A pre-listing inspection provides sellers with upfront information about the condition of their property, which gives them more control over repairs and potentially strengthens their negotiating position.
Put Yourself in a Stronger Position
When we think of a home inspection, we typically think of a buyer hiring a home inspector, but we often forget the seller has a lot riding on this transaction as well. You may have heard the term "deal-killer". This is normally the result of a material defect that may have a significant, adverse impact on the value of the property, or that poses an unreasonable risk to people.
Wouldn't you love to know these types of things before putting your house for sale? Think of it as trying to sell your car and someone interested in buying it goes for a test drive, but then the engine dies because the belt was loose. They most likely will not buy the car or ask for an extreme discount.
By being vigilant and having a pre-listing inspection performed you can be ahead of these types of issues and close the deal quicker.
Where Is The Value?
If you're the seller having an inspection performed before putting it on the market will allow them to become aware of any issues in advance of negotiating with potential buyers. Knowing about the issues in advance, you can either resolve them or be prepared to have those items on the repair addendum.
After a pre-listing inspection, the seller is now in control when it comes to marketing their home and also will prepare them for any negotiations. Homes with a pre-listing inspection generally sell quicker and make the selling process a much smoother and more efficient experience.
What To Do Before Your Pre-Listing Inspection
Utilities Are On
In order for us to do our job thoroughly, we need things like water, gas and electric to be on. without these things the inspection will most likely be rescheduled or those items will be deferred to a specialist
Any appliances that convey with your property should be clean and in working condition. We inspect appliances as they can become costly replacements.
Areas of Entry Cleared
Attic Scuttles, Crawlspace Doors, Electrical Panels, HVAC equipment, and windows and door should be cleared of anything that would cause a limitation to the inspection in that area.
Disclose any concerns or known problems in the home to the inspector in order to better understand the implications of those issues when it comes time for negotiations.