Seller's Inspections Get Homes Noticed - One Homeowner's Story

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Home Inspector with Altamont Inspections, LLC

Debra and her husband have had their house on the market for more than six months. Their beautiful 3 bedroom, 2 bath chalet sits on top of a mountain near Lake Lure, NC, but it seems to be invisible to potential buyers. They have only had a couple of calls and just one showing. Debra was discouraged and asked me if I had any ideas on how to get their home noticed. I asked, "Have you had a Seller's Inspection?"  

A Seller's Inspection (also known as a Pre-Listing or Listing Inspection) is the critical first step in the home selling process. Altamont Inspections, LLC's Seller's Inspection reveals the current condition of the home and allows the seller time to make repairs before the home is shown to potential buyers. A Seller's Inspection Report can help sellers increase the value of their home, improve the likelihood of a sale and eliminate buyer renegotiations.

Altamont Inspections, LLC's Seller's Inspection Reports can be "Hot Linked" to their real estate agent's online property listing, showing potential buyers the seller is confident in the home's condition and improving the home's marketability. The report is written in HTML and can be viewed over the Internet instantly.

Debra and her husband wasted no time and decided to have a Seller's Inspection. The report was "Hot Linked" to their agent's listing two weeks ago and the home has been shown several times since. Debra says she wished her agent had told her about the benefits of a Seller's Inspection months ago.

Want more information about how our Seller's Inspection Package can help you sell homes?  Log onto www.AltamontInspections.com and click on the For Real Estate Agents page.

written by Angela Roberts, Altamont Inspections, LLC of Western NC - Inspecting Your Investment

Comments (2)

Bob Cumiskey
A1 Connection Realty, Inc. - Sun City Center, FL
US Army Retired, Your Sun City Center, Florida ~ Realtor
I've never heard of doing that before.  Inspections usually don't come until after the buyer makes an offer.  What a novel idea.  I assume the seller pays for this, and does it somehow get paid by the buyer at closing.  Also makes one wonder....should the buyer get a second inspection if they don't feel comfortable with the first one?  It is a novel idea, and something to think about.  Thanks for the post.
Feb 29, 2008 05:34 AM
Edgar Roberts, Jr.
Altamont Inspections, LLC - Asheville, NC
Licensed Home Inspector - NC

Hi Bob,

Thank you so much for your comments.  The last thing anyone wants is to wait for a buyer's home inspection to point out concerns and risk the deal not closing.  Seller's Inspections can literally head potential problems off at the pass by identifying and addressing concerns as soon as the home is listed (or before).  

As for who purchases the Seller's Inspection, we've seen it handled a couple of different ways. 

1- The seller can purchase it directly. 

2- The agent can purchase it as part of his/her listing program.  Some choose to be re-imbursed by the seller at closing, some consider it a write-off.  Either way, the report is the property of the seller and cannot be transferred to a potential buyer.  

With our particular program, the process works like this: the inspection is completed, the seller and agent decide if repairs are to be made and if so, a re-inspection is completed.  The updated report (reflecting repairs) is hot linked to the listing on the agent's website for potential buyers to access.  We also print out a bound, full color copy for the seller to place in view of potential buyers who visit the home.  In addition, we place a small sign in the yard next to the agent's sign that reads, "This Home Inspected by Altamont Inspections, LLC" so passers-by will know the home has already been inspected. 

As for the buyer, it is certainly their option to purchase a second inspection if they wish.  But, most of the time, they're very comfortable with the results of the original report, especially if there has been open and honest communication between all parties.            

If you have any other questions or comments, please let me know.  I'm more than happy to help.

Angela Roberts, Altamont Inspections of Western NC - Inspecting Your Investment 

 

 

Feb 29, 2008 06:24 AM