Tuesday, March 12, 2019 / by Pamela Glende
A home inspection is an important part of the home selling and purchasing process. The buyer wants to make sure the home is in good condition and that there aren’t major issues.
Every home is going to have some maintenance issues. No matter how good we feel we are taking care of our homes, things are missed when it comes to maintenance. A lot of these issues can be taken care of before you get the home on the market.
If there are any major problems, they can be taken care of before you put your home on the market and before it is in contract. This will prevent a deal from falling through. If a home comes back on the market most of the time the seller will net less because buyers will think that something is wrong with the home. The longer it is on the market, buyers will question if it is a good home or not.
I advise my sellers that it is best to do a home inspection prior to listing. A pre-home inspection will make you aware of what needs to be done prior to listing. The reason I do this is that that way there are no surprises. It might cost you $350-450 to do this but one thing you can do is fix all the issues before the home comes on the market.
You can also print out the home inspection report in a binder and place it on a table for the potential buyer to look through. You can highlight that each issue was repaired and put a copy of the receipts next to the issues in the report. This will show the buyer that this seller is on the ball.
They have not only gotten their home on the market but have taken care of issues before listing and here is the proof. They can see that you had a home inspection and the issues that came up you took care of them. This will make the potential buyers feel more comfortable moving forward and putting an offer in on your home.
They still may want to do a home inspection for themselves as well and there is nothing wrong with this. You won’t be worrying about what the home inspector is going to find because you have taken care of all the issues.
- Selling your home with a Team of agents verses a single agent.
When buyers are asking for repairs it’s not for cosmetic repairs. It’s for things that are wrong with the home, leaky sinks, a furnace that hasn’t been serviced or cleaned. Maybe the electrical panel has some double taps. Maybe there is a roofing issue or mold in the attic or something like these issues that could come up in the buyer’s home inspection. It is important that you have a good home inspector look at your home and give you a report. You can nip these potential issues in the bud before listing your home.
You will have the report there as proof that you have fixed these issues and that you are a responsible seller. It will also show that you really care about the condition of the home you are selling. It will give the buyer peace of mind when making an offer and most importantly you will sleep well knowing that you have nothing to fear from the home inspection.
I’m Pam with Haven Real Estate Group in Spokane. Thank you for reading and have an amazing day!!!