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    5 Reasons to Have a Home Inspection Before You Sell

    October 9, 2017

    5 Reasons to Have a Home Inspection Before You SellWhen you are selling your home, there are a lot of things that you have to think about. One of the things that you likely have at the top of your mind is the inspection that your buyer will probably have done to your home. But what if you have your inspection done before you list your house? Below are some reasons why this is a good idea and what it can do for you.

    1. The Inspection Could Help You Save Money

    If there are issues showing up in the inspection report of the buyer, chances are that they are going to ask for a reduction in their price, make you fix it on your own, or a credit. Based on the issue’s severity and how willing they are to negotiate, this may sink their offer amount.

    2. Your Close Could be Faster

    When your home is in a really good shape before the buyer has their inspection, it can help with speeding up your sale. If you’ve made the repairs that are necessary proactively, chances are less likely that you’ll have to do a lot of negotiating.

    3. The Inspection Might Give You an Edge Over Others

    Having your home inspected before it’s listed may show potential buyers that you have completed due diligence and that you are someone to trust. It can help with giving the potential buyers confidence that you’re being honest with them and that your selling a quality home.

    It also can be very useful when it comes to negotiating. Potential buyers won’t have as much to complain about and negotiate if there aren’t any repairs that they have to make themselves.

    4. Find any Deal Breakers

    If you’re doing a home inspection before you sell your home, you’ll want to make sure that you are taking care of the big things that can break the deal. There are definitely a few issues that could show up on the list that are going to be deal breakers when it comes to the majority of buyers and these problems often are expensive, time consuming, and often will make buyers rescind their offer because of problems like this:

    • Issues with the foundation
    • Mold
    • Electrical system is outdated
    • Damage from water
    • Problems with the roof
    • Trim or fascia that has rotted
    • Outdated plumbing/leaking pipes

    If additions have been made to the home, be sure that you have your permits available so that you’re showing the additions were legally completed.

    Do Things to Spruce up Your Home

    Sometimes you don’t have the time or the money to make the repairs that are needed. Below are a few curb appeal tips that can encourage people to buy your house even with problems.

    • Install a beautiful decorative arbor or sconce lighting on your garage doors that face the street
    • Pressure wash your vinyl siding, front walkway, patio furniture, deck mildew and driveway
    • Dust some talcum powder in between the seams of your creaky floorboards so that they are quieted

    Are There Disadvantages to Doing a Prelisting Inspection?

    Some professionals believe that rather than wasting money and time up front, sellers should simply wait for the home inspection results and then add the repairs to their closing cost. Even though this can be done, you take the risk of having your sale fall through.

    But if an inspection has been done recently and there weren’t any huge issues that arose since the inspection, another inspection may be skipped. Just make sure that you’re including your inspection report into the disclosure documents of the home.

    5. Having a Prelisting Inspection is Usually a Good Plan

    Waiting for your buyer to go through an independent inspection might make your deal fall through. You might offer to fix the problems that come up, but if you have a skittish buyer, they may not want to close.


    Having a pre-listing inspection of your home could put you at ease and help you have a much better chance for your close being easy and fast. Home inspections will cost a few hundred dollars, and they’re based on the size of your home. But that can be a great investment for peace of mind.

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