If you’re selling your home, in most cases you can expect a home inspection to be part of that process. But few moments are as frustrating as having a buyer present you with a detailed report of all the things that are wrong with your property. Remember – the home inspector has to prove his worth and he is being paid by the buyer at this juncture. You can then expect another new round of negotiations. Some will ask you to Fix all the problems, some will prioritize the most important or safety related issues and some will negotiate a reduction of sales price. Another buyer will ask you to contribute to their closing costs in lieu of making those repairs (usually so they can make the repairs themselves) and some will simply terminate the contract.
Fortunately, there’s a workaround that can help you avoid these ugly last-minute surprises. Why not schedule your own pre-emptive home inspection?
Getting your home inspected before you put it on the market makes a great deal of sense. For one thing, it gives you a detailed understanding of exactly what you’re trying to sell, warts and all, so you can anticipate buyer objections and speak on these issues knowledgeably.
If you’re not happy with the idea of having your sale held up while repairs are being made, or of accepting less money than you want or need, then you have the option of making any necessary fixes before putting the home for sale. Our real estate experts can make sure you have the skilled carpentry, landscaping, electrical, plumbing, or other expertise you need to get the jobs done quickly, skillfully, and affordably. You can then promote these fixes as an additional selling point (“Brand-new AC condenser!” “Refurbished hardwood floors!”) for buyers who want to know they’re getting quality.
And yet another benefit for you – this helps you determine the actual current value of the home so that you can price it realistically.
Ask our Realtors for guidance and assistance in scheduling your home inspection. You may find that it makes all the difference in closing a satisfactory sale!