What is a Pre-Listing Home Inspection?
No matter what type of real estate market you are in, a home in good condition can command a better price than one in need of extensive repairs or system upgrades.
If you are in the process of putting your home on the market your Realtor may recommend getting a Pre-Listing Home Inspection. The home inspector can identify issues that you, the seller, may choose to address before your home actually hits the market.
The home inspector might recommend upgrading your electrical box, putting a new vapor barrier under your house, or having your attic's insulation updated. Making the investment to improve the home's condition can be well worth the upfront investment before you are ready to start reviewing any and all offers.
The information from the pre-listing inspection provides the sellers with an opportunity to make repairs, updates, or replacements that are needed. By addressing these issues before the home goes on the market, sellers can list their homes with greater knowledge of its condition and potentially ask for a higher price. Having well-informed sellers and buyers works to everyone's advantage.
What can a Pre-Listing Home Inspection do for you?
* The seller can choose a certified inspector rather than be a the mercy of the buyers' choice of inspection.
* The seller can schedule the inspections at the seller's convenience.
* The Pre-Inspection might alert the seller to any items of immediate concern.
* The seller can assist the inspector during the inspection, something not recommended during a buyer's inspection.
* The report can help the seller substantiate a higher asking price if problems don't exist or have been corrected.
* The report might alert the seller to any immediate safety issues found, before agents and visitors tour the home.
* The seller inspection permits a clean home inspection reports to be used as a marketing tool.
* A seller inspection is the ultimate gesture in forthrightness on the part of the seller.
* The report provides full-disclosure protection from future legal claims.
* The report helps sellers see their home through the eyes of a critical third-party, thus making sellers more realistic about the asking price.
* Reports posted online entice potential buyers to tour the home.
* A seller inspection eliminates surprise defects.
No matter where you live or what type of home you live in, if you are thinking about selling, a Pre-Listing Home Inspection is a good idea. With a pre-listing home inspection in hand, your real estate agent can market the home with great confidence, at a higher price.