Circumstances down the line may lead you to sell your house for any variety of reasons. If your property includes a basement that was never finished or waterproofed, however, it would be risky to deal with a buyer when your entire home is not ready for use. Your agent will most likely recommend that you fix your basement up if you ever want to land a sale.
A random check of properties for sale in the Des Moines area shows that some have unfinished basements, or the basement description is unavailable. This is not an ideal way to sell if you really want to attract a buyer; those in search of a home for the long haul, in particular, would want useful and dry basements.
When you want your house to be more presentable inside and out, from top to below-ground level, a basement waterproofing company, like Better Basements, will be in the right position to address your needs.
Once you’ve decided to put your house up for sale, arrange an immediate on-site inspection and consultation with the contractor, to identify problems with the basement, especially leaks since heavy rains are known to strike Iowa during the summer.
Property agent Jilll Chodorov, writing for the Washington Post, related how a client almost closed a sale for his ranch house but lost the chance due to basement issues. The buyers already expressed interest in the home but found water puddles at the wall-floor joint and stains down the basement wall during a subsequent inspection. The deal eventually bogged down over the issue of installing a French drain and who should pay for the waterproofing.
The contractor can work on your raw basement with a custom basement finishing plan to seal the walls and shore the place up from further water penetration. The work will involve building the area around the foundation to direct water away from the house and to install a rubber membrane on the walls to absorb the moisture. A sump pump may also have to be set up.
Given current trends in using basements as new living spaces, this would be vital in showing buyers what else they could do with the place. Taking care of the basement early on will also solve any concerns from the buyer regarding storage, temperature control, and the general structural integrity of the house.
Parting (with your home) may be such sweet sorrow—as that adage goes—especially when you’ve had the house for years. Ensuring that the next owner will have no problems with the basement is the least you could do to make his/her stay in your home as memorable and wonderful as yours was.
Basement flooding may put a damper on your home sale, Washington Post
How to Spot a Wet Basement, About.com