Pre-Listing Home Inspection

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Home Inspector with Inside Out Home Inspections LLC

Pre-listing home inspections

I have to say that I don't do that many pre-listing inspections but I believe that in this market it is time and money well spent by a seller.

I just did one this morning. This house had a lot of cool features like an indoor pool (not common in CT), a huge 3 bay detached garage/barn (I would buy the house just to have such a great workshop!) and one of the nicest remodeled master baths-sauna, Jacuzzi, lots of tile and very interesting lighting. So I liked the house, but...

It seems that divorce is one of the main causes of home sales these days. The seller was a great lady, and handy with a hammer-just my kind of gal! But the house had some many incomplete projects-partly finished basement, partly completed deck/patio, partly completed in-law apt., various rooms in different stages of painting, flooring etc. that we really spent a lot of time prioritizing what she could do and when to call in the troops. After almost 4 hours we did come up with a plan of attack.

She wants to list in about a month (she already has an agent) and I think she can pull things together in time.  What she really appreciated was seeing her home from an inspector's point of view. She also appreciated my advice that she does not have to be Wonder Woman and get everything done by herself. I promised to do another walk-thru just before listing to see if there are any details that need attention. When this house goes on the market, I feel sure that it will draw a lot of attention. And for her sake, that it sells quickly.

The houses that are moving are the ones that don't come with a lot of baggage-so consider the pre-listing inspection and hopefully move much quickly to the closing.

Comments (1)

Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

Sellers can learn quite a bit about their home through the eyes of an inspector.

Mar 16, 2011 10:23 AM