Getting a Pre-Listing Inspection
If you have decided to sell your home, one of the first steps should be to schedule a pre-listing inspection with a professional.
Perhaps you have already connected with a realtor. If so, ask them for recommendations in your area for a reputable home inspector. To find out more about what a pre-listing inspection is and how it can benefit you, here is more information about this service.
What is a Pre-Listing Inspection?
A pre-listing inspection is a thorough evaluation of all of the major systems in your home. This includes plumbing, electrical, roofing, A/C and heating system, and your appliances if they are to be included in the sale of your home.
An inspection can cost between $300 to $800 and usually takes an average of 2-3 hours. The actual price and amount of time for the inspection is determined by the size, age, and condition of your home.
The issues that the inspector will find will be documented in an inspection report. They will advise you which repairs are needed. This will be helpful if you are watching your budget and would like to know which repairs are most important before selling your home.
Benefits of a Pre-Listing Inspection for the Seller
As the seller, an inspection helps you determine a more accurate listing price that’s based on the condition of the property. You can also oversee any of the needed repairs to your home and keep track of repair expenses if you are working within a budget. A pre-listing inspection will give you time to repair items or adjust your listing price accordingly.
Not only will the inspection give you a clear picture of the condition of your home but it will make it easier for you to negotiate with buyers since there should be no surprises during the sale. The inspection report helps to build trust when shared with potential buyers. The buyer appreciate your transparency and see that the property is as advertised, making the entire transaction more efficient.
Are There Benefits for the Buyer?
Buyers will have questions about the home they’re purchasing. They will be interested if the seller ordered a pre-listing inspection and they’ll be curious about the findings of the inspection. This will give the buyer confidence in knowing they are making the right choice with this property. In some cases, the buyer may actually forego ordering their own inspection, speeding up the sale of your home.
There are many benefits of a pre-listing home inspection for both the buyer and seller. Your real estate agent will be able to use the information to better determine an asking price. Plus, understanding the property allows them to market your home in a positive way.