There are several benefits to getting a home inspection prior to placing the property on the market.
One, it indicates to the seller all the items that need to be addressed that they may not be aware of.
Secondly, it points out there will be no surprises and back peddling when an offer is made and the buyer requests their own inspection.
Thirdly, a dollar amount will be estimated which could be used to negotiate the final sales price.
To Inspect, or Not to Inspect - Prior to Listing the Home For Sale -
There's been much written about this topic on AR, but today I'd like to ask your feedback. It's worked before when I've asked a seller to pay for a home inspection, have every item repaired, print out the report, display it on a countertop, and show it to potential buyers. That seller had lived in the same home for 13 years, raising a family and going about their everyday living.
My philosophy has been, be transparent. If you're transparent in your dealings and show a potential buyer that you have made every repair and maintained this home as a home, not as a house, then the sale will proceed on a higher level. There are houses for sale (foreclosures) and there are homes for sale (traditional sales.)
But I'm sure not everyone thinks/feels this way. So what are your thoughts? Should someone selling a home in today's market hire a home inspector and proceed in making every repair. A buyer could come along and ask for more repairs later and then "here we go again," which could frustrate the seller. The seller then has the option of paying for even more repairs if a buyers inspector finds more that needs fixing.
REALTOR, CDPE, SFR, CIAS
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