NEW YORK (MainStreet) -- Think your home is in top shape to sell? Not so fast. There are several unexpected hazards a home inspector can uncover that are enough to make prospective buyers run. Some are literally hidden from view; others sellers simply miss.
“People who live in a house for a long time often overlook the defects,” says Nick Gromicko, founder of the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors. “It’s not that they’re trying to hide them – they just don’t notice them anymore.”
To catch these problems before it’s too late, consider hiring a professional to conduct a home inspection before putting your house on the market. In fact, having your home pre-inspected could save you money in the long run.
“It gives the seller time to obtain estimates and get repairs done, which is an advantage since jobs that are done fast usually cost more,” says Gromicko. “Also, if you deal with these problems in the eleventh hour you may be forced to give the buyer some large credit that’s financially much more than what it would cost to repair these things yourself.”
A home that is listed as pre-inspected might also provide a marketing advantage, adds Elizabeth Mendenhall, vice president and liaison to committees for the National Association of Realtors and CEO of RE/MAX Boone Realty in Columbia, Mo. That’s because prospective buyers are given a sense of security knowing that major problems have already been taken care of and won’t cost them a fortune down the line.
Read on for eight potential deal-breakers to check for, plus tips on how to fix them.