Another informative article written by Steve from Ontario Home Inspection Services. He also provided some great photos of sloppy siding work.
Siding – How To Sell Your Home For Top Dollar
Siding is one of those aspects of a home that can add to the look and efficiency of the home as well as provide the homeowner a degree of maintenance peace of mind. More importantly, well-maintained siding can add substantial value to your home. If you are selling your home, ensuring that the siding is well maintained and in good repair is will help you to maintain your asking price and give the buyer little to negotiate with.
Your Siding is Falling Down
What if something happens to the siding? What do you do when gusts of wind cause the siding to come apart? What do you do if you have vegetation too close to the siding and it’s growth is causing the siding to come away from your home?
Too often homeowners wait until it’s too late to fix. Often the initial damage has caused even further damage because it was left too long before fixing. For example, the siding trim has been removed exposing the siding. This now allows for water to penetrate between the siding and the home’s envelope. Or the siding has come away from the siding it’s attached to, again allowing for water or vermin to penetrate the home.
It’s important to review your entire home’s exterior a minimum of 2 times per year and address any issues you find at that time. If an issue is found before or after your planned review, it should be fixed immediately. Waiting until the weather gets better or until you have time, could be disastrous to your home. In many cases, it’s water penetrating the home that will cause the most damage.
I inspected one home where the siding trim was removed away from the home. This allowed for water to seep down the between the siding and the building’s envelope. It was so bad that water actually penetrated into the home causing puddles on the interior floor! The windows sills were completely saturated and needed replacing.
Unfortunately, the homeowner left this issue too long and it was in need of major repairs.
If you don’t know how to fix the issue, it’s important that you hire someone who does. Had the repairs been done when the damage occurred, the homeowner would have saved thousands of dollars in further repairs to the overall structure. Although it wasn’t detected at the time, there was also the possibility of mold growth behind the walls! This would not have been detected during a routine home inspection as a home inspection is a non-invasive, visual snapshot of the home’s systems and functionality, at the time of the inspection.
Maintaining the exterior of your home doesn’t take a great deal of time if it’s planned properly and any issues found are addressed at that time. Waiting to fix issues may only increase the cost of fixing the issue or cause further damage or get you less than your asking price.
Home inspections help homeowners selling their home as well as home buyers recognize these issues and the potential outcomes in the event that the siding has not been well maintained or issues fixed in a timely manner. Defects in the siding of a home may affect the overall selling price and give the home buyer a strong negotiating tool to get a better deal.
If you don’t have the proper knowledge or tools, have your siding professionally repaired. It will save you thousands of dollars and help to maintain your asking price.
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