Pre Listing Home Inspection
Knowing how to prepare for a home inspection is one of the critical elements in making sure you avoid problems with your sale.
Before you sell your home one of the smartest things you can do is get it inspected. This is the only way you can be sure that there is nothing significantly wrong with the property you are selling.
Often home owners have no idea their home has any issues.
Why get a pre-listing home inspection?
A pre-listing inspection, which is paid for by the home seller. Typically, home inspections are paid for by the buyer and performed right before closing the sale of the home.
By moving the inspection to the beginning of the sales cycle, sellers are able to shorten the process by removing obstacles before they can interfere with a potential sale. The importance of having a home inspection as part of the home sales process cannot be understated.
1. Time - Selling agents are given time to help the seller decide what areas to work on to improve the home’s appeal.
2. Options - Sellers can choose who they want to perform the inspection and assist in providing details of equipment maintenance, supply dates of improvements and explanations for current conditions.
3. Flexibility - Sellers gain more time to make repairs and compare bids on work to be done, and can truly provide full disclosure to their potential buyers.
4. Accurate pricing - A pre-listing home inspection helps the agent set the seller's price expectation and can be used to substantiate a higher asking price.
5. No surprises - Agents will have fewer issues to negotiate at the 11th hour, and buyers may even waive their inspection.
6. Full disclosure - Buyers’ benefits include receiving a third-party review of the home’s condition before making an offer which can assist in procuring financing.
7. Stress relief - The inspection can remove any doubt the buyer might have regarding any initial concerns and may also reduce the stress associated with purchasing a home
Never hire an inspector who is not a member of InterNACHI, which provides the most trusted and rigorous training for inspectors in the industry! For more information on finding the right home inspector - read my previous blog entries:
• “Choosing The Right Home Inspector” &
• “Why Hire an InterNACHI Certified Professional Inspector?”
Copies of the inspection report, along with receipts for any repairs, should be made available to potential buyers. For more information on home inspection report let - read entry
Paying a little extra for an InterNACHI inspector pays off!
🏠 Choosing the Right Home Inspector 🏠
Buying a home? It's probably the most expensive purchase you'll ever make. This is no time to shop for a cheap inspection. The cost of a home inspection is very small relative to the value of the home being inspected. The additional cost of hiring an InterNACHI-Certified Professional Inspector® is almost insignificant.
You have recently been crunching the numbers, negotiating offers, adding up closing costs, shopping for mortgages, and trying to get the best deals. Don't stop now. Don't let your real estate agent, a "patty-cake" inspector, or anyone else talk you into skimping here. InterNACHI-certified inspectors perform the best inspections by far.
InterNACHI-certified inspectors earn their fees many times over. They do more, they deserve more, and -- yes -- they generally charge a little more. Do yourself a favor... and pay a little more for the quality inspection you deserve.
The licensing of home inspectors only sets a minimum standard. Much like being up to code, any less would be illegal. Imaginary people, children, psychics (who claim to "sense" if a house is OK) and even pets can theoretically be home inspectors. InterNACHI, the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors, front-ends its membership requirements.
So, the next time you need a home inspector (or need to refer your clients to one), make sure that inspector is a member of InterNACHI.