Why Home Inspections are Important

When you’re buying or moving into a new house, you want to make sure the structure is stable
and that there are no potential hazards. That’s why it’s very important you get your home
inspected by a professional. By doing so, you will know if any fixes or changes need to be made
before you can fully move in. Moreover, you will be able to avoid purchasing a house with
serious structural problems. In the rest of this article, we will help you understand what home
inspections are and why they are so important.

What Does A Home Inspection Cover?

While inspectors differ in terms of experience and thoroughness, a good inspector should look at
critical aspects of a house and then write a report detailing their findings. During the inspection,
they should inspect the roof, basement, driveway, foundation, electrical, insulation, and
plumbing systems. An experienced inspector will look at the general condition of the house and
any signs of future problems. For example, a radon inspection is rarely covered by regular home
inspections but can be done at a request.

The inspection typically lasts two to three hours. During the process, you should be there to hear
a firsthand explanation of the inspector’s findings and, if required, to ask questions. Also, rather
than relying merely on the snapshot images in the report, any issues discovered by the inspector
will make more sense if you see them in person.

What Isn’t Covered B A Home Inspection?

While a home inspection is a thorough look at the house from top to bottom, there are certain
parts inspectors can’t look at. An inspector can only look at visual clues during a home
inspection. Because this isn’t a comprehensive examination, it’s crucial to understand that
inspectors are unable to check the insides of some parts of a house. For example, inspectors can’t
check the inside of a chimney, behind electrical panels, inside walls, or check for toxic mold or
asbestos. However, the fact that there are certain things that home inspection doesn’t cover
doesn’t mean it’s not a very important part of the home-buying process or that it shouldn’t be
done before moving into a new home in a new town.

Best Reasons To Have A Home Inspection

In the introduction, we already mentioned one or two reasons why it might be a good idea to
have your home inspected before you buy it or move into it. However, there are plenty more
reasons why home inspections are important. Some of them are:

To Uncover Potential Safety Issues

A home inspection gives you the chance to properly explore the home you’re considering buying.
If you’re investing in a house, it’s in your best interest to have it checked out before you make a
deal and settle on a price. However, remember that a good house inspector will identify some
flaws in any property, even if it’s a brand new building. Moreover, some of the faults discovered
may not be significant, while others may pose substantial safety risks. For example, improper
electrical wiring, inoperable windows, and plumbing inadequacies are just a few of the most
frequent concerns inspectors discover during a house inspection. These issues can easily be fixed
and are not a substantial threat to your investment.

To Reveal Possible Pest And Insect Problems

Insect and pest infestations can sometimes completely damage a property. While the risk of
having a pest or bug problem varies depending on where you live, it’s still a good idea to check if
you have a problem with one of these. Termites, along with carpenter ants and powder post
beetles, can seriously damage or even destroy the wood inside your home. That’s why it’s best
you identify them before it’s too late.

To Forecast Future Expenses

Because purchasing a house is a significant commitment that might drain a buyer’s financial
account, it’s crucial to know what to expect in terms of costs in the future. That’s why having a
house inspected before buying means you can predict future expenses. For example, if the
inspector reports that the roof isn’t in great shape, you might have a few years before it starts
leaking and needs fixing. By knowing what can be a potential problem in the future, you’ll know
when to set aside money and plan ahead for such problems.

It Can Help You Negotiate The Price And Delay The Process

Another reason why home inspections are important is that they can help you renegotiate the
price of the home you’re buying if it has any significant or structural flaws. While sellers usually
hate this, it’s an entirely valid move for a buyer. If severe issues are uncovered during the
inspection, those results can be used as a justification for a price reduction. As a buyer, you have
to consider all the costs of repairs you will have to make after you move in. Combining those
costs with the costs of purchasing a house and moving can add up to a lot.

Furthermore, when certain problems need to be fixed, that can affect your planned timeline. For
example, if you discovered some structural flaws and decided to buy the house, you’ll most likely
want to fix those problems before you move in. This means your move-in date will be pushed
further. However, if you hire reliable interstate movers to handle your relocation to a
different state, they will likely be flexible and understanding of the circumstances. They will
make sure you and your belongings are taken care of and carefully moved no matter what.

Final Thoughts

As you can see, home inspections are important for many reasons, and you shouldn’t skip them
during the home buying phase. However, most importantly of all, they are important because
they give you peace of mind. By foregoing a home inspection, you may be causing yourself
unneeded concern and stress. On the other hand, you will be able to calm your anxiety knowing
that you are acquiring a very sturdy and secure property if you have a home inspection
performed.

Secrets for Selling Your Home, #5

I’m rounding out this month of luck with the last secret in our 5 Secrets of a Successful Sale — secrets that together will help you sell your home without a hint of luck or wishful thinking.⁣

Before jumping to Secret #5, a quick review:⁣

Secret #1: It’s your kitchen that’ll sell your home.⁣
Secret #2: Declutter, depersonalize, and stage your home.⁣
Secret #3: Don’t go overboard on upgrades.⁣
Secret #4: Find out what your home is worth, then shave 15-20% off the price to spark a bidding war.⁣

And last but certainly not least…⁣

Secret #5: Work with the right agent.⁣

How do you know I’m the RIGHT agent?  Just look at my credentials and testimonials!

~I was awarded Associate of the Year at Gables & Gates, REALTORS, for 2020
~I’ve been selling real estate for 23 years⁣
~I love Knoxville and have lived here for 31 years
~I’m just a phone call, text, or email away, and always respond as quickly as possible
~I don’t pressure my clients, but listen to them and work with their needs

“We worked with Janet in both the buying and selling of our homes, and in all instances she demonstrated the same determination and commitment to ensure our needs were met. She made our Real Estate transactions a pleasant experience, helping us every step of the way, even well beyond closing” ~ Forrest and Julie Stover

“I have purchased two houses and sold one using Janet. She has been exceptionally attentive and response to anything I needed. Her knowledge of the area is fantastic, and she helped guide me to sound purchases both times. Highly recommend her!” ~ Bob Sledzik

There are a ton of AMAZING agents out there. So don’t settle! Let me help you sell your home and I’ll make getting a successful sale as smooth as possible (and maybe that pot o’ gold!).

Secrets for Selling Your Home, #4

Got the kitchen looking great?⁣
Got your home decluttered, depersonalized, and staged?⁣
Chatted with a realtor about worthwhile upgrades?⁣

Fist-bump! You’re SO ready for Secret #4 in our 5 Secrets to a Successful Sale! ⁣

While this one won’t require any elbow grease, it will take a tiny leap of faith. Secret #4 is all about pricing your home to sell — fast.⁣

Secret #4: Find out what your home is worth, then shave 15-20% off the price to *hopefully* spark a bidding war.⁣

Sound scary? That’s okay — I’m here to walk you through every step. Here’s why I love this pricing strategy: ⁣

• Pricing your home just below market value instantly gets buyers’ attention and motivates them to schedule a showing ASAP.⁣
• Once buyers see your home (and LOVE it), they’re more likely to put in an offer if they feel like they’re getting a deal.⁣
• When they realize there are other offers on the table, buyers tend to get competitive and are willing to increase their bid to land the home they want.⁣

With interest rates at historic lows and a lower than normal inventory, if you’re looking to sell, you’ll 100% be in the driver’s seat. ⁣

Curious what your home is worth in today’s market? I’d love to run the numbers for you — just drop me a message.⁣

Secrets for Selling Your Home, #3

Checking in this week to share Secret #3 in my 5 Secrets of a Successful Sale. A quick look back at the past two secrets:⁣

Secret #1: It’s your kitchen that’ll sell your home.⁣
Secret #2: Declutter, depersonalize, and stage your home. ⁣

And this week…⁣

Secret #3: DON’T go overboard on upgrades.⁣

It’s a mistake I’ve seen too many times. ⁣

In an effort to get top dollar for their home, well-intentioned sellers take on major renovations without consulting a realtor first. Misinformed and assuming they’ll get every dollar back (and then some!), they go overboard on upgrades only to be disappointed at the closing table.⁣

And while there are upgrades worth doing prior to selling, they’re often quick fixes, not major renovations. ⁣

If you’re thinking about selling soon, reach out to a realtor who knows your neighborhood and can give you data on the upgrades that matter most to buyers in your area. ⁣

Not thinking about selling, but know someone who is? Pass this along and save them from the stress, headache, and expense of unnecessary upgrades.⁣

Secrets for Selling Your Home, #2

Got a sec? Great. All alone? Perfect! It’s time to lean in real close cause I’m back with Secret #2 in my 5 Secrets of a Successful Sale. ⁣

Secret #1: It’s your kitchen that’ll sell your home.⁣
Secret #2: Declutter, depersonalize, and stage your home.⁣

Buyers must be able to picture themselves living in YOUR home. Give ’em a chance to do just that by decluttering, depersonalizing, and staging your home:⁣

• Declutter: Picture your home as a vacation rental. If you wouldn’t see it out in a rental, you shouldn’t see it out during a showing.⁣
• Depersonalize: A few modest photos here and there is fine, but pack away the excess, take down oversized monograms, and remove wall letters from the kids’ rooms.⁣
• Stage: If you’re using the dining room as a craft area or home office, reset it as a space to dine. Also, get rid of unnecessary furniture to make your living room feel airy and spacious. Staging doesn’t have to be costly or complicated — it simply helps buyers make sense of your home and see its potential.⁣

When it comes to getting your home ready for the market, less is ALWAYS more. Need advice on how to get your home prepped? I’d love to help. ⁣

Stop back by tomorrow for secret #3!

My Secrets for Selling Your Home

It’s the month of shamrocks, leprechauns, and Irish blessings, and while some are worried about getting pinched, you’ve got other things on your mind — like how you’re gonna get your home listed and sold fast. ⁣

In honor of St. Patty (and so you can kick luck to the curb), I’ve got 5 secrets I can’t wait to spill — secrets that’ll hand you a successful sale, and quite possibly, your very own pot of gold. ⁣

This week, Secret #1: It’s your kitchen that’ll sell your home.⁣

While buyers want the right bed and bath count to meet their needs, years of experience tell me it’s your KITCHEN that’ll sell your home. ⁣

As you get your home ready for the market, every minute (and dollar!) you spend prepping your kitchen to look its best will give you a high ROI. ⁣

At a minimum, clean, declutter, and clear off those countertops for every showing (save a vase of fresh flower). ⁣

Wanna do a little more? Update cabinet hardware, replace the faucet and sink, install a backsplash, or splurge on new light fixtures.⁣

That’s all for now — keep your eyes out for Secret #2 tomorrow!⁣