Here’s why sellers should do an inspection before heading to market.
Are you looking to sell your home? If so, your buyer should never know more about your property than you. I can’t count the number of times a seller I’m working with thought their house was in perfect condition, only for the buyer to find a huge issue in the home inspection. How can you prevent this situation?
The only way to make sure you don’t get caught off guard by the home inspection is to have an inspection of your own. I know; it sounds a little weird. After all, why would you do the buyer’s job for them? However, there are many benefits to doing a pre-listing inspection:
1. It helps you understand your property. You can decide which repairs you want to make before heading to the market.
2. If you don’t want to fix something, you can disclose it. This way, your buyers know what they’re getting into upfront and don’t have an excuse to ask for concessions.
3. It gives the buyer more confidence. Many buyers are skeptical about what you’re hiding. If you include your inspection report, buyers will be reassured that they can make a strong offer.
4. It smooths over escrow. When buyers ask for repairs, they often try to renegotiate in escrow. This can create turbulence and even tank a sale. Without renegotiations, this process is easy.
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