serious drainage problem.
This is a problem fixed through the aid of a structural engineer as a compromise in the foundation may prevent a lender from granting approval of financing.
It’s also essential to ensure that the sewer system is working correctly. An inspection may find a problem before it turns into a major expense. Qualified sewer technicians diagnose these issues through the use of a scope and other technical equipment.
Although standard home inspections are a necessary part of a real estate transaction, whether you are a buyer or a seller it is essential to know how to inspect a home thoroughly. Doing so could speed up a Denver house sale for both the buyer and the seller, as well as avoid any catastrophic costs before or after the sale.