Benefits Of A Pre-Listing Home Inspection
As a seller you may be debating the benefits of a pre-listing home inspection. It really comes down to when would you like to find out what is wrong with the home? Before you spend money on getting it ready for sale? Or after you are under contract? A thorough home inspector like me is going to try to find everything that needs repair or is unsafe in the home.
What Does A Pre-Listing Home Inspection Cover?
It is the same home inspection I would for a buyer. However as a pre-listing home inspection, it’s done for you, the seller. This gives you a concise list of items to discuss with your agent and decide what should be repaired versus what should be disclosed on the seller’s disclosure. I do strongly recommend going through it with your agent. Your agent is the expert in your market and knows what repairs have an ROI and which ones don’t.
Doesn't Every House Need Work?
For the most part, every house has maintenance items. Even new ones. Some homes have more serious needs that can involve safety. Would you like to know about these before you put your home on the market? Or when you are negotiating the sale of your home?
While an inspector can’t recommend who should make repairs, nor should they. You have fewer options about who does the repairs when the property is under contract. Many items can be repaired by a competent handyman at any time. Once a home is under contract the buyer will generally want to see repairs done by a licensed electrician, plumber, HVAC company, etc that could otherwise have been done by a handyman.
I will inspect your home thoroughly and provide you with a detailed written report of my findings. I deliver reports the same day I do the inspection. At the end of the inspection I will go through a summary of the findings with you and answer any questions you may have about them.