Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Home Repairs

The Kansas City Star recently reported:
Half of the resale homes on the market today have at least one significant defect, says the National Association of Home Inspectors. The trade association surveyed its members and identified these four most common major problems found in older homes on the market:

  • Improper grading and drainage around the house, leading to actual or potential water penetration and foundation problems.
  • Insufficient electrical service to the house, inadequate overload protection and amateur, often dangerous, wiring connections.
  • Roof damage, including worn and improper roof flashing.
  • Faulty heating and air conditioning systems, including controls with mechanical problems.

The days of slamming your home on the market, problems and all, are over. These types of defects should be corrected prior to marketing your home. Otherwise, a buyer may discount your home more than you'd likely spend on the repairs.

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