269-202-8788 Serving Allegan, Grand Rapids
269-202-8788 Serving Allegan, Grand Rapids
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Eventually, your buyers are going to conduct an inspection. You may as well know what they are going to find by getting there first. Having an inspection performed ahead of time helps in many other ways, such as:
A list of reasons why it's a smart idea to get a pre listing home inspection by a certified professional inspector.
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Knowing issues before they become a bigger problem and prevent you from selling your home.
Pre-listing home inspections are designed to inform you of significant issues with your home before you put your home on the market. Being unaware of these problems may cause you to lose the sale of your home or take a considerable price decrease.
By having a pre-listing home inspection, your home inspector will inform you of areas that require further evaluation by a licensed professional.
This will allow you time to research contractors or hire the contractors you know and trust. Knowing this information before putting your home on the market puts you in the driver’s seat. Finding out after your under contract does not always allow you with this luxury due to time restrictions. If the repairs are costly, knowing upfront will allow you to reduce your asking price accordingly.
Having a pre-listing or sellers inspection home inspection puts you in control when it comes to negotiations. You can feel confident. Your home is in excellent condition when excepting an offer for the sale of your home.
Having a pre-listing home inspection by Marquis Home Inspections can make the process smoother. Still, it would be wise for a buyer to have another home inspection by a home inspector representing them, to ensure they are being protected as well.
Most licensed inspectors provide either an email or hard copy report covering every aspect of your home. This allows you to clearly convey to the buyer any issues that are going on with the property. Another benefit of the report is that it's a great tool you could use to compare notes if the buyer obtains an inspection as well.
No surprises! This sure beats finding out 3 weeks before closing that you need a new roof.
The seller may be able to have repairs completed in a more cost efficient manner versus having the buyer's contractor do the job at their prices.
Typical contract periods are 30-45 days and most of the time the buyer's home inspection is completed within 10 days after the execution of the contract. By having a pre-listing inspection, you will have plenty of time to compare multiple bids from contractors and to have any work completed that you want done.
Depending on the kind of repairs completed by the seller, they may be able to adjust their asking price accordingly since needed repairs are already finished.
If repairs have already been identified and completed, the back and forth negotiation process should naturally decrease.
Having everything laid out for the buyer to see including the report, any problems with the house, and copies of repair receipts can only give the buyer a better feeling that the seller isn't trying to hide anything.
There are many factors involved when selling a home and having a pre-listing inspection done will not ensure you of finding a buyer. However, if a buyer is torn between your property and another, they may decide to go with you if you can prove that an inspection was completed, along with repairs by a licensed contractor and documentation. They would have more peace of mind.
When working with a buyer, I would never suggest this but it is their choice.
I believe that is less likely that a buyer would ask for additional repairs to be done since the seller has probably removed any major "deal breakers".
If the seller has done everything possible to get their home ready to sell, they should feel empowered with a sense of confidence when working with every potential buyer that walks through the door.
The buyer still has the right to pay for their own home inspection and they should. As a seller, you want the buyer to rely on their own inspection. You are providing your pre-listing report (and repairs if needed) as information only.
Well, you knew that already. A typical pre-listing home inspection will cost anywhere from $300-$500, depending on the size of your home and a number of other factors.
The buyer may have more trust in their own inspector than yours, and it's possible that your inspector may have missed something. So, you still may be put into a position to make repairs from the buyer's report as well.
In most states, if a seller is aware of a serious issue with their house, they must disclose it to the buyer. Now I do believe that many people would rather be honest, presenting a home that is safe and complete for the buyer. I am also sure there are some folks who would rather remain blissfully ignorant.
A really good home inspector could honestly miss something. Some inspectors are just wrong on certain issues. Also, two different inspectors could passionately oppose each other concerning a certain repair.
If the seller wants to be proactive and have a pre-listing home inspection completed, please understand. The buyer will more than likely still get their own. The buyer's inspection is a major contingency in the contract in which the following scenarios could occur: the buyer can choose that no repairs are needed, the seller makes repairs that are asked for by the buyer, the seller reduces the sales price in lieu of not doing repairs, the seller refuses to do any repairs, or the buyer can walk away from the transaction.
I think that having a pre-listing inspection completed and preparing your home the best that you can is a smart idea. However, the choice is yours, seller, and I hope you found this article helpful.
Having a pre-listing home inspection should make the transactions smooth without any significant surprises! For more information on how to schedule your pre-listing home inspection contact us today!
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