What’s a pre-listing inspection, and should I get one?

Posted by on Mar 10, 2012 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

What’s a pre-listing inspection, and should I get one?

In this buyers market, we are finding that buyers want the home they are purchasing to be pristine. They feel that if they are paying that much for a home (even with seller concessions), it better be nice and they don’t want to do any work. So the better condition you can get your home in for showings, the quicker it can sell, and usually a quicker sale will bring more money than a later sale.

A pre-inspected house shows the buyer that you are serious. The inspection gives you an opportunity to know what needs to be taken care of, and therefore shelters you from difficult negotiations and preserves the sales price for you. To a buyer, all negatives are a positive, and they will try to negotiate with anything they can.

It’s a good idea for you to fix as much as you can before listing. The reason is that something that may cost, say $200 to fix, will spook a buyer, thinking that the repair will cost ten times as much to fix. This hinders you from getting the highest price.

Although the pre-listing inspection does not replace the buyer’s own inspection, we highly encourage it. First and foremost, we want to make sure that the house “is” as we think it “is” – Solid!! Secondly, we want to remove all tangible objections from the buyer. We defeat the price objection because we price a home fair and accurate from the beginning.

If you are selling or considering listing your house, schedule a pre-listing inspection today!

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