Thursday, April 11, 2019 / by Christian Robinson
You're Upfront: Doing a pre-inspection sends a clear message to a buyer that you’re not trying to hide anything. Selling a home this way gives you a more powerful position. Even if a potential buyer decides to pay for another independent inspection, your initiative will convey that you’ve cared for your home.
It’s a negotiating strategy: Having a thorough inspection of your home keeps you from being caught up by a major issue in a buyer’s inspection. It allows you to know when to stand firm on price and when you might need to give a bit. For example, if you know your home will need a new furnace in a few years and you chose not to replace it, It may be ok to give a little wiggle on price. Knowing helps you stand firm on your price and your value as a home on the market.
What do home inspectors check?
Appliances: They’ll check to see if the appliances
Systems: Expect a home inspector to check your home’s most expensive systems. That's including electrical, gas, and heating and cooling systems.
Structural features: They’ll look for any issues with the roof, garage, attic, crawl space, siding, windows, or doors.
Your home inspection will include a detailed check of all windows and doors.
Now that you have a complete rundown. Be sure to check out my checklist on how to handle it. It's a free pdf document. This tool is useful in helping you prepare for the home inspection. It will tell you which items to check and why.
Take a few steps on your own to ensure a smooth inspection. If there’s anything on the checklist that you're not comfortable with, call a professional.
Preparing for a home inspection: If you'd like a do-it-yourself checklist for sellers, Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Use the Subject line "Checklist For Inspection"
If you have any other questions, feel free to reach out.