Plumbing systems, roofing, electrical systems… Just a word about roofs. Having repair or maintenance work done prior to marketing your property can make the difference between a sale and closing and a sale with no closing. The following is my personal story. I had roof replaced on a property that I owned years ago when I first came to town. The roof started having problems. The contractor had left Santa Fe. I called in a big well know company. They told me that the roof needed to be replaced. By that time I had been here a while. I then called my inspection company. They referred me to a guy that came over with a ladder, and a bucket. The rest is history. No more
issue. Yearly maintenance on these flat roofs is highly recommended. On the other hand if the roof really needs to go you need to know that also. So no matter if you are a buyer or a seller pay attention to the roof.
Cosmetic conditions such as paint, and stucco are important also. If you are buying a home, you need to know exactly what you are getting. A home inspection, performed by a professional home inspector will reveal any hidden problems with the home so that they may be addressed before the deal is closed. I use an inspection company that like me has been in Santa Fe for over 20 years. They are licensed, bonded, insured and accredited. New Mexico does not require that an inspector be licensed at this time.. As of now there are people out there doing inspections that are not licensed.
If you are selling a home the pre-inspection can help to know about such potential hidden problems before your house goes on the market. Many past clients of mine are not full time residents. My experience tells that an inspection ahead of time can result in saving the seller a measurable amount of cash at closing. Our New Mexico real estate contract includes the condition that the contract is contingent upon completion of a satisfactory inspection. If the buyer’s inspector finds a problem, it can cause the buyer to get cold feet if the news isn’t handled properly. At best, surprise problems uncovered by the buyer’s inspector will mean that other contractors may need to be called in to access the issue. Then bids need to be looked at and in most cases a credit will be issued to the buyer at closing if they can reach an agreement.. Can it go this way? Sure. Having said that it is so much easier if the seller will have the inspection done before the offer is made. The seller will then have verification for the work that has been done and for a small fee the buyer may have access to the contractor that did the work. Then everyone is happy. Happy people send referrals.
Carol Allen 505-690-0233