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How a Home Inspection Helps You

Whether you’re considering buying a particular home, selling your current property or doing both, a home inspection can help.

This inspection is conducted by a qualified professional who takes a close look at every aspect of a home- structure, wiring, plumbing and more and identifies issues you may not have noticed yourself.

For example, a home inspector can determine that a furnace will need to be replaced soon or that there is a water leak that needs to be fixed.

You’ll definitely want to get a professional home inspection before you buy a particular property. That’s why most offers to purchase a home are conditional upon passing a home inspection. The last thing you want is to buy your dream home only to discover that the wiring needs to be replaced.

You may also want to get a home inspection on your own home before you list it for sale. A certificate from a qualified professional that states that your home passed inspection will make your property more attractive to buyers.

Many reputable home inspectors are members of a professional industry association.

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Five Things Buyers Hate to See

When you show your home to prospective buyers, there is probably a long list of things you are hoping they’ll notice. For example, you’ll want them to see the beautiful chandelier in the foyer or the spacious backyard and large deck or the kitchen with the island big enough for a whole family to sit down for breakfast.

But what about those things you’re hoping buyer will not notice?

Every home has some features that are less than enticing to the typical buyer. You may not be able to do much about a small kitchen or a home backing onto a noisy main street.

However, there are several things buyers don’t want to see that you can change. Here are five of the most common:

  • Clutter: Closets stuffed full of clothes or rooms crammed with too much furniture are distraction. Clutter of any kind makes buyers feel uneasy and gets in the way of showcasing the wonderful features of your home.
  • Maintenance Issues: Buyers definitely don’t want to see a lot of things that need repairs or replacement, such as dripping faucets, faded or chipped walls or overgrown lawns and shrubbery.
  • Smells: Of course, you can’t see smells, but buyers will notice the lingering aroma of exotic cooking, cigarette smoke and pets. These smells may even limit the amount of time they want to spend exploring the home.
  • Personal Items: Buyers will understand that a family is living in the home they are viewing. However, constant reminders in the form of vacation pictures, trophies or scattered children’s toys can make a buyer feel like an intruder.
  • You: It’s nothing personal, but buyers prefer to view your home without you in it.

Fortunately, all these things can be easily dealt with before you show your home.

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