Pre-listing inspection for sellers
Eventually, your buyers are going to pay to conduct an inspection. You may as well know what they are going to find by getting your own first. Having an inspection performed ahead of time helps in many other ways, such as:
It allows you to see your home through the eyes of a critical and neutral third party.
It alerts you to immediate safety issues before agents and visitors tour your home.
It may alert you to items of immediate concern, such as radon gas or active termite infestation.
It permits you to make repairs ahead of time so that ...
Defects won't become negotiating stumbling blocks later.
There is no delay in obtaining the Use and Occupancy Permit.
You have the time to get reasonably priced contractors or make the repairs yourself, if qualified.
It helps you to price your home realistically.
It may relieve prospects' concerns and suspicions.
It may encourage the buyer to waive his inspection contingency.
It reduces your liability by adding professional supporting documentation to your disclosure statement.
Never hire an inspector who is not a member of InterNACHI, which provides the most trusted and rigorous training for inspectors in the industry.
Copies of the inspection report, along with receipts for any repairs, should be made available to potential buyers.
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(Note: I regularly post articles from the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors, the world's largest inspector trade association. This original article can be found here.)
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