Thursday, June 2, 2022 / by Flr Team
Whether you live in a condo, townhome, or single-family home, you’ll want to know that your home is safe. It’s always a good idea to get your home inspected before you purchase it or move in. Although it’s important to keep up a regular maintenance regimen to ensure that your home stays in good shape, there are some things to look out for that should prompt you to call a professional right away.
Cracks in your wall, ceiling or foundation may indicate structural instability or uneven settling. This could lead to costly damage down the road. If the cracks are more than a quarter of an inch wide or grow over time, it’s time to get it checked out.
A leaky roof or pipes is another cause for concern. Ongoing water damage can be an expensive fix and can lead to mold or an unstable roof.
Bulging floors, doors or windows that aren’t level in their frames can also be a sign of structural issues. Door and window openings are often the areas where cracks and other problems first show up.
If you spot any of these issues, it’s important to have a professional come check it out. They can tell you how serious the issue is and can advise on what needs to be done to repair it and how much it may cost.
With that in mind, it’s important to get an inspection on your home before you purchase it. The report should let you know if there are any structural issues to the home, helping you plan ahead for any expensive repairs you may be doing after you close. This can help you assess whether you should negotiate with the seller on some repairs or costs, or if it’s better to just walk away from the sale.
As a seller, you’re required to disclose any structural issues you’re aware of in the home before you close. If there has been a major issue, be prepared to negotiate with the buyers. Some people prefer fixer-uppers so they can finish the home to their liking, but others prefer the home to be in move-in ready condition. You may have to negotiate some things in your contract if they decide to continue with the sale.
Buying a home is a big investment. In order to maintain its value, it’s important to keep it in good shape and to know the signs of potential damage. If you need help determining if there are any repairs of concern or that could put a big dent in your pocket, reach out to your REALTOR.
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