Wondering if you need a Pre-Inspection?
When you decide to put your house on the market, it can be hard to look at your investment subjectively. A lot of time, money, and sweat equity has been put into getting your house to look and feel like the home you’ve made it be over the years. So what can you do to make sure that your house is truly ready for the market?
Many sellers are opting to get a “pre-inspection” done on their property. Why pay the money when the buyers themselves are sure to get an inspection of the property before the sale?
Save Some Money
For starters, having a pre-inspection allows you to be more able to control the cost of potential repairs by bidding the jobs yourself. The last thing you want to do as a seller is to pay out of pocket expenses on last-minute repairs. Or worse, have to negotiate down your asking price to cover costs. Having receipts of repairs done by the proper contractors, shows you’ve taken a proactive approach to maintaining your property. This may ease a buyer’s mind when they go to get their inspection by knowing that any items that may be found in their inspection will be if anything, minor. Realize that most well-informed buyers are likely going to invest in a home inspection for their own peace of mind prior to buying a property.
In the end, that small upfront fee could save you a substantial amount on the back end. That being said, the only caveat to getting a pre-inspection maybe if you are selling a “fixer-upper” type property. With these properties, the buyer knows that they will need to have the home thoroughly inspected prior to the sale.
When you are choosing the right agent to sell your home, ask them about pre-inspections. They will be able to guide you and give you recommendations for inspectors.