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Home Inspections Benefit Buyers and Sellers

Published on July 4, 2014 by Editor

Everyone should know that when buying a home it is prudent to have an independent third party inspect the major systems of the home so that you’ll know what condition they are in. This helps to avoid the most expensive surprises.

As a seller of a Temecula Valley and Murrieta Valley homes, MASON Real Estate recommends having a home inspection done prior to the marketing of your home. Then upon review, take care of what needs to be done prior to placing it for sale.

By commissioning a pre-inspection and correcting any deficiencies’ you’ll be able to market the home as truly ‘turn-key’ enabling you to ask for the highest and best price the market will bear.

The primary areas of interest focus around these 10 major systems that all homes have in common:

APPLIANCES: Every appliance should be run for a full cycle and it should be verified that they are all working correctly and not leaking or giving off any unpleasant odors. The best appliances are the ones that match one another and are Energy Star certified. Remember, kitchens sell houses and upgraded appliances sell kitchens.

HVAC: The Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning system and the hot water heater should all operate without emitting any loud noises or odors. All plumbing should be corrosion free, filters should all be clean and new and the system should show signs of regular maintenance.

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM: All outlets and switches should be grounded and working properly; GFCI outlets should be installed in wet areas; i.e. kitchen, bathrooms, laundry room and exterior walls. Do the panel and breakers appear to be modern and working properly? Do they have sufficient amps to run a modern household?

PLUMBING: Inspect for leaks, rust, corrosion or other damage to the pipes and connections. Do all of the drains function properly? Is the water pressure and temperature where it should be? If there is a septic system, you’ll want a thorough inspection to verify that there are no cracks and that it is working properly.

ATTIC AND ROOF: Are there any missing shingles? Are they deteriorating? What condition are the gutters in? Does the chimney appear to be structurally sound without any cracks? Look inside the attic for the insulation

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