Steps to Take if Your Twin Tiers Home Inspection Uncovers an Old Water Heater
Perhaps you’ve found a house in the Twin Tiers that you just adore. You were eager to schedule your home inspection, but the inspector found a lot of problems that you just weren’t anticipating – one of them being an old water heater.
At Precision Home Inspection, we find older water heaters in houses all the time. This can present quite a challenge for both the buyers and the homeowners, but it’s an issue that needs to be addressed.
There are a few different routes you can take if you find yourself in this situation. It’s always a good idea to talk with your agent about your options as well.
Get an Estimate for Replacing the Water Heater
The first step you will probably want to take is to get an estimate for a replacement. This is good information for you to have, even if you don’t bring the problem to the seller’s attention.
If you do decide to bring it to the seller’s attention, don’t be afraid to ask for an upgrade. There are all different kinds of water heaters on the market. If they think that the problem might be a deal breaker, they may just be willing to go along with installing a tankless model for you, if you want them to.
At the very least, you may be able to get them to agree to lower the cost of the house, replace the water heater, or provide you with the funds to do so at closing.
Plan to Replace it Yourself
While you hope that the sellers will be easy to work with, that might not always be the case. It’s possible that the entire transaction has been a bit bumpy for you so far. You’d hate to rock the boat more, and have the sellers pull out.
For whatever reason, you may just want to plan on replacing the water heater yourself. Your home inspector may be able to provide you with the names of a few companies that offer great deals.
Find Out if Proper Maintenance Might Resolve Any Issues
Your home inspector should be able to give you an estimate of how long you can expect your water heater to last in its current condition. If you still have a few years on it, it could mean that it just needs some maintenance. Proper care may even result in it lasting you longer than the estimated time.
Ask your home inspector for the name of someone trustworthy to call about repairs or maintenance. This could be a good option for you as well, if you’re trying to save money in the short-term.
Right now, we’re approaching the fall season, which is a popular time for people to put their homes on the market in the Twin Tiers. Please don’t wait to schedule your home inspection. We make it easy for you to schedule right on our website. You can also call us, and someone will answer the phone 24 hours a day to assist you.
We wish you the best of luck, and we look forward to inspecting your home!
Check out the video below for an example of some of the water heater problems we come across in the Twin Tiers.