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When you decide to sell your home and move to a new place, you need to know that you will definitely have problems along the way. Relocating is without a doubt a difficult task, for you will need to, in a way, pack and move all your life. When you find the ideal home and believe it's all finally coming right into place, you'll still have to undergo the process of selling your old dwelling. However, this might turn out to be quite hard, mainly because of the strict home inspection the house has to go through. If you have not been paying the proper attention to the obvious signs of wear and tear in the house, you will need to rely on a house inspector who is to help you out. Here are a couple of the most common mistakes you will have to look out for, as well as the solutions on how to eliminate them.


1.That old roof

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Any standard roof will not usually last for more than twenty years. Once that period is over, you need to consider either replacing or at least repairing it. The first option might turn out to be quite an expensive one and the costs unbearable, especially at such a delicate moment when you are in the process of selling the place. The best option is to regularly maintain the roof and keep it in a good condition from the very beginning. Such proper maintenance will usually include re-caulking, regular inspections and, of course, replacing any damaged shingles. Someday, the roof will need to be replaced, there is no doubt about that, but hopefully this will happen under somebody else's ownership.


2.Bad grading

 

Unless you live in an area that is really flat, you will most probably face the problem many homeowners do. Even if the area is quite flat and hard-packed, it is possible that it will settle over time, which will result in a slope towards the house, leading water directly into your home. If you have proper drainage, it won't be a major problem for you. However, many homes don't. The lack of such will to plenty of water in the basement, major foundation damages, mold and various similar problems. In other words, don't wait until water begins coming through the windows of the  basement. Install a reliable drainage system and re-grade the parcel if necessary. This way you will avoid any unwanted costs.

3.Electrical issues

 

Presently, the homeowners' energy needs are larger because of the more electronic devices that get used on a daily basis. If your electrical system is a relatively old one, the extensive electrical consuming may put a lot of strain on it. That could lead to many serious problems, like blown breakers, for example.

4.Leaking pipes

 

Many houses have old plumbing systems that sometimes fail to handle the large water demand and consumption. Once you notice even a minor leakage, take care of it right away, otherwise it might turn into a major leakage. The situation will get worse if you postpone. Contact an experienced and reliable plumber to take care of the issue as soon as possible.

5.Termites

 

These wood-consuming insects might eat away your dwelling if you don't exterminate them on time. At least once a month, carefully scrutinize the house, looking for any mud tubes, that give away the presence of termites. Hire exterminators to put an end to their breeding, otherwise, your house will suffer major damage.

 

Heather Roberts is a content writer from London, UK. She has great flair for decoration and interior design. She is searching for new challenges and hence often moves to different places. Heather writes about moving and storage services Kennington.


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Things to consider when buying your home

You are in the market for a home and have an area in mind where you will concentrate your search. Access to your place of work offers much convenience for you and there are an ample supply of stores, community parks and public buildings that make it all the more attractive. Likely, once you find a home, you will stay put for a number of years, enabling you to contribute to the community and enjoy its benefits. Make sure that your home offers what you need by keeping in mind the following before you buy that home.

 

The Neighborhood

 

The geographic area where you are looking for a home contains several neighborhoods. Of these, some are better places to buy a home than others. Rule out any neighborhood that does not meet with your expectations.

 

Familiarize yourself with your intended neighborhood, to ensure that it offers what you need. Drive around the neighborhood at various times of the day and week to observe traffic patterns and specific homes. Contact the police department to find out about crime statistics where you want to live. Speak with the neighbors and find out how far away the local schools are located.

 

The Home

 

The neighborhood might be acceptable, but what about the particular home you want to buy? At first glance, it may offer a wonderful street presence with ample greenery, mature shade trees, new fencing and pretty seasonal flowers.

 

Get in a bit closer and some problems may rear up, including several that have been pointed out during the home inspection. Work with a home inspector that will look at the home inside and out, offering his opinion about problems that need to be addressed immediately as well as others that may crop up within the next three to five years.

 

For instance, if the home has an older roof, will you be able to afford the work in a few years? Some problems are not so obvious too. Underneath that old roof is another layer of shingles on top of plywood that needs to be replaced too.

 

Money Matters

 

You have the cash available to cover the down payment. You also have enough money for your closing costs. Beyond that, how much money do you have available?

 

Figure that you will want to have enough cash available to handle your move. You will also need money for your first month's mortgage payment. Cash for repairs, for new furniture and other homeowner expenses is important too. Work on a budget to ensure that you have sufficient funds available to handle a home.

 

Also consider what comes with your home. You will be spending more money quickly if a refrigerator is not included or if the stove or dishwasher are old. Add in the cost of a new washer and dryer, and you may end up paying thousands of dollars on top of your home closing expenses.

 

Looking Ahead

 

The home you buy today, will it be the home that you will still enjoy three, five or 10 years out? It can be hard to envision where you will be in later years, but know this: your needs can change and selling a home to buy a new one may be out of the question.

 

Consider your home's footprint. If you have a young family and are considering having additional children, will the home still meet your needs? Also keep in mind that as your children get older, you and your spouse will one day have an empty nest.  The home you buy today may be too much or too little later on. Will you sell, expand or stay put?

 

Sam Dressler is a UK based property expert. She helps consumers navigate the buying and selling process. For more information visit HDG Home Reports.


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