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Why a Pre-Sale Inspection Can Lead to a Stress-Free Sale

You hop on an emotional roller coaster from the minute you decide to buy or sell your home until months after you're settled in your new place. A million things are going on as you prepare your house. The last thing you need is to be walloped with unexpected and unwanted problems--you already have enough on your plate! Have a pre-sale inspection done ahead of time, even if you have no intention of fixing the issues the inspector finds. Here is why:

It Prevents Delays

Close your eyes and picture this: You have found the perfect buyer for your home. The offer is clean, the buyer is making few demands, and the transaction begins humming along. Everything is going smoothly...until the home inspection results come in. The buyers aren't happy and, to your horror, the progress comes to a screeching halt. What a nightmare!

The home inspection has the potential to be the biggest hurdle for the seller. The process can be painfully slow, and extremely stressful for both the buyer and the seller. Usually, a professional home inspection is completed by a prospective buyer before they buyers seal the deal and the agreement to purchase the home is finalized. It’s not uncommon for a sale of a house to fall through due to the results of a home inspection. Home inspections can be a massive source of stress for a seller, as they hold their breath and hope that the condition of their home is up to the standards of the prospective buyer.

It Avoids Sticky Situations

Another possibility is that, after a home inspection, the buyer can request a decrease in price because of the problems identified during the inspection. Alternatively, the buyer can ask the seller to repair the issue within a specific time frame, which usually hits the seller with the dangerous duo--pure panic and a pile of unexpected costs.

A proactive step to selling your home is getting a pre-sale home inspection done. Although you’ll have to fork over about 400 bucks, the inspection can identify problems that may prevent a future sale. It puts the ball in your court; you are in control. Once you have a pre-sale home inspection done, you can fix or repair the problems before they become an issue for future buyers. By reducing problems beforehand, you will reduce stress and have more confidence as you move forward with the process of selling your home.

It Helps You Set the Prices

The price you set for your home is one of the most critical parts of the sale process. If the price is too high, and you’ll scare buyers off. If it is too low, you’ll lose out on a big chunk of change. So how do you settle on the final price tag?

With a home inspection, you will have a much better understanding of any flaws of the house and, if you don’t plan to fix them, you can price accordingly. Also, if there is nothing wrong, you can price a little higher than you initially thought you could!

Use the Pre-Sale Inspection as a Marketing Tool

Buying a home is buying something from a stranger--a big, expensive something. Having the inspection visible to the potential buyer is a golden selling feature. First of all, a buyer that knows you have the home inspected is going erase a good bit of the suspicions and fears they had with considering the home purchase. You can also share receipts for repair costs, showing them you fixed any issues. This honesty will give confidence to the buyer when they go to make an offer.

Will your buyer see this from your competition? Absolutely not! Few sellers will take on the expense of a pre-sale inspection. They don't see the point in wasting their time or money since most buyers will perform their home inspection before closing. The proof of your inspection becomes a way for you to stand apart from the competition.

Who Should have a home inspection done?

Any seller, regardless of the type of property--from new construction to homes that have seen better days--should consider a pre-sale inspection. Builders will be able to convey a greater sense of quality and accountability with the results. Landlords and homeowners will be aware of the condition of their properties and have the opportunity to share the details with the sellers, establishing trust in the buyer-seller relationship. Those are not easy things to do, especially if the buyer is suspecting the seller has something to hide.

What to Expect from a Pre-Sale Inspection

A pre-sale inspection will generally take between two and three hours and will cover all the areas of the home. The inspection includes a check-up of the roof, chimney and fireplace, heating and air conditioning systems, attic, electrical hookups, foundation, plumbing, and exterior features such as the sidewalk and visible drainage, for example.

Once a pre-sale home inspection is complete, a report will be shared with the seller and also the listing agent. If the inspector finds issues with the property, the seller has the option to fix problems before the property is listed on the market. If they plan to sell as is, the results could prepare the seller the price negotiations that are sure to come.

We all know there is no such thing as a maintenance-free house. Everything from a new home in the suburbs to a historic apartment building has its flaws. Some things are just quirks or charms, but others are more severe problems. Results of a pre-sale inspection provide the honesty a buyer is looking for, and the peace of mind a seller needs.

Performing a pre-inspection is smart. So is saving money on realtor commissions by using Clever. Clever agents will guide you through every step of the buying and selling process, without the steep price tag. Call us today at   1-833-2-CLEVER or fill out our online form to get started.


Andrew Schmeerbauch

Andrew Schmeerbauch is the Director of Marketing at Clever Real Estate, the free online service that connects you top agents to save on commission. His focus is educating home buyers and sellers on navigating the complex world of real estate with confidence and ease. Andrew has worked on projects for the United Nations and USC and has a particular passion for investing and finance. Andrew's writing has been featured in Mashvisor, L&T, Ideal REI, and Rentometer.

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