Before selling your home (and moving to Parc Forêt at Montrêux) make sure your current home has the proper inspections for future homeowners.
1. Radon: Radon is a tasteless, odorless, colorless gas that could be a threat you don’t even know is there. It is cancer-causing and radioactive, so it is important to have the tests done but a qualified company or do them yourself with a certified radon testing kit. The EPA and Surgeon General suggest testing the lowest livable level of your home, or if there is a lower level that may be livable by the next owners (i.e playroom, game room, etc.).3
2. Termites and other Pests: For termites and their other unwanted friends, hire an exterminator to check out your home’s crawl spaces to verify that you are free from undetected pests! These pest inspectors can also check your home for dry rot, caused by fungi, that can lead to wood deterioration.
3. Asbestos: Yikes! If your home was built before 1975, this is a real threat in your home by means of one building material or another. Commonly found in basement insulation, asbestos was also used in things like window cault back in the day. Asbestos on its own is not a threat, unless it starts to crumble. Bring in an inspector to assess your home before listing.
4. Foundation: Like asbestos, foundation settling can be a threat if your home is older. Normal settling is expected, but hiring a foundation engineer to take a close look at your home to make sure you’re not at risk is a smart decision. Signs such as a twisted window frame, a cracked wall or horizontal cracks in the foundation itself can make for a long repair.
5. Electrical: Electrical rewiring is very common in homes, especially when the home has changed hands many times. Changing from a home business to a rental to a family home can be common, but if a lot of rewiring has occurred, the home needs to be checked to make sure the wiring is up to code and there are no violations.
6. Chimney: A wood burning fireplace is a major selling point in a home and a great focal point for a space. However, it may draw many questions regarding it’s state. A chimney inspector can make sure the smoke is leaving the home properly and the at all of the inner workings of the chimney are in tip-top shape. If the fireplace doesn’t work but you think the next homeowners will want to get it up and running, then you may have the inspector check out the chimney’s exterior.
7. Lead: Although this paint was outlawed in 1978, it doesn’t mean your home is free of it. Lead paint could be hiding within layers of your walls from this era, or it could’ve been applied illegally in the 1980’s. Especially if you think the next homeowners will have children, this is a test that can’t hurt, it can only benefit you and your neighborhood.
8. Roof: Roof repairs are one of the biggest pains in the neck to future homeowners. Have your roof inspected before putting your house on the market. If it needs repairs, do one of two things: repair the roof before selling, or get legitimate quotes on costs so the future homeowners know what they are getting.
9. Soil: A soil inspector is not always necessary, but if your home is on a hill or a large piece of land you may want to make sure the soil is stable and uncontaminated.
10. Trees: The trees in your yard may be a beautiful addition to your home and landscaping, but they may be old, unsafe or diseased. If there are any questions about the trees in your yard, hire an arborist before selling. Tree removal and care can be expensive and may up the cost of your home during negotiations with the new home owners. Sick trees can also effect other nearby trees, killing whole sections of forest.
11. Mold: Everyone knows by now the health dangers of mold. It’s good to have an inspection and solid answers before selling. A good mold inspector will ask about your home’s history to see if there is anything in the past that could be a source of mold. They will then be able to test for a variety of different spores.
For real estate inquiries, stop by the beautiful Montrêux Welcome Center at 16475 Bordeaux Dr. in Reno, NV or call us at 775.849.9444. The Welcome Center is open 7 days a week, from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.