If you’re selling your home, you may be wondering if it’s a good idea to get a pre-listing home inspection. Usually, the buyer is the one who requests and pays for the home inspection. However, there are many benefits to hiring your own home inspector for a pre-listing inspection.
Just like a buyer’s home inspection the inspector will show up and walk through your entire home while examining each and every element. You can ask the inspector any questions you have and afterward you’ll be given a comprehensive inspection report.
You might be wondering if a pre-listing inspection of your home is worth the cost, considering a potential buyer will likely do their own inspection. While, yes, you will have to pay for this inspection, there are far more advantages to doing a pre-listing inspection before your house goes to market. Here are five reasons why a pre-listing inspection is an absolute must!
1. List Your Home with Confidence
Getting a pre-listing inspection can eliminate the stress of listing your home. The advantage of a pre-listing inspection is that it will allow you to make any necessary repairs on your own time – rather than waiting for the buyer’s inspector to point it out.
2. Attract Confident Buyers
When you can go to the housing market with a pre-listing inspection, buyers know that you are a serious seller and take the care of your home seriously as well. This builds confidence among potential buyers and will help you attract the right one to your home.
3. Avoid Unpleasant Surprises
Once you find a qualified buyer and it’s time for the inspection, having a pre-listing inspection done will turn a typically stressful situation into a breeze! Since a home inspection comes after an offer is already made, the risk of losing a buyer due to a home inspection is very much a reality and can ultimately cause a deal to fall through. When you know the condition of your home before it goes on the market, you can avoid risks that could impact the sale of your home.
4. Negotiate with Ease
Home inspections typically result in new negotiations. When you get a pre-listing inspection, the chances of that happening are far less because your agent will be able to price your home right from the start. Since negotiating can be an exhaustive process, this will decrease the time and stress usually involved in selling a home.
5. Have a Smooth Transaction
By getting a pre-listing inspection, the risk of the unknown is eliminated and both the buyer and seller will feel confident about the deal. When you leave discovery of the home’s condition entirely to the buyer is when problems arise. They will want to renegotiate the price or ask for repairs to be made. Then you need to get estimates and wait around on contractors, all while you’re in the process of selling your home.
If you want to increase buyer confidence and decrease stress, a pre-listing inspection is a great choice.
Let us know if we can help with a pre-listing inspection to help you sell your home!
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Lambert Home Inspections
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