Most people do not enjoy unexpected surprises, especially if it is not a good surprise. As a home inspector in Virginia Beach one way I can help to avoid home seller’s surprises is by offering a pre-listing home inspection. Having a pre-listing inspection or seller’s home inspection is a good idea for a number of reasons. Why not find out what the issues are in your home before the buyer comes in so you can be the one making the decision on how to handle them?
The home seller’s home inspection covers the major systems and components such as the foundation, exterior siding, flashing and trim, the roof, plumbing, electrical and heating and cooling units.
Let’s face it there are a lot of homes on the market right now, and you need to find a way to make yours stand out among the rest. It certainly can catch a buyer’s attention knowing that you have done your due diligence as a home seller before you put your house up for sale.
With a pre-listing inspection you have the leverage in deciding how to proceed with the issues that are discovered. You can have repairs made at reasonable rates, instead of having to reduce the sales price because of unreasonable estimates for repairs. Those buyer’s inspection bargaining chips can be expensive so why not take them off the table before the negotiations begin. The money saved here can cover the cost of the seller’s inspection a lot of the time.
The home seller’s inspection also saves you from finding out about surprise defects which can hurt or terminate sales negotiations. Most of all a pre-listing inspection shows that you are offering full disclosure during the sales process.
After you have the seller’s home inspection you can sit down with your real estate agent and decide what you want to repair or how you might want to adjust your asking price. Again you are in the driver’s seat here, and not the buyer. Any repairs made can be reinspected and the home inspection report can be amended to reflect the changes. You now have a home inspection report that can be shown to prospective buyers as a marketing tool. The buyer then can decide whether they choose to have their own home inspection done or not. Either way the last minute surprises have been removed from the home selling equation.