If you are planning to put your home on the market this spring, now is the time to have a prelisting inspection performed on the structure. By having a professional home inspector evaluate your home prior to listing, you have the ability to correct any issues that could – potentially – cut into the price in which you put your home up for sale.
Additionally, it reduces the chance that a deal on your home falls through.
In this brief guide, you will learn the benefits associated with having a pre-inspection performed prior to officially listing your home this spring.
Home Inspections on Behalf of a Potential Buyer
If a buyer is interested in purchasing a home, they will typically have a home inspector visit the structure to conduct a comprehensive review.
The professional inspector will make note of any defects associated with the home, highlight any neglected maintenance, and will determine how much life is left in any appliances such as the HVAC system, the water heater, any septic components, and other units – such as the stove, the refrigerator, and the dishwasher.
The results of this inspection could have a very powerful impact on how much you get offered for the home and even if the home sells at all.
In order to get ahead of the game, you should have a prelisting inspection performed.
What is a Prelisting Home Inspection?
A prelisting home inspection is much like the standard home inspections conducted by potential buyers. The only difference is, it is done before you actually list your home on the market.
This allows you to avoid any unpleasant or unexpected expenses that may come up through an inspection performed by the buyer.
You will receive a thorough report that provides you the opportunity to make any type of repairs, perform any type of maintenance, and take care of any issues that are occurring in or around the home.
In taking care of these things ahead of time, you can avoid losing the interest of potential buyers or buyers walking away from your home completely.
It is a known fact that every home placed on the market has its own issues. As the current owner, you are probably aware of a few of these. However, a prelisting home inspection will outline all of them. This is highly advantageous. In addition to this, a pre-inspection also offers the following benefits:
- The prelisting home inspection that you have performed will provide you with a comprehensive evaluation of all aspects of your home. You may use this knowledge to repair or update the home or reduce the amount you want to sale the home for ahead of time. Remember, though, if you elect to not make necessary repairs, you must disclose the issues outlined in your home inspection report to potential buyers.
- If you elect to make the repairs that are outlined as needed in the prelisting home inspection, you will have the option of doing the repairs yourself or hiring who you want. If you wait until a buyer has an inspection performed, you will be required to hire professionals. This can be very costly and cut into your proceeds when the home sells.
- If there are any outstanding issues that you cannot or choose not to contend with prior to listing your home this spring, you will know what they are and can work closely with a real estate agent to determine the best price for your home – with those issues in place.
- If you have a pre-inspection performed on your home and you disclose this information to a potential buyer, they may find the home more appealing and may even elect to forego having their own inspection performed. This will reduce the amount of time that it takes to close out the sale.
- Pre-inspections of your home can identify severe issues – such as a termite infestation – that can drastically impact your ability to sell the home. If such an issue is identified, you can quickly have a professional pest control company come in and take care of the infestation and identify any damage that has been done so that it, too, can be dealt with.
We Can Help
If you plan on listing your home this spring, now is the time for your prelisting home inspection. We have performed thousands of inspections – which include evaluations of your septic system, lead paint presence, and any pest issues.
If pest issues – such as a termite infestation – is discovered, we can quickly treat your home and outline any areas that have been impacted by the pests.
If you would like to schedule a pre-inspection of your home prior to your spring listing, you may contact us today.