Many assume that the job of a REALTOR® is as easy as buying and selling houses when in fact, there’s a lot more to this line of work. One of their most important tasks is to keep the buyer or the seller as calm as possible. This means that the bumps in the road a homebuyer might face during this process of buying or selling a home is to be absorbed by the agent.
One of the most stressful bits of information can come from the inspection of the home. A good REALTOR® will stick around through the inspection to keep their client in the loop on any repairs that may need to be made before the house can be deemed a good purchase.
Damage to the foundation of a home is one of the most significant possible finds in a home inspection, so it is very important to be proactive and understand the severity of foundation damage. However, REALTORS®, buyers, and sellers need to know a few things if this is discovered.
Identifying and Recognizing Problems with The Foundation:
The best advice is to be aware of the signs of foundation damage. Many of these indicators are visible and obvious. Here’s what you should look for:
- Cracks in walls, floors, or ceiling
- Doors that stick or do not open and close properly
- Sagging or upheaved floors
- Dampness or moisture in crawl spaces
- Stair step cracks in the exterior brick mortar
What Should You Do If You Find Foundation Damage?
Neglecting to fix problems found in the foundation of a home can cause damage to floors, walls, roofs, and the interior. Acting quickly is your best line of defense. This is not always as scary or as daunting as it may seem. It is still very possible to buy and sell homes that need foundation repair.
In situations where you are buying a home, the previous homeowner’s insurance may cover the repairs based on the scenario. It is also possible to buy the home at a cheaper price, have repairs made, and turn the property into a very lucrative opportunity.
In selling a home, it is best to remain calm for your client and be honest and inform them of any damages and what repairs would entail. Help your client to seek out workable solutions. Get a quote from a professional foundation repair company, such as WCK, so that something like a crack in the foundation does not prevent them from buying their dream home.
As a realtor, you want to lookout for your clients. Home inspection can be daunting but knowing what to look for and that the professionals at WCK Foundation Repair are here to help you with quality work and customer satisfaction should give you some peace of mind.