If you’re getting ready to put your home on the market, chances are you’ve at least thought about getting a pre-listing inspection. But if your buyers are going to have an inspection done anyway, is there any point?
The truth is, pre-listing inspections can be a valuable part of the selling process. Yes, your buyers are going to conduct an inspection. So you may as well know what they are going to find by getting there first.
Benefits of Pre-listing Inspections
Hiring a pro home inspector to review your property ahead of time helps you prepare your home for listing in many ways:
- It allows you to see your home through the eyes of a critical and neutral third party.
- It alerts you to immediate safety issues before agents and visitors tour your home.
- It may alert you to items of immediate concern, such as radon gas or active termite infestation.
- It helps you and your realtor price your home realistically.
- It may relieve prospects’ concerns and suspicions.
- It may encourage the buyer to waive his inspection contingency.
- It reduces your liability by adding professional supporting documentation to your disclosure statement.
And if something is found that needs immediate attention, it permits you to make repairs ahead of time so that:
- Defects won’t become negotiating stumbling blocks later.
- There is no delay in obtaining the Use and Occupancy Permit.
- You have the time to get reasonably priced contractors or make the repairs yourself, if qualified. Copies of the inspection report, along with receipts for any repairs, should be made available to potential buyers.
If your pre-listing inspection doesn’t reveal anything you don’t already know, you still win! Showing a clean report to prospective buyers makes your property more desirable, helps avoid long delays during negotiation, and justifies your full asking price.
Ready to find out what your house is hiding?
For peace of mind, schedule your pre-listing inspection today.
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