In a seller’s efforts to get a home ready for the market, it’s easy to forget some things along the way. Many sellers decide not to do a pre-listing inspection. People in this category may think the buyer will handle this task, so there’s no need to bother with it. However, conducting an inspection before listing it for sale can make the selling experience a positive one.
It Is Thorough and Complete
The pre-listing inspection goes through the home from top to bottom. It carefully examines everything from the foundation and roof to the electrical system, plumbing, air conditioning and heating. The inspector will check for mold growth, radon presence or any leaks.
It Provides Honesty and Accuracy
Unlike the buyer’s inspection, the seller pays for the pre-listing inspection. This task will give the seller a good idea of the right listing price of the home. If the inspection reveals some major repair needs, the seller may have to adjust the price accordingly. The inspection results will go in a report, which the buyer can review. This eliminates any feelings the buyer has that the seller is being unfair in the listing price.
It Allows Time To Make Repairs
If the pre-listing inspection shows that there are some safety concerns in the home, the seller will have time to repair the issue or replace the items. Sellers can also feel good that they are telling the truth about the home’s condition. By doing the inspection before the home is on the market, the seller has the chance to find reputable contractors and make any improvements that may increase the value of the home.
It Gives Peace of Mind
Performing a pre-listing inspection can help sellers know they’ve done their due diligence to make the home as safe, sound and attractive as possible. The seller also has proof that the home has gotten the seal of approval from a certified inspector. If a prospective buyer asserts that there is a problem in the home, the seller can refer the person to the pre-listing inspection report.
The pre-listing inspection is essential in the selling process. Make your clients include this step in the home-selling process.