If you are currently selling your home, you must brace yourself for a swarm of repair requests that home buyers would ask for. Typically, these requests are asked after a thorough professional home inspection is performed. Here are 5 of the most common repairs or fixes that buyers could possibly ask for the house you are selling.
Safety is always a primary issue for home buyers. They do not want to compromise the lives of their loved ones such that they become very particular of a home's electrical wiring. Older homes, majority of which are built before the 1960s, will likely have ungrounded electrical wiring. Majority of modern electronic equipment like computers may be hazardous to be plugged into ungrounded wiring. Thus, if your buyer has these gadgets, prepare for a request asking for an electrical rewiring.
If the house you are selling belongs to modern-day architecture and style, electrical requests may be limited for the repair of electrical outlets, replacement of switches, and other minor things.
If your water pipes are made up of galvanized iron, your buyer may request for a pipe inspection to be conducted. The mineral content of the water may have reacted with the pipe causing some mineral deposits resulting into lower water pressure, or worse, the pipe may have rusted through time resulting into leaks and damages. If these are found, the buyer will likely request for water pipe repair or replacement depending on the severity of the problem.
Home buyers will also be particular with the roofing of the house. Why? because there have been many nightmare stories about beautiful homes which brought terrible problems come the rainy season - the root cause being the roofing. Your buyer may ask you to show him a roofing certification from a roofing company or other authorized body that no damages exist on the roof. In cases that roof defects exist, you can always offer a cash credit for a new roof.
It is also common for home buyers to request for a repair of the basement. This is usually associated with water proofing the basement for the purpose of preventing basement flooding - a common instance which occurs when there are already cracks and holes on the foundation, walls, and floor causing water to seep through them. And as a result water becomes stagnant on the basement floor producing water stains and eventually resulting in the formation of molds and mildew.
Although this can be performed by the buyer once the deal is closed, there can also be instances when repainting of some home surfaces will be requested. This is a common occurrence especially when the house is several decades old. Breathing new life to its interior and exterior surfaces may be required by the buyer to approve of the price.
Whether it is an old or new house you are selling, you must learn to accept the fact that there will never be a perfect house because there are flaws embedded on them on minor and major scales. And if in cases requests for repairs are asked by home buyers, adhere to them if they are reasonable so you can secure a smooth selling process.
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