As a real estate agent, home inspection reports are one of the best marketing tools you can use for selling a property. Your reputation with the home buyer is priceless, and the expert home inspectors at One Avenue Inspection want to protect all of your hard work. Home inspection reports allow you to use every selling point of a property to your advantage.
Here are three areas that can be great selling points or problems that could come back to haunt you later.
1. Recently Replaced Plumbing: Eager sellers often describe plumbing replacement work improperly. ‘Recently replaced’ plumbing could mean replacement of the fixtures only – things may look new, but the real concern is the accurate condition of the internal supply and waste piping. Is the supply piping copper, galvanized steel, or plastic? Has all or part of the piping actually been replaced?
2. New Roof: The term ‘new’ is the first problem with this phrase- better is to give an age or date of replacement. Has the entire roof been replaced or just a portion? Is there proof that a licensed contractor did the work? A new roof being advertised may soon require a complete tear-off and replacement, by someone with actual competency, in order to be considered a reliable roof.
3. Totally Renovated: Here is a phrase that means something different to everyone. ‘Totally renovated’ can mean that every part of the house that shows wear has been replaced. It would be upsetting to find out that the roof is actually ten years old, or the heating and cooling system is eight years old on a house that was described as ‘totally renovated’. Even though certain older systems may not require replacement, it is misleading to use such broad descriptions of condition.
Be sure not to oversell these points before a home inspection. As a real estate agent, you have worked hard to earn your client’s trust, and to lose that trust, even with the best intentions, is not worth the risk.