New Home Problems And What To Expect From Your Inspection

Buying a home is an exciting process, but that excitement can turn to concern if your inspection uncovers unexpected new home problems. Luckily, Realtor Matthew D. Dejanovich and Real Estate One Ann Arbor can help you learn what to look for and understand your options moving forward so you end up with the home — and the deal — you deserve.

Common New Home Problems

Whether you’re buying a fixer-upper or brand new construction, a home inspection is a crucial part of ensuring you’re getting the home you expect.  Enlist a qualified home inspector to give your potential home a thorough evaluation, including looking for the following issues:

  • Exterior Concerns: Note any rotting or missing siding or a roof that leaks or uses incorrect materials
  • Faulty Foundation: Sloping floors, a cracked foundation or doors that stick could all indicate serious problems
  • Bad Wiring: Improper electrical work may present as open junction boxes or wires without the required wire nuts
  • Ventilation: Bathroom fans should vent to the outside of the home
  • Windows: Each window should function properly and be entirely operable, meaning no warped windows or windows that have been painted shut
  • Fireplaces and Chimneys: If the home has a fireplace, the flue should work and there should be no missing mortar, caps or tiles
  • Defective Heating and Cooling Systems: Cracks in the water tank or leaky vent systems cost money in terms of repairs and soaring utility bills
  • Landscaping Red Flags: Grade slopes and improper drainage could lead to water damage and foundation issues

Finding Solutions

Most new home problems aren’t the end of the world. In fact, many can be fixed by a handyman or general contractor, though some require more extensive renovation. For instance, a house with overall poor upkeep may just need fresh paint or new carpeting, while a bad foundation could require a structural changes costing tens of thousands of dollars. It’s important to decide what you’re willing to fix post-purchase — clogged gutters or a cracked window, perhaps — and what you’d like the seller to take care of before the property transfer takes place. Some issues may even be deal breakers.

If you’re a seller, you’re better off correcting known problems before the inspection takes place so you can price and show your property properly. If you’re a buyer, remember to approach your inspector’s report as a guideline rather than a to-do list. Some lenders require serious issues such as building code violations and structural defects to be repaired before they’ll release the funds required for purchase. Those same lenders won’t care as much about a browning lawn or scratched-up hardwood flooring.

Renegotiating After An Inspection

There are two sides to buying and selling a home, and that means every transaction involves give and take. In most cases, the seller would rather not fix anything, and the buyer would prefer everything gets repaired before their expected move-in date. Usually, the end point lies somewhere in the middle. This is what renegotiation is for.

An experienced Realtor can help you know which repairs to ask for in the contract and which to put off until later. If there’s competition for the property and a bidding war ensues, repair requests could affect which offer the seller chooses. Some sellers don’t want the hassle or delays that come with repairs but will happily agree to closing cost credits or a price reduction instead. That way, everyone gets what they want and there’s less chance of delaying closing or affecting escrow. 

Contact Us

A great real estate agent offers more than a simple list of available properties and a guided tour of potential homes. Backed by more than 30 years of experience, Realtor Matthew D. Dejanovich is proud to give clients the personal service they deserve so they can find and buy the property of their dreams. To kick-start your Ann Arbor home search, contact Matt today.

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