3 Home Inspection Items To Not Freak Out Over
you found your dream home: don’t let these common items kill the deal
No first time home buyer forgets their first home inspection. All the critiquing, advice & jargon being thrown around can be really overwhelming. It can be difficult to extract the not so big items from the things that are big. Remember, no home is perfect & this is your opportunity to do your homework so you can negotiate with the sellers for necessary repairs or credits. Now, some items really are big. We call them deal killers & they usually come in the form of structural problems, unidentifiable leaks or majorly deferred maintenance. On the other hand, some items pop up over & over again & are just not that big of a deal. There is a great website, Home Wyse, where you can get a rough idea of what repair or maintenance items cost.
1. old water heaters
Water heaters don’t have the longest life span & your home inspector has to warn you about this. It sounds scary but it’s really not. A brand new water heater with installation usually costs around $750-$1200. If the water heater is working the seller does not have to replace or credit for this item. Your home inspector just wants to advise you on the life span so that you are prepared. Your best plan of action is to set up an annual service plan.
2. silver coat a roof
Roof defects sound so scary. The good thing is, silver coating is not a defect it is actually a maintenance item. A silver coat reflects sun light to protect the roof from the beating sun which can extend the life of the roof, reduce A.C. costs & keep your top floor cooler. It’s not very expensive & there are obvious benefits to silver coating since the summers have been so hot.
3. small cracks in plaster or some settlement
Philadelphia has a lot of old homes with plaster walls. When old homes settle small hairline cracks can form in the plaster or your floors can look or feel not perfectly plumb or level. This may set your OCD on edge (if so, go new construction, because an old home may drive you nuts) but it’s completely normal. If an inspector recommends a structural report this is when you should start to worry. If not, chalk it up to the charm of an old home.
Keep your home inspection report; there are a lot of tips in there to help you maintain your first home. Double check prices of any issues you would like to resolve & use this knowledge to help negotiate any repairs or credits with the sellers. If there were some big items on there that aren’t in your budget or the seller isn’t willing to fix or credit & your gut is telling you to walk away; listen. I have found over & over again that things happen as they should in real estate.
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