Oct 27, 2020
How To Avoid Common Maintenance Issues When Buying or Selling a Home
While maintenance is part of owning a home, the selling and buying process is not the time you want to face unnecessary expenses. The best way to avoid common maintenance issues that might come up is to learn about them, stay on top of them, and get ahead of the curve as best as you possibly can.
There are a few ways to do this for both sellers and buyers, in order to make sure that the process goes as smoothly as possible for everyone involved. At the end of the day, it all comes down to knowledge: knowing what needs to be fixed, how often certain things within the home need to be fixed and maintained, and planning out the appropriate time to do them so that you are not faced with costly surprises.
Get a home inspection
As a seller, you want to know what a home inspector is going to look for when evaluating your property. That way, if there are any repairs that need to be completed, you can get on top of them and have them completed prior to putting your home on the market. This will cut down on costs you will face during the selling process.
As a buyer, you want to ensure that you get a thorough home inspection to make sure that there are no known problems with the property. This way, you will be able to handle any maintenance issues before actually taking ownership of your home and will help you avoid any costs that could come up for repairs noticed in the first few days of living in your new space.
Learn about the average lifespan of essential appliances and how old they are
In your home, there are many large-scale appliances that each have their own unique life cycle. For example, the average refrigerator might last 10 to 15 years, but a washing machine might be eight to 10. With the appliances that will be remaining in your home in your new home as you take ownership, you want to know how old they are so that you have an idea of when you may need to shop for replacements. Knowing the age of an appliance will make it easier for you to decide on a rough timeline of when you need to replace it, which allows you to plan for the purchase of something new and not be surprised when it becomes necessary.
Get the air conditioner and furnace serviced
When buying a home, you will want to have the air conditioner and/or furnace serviced before you take ownership. This again will allow you to get on top of any repairs that are needed and to potentially get them to be completed by the sellers prior to your moving in.
For sellers, it's important to service major systems in your home prior to listing to get on top of any issues that will need your attention and your funds throughout the selling process. While there might not be a way to avoid these costs all together, most people will find it better to complete repairs on their own schedule, rather than as a surprise throughout the selling process.
Ask sellers to complete inspection-noted repairs
As a buyer, you want to get as much of your post-inspection repair list completed by the sellers to avoid needing to pay out of pocket for repairs as soon as you take possession of the home. If you are faced with a seller that does not want to provide the essential repairs that your inspection has requested, you have the option to either back out of the sale or potentially ask for money to go towards fixing the noted items.
As a seller, getting on top of what will be looked at during a home inspection can allow you to fix things on your own schedule and not be faced with major repair bills all at once as you are selling and then trying to buy a new home. The absolute best way to avoid maintenance costs when selling your home is to take as good care of your home, your appliances, and everything inside as you possibly can throughout the duration of time that you own it.
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