Home Sellers

Why get a pre-sale inspection?

You’ve made the decision to sell the home into which you’ve invested part of your life and money. Regardless of the reason for selling, it’s important to remember the potential buyer will not usually appreciate how much time and love that you have invested in your home over the years. Or, perhaps you’ve been busy with other things and haven’t had the time to give proper attention to the maintenance of your house. In either case, you need to know the present physical condition of your house in order to get it ready for sale.

Consider getting a home inspector to conduct a pre-sale inspection to help you identify the true physical condition of your house. A presale inspection report can be a powerful tool when it comes to selling your current home.

Avoid renegotiations, delays and lost sales!

Not long ago home inspections were viewed as something that only buyers requested.  Recently, inspections ordered by sellers before their home goes on the market have gained in acceptance and popularity. The biggest reason is that savvy Real Estate Agents & savvy sellers recognize the knowledge gained from a pre-sale inspection of their property can offer advantages when it comes to pricing, marketing, negotiating, and dealing with post-sale legal issues.

One of the most frustrating aspects of selling a house is when a problem turns up on the physical inspection. Depending on the severity of the problem it can lead to a new round of negotiations, delay your escrow, or even ruin your sale. List your house knowing that there won’t be any surprises. And if you are buying another house on contingency, having your house pre-inspected gives you more negotiating power. The seller of the house you want to buy will feel better knowing your house will have a clean inspection, and shouldn’t delay your purchase.

Regardless of how a home looks on the outside, there may be underlying issues that need to be identified. Let me look at your house through a buyer’s eyes. A home inspection can protect the seller. Problems may develop over time that go unnoticed by even the most meticulous homeowner. Unfortunately these issues can lead to delays, unhappy buyers or even lawsuits after the sale.

Eventually your buyers are going to conduct an inspection. You may as well know what they are going to find by getting there first.

My home inspections are performed by only myself, and conform to the Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC) standards. I use state-of-the-art equipment including Thermal Infrared cameras, Carbon Monoxide detectors, gas leak detectors, moisture meters, laser temperature gauges. I use this equipment, combined with the latest reporting software, to provide you with the most complete home inspection available.

So, how can a pre-sale home inspection benefit a seller?

  • It allows you to see your home through the eyes of a critical third-party.
  • It helps you to price your home realistically.
  • It permits you to make repairs ahead of time so that: Defects won’t become negotiating stumbling blocks later.
  • You can disclose defects up front.
  • You have the time to get reasonably priced contractors or make the repairs yourself, if qualified.
  • It may encourage the buyer to waive the inspection contingency.
  • It may alert you of items of immediate personal concern such as failed smoke detectors or potential flood.
  • It may relieve prospect’s concerns and suspicions.
  • It reduces your liability by adding professional supporting documentation to your disclosure statement.
  • Enhanced Marketing Impact.
  • Prospective buyers are likely to find a pre-inspected home more attractive because the “what if” factor is not so prevalent. Their comfort level is increased. Therefore, mentioning the completion of a pre-sale inspection when marketing a home can boost interest levels of both buyers and real estate agents with qualified prospects. It can even tip the scales in the seller’s favor if buyers are looking at similar homes and the competing properties do not have the benefit of a pre-sale inspection report.
  • Greater negotiating leverage is achieved.
  • Armed with solid knowledge of current property condition and the inspection report to back it up, a seller’s confidence level and leverage in the negotiating process increases.
  • Also having an inspection report from an unbiased third party can help protect the seller should any post-sale legal issues surface from buyers who claim that an adverse condition was not disclosed.  While the inspection is no guarantee that the dispute will be settled in the seller’s favor, the fact that it was done demonstrates a good faith effort on the part of the seller to determine the real property condition at the time of the sale.
  • Most Buyers are likely to still request a professional inspection of their own.  And sellers can encourage them to do so with the comfort that any unpleasant surprises that could be “deal breakers” are unlikely.

Copies of the inspection report along with receipts for any repairs should be made available to potential buyers.

You don’t want a written report?

Some sellers feel funny about having a written report that would have to be disclosed to the buyer. We offer a verbal-only walk through inspection that you should consider. This is a more basic inspection, but can identify significant problems that could derail your sale. No report will be produced. Remember that it’s not always the severity of a problem, but the number of problems that can cause a buyer to walk away. My verbal-only inspection may be the perfect solution to help you prepare for selling your home.

 

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