Benefits of Seller Inspections
Many top real estate professionals are advising their clients to have
a professional inspection performed prior to preparing the home for listing.
• Fewer surprises for both the buyer and
Fewer surprises mean less opportunity for disagreement and less likelihood
that the transaction will fall through.
• Improves your selling position
By having appropriate repairs and/or replacements made up front, the home
will show better and may actually draw a higher price.
• Avoids having to negotiate repairs
The seller can let the buyer know, up front, what they are willing to
repair before the contract is signed.
• Seller chooses who will do the repairs
Many times a handyman can be used for the repairs, which is often less
costly than a licensed contractor that the buyer may insist upon. This
savings alone could more than recover the cost of the pre-listing inspection.
• Shows good faith in carrying out the disclosure
A pre-listing inspection communicates to the buyer that the seller is
willing to disclose everything, thereby paving the way for smoother, more
Regardless of the market conditions, an inspection performed prior to
listing the property should make the property more attractive to buyers.
The findings become part of the seller’s disclosures. This should
substantially reduce the potential for litigation.
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