9 Reasons To Have A Pre-Listing Inspection If You're Selling Your Home

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Why Have A Pre-Listing Home InspectionHere are nine great reasons to have an inspection BEFORE you actually put your home on the market if you're planning on selling your Charlotte area home.

 

A pre-listing home inspection will:

 

  1. Eliminate nasty and possibly expensive surprises after a buyer's inspection (this can be anything from termite infestation to radon gas to structural issues to code violations). This will also reduce the chances of a buyer walking away because of surprise inspection results.

  2. Give you a chance to make repairs ahead of time and eliminates delays in obtaining permits for certain types of repairs/updates.

  3. Eliminate the possibility of over-paying for repairs post-contract because of time constraints from a contract closing date.

  4. Provide information abour any safety issues prior to prospective buyers viewing your home (reduces your potential liability).

  5. Reduce your liability on your property condition disclosure statement if you have supporting documentation from a professional inspection as to the home's condition.

  6. Allow you to see your home's condition through the eyes of a neutral third party and provide you a "preview" of how a prospective buyer might see your home.

  7.  Help you and your agent price the home realistically and maybe even for a higher price if repairs are done prior to listing.

  8. Reduce a buyer's concern about the condition of the home (especially if your home is older) and might even encourage a buyer to waive their inspection contingency.

  9. Enhance your ability to get a higher selling price because of the home's condition. A pre-listing inspection can be a great "marketing" tool for your home.

 

And keep in mind that if yours is a newer home, still under certain builder warranties, you can have certain repairs done at no cost to you under the warranty.

 

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Rose Mary Justice
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I wish all my sellers would do this prior to listing.  What a difference it would make in sales.  The problem with clients walking away after a home inspection would be eliminated.

May 28, 2015 10:39 PM #1
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Nina Hollander
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Rose Mary Justice ~ I know of agents who tell their cients they must have a pre-inspection prior to listing if they want that agent to list. Often the agent will pay for the inspection up front and be reimbursed at closing.

May 28, 2015 10:41 PM #2
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Joe Petrowsky
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Good morning Nina. Have made this recommendation many times, for so many of the reasons you have mentioned in your post. Well done!

May 28, 2015 10:45 PM #3
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Raymond E. Camp
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Good morning Nina,

Great reasons that will effect pricing if repairs are done ot not done.

Had one with a mold problem that was mitigated but the report also said if the cause was not repaired the mold would be back and pricing was too high.

Make yourself a great day.

May 28, 2015 10:50 PM #4
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Nina Hollander
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Thanks, Joe Petrowsky. Inspection results can really surprise one. I've had houses that looked as if nothing would be wrong with them and then you get nasty surprises. And I've had houses that looked like everything would be wrong with them and the inspection would be absolutely clean!

May 28, 2015 10:52 PM #5
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Raymond E. Camp ~ anytime mold is involved it raises a whole bunch of other issues and concerns. I've know many buyers who won't buy a home even if the problem was fully remediated.

May 28, 2015 10:53 PM #6
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Roger D. Mucci
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Very thorough and accurate list Nina.  Well done my friend, this is so important.

May 28, 2015 11:40 PM #7
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Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
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Getting read for anything is practice, home work, preparation. Plan your work, work your plan. Great post Nina Hollander !

May 28, 2015 11:43 PM #8
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Nina Hollander
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Thanks, Andew Mooers. I've never totally understood why home sellers are so resistant to spending a few hundred dollars to ensure their home is truly ready for sale at top dollar.

May 28, 2015 11:45 PM #9
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Nina Hollander
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Thanks, Roger D. Mucci ~ this is one aspect of preparing to sell a home that is rarely discussed still.

May 28, 2015 11:46 PM #10
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Nina these are all very good reasons to have a Pre-Listing Home Inspection.  It is a shame more Sellers do not do them.

May 29, 2015 12:49 AM #11
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Nina Hollander
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George Souto ~ it always amazes me how sellers get "cheap" over a $350/400 pre-sale inspection when they are trying to get top dollard for a home in the hundreds of thousands.

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