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Offered by: Jan Hepp-Struck, Hepp Realty

You’ve made the decision to sell your home, you’ve got a buyer ready to purchase, and you’ve accepted their offer—the last thing you want is for something to go wrong with the inspection and have it negatively impact your appraisal, cause delays, or otherwise jeopardize the deal. Here are the top  five things that can have a serious impact on the appraisal but are easy to be proactive about prior to putting your home on the market.

HVAC System:  The average lifespan of a heating/cooling system is 12-15 years. How old is your HVAC unit? Have you noticed fluctuations in temperatures, stuffiness, or drafts? What’s the condition of your duct work? When was the last time you had your system serviced?

Electrical: Have you noticed any dimming or  flickering in your lights, or any sparks when plugging or unplugging things. You might also consider upgrading any outlets located within six feet of water to ground circuit interrupter (GFI) outlets.

Roofing: How old is your roof? Are there any cracks, leaks, or missing shingles?

Mold: We live in an arid climate and while mold is not common, it can occur and it’s best to get a mold inspection to make sure there isn’t any lurking in dark spaces, not only for your inspection, but also for the health and wellbeing of you and your family.

Windows and Doors: Are they operating correctly? Do they have any visible defects? Make sure that all caulking and weather stripping are in good repair.

For proven expertise in establishing your home value and/or searching for a new or existing home, please call Jan at: (303) 520-4340.