Home inspections aren’t just for buyers before they close.  They an be an invaluable tool when marketing your home for top dollar.  Savvy buyers walk into a electronic store and notice that beautiful TV on the wall with the small blemish on the side and immediately ask-  How much are you willing to take off the price?     That is a bad position to be in as a seller;  you are already at a disadvantage before the negotiations have even begun!

 

This is where a pre-sale inspection comes in.   It can have the potential of saving you thousands in concessions,  avoiding prolonged negotiations, and preventing deals from falling through at the last minute!

Eventually your buyers are going to conduct an inspection. You may as well know what they are going to find by getting there first.   Having an inspection performed ahead of time helps in many other ways:

  • It allows you to see your home through the eyes of a critical third-party. It helps you to price your home realistically.
  • It permits you to make repairs ahead of time so that … Defects won’t become negotiating stumbling blocks later.
  • There is no delay in obtaining the Use and Occupancy permit.
  • You have the time to get reasonably priced contractors or make the repairs yourself, if qualified.
  • It may encourage the buyer to waive the inspection contingency.
  • It may alert you of items of immediate personal concern, such as radon gas or active termite infestation.
  • It may relieve prospect’s concerns and suspicions.
  • It reduces your liability by adding professional supporting documentation to your disclosure statement.
  • Alerting you to immediate safety issues before agents and visitors tour your home.

Copies of the inspection report along with receipts for any repairs should be made available to potential buyers.