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Advice for Consumers

4 signs the home you’re considering might need a foundation evaluation

While kitchen countertops, flooring, and bathroom fixtures might be top of mind during your home tour, you should also consider the foundation. Foundation problems can be costly, and difficult to address. Here are four signs that could indicate foundation trouble:

  • Cracks in a home’s walls—especially around doors, windows, or corners—can indicate foundation damage.
  • Doors and windows that don’t properly align can indicate foundation damage that has become more severe.
  • If there are indications that water is moving under or toward a home’s foundation, there may be ongoing damage occurring.
  • A chimney separating from the home might be a problem with the chimney itself or could indicate foundation issues.

Even if you don't see any of these signs on your tour, it's always wise to have a professional home inspection to identify potential problems with a property. Learn more about these tips at permapier.com.

Five reasons to include a home warranty with your home’s sale

When you put your home on the market, you’ll clean and de-clutter, and you’ll probably stage it with newer furniture and on-trend décor. But have you considered including a home warranty? It’s not always at the top of every seller’s list, but it can be a huge benefit to you. Here’s why:

It reassures your buyer

A home warranty gives buyers comfort—if something goes wrong with the systems and appliances of the home, they’re protected.

It gives you peace of mind

Having your air conditioning break while your home is on the market is one of the many unpleasant scenarios that can happen. Many home warranty companies include sellers’ coverage when a home warranty is included as part of the sale. Sellers’ or listing coverage is usually free, and will help you repair or replace systems or appliances that break down while the home is on the market. Such coverage is less comprehensive than a regular plan, so check what’s covered and what isn’t.

Your home may sell faster

A study done by the Service Contract Industry Council in 2014 found that homes with a home warranty as part of the sale spent 11 fewer days on the market than homes without a home warranty. If you want to sell your home fast, a home warranty can help.

Your home could bring a higher price

That same study found that listings with a home warranty sold for $2,300 more on average than homes without a warranty. Getting more money for the sale of your home is excellent, but it’s even more alluring when you look at the return on investment.

It provides a higher return on investment than many repairs

Most home warranties cost less than $600. Even if your sales price increase by only half the $2,300 average seen by properties with home warranties, you’re still way ahead. Compare that to the return seen by sellers who replace their front doors, buy a new garage door, or make similar upgrades and you’ll see that a home warranty usually brings a good return on investment.

What benefits have you seen from including a home warranty with the sale of a home?

Whitney Bennett is the SEO specialist for Landmark Home Warranty, which provides affordable and comprehensive home warranties in Arizona, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Texas, and Utah.

What is a Texas REALTOR®?

Not all real estate agents are REALTORS®.

Only those who agree to abide by a code of ethics that goes beyond what the law requires may join the Texas Association of REALTORS®.

Read the REALTOR® Code of Ethics

Texas REALTORS® do more than help you buy and sell real estate

They protect the rights of property owners. They fight proposals that would increase the burdens on buying, selling, and owning real estate. And they bring property-owners’ concerns to the Legislature, regulatory agencies, and local authorities.

Learn more about how Texas REALTORS®  can help you