If you’re thinking of selling your house it is helpful to think of all the potential repairs you never got around to. Since most Raleigh residents want to sell their houses fast and for more money, you may be tempted to do your own repairs (DIY approach) to save money.
Remember too, when you are selling, the North Caroline Residential Property Disclosure form awaits, and you will need to advise the new owners of any and all defects in the property. It is your right to check “No Representation” on the form but this may scare away first-time homebuyers. In these situations hiring licensed tradespersons such as electricians, plumbers, roofers, etc that have the proper licensing, and insurance, it the best way to protect yourself from liability. Also, you should be mindful of the fact that your insurance may not cover you in the event of a loss while making your own repairs.
Read on to discover four major repairs to avoid when selling your house in Raleigh.
1 . Electrical Repairs
Most homeowners are handy enough to replace the switch plate and outlet covers on the walls. However, if you plan on changing lighting fixtures, appliances, or adding and removing walls a licensed electrical would be the best way to go. Improperly secured wiring can potentially cause a fire; In the event of such a fire your insurance company will ask about recent repairs and if a licensed electrician was used.
2. Plumbing Repairs
Besides the common issues with clogged drains, and fluid masters in the toilets, you should avoid plumbing repairs when selling your house in Raleigh. Changing toilets requires experience and comes with the threat of water damage if they are not properly secured to the floor. The same goes for water heaters (especially gas water heaters) and supply lines that feed your plumbing fixtures. Not only is there a severe threat of damage to your home from a newly formed fountain spewing out of your kitchen pipes or upstairs plumbing soaking through the ceiling, but you’ll also end up paying the plumber to repair the damage.
3. Foundation & Structural Repairs
Without exception, you should hire a professional to make any foundation repairs when selling your house in Raleigh because the foundation upon which the home sits is integral to the structural stability of the building. Many times an engineer will be consulted when evaluating the structural integrity of support beams, foundation piers, etc. We would advise even the most dedicated “do-it-your-self” enthusiast to enlist professional help. A mistake in making a foundation repair could take months or years to finally reveal itself, usually when it’s much too late to make a simple fix. While it may appear to be just a tiny crack to you, the eyes of an expert are always required, along with specialized equipment and processes to protect your home from extreme damage.
4. Roof Repairs
Not only is roof repair a form of hard labor, especially during extreme heat and cold, but there is the threat of falling from the roof and dying. While it may appear to be a simple matter of hammering in a few shingles, you shouldn’t attempt roofing repairs when selling your house in Raleigh. Regrettably, it is easy to make simple mistakes working on a roof that can cause heavy structural damage or cause leaks. Often homeowners will attempt to buy leak-stopping miracles at a local hardware store and delay proper repairs, which only adds to the final expense of getting the job done right. Unfortunately, without the appropriate equipment and no knowledge of proper safety protocol, many homeowners have fallen and been seriously injured in accidents while undertaking roof repairs.
5. HVAC Repairs
Whenever we buy houses in Raleigh we always look at the HVAC unit because it is one of the single most expensive components of a home. I would advise any homeowner from doing to work to an HVAC compressor unit. There is a risk of severe injury, and even death, because of the electrical components. Also, the replacement cost of an HVAC unit can be $6,000 or more, depending on the size of the unit. Many times problems can be avoided on an HVAC unit with regular maintenance, usually done in the Spring time, which should only cost a couple hundred dollars.
Selling directly to Wake County Home Buyers can help you avoid repairs altogether when selling your house in Raleigh!
Wake County Home Buyers saves you time; why wait out the repair process before you sell? At Wake County Home Buyers, we guarantee our closing date, which can be in a matter of a few days or weeks.
Wake County Home Buyers saves you money, there is no need to worry about the repairs, we buy houses as-is and pay cash. Wake County Home Buyers will make you an offer you’ll agree is fair, detailing what you would profit if you have the repairs made so that you can compare which best suits your circumstances. Contact Wake County Home Buyers at (919) 473-6885 today!