I am looking for someone to come in and quote on bringing my house up to selling condition which would be feasible. Which upgrades will make a difference when selling and be feasible with a return and which wont.
If you are intent on selling your house, I would suggest you talk to your real estate agent first as they can advise you as to what improvements will assist you in selling your house etc. Then you can post your project here on handycanadian.com and talk to contractors about providing estimates for the work
Kingsway Construction Inc
Hi Tami! Glenn is right you should consult a real estate broker first. I would be happy to assist you in the near future with any quotes to help you out. Just let me know my number is 877-4775. Good luck and have a great day!
One of the first steps would be to have a Pre-Listing Home Inspection. A Home Inspector will go through the various systems and aspects of your home to give you a clrear idea of the current state and if there are any areas to be concerned about. Remember: knowledge is power. The more you know the better your selling position will be. This way, you know what needs to be done (a potential deal breaker) vs what should be done (small things that can make a big difference in people's impressions) vs things that don't really matter. A fresh coat of paint is certainly nice but if the purchaser's Home Inspector finds weak drywall under the paint (due to moisture, for example) then this is not only embarrassing for you but also makes the Inspector wonder what else you may be "hiding."
Let me give you an example. I did a Pre-Listing Home Inspection a month ago. The seller read my report and decided that spending $200 to have switches and recepticals updated would give a much better impression on a potential purchaser. Also, he used the Pre-Listing Inspection report as a bonus. Purchasers didn't have to get their own inspection completed (but certainly could if they desired). The home sold.
Feel free to give me a call, drop me an email or visit my website.
As a NACHI member, do you abide by Section 11 of the Code of Ethics?
"The InterNACHI member shall not perform or offer to perform, for an additional fee, any repairs or repair-associated services to the structure on which the member or member's company has prepared a home inspection report for a period of 12 months. This provision shall not include services to components and/or systems which are not included in the InterNACHI Standards of Practice.
I am not saying you are crossing the line, but it looks to me that a guy with a home inspection company AND a contracting company could easily be tempted to use home inspections to solicit contracting work, which would be a an absolute violation of Section 11 of the Code of Ethics.
What policies to you have in place to ensure complete division between your two enterprises?
I ABSOLUTELY follow the Code of Ethics. In fact, I make sure that it is written in all of my Inspection Contracts that I cannot perform any Contracting work on a house I inspect. I even go so far as to state in my Contracts that even though I have a listing of Contractors for the clients to contact if they wish, I in no way profit from work done by any person on my "Recommendation" list - no "kick-backs," no "finder's fees," nothing. I make sure I set the stage to avoid temptation! lol i even have separate cards for each aspect of my company to ensure clarity.
Take care and thanks for pointing this out. There are others who may fall to temptation. It is good to have it noted here that doing so is ethically wrong.
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