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Getting a home inspection is usually built into the purchase contract for most real estate transactions. A home inspection contingency protects the buyer from getting any unwelcome surprises after they buy the home (think water damage or an HVAC system whose days are numbered).
In some cases, home inspections are the defining moment between a sale or moving on to other options.
In today’s post, we’re going to talk about the reasons you might want to get a home inspection whether you’re buying or selling a home.
Home inspections for buyers
There’s a reason most real estate contracts come with an inspection contingency. Expensive, impending repairs on a home can greatly affect how much you’re willing to offer on a home, or if you’re willing to make an offer at all.
Some buyers opt out of an inspection. This can be done for numerous reasons. The most common reason is that the buyer has a personal relationship with the seller and has faith that they are getting the full story when it comes to the state of the house. The other reason is that a buyer is trying to gain a competitive edge over the competition on a home, sweetening the deal by waiving the inspection and paving the way for a quick sale.
Both of these reasons have their flaws. For one, the seller might not even know the full extent of the repairs a home may need and an appraisal might not catch all of the issues with a home.
Another reason a buyer may waive an inspection contingency is because the seller claims to have recently had the home inspected. While this may be true, buyers should still opt to hire their own professional. This way, they can guarantee that the inspection was done by someone who is licensed and has their best interests in mind.
Home inspections for sellers
As we’ve seen, home inspections are typically designed to protect the interest of home buyers. However, sellers also stand to gain from ordering their own home inspection.
If you’re planning on selling within the next six months to a year, it will pay off to know exactly what issues the home currently has or will have in the near future. This will give you the chance to make repairs or address issues that could cause complications with your sale. You don’t want to be on your way to closing on an offer to suddenly realize you need to pay and arrange for a new roof.
So, whether you’re a buyer or seller, home inspections can be immensely beneficial to learn more about your home or the home you’re planning on buying. It will help you be prepared to make repairs if you’re a buyer. Or, if you’re a seller, you can make a plan to negotiate repairs with the seller based on the findings of the inspection.
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A three season room can be an extremely beneficial home investment. While many different kinds of improvements allow for the enjoyment of the outdoor spaces of your home, a three season room provides protection from the elements, giving maximum value.
There’s a few different things to consider when it comes to estimating the cost of building a three season room. The amount you’ll need to spend can vary widely based on the material used, the finishes that have been chosen and where you live.
It’s really important when undertaking any kind of home improvement project to obtain estimates. You’ll get ballpark figures of how much it will cost you and you’ll be able to get a few ideas from each professional as to how they will go about completing the project. You’ll be able to create your ideal model this way, just by asking for input. The cost will depend on other factors like whether demolition needs to be involved, or how much site preparation is needed.
Use What You Have
Existing structures on your home may be used to build a three season room. A porch or deck may have the ability to be closed in. As long as the condition is good, or the structure is sound, it’s easy to use these parts of your home that are already there to build an area to enjoy the outside. A three season room needs a combination of glass, windows, screens and a sturdy floor.
It’s important that you match roof of your sunroom the existing roofing materials on your home. You can choose from a variety of different kinds of roofs from simple to more elaborate styles. For even more light in your sunroom, think about adding a skylight.
What The Estimate Should Include
The estimate of your three season room should include all of the following areas:
- Doors and windows
- Ceiling fans
The cost of labor will also be included in the estimate. Carpenters charge around $70 per hour. Electricians range in their charges from $65 to $85 per hour. It will most likely require many different contractors in order to complete the job of creating your three season room. When your building, the most important thing is that you add the aspects that you’ll enjoy the most throughout the year. Another important point to remember is that the room will be exposed to the elements, so it is possible that dirt and dust will build up quickly in the sunroom. You should plan accordingly to make cleaning a breeze.
No matter where you live, it’s always great to maximize your enjoyment of the outdoors! Building a three season room can give you the ability to to do just that.