In Praise of Pre-Inspections for SELLERS

Reblogger Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional
Real Estate Agent with Charles Rutenberg Realty NAR 274504721

Charles wrote a great post about sellers getting a pre-inspection on their home. While many sellers do not want to spend the extra money, it just makes the entire transaction go so much smoother when this is completed in advance and items that need to be corrected are already taken care of. Great post, Charles!

Original content by Charles Edwards Bentonville

Dear Home Seller,

I know that when it is time to list your home you will have many opportunities to spend money on a property you are ready to leave behind. In fact it seems that by the time you call a real estate agent you're mentally already gone. Then why would a real estate professional add one more thing to buy, like a home inspection, to you're 'to do' list ?

Now, if you are the one in a million, disciplined, natural born handyman of a homeowner with awesome building maintenance skills you may choose not to read on. However, if you are the normal, unskilled, busy, procrastinator home owner and you haven't read (and understood) an appliance manual lately or been on a ladder, or under a house lately or ever, you may want to think about a pre-inspection of the property you are about to list for sale.

At almost every listing appointment  the Seller assures me that his home is is great shape. My response is usually, "Really, how do you know your home is in great shape? Have you been on the roof in the last few weeks? Do you know what a good roof looks like? Have you been in the attic lately? Have you cleaned the gutters in the last few months? Have you replaced the furnace filters? Do you own spare furnace filters?"

I humbly submit that the fact of the matter is that in the same way that driving a car doesn't qualify me to work on one, owning a home doesn't mean that you know what kind of shape your house is really in.

I know, OUCH! The truth stings sometimes. But if your goal is to sell, you may need to let an expert (like the expert the potential buyers will hire) look your place over. Read the Inspectors report and make a pro-active repairs in a pre-emptive move that will tell potential buyers that the expert agrees, your house is in great shape...after all.

Respectfully,

Your Listing Agent

 

 

 

Proudly serving your real estate needs in Bentonville, Rogers and Bella Vista, AR 479-253-3796. I will provide a free market value analysis of your property. Just ask!

charles.edwards1@coldwellbanker.com 

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Dan Hopper
Keller Williams Realty Downtown LLC - Denver, CO
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A pre-inspection is very important... understand what you are up against from the moment you meet the sellers.  They need to be on board with this.. especially, if the big ticket items, like roofs and mechanicals have not been replaced in the last 12 years!!

 

Jan 31, 2012 10:21 AM #1
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Victor Zuniga
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services California Properties - San Diego, CA

Very good point to bring up. How many people really know the condition of their roof?

Jan 31, 2012 10:26 AM #2
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Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor

Dan - I agree with you totally!

Victor - I would guess most don't ever go up there!

Jan 31, 2012 10:32 AM #3
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Vince Chinell
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Barbara Jo,  Thank you so much for re blogging the post by Charles Edwards.  This type of pre inspection is so very valuable to sellers and yet so many miss out the opportunity to speed up the sale of their house.  This inspection gives every seller the information about their house that they might not have known.  No more last minute deal killers!

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Vince - I agree that these inspections can save deals!

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