These 4 Problems Can End A Deal Quickly

It doesn’t matter how much a home buyer loves your property, if they receive a home inspection that reveals significant problems, it can end the deal. Even in a place with a hot seller’s market like the Raleigh Durham real estate market, buyers often have to back out of these deals. If you are considering selling your Raleigh Durham home, this is for you!

A good home inspection report is so important. Sellers, the last thing you want is to think you a couple of weeks away from selling your home, and then find out that there are big issues. Zach and I actually recommend that you have an inspection completed on your Raleigh Durham home before you even list it for sale. This will help you avoid any surprises and price your home correctly from the start.

Sellers should certainly consider hiring a licensed home inspector to inspect their home prior to listing it. This will help the sellers to identify any surprise issues they don’t know about! These issues can delay your closing, cause you to have to renegotiate monetary terms or lose the deal altogether.

The most useful thing you can do to help your chances of having a successful inspection and due diligence period for you buyers is being sure these 4 things are up and running smoothly!

1. HVAC System

Home inspectors will definitely check the  HVAC unit in the home to ensure it’s running properly. And for good reason. HVAC systems can be very expensive to repair and even more expensive to replace.

One of the most common concerns of home buyers we see is the HVAC system. Especially when we can see that it has some significant age on it.

The average HVAC system’s life span is about 15 years, so when HVAC systems are older than it can make buyers pretty weary, even if it’s still working. If you have an older unit, consider purchasing a home warranty for the buyers to give some peace of mind.

2. Electrical Issues

Older homes can certainly pose a risk with electrical systems. Over time, many types of wiring have been deemed potentially unsafe and a fire hazard! It’s a good idea to have this thoroughly checked out

When having your electrical systems looked at there are few things to make note of. If you have any outlets in the kitchen or bathroom that are within 6 feet of water, be sure to have these outlets converted to ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlets. These types of outlets need to be outside the house, in bathrooms above sinks, and in the garage. These areas are prone to being wet so this type of outlet is more suited for the water. Also, you will want to be sure that your outdoor outlets have covers on them. Outlet swaps and updates to current code standards are a must!

Additionally, many older homes have two-prong outlets, which are a safety hazard. This is an easy repair for an electrician!

3. Roof

When home inspectors look at the rood of the home, they’re inspecting everything from the roof’s structure to the chimney, Inspectors will also take note of the roofing material,  gutters, vents, and downspouts. Really anything remotely close to the roof.

We definitely recommend having someone check out older roofs. This will ensure that there are not any areas where water could be coming through and causing a bigger problem….mold.

4. Mold

Mold can be a deal breaker! It is scary to hear about or see mold in your future home. Having a home inspection should help to bring any mold issues to light. Be sure to remediate the problem well before listing your home!

If you are considering selling your Raleigh or Durham home, give us a call! We can walk you through the best steps to get it sold quickly and for the most money. If you are considering buying a home, we can help you walk through these inspection processes.  Give us a call or text at 919-730-0777.

Cindi Honeycutt

Cindi Honeycutt


Cindi is a born and raised Durham native. She is a former elementary school teacher turned realtor, now working at Movil Realty. Cindi is excited to help others find their home here in the triangle.

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