Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Make sure your home does not scream"UNMAINTAINED"!

Whenever I tell someone I'm a SitePro Home Inspector, one of the first things people want to know is how busy I am. In many cases, they have already a preconceived notion that I'm busy in the summer and slow in the winter. Of course, every season has a slightly different set of motivations for sellers and on the Florida Panhandle, traditionally summer is the busiest market.

Spring sales however inevitably lead to summer sales and summer sellers have it a little harder from SitePro inspectors when it comes to performing regular maintenance. When the rains and cold weather of winter are in full force, SitePro inspectors will be a little forgiving in our reporting as it is not very reasonable to expect the seller can touch up the paint and even do a proper caulking job in the cold. However, when you have your home for sale in summer, there are not many excuses why you don't have your trim painted and replace any rotten boards in the deck before the home goes up for sale and a buyer or home inspector arrive.

From my lens as a SitePro inspector, there are two common types of home owners. Those who 'consume' the value of their home and those who 'maintain' the value of their home. A home that shows signs of care and maintenance tend to be homes that show well through the rest of the house inspection. Whereas when the paint on the facia boards is pealed off, I can just about guarantee the A/C filter will look like it was never changed and there will be other missing maintenance.

So what does this mean for home sellers in summer? Be aware of the non-verbal communications your house is telling the home inspector. You don't want your house to scream 'unmaintained' for the inspector to point out to the buyer when a simple afternoon of elbow grease would get so many maintenance items up to par. A good home inspector will call out these same deficiencies no matter what season they were found but as the caretaker of your home, you want your home to look your best for your buyer to avoid any surprises at closing.

SitePro, LLC
Van Hibberts

362 Gulf Breeze Parkway, #214
Gulf Breeze, Florida 32561
850.934.6800  (Office)
850.485.3209  (Cell / Text Msg)

Certified Residential Building Code Inspector ICC-5319905
Florida-State Certified Master Home Inspector Lic. #HI89
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