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The Top 5 Home Inspection Items Buyers use to renegotiate

Radon Mitigation

If you haven’t tested your home for radon in the last 2 to 5 years you should have a new test done. See “How to keep safe from radon” A short-term test kit can be purchased at stores like Menards or Home Depot. Radon mitigation is one of the top 5 buyer demands when re-negoiating the Purchase Agreement after the Buyer’s home inspection.

Furnace Certification

Furnace certification is another Top 5 demand after Buyer’s home inspection. If your furnace and A/C is more than 12 years old consider a inspection, cleaning and CO test by a licensed HVAC company. Many times Buyer’s add on a home warranty plan to re-negoiating the Purchase Agreement. The furnace should to be tested and verfied in proper working order.

Smoke and CO Detectors

These detectors have a 10 year life span. They are easy to replace and can be purchase at most home stores. There are two types hard wired and battery. they should be a similar brand so they operate in a chain.

GFI Outlets

These are very common too. Electrical outlets should be GFI (ground fault interuptor) it they are within 6 feet from a water source. Kitchen, bathroom laundry room. Exterior outlets also need to have covers to protect them from water intrusion.

Water Intrusion and Mold

Ninety percent of of all water intrusion in the basement is the results of poor grading and/or a lack of gutters with improper down spouts. Mold is the result of water intrusion. There are many different types of mold. Another common form of water inttrusion which leads to mold is the result of improper installation of stucco around windows and doors. If you have a house with stucco and haven’t done a mold test before you bought it. The buyer may require a test before they feel comfortable.