As a home inspection company, we frequently write about buyers’ inspections on this blog. However, did you know that sellers have something to gain from getting a home inspection, too? That’s right. From identifying issues early on to standing firm in your asking price, let’s discuss what the benefits of a seller’s pre-inspection are.
What’s a Pre-Inspection?
A pre-inspection involves all the same steps as a basic home inspection. The difference is that with a pre-listing inspection, it’s the seller who’s hiring the inspector before they list the property on the market as opposed to a potential buyer enlisting the services of an inspector before making the purchase. If you’re looking to sell your house, hiring your own home inspector can be helpful in many ways.
The Benefits of a Pre-Inspection
Here are some of the reasons why you should consider getting your home inspected before selling:
Avoid Unpleasant Surprises
Perhaps the most significant advantage to doing a pre-listing inspection is that it helps you avoid any unpleasant surprises you may have otherwise encountered further down the road when the buyer did their own inspection. It can be disastrous to learn of a major problem right before the closing date. Having this information early in the selling process allows you time to make informed decisions about repairs.
Prioritize and Execute Needed Repairs
If there are any issues found, this inspection report will alert you to them. And if you have a limited budget to work with, knowing what the problems are will help you prioritize where to spend those dollars. Depending on how far in advance you have the inspection done, you may even be able to perform some of the repairs yourself. The report can act as a roadmap for what needs to be fixed before you list the house.
Make It Harder for Buyers to Negotiate Price
Many prospective buyers opt to get an inspection done so that if a problem is revealed, they can use it to their advantage in negotiating a lower sale price of the house. But, if you as the seller get a pre-inspection done and resolve any issues, it’s more difficult for the buyer to argue a discount.
Speed Up the Sales Process
Selling a house can be a time-consuming process and there’s so much that can fall through in between finding a buyer and closing. Addressing any home inspection worries ahead of time can help to speed up this process.
When it comes to selling your home, getting a pre-listing inspection done can save you time, money, and headaches in the long run. Getting ready to sell? Contact the Homeinex Corporation to book your pre-inspection with one of our experienced inspectors today!