Updated: Jun 30
Most people think a home inspection is for the buyer. While that is the case, more and more homeowners are opting for a pre-lisitng home inspection before putting their house on the market. Why would they want to do that? Well, there are several benefits to doing so.
1. You find out what condition your home is in.
One of the biggest fears of most sellers is that when a buyer does get the home inspected, something will be discovered that kills the sale. This concern is undoubtedly justified. The home inspection is often the point where sales fall apart – leaving the seller to pick up the pieces.
But as the seller, you don’t have to wait for the buyer’s inspection. You can have your own pre-inspection done and get ahead of any issues before listing the property for sale.
By having a home inspection before hitting the market, you’ll find out the exact condition of your home. Make sure; however, you pick a reputable and experienced home inspector.
2. Pricing the home accurately is much easier.
Choosing an accurate price for your home is one of the most challenging parts of the home sales process. It takes experience and skill to find the sweet spot – too high, and buyers will stay away, too low, and you miss out on money from the sale.
The best way to choose a price is to work with a Realtor experienced in your market, but even the best real estate agent will struggle with pricing if the state of the home is unclear. Having a pre-inspection before your house goes on the market ensures that you have all the facts, which makes setting a price much more straightforward.
3. Minimize your stress.
Not knowing if there is something wrong with your home adds a lot of stress to the sales process. Selling your home is never easy, to begin with. Worrying that the sale will fall through because of something that turns up during an inspection adds a thick layer of anxiety to your life that won’t go away until the sale closes.
Fortunately, you can wipe away that anxiety pretty easily. You just have to get your own pre-inspection before listing. Something may or may not need to be fixed. A pre-listing inspection will let you know either way.
By getting the inspection done, you can feel much more confident about your home’s current condition.
4. You can make repairs for outstanding issues.
Most agents will tell you to make major repairs before you list your home. The buyer’s inspection will uncover significant defects, and you will be expected to repair them if you want to get full price for your home. The problem is that you will only have until closing to get the repairs done if you wait until the buyer’s inspection.
The limited time frame tends to put sellers on edge and leave them scrambling to get everything fixed in time. With a pre-listing inspection, you set your own schedule for repairs. There is no rush to list the property until you have made sure the home is in good shape.
You’ll be putting your home on the market with the confidence you’ve corrected any significant problems.
5. Less likelihood of negotiations.
Quite often, buyers will use the home inspection as a point of asking for additional concessions. In fact about 46% of buyers use the home inspection to negotiate a better price. That’s because they know that there will probably be one or more issues that will come up warranting reconsideration of the price. Negotiating home inspections is a common hurdle in the real estate process.
Not many people enjoy it, and for some, it can become extremely stressful. You’ll find this to be especially true if the buyer and seller don’t see eye to eye, which isn’t unusual.
Quite often, buyers ask for inspection repairs they shouldn’t because they don’t get proper counseling from their buyer’s agent. There will be a long list of knit picking.
A pre-listing inspection helps you avoid the typical interactions that follow the buyer’s inspection. You are unlikely to learn anything new about your home from the examination, and neither is the buyer because you have already had an inspection done.
Both you and the buyer have been aware of any issues and all repairs from the beginning of your interaction. Negotiations still may occur, but they will probably be minimal.
6. Helping the buyer have confidence
Buyers naturally are skeptical about a home’s condition until their home inspection is completed. For many folks purchasing a home will be the most money they will ever spend on a single Buyers will calculate what they can afford now combined with upkeep in the future.
If a buyer suspects that the house might have hidden problems, the offer he or she makes could reflect that. An inspection done before listing for sale can help eliminate much of the doubt about the home.
Knowing that an independent third party professional has already looked over the home carefully allows the buyer to make a confident offer.
7. Help your agent
Real Estate agents are used to selling homes without pre-listing inspections. Of course, most would prefer it if sellers did get a pre-listing home inspection. Knowing the actual state of the house allows the Realtor to do a better job for the client.
The agent can price the home more accurately, negotiate more confidently, and attract buyers more easily because buyers like homes inspected before listing. Ultimately, making the Realtor’s job easier brings financial benefits to the seller.