When you decide to sell your Westfield area home, there are a few steps you need to take before it ever actually hits the market. First, find yourself a good REALTOR®. Second, start the decluttering and staging process. And third, fix the things you let fall by the wayside while living in your home. That's where a pre-list inspection comes in handy. "But, Scott. I thought the buyer pays for a home inspection." Yes. Many of them do. However, if you get a professional inspection before you list your property, it can save you time, money, hassle, and headaches. Plus, you might end up selling your property much more quickly.
Why Sellers Should Consider Getting a Pre-List Inspection
I don't know about you, but I'm not a big fan of surprises...especially when it comes to real estate. Do you really want to wait until you are in the middle of escrow for a buyer to discover problems with the house that may jeopardize the sale? A pre-list inspection helps uncover any underlying issues you may not have known about. Then, it gives you the chance to fix them.
They say that time is money. That definitely applies here. Getting an inspection done prior to listing grants you time to shop around for the best price on repairs. If the repair costs come in above your budget, you may want to factor that into your list price. Keep estimates from two or three contractors. You can present these to the buyer to show your due diligence and transparency.
Makes Your Property More Marketable
Speaking of transparency...buyers appreciate that. A pre-list inspection helps buyers trust you more as the seller. If you make a buyer feel more comfortable about the fact that what they see is really what they get and there isn't a "big bad" lurking somewhere below the surface, then they are more likely to purchase the home.
Property Tax Appeal Seminar
Have you signed up for the 2023 Property Tax Appeal Seminar yet? It takes place at the Coldwell Banker Realty's Westfield East office on February 9th. Seats are still available. You need to RSVP in order to reserve a spot. So, please do so today. Thank you.
Scott Gleason, CRS at Coldwell Banker Realty – East, NJ Luxury Homes
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