Selling your house can cause a bigger headache than buying it ever did. Things you might not have had to deal with leap to the forefront for you to mull over and handle. Reader Lee asks a few great questions for those of the Mr. Fix-it persuasion.
My wife and I are selling our house (it just went under contract), and we’re starting to worry about the home inspection. There are a few things that I know are going to come up, but I’m not sure how to fix them myself. Here’s the list:
(1) There is a 6″ crack in our kitchen’s white laminate countertop. I was thinking of filling the crack with epoxy and painting over it, but I’m not sure if that’s the best/cheapest way to fix it.
(2) There is an 8″ black water stain in one plank of the hardwood flooring next to one of our toilets. I’ve heard of using Oxalic acid to bleach the stain out, then re-stain that part of the floor to match, but again, I’m not sure if this is the best way.
(3) One of the pieces of wood (about 10′ long) on the bottom of an overhang (just beneath the rain gutter) has rotted and begun to sag. I’d imagine that you just have to cut the piece of wood out and replace it, but what kind of wood do I use? Is there an easy way to remove the old piece?
Well, Lee, most of the tips you’re going to find on home inspection are geared toward the buyer not the seller. However, judging from your questions, you’re already putting yourself in the frame of mind of the buyer — that’s a good start.
You can replace that overhang wood pretty easily, especially if it’s painted. You could start with pine or fir (one of those was most likely used in the first place) — or you can cut off a little piece of it and find out what it is. Our helpful readers might be able to offer some pointers on this, and the other items on your list as well.
One sure way to go: Find a local handyman of good reputation, and ask. Get some eyes on the specifics of your issues, and they might be able to point you where you need to go.