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Identify Problems Early

Point of sale inspections, if required by your community, will often entail the interior of the property, as well as the exterior. This is the time when owners may have to bring some items up to current code. (Systematic inspections do not always require that older systems be updated, unless they pose a safety hazard.) Usually, an owner won’t want to arrange a point-of-sale inspection unless they are sure the property will be offered for sale, as the corrections identified during the inspection may still need to be completed even if the owner changes their mind and remains in the home.

While the broader purpose of these inspections is to maintain the housing stock of the community, owners can also use the process as a way to identify problems before they get too expensive. If you are told to tuckpoint your steps, for example, doing this relatively small job will usually prevent more extensive damage to the masonry – and repairing the mortar between the bricks costs a lot less than rebuilding a set of steps!

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