How To Prepare For The Most Requested Repairs in a Sale

This is part two of a three-part series on the home inspection phase of a home sale. In the first part, we covered what is typically inspected and how to react to the findings. In this part, we cover what the buyer will most likely expect.

No home is in perfect condition, not even a new one! When buying or selling a Glendale Ca home, what repairs can one expect?

In our previous article, “What Glendale CA Home Repairs Are “Worth It”?”,  we talked about putting repair requests into perspective for the homeowner. We mentioned one of the criteria for assessing a repair is whether or not most buyers would expect a particular repair.

Most Frequent Requests

These are the most frequently asked for repairs by Glendale CA home buyers.

Buyers will ask for anything that is actually broken, leaking or a critical safety issue.  The most frequent “surprises” are things that function on the surface, but are actually broken or hazardous at the source or underneath.

  • Electrical outlets that are hidden by furniture
  • Water heaters
  • Plumbing leaks under the house or under sinks
  • Pool Equipment
  • Circuit Breakers
  • Sewer and drain lines
  • Landscape drains
  • Chimney and fireplace
  • Leaking shower pans
  • Present wood rot and wood destroying organisms (like termites)
  • Systems recalled for safety hazard – (certain furnaces and electric circuit breaker systems)

Buyers will also focus on items that are considered a hazard in today’s world, but were not an issue when you bought the home or when the home was built.

  • Asbestos
  • Chimney and fireplace safety
  • Earthquake bolting and retrofit
  • Some older electrical wiring systems like knob and tube.

In almost every case the homeowner was unaware of any problems!

In our next article, we’ll address how to decrease or eliminate the cost of repairs in a Glendale CA home sale.

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