Whether you are selling your home on your own or using a Realtor, it’s always a prudent idea to have a professional home inspection. Knowledge is power. All homes have strengths and weaknesses; here is some helpful information for getting an inspection prior to selling it.
Reasons to Get an Inspection Before You Put Your House on the Market:
- Getting a home inspection completed before the home is put on the market reduces the number of “surprises” for both the seller and buyer, which decreases the likelihood of the deal falling apart.
- The home may attract more buyers if repairs are done prior to listing.
- Gives potential buyers more peace-of-mind knowing a third-party inspection has already been completed on the property, reducing the buyer’s anxiety that any disclosures or information have been withheld.
- It gives you more time and options to get repairs completed, and you get to choose who does the repairs, which could save you thousands of dollars. Once you go into contract, you are required to use a licensed contractor on most repairs.
- The seller is in a stronger position for negotiations by having a pre-listing inspection performed as they can inform buyers of what they are willing (and not willing) to repair before they enter into contract.