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Prepping Your Home for Sale? Why You Should Hire a Handyman

Prepping Your Home for Sale? Why You Should Hire a Handyman

Selling your Home, here is some good advice.

This article is written by  Emily Huddleston who I find a very good and informed writer.

December 1, 2020 by Emily Huddleston Updated on December 7th, 2020

As you get ready to sell your home, you may discover the need to make a few (or even many) repairs and updates – from touching up paint on walls and replacing hardware to fixing your mailbox or repairing drywall. Sure, there will be home repair projects you can easily complete yourself, but what if you don’t have the time with everything else going on or a repair project is over your head? That’s where hiring a handyman comes in.

two story grey home

Why should I hire a handyman?

Buyers want a house that looks new – no nicks or scuffs on the walls, fresh paint, a fence in good condition, and doors and windows that are free of drafts and leaks. Over time, you may not realize that some of the small damages in your house can add up to an overall impression of neglect. Keeping up with general maintenance and care of your home, such as cleaning the gutters, freshening the paint, and fixing overall wear and tear can help you maintain, if not increase your home value each year. By contrast, not fixing things around the home can reduce your home’s sale value by about 10%.

Here’s where a handyman can help. A handyman is a jack of all trades, capable of many different kinds of home repairs. Some may have plumbing and electrical licenses and certifications, while others are specialists in home carpentry, tile replacement, or laying carpet. Many handyman services offer a wide variety of skills and can complete a multitude of different projects around the house.

A handyman can also find items in the home that you may not realize need repair – anything from faulty or leaking ductwork in your HVAC system to a crack in the foundation.

Also, many homebuyers will conduct their own home inspection before closing on the house, and often, if there are things that need to be fixed, the buyer may ask for concessions or reduce their offer to offset the costs of fixing these things themselves. When you hire a handyman to complete any home improvement project before you sell your home, you can reduce the chances of having concessions or missing out on a potential deal. 

bright bathroom with patterned tile
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Anatomy of a house

What is the anatomy of a house?

The home has many components that make up the whole, and they all act together to give shelter, protection, and a safe place to raise a family.
What components make up a home;
The foundation/footing that the house is based on and securely attached to the ground,
The structure that holds the home together attaches the exterior to the interior,
The roof system sheds the weather elements from the occupants of the home so that they are safe.
The electrical and plumbing system gives convenience to the home occupants. All of these and many more amenities make the house a home.

anatomy of a house
different names of the components of the house.

We hope that you find these blog posts informative and helpful.

Decks

Inspecting a Deck, Keep it safe.

Inspecting a Deck, Illustrated

by Nick Gromicko, Founder, International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI)Graphics by InterNACHI’s Lisaira VegaMore than 2 million decks are built and replaced each year in North America.  InterNACHI estimates that of the 45 million existing decks, only 40% are completely safe.

Deck inpection.
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foundation certifications

Manufactured Home Foundation Certifications

The requirements for government-guaranteed FHA and VA loans on manufactured housing changed to include a permanent foundation. It is required that foundations be certified by a licensed professional engineer to be in compliance with HUD-7584 (Permanent Foundation Guide for Manufactured Housing).

As a result, many private lenders offering conventional loans have added this as a requirement for their loans. We have partnered with the engineers at Foundation Certifications to provide these certificates. The process takes approximately 3-5 days with rush service available. Ordering a Foundation Certification is easy. Please contact us, then simply complete our online order form at http://www.FoundationCerts.com/order and our team will immediately go to work for you.

Be sure to mention  New Horizons Inspections as your reference on page two when ordering your Foundation certificate so that New Horizons Inspections will be the one to receive the work order.