If you are selling your home, why not consider getting a pre-listing inspection. Pre-listing inspections provide extensive value to the seller. It provides you the seller, peace of mind knowing what defects and safety items your home may have and give you a chance to address them prior to a buyer’s inspection. Having defects taken care of prior to the buyer’s inspection reduces the likelihood of the buyer walking away from the deal due to the homes concerns. As the seller that insures your home will be sold that much quicker giving you peace of mind to move forward with your new home purchase.
Reasons for a Pre-Listing (Seller) Inspection:
It can be very advantageous for the seller to engage the service of a certified professional home inspector before placing your property up for sale. It can be very easy for someone living in the home to overlook numerous defects. When these defects are brought up to the buyer of the property during their inspection it can often scare them out of buying the home. A pre-listing home inspection can identify these items prior to your house being inspected by the buyer, allowing you to greatly reduce the likelihood that your buyer is scared away by safety or other substantial concerns. As the seller, there is a good chance you are going to have to address safety issues before you sell anyway, so it makes sense to take care of those concerns before they end up costing you the sale.
Some Common Advantages for having a Pre-Listing Inspection:
It allows you to see your home through the eyes of a critical and neutral third party.
The seller can choose an InterNACHI certified inspector rather than using the buyer’s choice of home inspector.
The seller can schedule the inspections at their own convenience.
It alerts the seller to immediate safety issues before agents and visitors tour your home.
It might alert the seller of any items of immediate personal concern, such as radon gas or active termite infestation.
The seller can assist the inspector during the inspection, something normally not done during a buyer’s inspection.
The seller can have the inspector correct any misstatements in the inspection report before it is generated.
The report can help the seller realistically price the home if problems exist.
The report can help the seller substantiate a higher asking price if problems do not exist or have been corrected.
A seller inspection reveals problems ahead of time which:
Could make the home show better.
Gives the seller time to make any repairs and shop for contractors.
Allows the seller to attach repair estimates or paid invoices to the inspection report.
Removes over-inflated buyer obtained estimates from the negotiation table.
A clean seller inspection report can be used as a marketing tool.
A seller inspection looks good to realtors and prospective buyers as being honest.
The report can relieve a prospective buyer’s suspicions, before they walk away.
A seller inspection often decreases negotiations needed and re-negotiations.
The seller’s report might encourage the buyer to waive having their inspection.
The deal is less likely to fall apart when a buyer’s inspection unexpectedly reveals a problem at the last minute.
The report provides full-disclosure protection from future legal claims.
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