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Cosmetic Vs Structural Flaws
I have noticed in my years of selling homes to a variety of people, buyers tend to notice cosmetic flaws, but overlook the major structural flaws. This is understandable because it is the first impression that is the lasting impression. But compare the differences.
One of the main differences is that structural flaws usually require a contractor to complete. In some instances, the home owner can complete the repairs on their own but they will still need to obtain a permit from the city. When a permit is required the city will send out an inspector at different stages of the progress to make sure that city codes are adhered to. This is why many times it is easier and cost effective to hire a contractor for structural repairs.
Cosmetic repairs such as paint, blinds, changing fixtures, counter tops, back splash and flooring are all things that the home owner can do. You may still choose to hire a contractor for these small jobs but since typically there is not a permit required, they are relatively less expensive. Also, cosmetic items are not going to jeopardize the condition of the home. They may be ugly, but you can live with those repairs.
Make sure your Realtor points you in the right direction with a great inspector that will point any and all flaws.
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