6 House Fails That Could Ruin The Sale of Your Home

6 House Fails That Could Ruin The Sale of Your Home
10 May 2019

It’s inevitable that there will be some challenges when you’re putting your house up for sale. However, some problems go beyond mild challenges, and can ruin the sale of your home altogether. These issues are what you need to be wary about when thinking about selling your property quickly, and making and excellent profit.

It is crucial that you know these home sale killers to avoid them when you put your property on the market. For a little help, here’s a list of house-fails that you need to fix before you sell your property.

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Structural Problems

Issues with the structure of a house are one of the reasons why buyers bail from the deal. Nowadays, home buyers are looking for a property that’s a good bang for their buck. It is not difficult to understand why costly structural problems in a property will drive potential buyers away.

Before you put your property up for sale, make sure that you properly fix any structural problems. Hire an inspector to check if the walls, foundation, and/or supports are in need of repair. Get expert advice of what improvements your home needs for it to sell quickly.

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Terrible Septic System

A septic system is an essential component of a rural property. It’s this system that processes the waste matter in the home, so buyers will want to know if it’s working properly, and efficiently. A septic system that is not functioning properly is a major red flag for anyone looking to purchase a home.

It is understandable that buyers will ask the current home owner to fix any issues with the septic system before they make an offer on the home, or they’ll look at other properties that have an excellent septic system.

Most buyers will ask for a home inspection. A properly trained home inspector will find septic system issues, so it is best to repair these problems before a potential buyer does.

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Pest Infestation

Pest infestation can be a major problem for homeowners. Many consider this a minor issue, but it can have significant ramifications in the future, especially if you’re going to put your house up for sale.

Termites, for instance, can eat up wooden support beams on the property, leading to severe safety issues on the property. Mice can pose various health concerns. Rats tend to eat the rubber around electrical wiring when there is no other source of food – a major safety concern! If I was looking to buy a home, one that is infested would quickly be taken off of my wish list.

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Water Leaks

Water leaks are one of the main reasons why a potential buyer will walk away from purchasing a property. Whether it’s a leaky roof, or a foundation crack, buyers will often withdraw from the deal if they find that your home has this kind of a problem.

Not only do water leaks result in mould infestation, but it can also rot and destroy other materials on the property. You should hire a home inspector to check for cracks and leaks in the foundation, and if any are found, hire a contractor to repair the foundation.

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Mould Infestation

Mould infestation is one of the main reasons that will make a potential buyer hesitant in buying your property. This problem is often the effect of a moisture problem, or water penetration in the foundation of the house. As moisture or water accumulates inside the home, there’s a high chance that it can result in mould, which can be toxic to breathe.

Mould infestation can also pose health problems such as skin irritations, respiratory problems, and other physical reactions. If mould is found, hire a professional to properly remove the mould. Or, buy the correct mould removal products, and other necessary materials (breathing mask, rubber gloves, etc.) to remove the mould yourself. Do not use bleach, as bleach does not kill mould spores – it sends them airborne.

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High Radon Levels

Radon is a radioactive gas that you can find in almost any place. In many properties, the concentrations are not severe enough to cause concern. However, some homes sit in an area where radon concentration is high and can lead to health problems.

Before health and safety inspections, make sure that your property has a low radon concentration. Otherwise, potential buyers will walk away from purchasing your home and look elsewhere. If radon is suspected or found, hire the services of a professional to alleviate the radon problem in your property.

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Fix These House-Fails Before Listing Your Home

If you want to sell your house on the market, and sell it quickly, you should fix these issue before you put your property up for sale. There are various reasons why a home stays on the market for a long time without a buyer. The perception of a house being on the market for too long sends a “there is something wrong with this house” vibe.

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Craig Silva

Craig is a husband, a father, team leader, senior youth group coordinator, designer, brander, community builder, volunteer, blogger, and social media manager. Craig likes to go camping, travel, go on road trips, watch movies, read with his girls, build stuff, operate the grill, and play bass guitar. In June 2017, PR firm Cision identified Craig as one of Canada’s top 10 most popular male bloggers in the parents and family space. Known as Big Daddy Kreativ, his blog specializes in travel, lifestyle, food, automotive, events, parenting, movies, tech, recipes, health, pets, reviews, and giveaways.


  1. Thank you for sharing these are great tips!

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