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Why You Should Have Your Crawl Space Inspected Before You List Your Home


The crawl space is a part of the house that many homeowners don’t look at, or think about, very often. Neglecting to inspect that area and make necessary repairs can lead to widespread damage and expensive repair bills. 

That can be a serious problem if you want to sell your home. Even though a standard home inspection will include a check of the crawl space, it may be a good idea to hire an inspector to take a look before you list your house so you can address any problems that are discovered.

What Is a Crawl Space?

A crawl space is a hollow area under a house that can be entered by crawling. Plumbing, HVAC ducts, electrical wiring and insulation are often located in a crawl space, so they are easily accessible. A crawl space may be a better solution than a basement in an area that has a rainy, damp climate. Building a crawl space is also much cheaper than constructing a basement.

What Are Common Crawl Space Problems?

A crawl space needs to be well ventilated to keep moisture from causing issues. If a crawl space isn’t kept dry, mold, mildew and standing water may become serious problems. 

Moisture can also cause damage to the house’s structure and insulation, and it can attract insects, such as termites. In addition, mice, rats and other small animals may seek shelter in a crawl space and reproduce. Pests can make their way from the crawlspace to the rest of the house and cause further damage.

Other issues are common. For instance, plumbing, HVAC components and electrical wiring may become damaged or worn out. The foundation may also become cracked, which can weaken the structure of the entire house.

Why Should You Get Your Crawl Space Inspected Before Putting Your House on the Market?

Since homeowners typically don’t inspect their crawl spaces on a regular basis, they are often unaware of problems for years and shocked when they’re finally discovered. If you haven’t had your crawl space checked in a while, you may not realize that there is a significant moisture problem or damage to your house’s structure. 

If that’s the case, you may list your home thinking that everything is fine. Then, after you have found an interested buyer, a home inspector may discover a problem. You may be forced to make major repairs that you hadn’t anticipated, or the buyer may request a price reduction or decide to walk away.

Having your crawl space inspected and finding any problems before you list your home for sale will give you an opportunity to address them. You may have to fork over money for repairs that you hadn’t counted on, but you will be able to list your home knowing that serious issues have been dealt with without worrying about an unpleasant surprise later on.

An inspector may not find any problems. If so, providing the inspection report can give a prospective buyer confidence that your home is well maintained and in good condition.

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