Seller’s Pre-Listing Inspection
When the time comes to sell your home it is important to make sure it presentable and ready to sell. You do not want to deal with any surprises that can lead to a lower asking price for the home. Having a pre-listing inspection benefits you as a seller and allows you the time to decide on the steps to take before placing your home on the market.
Many homebuyers today are looking for a home that is ready for them to move into. Dealing with issues that can be found in the home is something that can deter a potential buyer. As a home seller, having a pre-listing home inspection can let you know if you are dealing with minor and inexpensive issues that you can fix quickly or if you are dealing with larger issues such as:
- Leaks and Mold
- Water Damage
- Aged and/or Malfunctioning Appliances
- Cracked Foundation
- Electrical Problems
- And more!
Make sure to have your home inspection done ahead of the listing so you can deal with any problems ahead of time, instead of being surprised by what the buyer’s inspector finds. (Here’s how to prepare for a home inspection.) With a seller pre-listing inspection this gives you the opportunity to fix the issue and gives you the credibility with a buyer. Additionally you can advertise your home as Move In Certified and disclose the inspection report to show potential buyers the condition of the home easing their concerns and decreasing anxiety.
With your home inspection you can deal with the inspection in few ways such as sell it at a lower price and provide the buyer with a list of issues that need to be addressed. You can offer the home at the target price you were looking for and provide a list of problems that have been resolved making it a non-issue during the negotiation process. This proactive strategy can also shorten the time needed to move from contract to closing.
Many homeowners prefer to do the home inspection walk-through themselves. This is not beneficial especially when the potential buyer brings in their own home inspector who can thoroughly inspect the home for leaks and potential problems associated with mold, electrical deficiencies problems, needed maintenance with the HVAC system, and run thermal imaging thru house. One of the largest concerns with Buyers is the condition and useful remaining life of the roof coverings. The job of any professional home inspector is to check the property inside and out for both the seller and the buyer. Taking it into your own hands will not help you when it is time to sell your house.
Addressing the Home Inspection
If you want to make sure you are not selling at a very low price have a professional come in and check your home. You may be missing out on a lot of things that you may not see with your own eyes. You’ll also have the opportunity to discuss deficiencies with the inspector to make sure your report is as accurate as possible preventing a overzealous inspection report from scaring away potential buyers. With a trained professional home inspector you will have someone that can come in and check the home thoroughly inside and out. You do not want to have the buyer’s home inspector coming in and leaving you with a list of issues that need to be addressed.
Take care of the problems within the home and make it a non-issue for you and the buyer. As a home seller you can adjust the pricing to the outcome of the inspection. The job of the home inspector is to provide both the seller and the buyer with a proper look at the home so both can take the proper steps in the negotiation process.