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Common Issues Found in a Property Inspection

Posted on: August 25th, 2015 | No Comments

Performing a Property InspectionThinking about skipping a property inspection? We encourage you to think again. No home is flawless; and although it may look like a dream home on the surface, there are often a handful of issues that you may not see. Here are a few common issues that may pop up during a property inspection.

  • Roofing. The average roof should last about 20 years, but that’s never a guarantee. Over time, storms, snow, and wind can put serious wear on the roof and shorten its life. During a property inspection, your inspector will give you an objective assessment to give you an idea of how much longer the roof will last. If it needs a replacement right away, we recommend that you work out a deal with the seller to either have it replaced or adjust the selling price accordingly. No matter what size the house is, the cost for a new roof is expensive.
  • Poor Outdoor Water Drainage. While your inspector is taking a look at the exterior, they will check over the gutters and downspouts. It’s an easy thing for buyers to overlook, but a crucial thing to keep in mind. Gutters play a huge role in keeping water out of your home. Damaged gutters can lead to leaks in the ceiling and puddles in the basement. Downspouts should guide water down and away from the home to help keep things dry.
  • Faulty Electricity. Perhaps one of the most important things that we check in your property inspection is the electricity in the home. Faulty wiring or panels can be incredibly dangerous and lead to a fire. This reason alone makes the inspection worth your while because there is far more to it than lights turning on and off. Your Inspect-It 1st inspector is knowledgeable of legal guidelines to help keep you safe.
  • Plumbing Issues. When you walk through a home, it’s a good idea to see if water runs to the sinks and toilets. However, during a property inspection, your inspector will locate leaks that might not be easily visible.
  • Cracked or Shifted Foundation. A shifting foundation is inevitable over time, but it should happen at a very slow rate. If the house you’re looking at is fairly new and already showing major shifts, that should draw a red flag. Repairing a home’s foundation is expensive and should be brought into serious consideration before committing to the purchase.

Just because a house has some issues, it doesn’t mean you should head for the door. However, learning about these issues up front can save you money and heartbreak down the road. A property inspection is a small investment that plays a big role in your hunt for a new home. With Inspect-It 1st, you will receive a thorough, objective property inspection with honesty and integrity. We assess the property from all angles and present you with an easy-to-understand report. You’re in good hands when you inspect with Inspect-It 1st. Contact us today to set up your property inspection!

DIY Home Improvements Under $500

Posted on: August 11th, 2015 | No Comments

Couple performing DIY home improvementsWhen trying to sell your home, simple DIY home improvements can add value and appeal to potential buyers. You don’t need a massive remodeling budget to do this. In fact, many DIY home improvements can be done for under $500, or even $100! Let’s take a look at a few.

  • Paint. A fresh coat of paint can bring new life to any room with a typical cost under $50 per room, depending on the size. If you have dirty walls or crazy colors that may not appeal to a broad audience of buyers, this affordable DIY home improvement is a no-brainer! We suggest that you choose neutral colors that are gender-neutral and appealing to everyone.
  • Ditch dated wallpaper. Still have that 30-year-old duck wallpaper in your bathroom or bedrooms? It’s time to get rid of it once and for all. Old, dated wallpaper can be difficult for potential buyers to look past and will leave a bad impression. Pull it down and throw a fresh coat of paint on the walls for an updated look! This DIY home improvement is a must before you try to sell.
  • Spend an hour or two with a designer. Need inspiration for DIY home improvement and decorating ideas? A professional designer can give you tips and ideas to make your house shine when it comes time to sell. The price will differ depending on the designer, but a designer will typically come to your home for $100/hr. Make a list of questions before the visit to get the most out of your appointment.
  • Low-maintenance landscaping. Not all home improvements are inside the home. Maybe it’s time to think outside the box and take a look at your landscaping. Before potential buyers set foot into your home, they’ll have an initial impression based on the curb appeal. Do you have patchy grass or bushes that are dying? Patch up the grass with some seed, remove the bushes, and plant a few low-maintenance flowers and bushes to boost curb appeal!
  • Ditch Popcorn Ceilings. What’s wrong with popcorn ceilings? They’re dated and are unappealing to buyers looking for a modern look. For a cheap DIY home improvement, head down to the hardware store and pick up the product to soften the popcorn texture. Simply follow the instructions and scrape it away. Although this won’t greatly add value to the home, it will make the space more visually appealing.
  • Update fixtures and ceiling fans. Give your house a facelift with new light fixtures that are aesthetically pleasing. If you can only afford one room for this DIY home improvement, we recommend you choose the kitchen or another common area that is heavily used.
  • Update cabinets. Can’t afford to replace your kitchen cabinets? Try refreshing them with a few updates such as a fresh stain or coat of paint, and new handles for an affordable DIY home improvement.
  • Ditch clutter. Before a move is the ideal time to get rid of the clutter that you no longer need or want. Go through each room in your home and decide what items you are okay with parting ways. Set them aside and either hold a garage sale or donate the items! Next, try to look at your home as a potential buyer will see it. Box up anything that doesn’t play a role in the room including personal treasures, photos, etc. Rent a small storage garage to store these items while your house is on the market. Depersonalizing and decluttering the house will help potential buyers visualize their family in the home.

With a few small DIY home improvements, you can not only increase the appeal of your home, but you can also increase the selling price! Set aside some time before you list your home to determine which areas could use improvement. For a deeper look at your home, contact the inspection experts at Inspect-It 1st. We can help you prioritize your home improvements with a thorough inspection of your property. Contact us today!

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