Selling Your House?
Having a home inspection before you list can be a very smart move.
If you’re getting ready to sell your house, a ‘pre-listing’ home inspection can help you determine how best to prepare your home before you put it on the market -- so you can sell it faster and for more money.
If you have a newer home in great condition, a pre-listing inspection will help you highlight this advantage relative to other newer homes also for sale which may never have had a home inspection. If you have a newer home, but didn't have it inspected when you purchased it, now is a good time to have it done so you know what to expect when the buyer’s inspector comes to do his assessment.
If you have an older home or, if you've lived in your house for a number of years, a home inspection can be especially useful. When you’re busy like so many, chances are that you’re not fully aware of how your house has aged. Therefore, you’ll want to know if your house has any repair needs before you open your home to potential buyers. From the pre-listing inspection, you’ll be able to identify the important things to repair so you know where to focus your time and budget. And importantly, you’ll know that you received a fair price for your home at closing.
A ‘move-in ready’ home will be attractive to buyers and profitable for you.
The most important thing home buyers want to know is if there are any major problems with the house –- especially if it is an older home. If the inspector finds that your house is in good condition and free of major defects, this is a great selling point. If the house does have a significant defect or a range of minor repair needs, this can give you a chance to make repairs or factor the cost of repairs into the selling price.
Sell your home faster, for more money and without all the stress
- Results of the inspection will help you and your Realtor® determine the best listing price based on the true condition of the house.
- A clean inspection report can help you substantiate a higher price for your house. If there are repair needs with your home and you don’t want to do the work yourself, the cost of repairs can be factored into the selling price.
- The inspection report can help address questions or concerns potential buyers might have about an older home you want to address upfront (like an aged roof) giving buyers the confidence they need to make an offer.
- Repair needs discovered in the pre-listing inspection gives you a chance to have them corrected at the best price possible and will take potential obstacles to selling your home off the table.
With our Pre-Listing Inspection Program, you’ll receive:
- A home inspection identifying the good things about your house and those things which are most important to correct.
- A hard, color copy of the report in a presentation binder which can be kept inside your house for buyers to review.
- A custom table tent for the kitchen counter which highlights the home’s condition at a glance.
- A one page overview of key inspection findings which can be a nice takeaway for potential buyers -- 20 color copies provided.
- A small, branded yard sign indicating that the home has already been inspected.
Now, it’s time to get your house 'inspection-ready'.
It takes a lot of work to put a house on the market, especially if you've lived in your house for a while. You want your house to look its best so you can 'wow' potential home buyers. This means getting rid of clutter, cleaning up the outside, making needed repairs and, of course, decorating to perfectly set the stage. Often though, small things like replacing air filters or putting new batteries in the smoke detectors are overlooked in the process. While home buyers won’t notice them when they are falling in love with your house, the home inspector will.
Many home buyers are looking for houses that are move-in ready and promise to be maintenance-friendly over time. Small items which need attention can add up to the impression that the house might be more work than they can take on. As a result, it’s important to take care of them before the home inspection. A home that needs a lot of repairs, even if they are minor in nature, can be overwhelming.
By investing a little of your time preparing for the home inspection, you can eliminate items from the inspection report. This will help the buyer feel more confident about the home and will help you to sell your house faster and for more money.
Here are a few tips to get your home ‘inspection-ready’:
1. Confirm that the water, electric and gas service are turned on and the gas pilot light is burning so the inspector can check everything in one visit.
2. The inspector will need to access the crawlspace, attic, electrical panel, HVAC equipment, water heater, backyard sheds and all closets so be sure to unlock and/or remove items and furniture blocking these important areas.
3.Replace burned out bulbs to avoid a “light is inoperable” report that may suggest an electrical problem. Install covers for electrical outlets and switches where needed.
4. Attend to broken or missing items like doorknobs, locks and latches; window panes, screens and locks; gutters, downspouts and chimney caps. Clean your gutters if they have debris. Windows should open and close freely.
5. If you've enjoyed your fireplace from time to time, have a chimney sweep give it a good cleaning. This will remove build-up on the liner so that it can be properly inspected.
6.Clean or replace dirty HVAC air filters. They should fit securely. You may even want to have your HVAC unit serviced if it's an older unit and you've lived in the house a number of years.
7. Remove stored items, debris and wood from around the foundation. These may be cited as 'conducive conditions' for termites.
8. Fix leaky faucets and toilets which 'run'. Remove grout stains and replace missing tub stoppers.
9. Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and replace dead batteries.
10. Ensure pets won’t hinder the inspection. Ideally, they should be removed from premises or secured outside. Tell your agent about any pets at home.
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