The Importance of Pre-Listing Inspections:
Pre-listing inspections (sometimes referred to as seller inspections) are becoming more popular because they virtually eliminate all the pitfalls and hassles associated with waiting to do the home inspection until a buyer is found. In many ways, waiting to schedule the inspection until after a home goes under agreement is too late. 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:
• It allows you to see your home through the eyes of a critical third party.
• It helps you to price your home realistically.
• It permits you to make repairs ahead of time so that …
• Defects won’t become negotiating stumbling blocks later.
• You have the time to get reasonably priced contractors or make the repairs yourself, if qualified.
• It may encourage the buyer to waive the inspection contingency.
• It may alert you to items of immediate concern.
• It may relieve prospects’ concerns and suspicions.
• It reduces your liability by adding professional supporting documentation to your disclosure statement.
• It alerts you to immediate safety issues before agents and visitors tour your home.