“Whoever gets the inspection first has the upper hand”
One of the most frustrating aspects of selling a house is when a problem turns up after the buyer gets a home inspection. Good home inspectors will find defects. The home inspector may even find things that sellers were not aware of. Depending on the severity of the problem it can lead to a new round of negotiations, delay your escrow, or even ruin your sale. Regardless of how a home looks, there may be underlying issues that even the most meticulous homeowner doesn’t know about. A pre-listing inspection can help sellers reduce the sheer number of items in a buyer’s inspection that can cause a buyer to walk away.
It is when defects are found, not if…
Home inspections are going to reveal defects. It is really just a matter of timing! As the seller or a seller’s representative, you can manage when these items are discovered. As you move closer to a closing date, the stress level increases. This can lead to large monetary request, cancelled sales, or even agents pitching in to repair their client’s house. You can avoid this by moving the inspection to the beginning of the listing lifecycle.
Reduce the chances that a home inspection will derail your sale
List your house knowing that there won’t be any surprises. By getting a list of items that a home inspector might put on a report for the buyer, you can get them fixed on your schedule, and within your budget. Once a buyer has obtained quotations from their contractors, it will be hard for you to get those repairs done for less. The buyer will think you are trying to “do it on the cheap”. Instead, the buyers will ask you for money so they can get it fixed – often at higher prices!
Eventually, your buyers are going to conduct a home inspection. You might as well know what they are going to find by getting there first.
- Pre-listing inspections allow you to see your home through the eyes of a critical third-party.
- Pre-listing inspections help you to price your home realistically.
- Pre-listing inspections permit you to make repairs ahead of time so that: Defects won’t become negotiating stumbling blocks later.
- You can disclose defects up front.
- You have the time to get reasonably priced contractors or make the repairs yourself if qualified.
- Pre-listing inspections may encourage the buyer to waive the inspection contingency.
- Pre-listing inspections may alert you of items of immediate personal concern such as failed smoke detectors or Carbon Monoxide hazards.
- It may relieve prospect’s concerns and suspicions.
- It reduces your liability by adding professional supporting documentation to your disclosure statement.
You don’t want a written report?
Some sellers feel funny about having a written report that would have to be disclosed to the buyer. We offer a verbal-only walk through pre-listing inspection that you should consider. This is a more basic inspection, but it can identify significant problems that could derail your sale. No report will be produced. Remember that it’s not always the severity of a problem, but the number of problems that can cause a buyer to walk away. Our verbal-only inspection may be the perfect solution to help you prepare for selling your home.
Our pre-listing inspections in San Diego are performed by certified, trained inspectors, and conform to InterNACHI standards. We use state-of-the-art equipment including Thermal Infrared cameras, Carbon Monoxide detectors, gas leak detectors, moisture meters, laser temperature gauges. We use this equipment, combined with the latest reporting software, to provide you with the most complete home inspections available.