Home Inspections and Repair Processes in West Virginia

Selling a home isn’t as easy as most people think. Home sellers often run into unexpected expenses through the real estate closing process. Namely, the home repairs. Once a home inspection is completed, the home inspector sends the seller a list of items that need to be fixed before they can close on the house.

The most common repairs needed can be the most expensive. Below is a list of possible home inspection and repair costs you could run into along the way.

If you’re selling an older home on the traditional real estate market, you can expect major repair costs related to home inspection and repair requirements. This can sometimes lead to a cancellation of the closing, and this means your home will remain on the market longer.

TradeMark Investments specializes in streamlining the real estate closing process by purchasing your home directly with cash. This allows you to circumvent the home inspection, repairs, and closing process all together. You can sell your home within days without having to clean, declutter, or repair your home.

What happens in a home inspection?

You might think that the home defects that inspectors look for are visible ones. However, many defects are surface deep such as an overloaded circuit breaker, mold behind a wall, or foundation problems. Most home inspections run from $300 to $500 and include a report. A home inspection is done to identify major problems that can be devastating down the road if not fixed now. This process assures the home buyer that they are not buying a money pit.

However, what if you’re the seller of a home with quite a bit of age on it? What if you inherited your uncle’s beach home which has fallen into disrepair? Many people find themselves in this position and many go along and sell their aged homes on the traditional real estate market. This is fine, but once you run into an exhaustive list of items to fix after the home inspection, it can be a daunting feat to take on.

Also, the home inspection can derail a closing in its tracks. Once you feel like you’re going to sell your home, a home inspection report can end the sale. That’s why you see “contingent” on home listings. It means that the sale is in the process, but it’s contingent upon the home inspection. Hence, more days on the market. This can lead to an expired listing which often makes other potential buyers wonder if there is something seriously wrong with your home.

So, when does the home inspection take place? It occurs after the buyer makes an offer on the home and the seller has accepted that offer.

Most Common Problems that Require Fixing

Some problems such as cosmetic repairs are not required to be done in order for the deal to take place. However, problems such as structural failure or mold can cut into your profits. You’re required to fix the following problems:

Stucco problems: At the base of exterior stucco walls near the meeting of foundation and the sill plate, there is a “weep screed.” When water enters stucco through cracks, it enters the house wrap and goes down to the weep screed and out of the home. The problem is when concrete sidewalks or patios are poured higher than the weep screed, it renders this system ineffective and leads to water damage.

Grade sloping: This happens when water drains back from the yard toward the home. This leads to foundation movement and other problems.

Roof deterioration: Older homes often have roofing problems. As roofs age, this can sometimes lead to water damage which is very expensive.

So, you see the pattern here. Water damage and structural problems are the costliest repairs, but often the most common ones found in home inspection reports on older homes.

Other required repairs include:

  • Outdated electrical wiring

  • Outdated plumbing

  • HVAC defects

  • Poor insulation

  • Drainage problems

  • Mold

  • Environmental problems

Many people find themselves in over their head in expensive repair costs required by the home inspection and buyer. Some repairs are negotiable, but many are not. This can lead to a closing that fizzles before the seller’s eyes. Subsequently, this leads to the home being on the market for more days, weeks, or even months. This can be devastating to a seller who wishes to move quickly due to a job transfer, divorce, unemployment, or mounting debt.

If you find yourself in any of these circumstances, or you just happen to have inherited an older, neglected home, then consider selling your home “AS IS” for a no obligation cash offer. Our process is far simpler than the traditional real estate home inspection and closing process. We can discuss your home in person or via phone. You can simply fill out our brief online form, and within hours you’ll hear from us. You can end up with a cash offer in hand within days. Please call us today at (304) 220-0999 to discuss selling your home as is for a reasonable cash offer.

Why make the repairs?

Some sellers buy a home inspection before listing their home on the market. They want to take care of any necessary repairs beforehand and show the buyers that they’ve already taken care of this important step in the home selling process.

However, no two inspections are alike. One home inspector may miss an important and expensive defect. This can make for unexpected expenses and closing for the home seller.

These defects listed on the pre-sale home inspection may be noted wrong. Incompetence touches all fields and careers unfortunately. The buyer will most likely order their own home inspection because of these risks.

One big reason that sellers willingly make repairs requested by the buyer’s home inspection report is because if the buyers cancel their offer on the home, the sellers are legally required to give a copy of the buyer’s home inspection report to the next potential buyer. This could blossom into requests for even more repairs or most likely for a lower price offer on the house.

When a home goes back on the market, it raises eyebrows among potential buyers. People will be suspicious of why the home is again for sale. Worst of all, the process resets itself and you’re back to step one again...trying to find a buyer.

Homes sold AS-IS are still subject to a home inspection, however, sellers are not required by law to make the repairs. If you sell your home to TradeMark Investments, you won’t have to worry about any of this. The process is far easier and requires no lawyers, realtors, home inspectors, home stagers, landscapers, contractors, or even bankers. You simply contact us either by phone at (304) 220-0999 or fill out our brief online form giving us a few details about your home. Within a day, you will hear from us. We offer no obligation cash offers for homes in the Charleston, WV area.

We service the following areas in West Virginia:

  • Charleston

  • Cross Lanes

  • Hurricane

  • Lubeck

  • Nitro

  • Parkersburg

  • Ripley

  • South Charleston

  • St. Albans

  • Teays Valley

  • Washington

Please call TradeMark Investments today at (304) 220-0999 to sell your home quickly and for a reasonable cash offer.