Tips for the seller: With so many homes on the market sellers need to develop strategies that will set them apart from other home sellers. Having a pre-sale inspection is one of the greatest advantages you can have in a slower market. Prospective buyers will be drawn to homes that have been inspected.
Unlike the last few years the quantity of homes for sale means shopping for the right home has never been better. This search for the perfect home usually entails a thorough home inspection so you should be as prepared as possible for what the inspector might find. I often come across problems that are so obvious I am surprised the buyer never noticed them. Having an inspector go through your home prior to listing it just makes good sense. You need someone who is detached and has a trained eye for spotting potentially costly problems. In fact rare is the time when I don’t uncover something that will save the buyer more money in the long run then the cost of the inspection. It is far better for the seller to be prepared by knowing what the issues are ahead of time. A good pre sale inspection report will give you the advice you need to make some minor repairs and get quotes on the larger repairs if necessary. If the inspection turns up some problems, you will have the time to assess the problem and decide what to do. It is likely that you may save hundreds or even thousands of $$$$ by getting things taken care of yourself.
A seller inspection can;
help the seller substantiate a higher asking price if problems don’t exist or have been fixed
allow the seller to assist the inspector during the inspection
reveal problems ahead of time which: might make the home show better.
give the seller time to make repairs and shop for competitive contractors.
permit the seller to attach repair estimates or paid invoices to the inspection report.
remove over-inflated buyer procured estimates from the negotiation table.
alert the seller to any immediate safety issues found, before agents and visitors tour the home.
provide a third-party, unbiased report to offer to potential buyers.
permit a clean home inspection report to be used as a marketing tool.
be the ultimate gesture in forthrightness on the part of the seller.
relieve a prospective buyer’s unfounded suspicions, before they walk away.
lighten negotiations and 11th-hour re-negotiations
lessen the likely hood that the deal will fall apart the way they often do when a buyer’s inspection unexpectedly reveals a problem, last minute.