The simple fact is that most people – no matter how desperate they are to find a new home – will avoid driving around in a blizzard looking for homes. Most sellers don’t want to move in cold winter weather either, so home sales typically take a strong dive in the colder months. The market has also been getting to a late start this year because so much of the country has remained in the grips of bad weather.
All that is about to change as the weather warms up and if you are planning to sell or rent your home this summer, getting an infrared home inspection early can ward off a lot of headaches later. Many buyers are especially eager to purchase their homes as early as possible – barring the bad weather – to lock in a mortgage rate before the borrowing rates start to climb.
According to Bloomberg.com: “The average U.S. rate for a 30-year fixed mortgage was 4.4 percent last week. A year earlier, it was 3.57 percent. By the end of 2014, the average rate probably will be about 4.6 percent, said Fannie Mae.”
Pre-inspect with Infrared Before Selling your Elgin Home
Having your home pre-inspected and primed for sale can make a big difference. Some of the issues commonly found with an infrared home inspection are:
- Leaking toilets, showers, and tubs
- Unwanted moisture in the basement and roof
- Overheating electrical panels
While none of these issues will be apparent to a standard home inspector, they can cause problems for you if their presence becomes evident visually later on when homeowners are trooping through your house. If a stain appears on the ceiling during a walk-through, your are far less likely to make a sale that day.
See Surprising Ways an Infrared Home Inspection is Different (with pictures!) for more details.
Knowing your risks ahead of time can mean repairing them and being upfront with potential buyers. It’s a significant show of good will that can help your home stand out in the crowd of available homes to buy this summer moving season.
Get an Infrared Inspection Before Renting your Home
If you plan to rent your home, perhaps to travel during the first few years of retirement or simply to downsize and wait until the market fully recovers and you can sell your home at a higher price, ensuring that your home is free of leaks, electrical overload, and other dangers is a great way to be sure you can safely leave it in the hands of your renter and go.
Even though you may not be able to see hidden problems, they can be disastrous and expensive. No matter how conscientious your renter is, they do not own the home. It is not their property. They can walk away – especially if you fail to fix things that they deem unsafe. So, making sure your home is in top condition protects you from having to fix things that may go unnoticed for far too long. An infrared home inspection prior to renting your home can also be a good cover in case of liability. You can prove that your home was in top condition prior to the rental.
Andrew MacDonald can help Elgin homeowners with an infrared home inspection before the house goes on the market or after an offer is accepted. He works throughout Algonquin, Hoffman Estates, and the surrounding areas. Give him a call today at 888-852-8298 to schedule your infrared home inspection today.