NEW YORK, March 14, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- If you're in the process of selling your home, you've got to be prepared for a thorough home inspection. After all, like the real estate experts at RealtyPin.com always say – a smart buyer will make their offer contingent on the home passing one! Sure, your home may look fine to the casual observer, but do you know what could be lurking underneath that fresh coat of paint or those new roof tiles?
An inspector will! That's what you need to be prepared for these 4 issues:
You can't always see it, but if there's mold lingering in your home, a good inspector will find it – and most buyers will probably run screaming in the opposite direction if he does. After all, mold isn't just expensive to get rid of; it's also dangerous. Some forms of it can even be toxic!
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2. Rotten areas
Rot is never good, because it's a sign that something is (or, at least, was) wet. Even if mold didn't develop, there's a chance the structure isn't as strong as it was before it rotted – meaning someone will have to put in some major work just to make the home safe. One of the worst places for rot to pop up is on your roof. A good inspector will take a long look at your roof shingles (and your chimney, if you have one) to see if anything looks out of place. Odds are a buyer won't agree to buy your house until you make the necessary repairs – or, they'll want a major discount on the asking price.
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3. Electrical issues
You normally think of electrical problems popping up in older houses (where the wiring is old, but the appliances and light fixtures aren't). However, electrical issues can pop up anywhere, in any house. A good inspector will take an extra-long look at the electrical outlets in your bathrooms and kitchen. Since those are the outlets that are closest to water, you're required to have ground fault circuit interrupters on them. If you don't (or if they don't work properly), your home may not pass inspection!
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4. Drainage woes
You may think of drainage problems as a minor inconvenience. However, if water sits around long enough, it can damage your foundation – meaning the entire structural integrity of your home can be at stake! A good inspector will look at everything that drains around your home, from the septic system to the gutters. Any one of them can cause a major drainage problem, and you might not even know it until an inspector points it out to you!
James Paffrath RealtyPin.com, 1-(866) 960-8649, firstname.lastname@example.org
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