We may note on a report that windows needs caulking, the gutters are full of debris in areas, or there is bare or peeling wood on the siding or house fascias. In the short term, these type of items may not present an immediate problem or concern but if left unattended can escalate into a major fix. If you, as the buyer, are responsible for the repair of these types of items there are numerous ways to get them resolved.
Many buyers are handy enough to tackle minor repairs listed in the inspection report. Caulking windows or adjusting doors that won’t latch require very few tools and with the help of numerous do-it-yourself videos on-line can be repaired with little difficulty. If you are not the handiest of people when it comes to home repairs or just don’t have the time, there are options available that are affordable.
One of the best options is using a “handyman” service or individual. Most realtors can provide you with a list of individuals or companies that they have used in the past to make repairs. A good handyman can fix most, if not all, of the minor repairs that appear on the inspection report. There are handyman services and companies that specialize in this type of work and a internet search will provide a host of these companies. Be sure to check them out first before hiring them to perform their services. If the inspection report recommends a qualified contractor evaluate an item then a handyman is not qualified to make the repair.
Top Down Home Inspections will also provide helpful suggestions as to how to make minor repairs and are available anytime to discuss the inspection report with our clients.