Should You Get a Pre-Listing Inspection?
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The number one thing a seller can do to prepare their home before listing is to get a pre-listing inspection. We all know about home inspections during the buying process. They usually happen during the due diligence period after you’ve already accepted an offer. Most of the time, it’s the buyers that are leading the charge on the inspection so they make sure they know what they are buying.
Many times, items pop up that the seller actually had no idea about beforehand. There are hidden problems in your home that only an inspector is going to be able to diagnose. We realized eventually that the best advice we can give a home seller is to have a home inspected prior to listing it. Here are three reasons why:
1. You’ll know about problems in advance. You’ll know exactly what’s going to come up during a buyer’s inspection. It’s nice to have this advanced knowledge so you are not surprised later on. You’ll know about problems before the buyer does, and you’ll have the opportunity fix them as well. It’s never fun and always super expensive when buyers find the problem themselves.
2. You can fix problems on your own terms. With a pre-listing inspection, you can get multiple quotes, search for a good contractor, and generally make repairs for cheaper than you would be able to if the buyer asked for them later on.
3. You can list with confidence. With a pre-listing inspection completed, you can list your home with absolute confidence and pride knowing that it is priced right and there are no major problems for a buyer to uncover. This will allow the buyer to buy with confidence as well.
3.5. The home will sell for more. A pre-inspected home is going to fetch a premium from buyers, just like a certified pre-owned car does. If it’s ready to be moved into, people will spend more money. Getting repairs done up front is smart because it will allow you to profit even more.
Getting a pre-listing inspection means spending money now to make it up on the final sale price of your home. It may be a bit of an investment, but it’s worth it in the end. We can actually get you a great deal from one of our great home inspectors, so let us know if you want 50% off your pre-listing inspection. If you have any other questions, don’t hesitate to give us a call or send us an email. We look forward to hearing from you.