A pre-listing inspection allows the seller (homeowner) to identify any areas of concern prior to sale. This inspection is intended to identify any material defects and any non-performing systems in the home. The inspection is performed the same as if it were requested by the purchaser. The only difference is that you receive the report prior to putting your home up for sale.
Why Should I Get A Pre-List Inspection?
A pre-listing inspection has several benefits can assist with the sale of a home. The inspection information can be used to assess a fair market value sale price of the home. It also gives the seller the information necessary to address any issues that can increase the value or desirability of the property. When a seller knows the home is in excellent condition, it can facilitate a quicker, smoother sale.
When the real estate market is hot, sellers will sometimes not consider conditional offers. Buyers may decide to purchase without an inspection while others stay out of the market as they won’t buy without an inspection. A pre-listing inspection report draws more buyers as it creates a better negotiating environment for both sellers and buyers. With the home’s condition disclosed to all, there are no losers and less liability for all.
Reasons for a Pre-List Inspection
There is a growing trend towards the use of a pre-listing inspections, primarily due to the following benefits.
- It allows you to see your home through the eyes of a third party
- It helps you to price the home more realistically
- It gives time to make any repairs ahead of time
- It can alert you to immediate safety issues before agents and visitors tour your home
- It helps to get the asking price for your home without the hassles of any negotiations and re-negotiations
With the sellers approval, our Pre Listing inspection reports are transferable to the buyer. HIS Home Inspections will do a walk-through of the home with the buyer to explain the contents of the report. We will then transfer the report into the buyer’s name and enter into a contract with the buyers, giving them the confidence they need to move forward. The fee charged for the transfer of report will vary depending on the size of the home.
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