Whether you are selling your home on your own or using a Realtor, it’s always a good idea to have a professional home inspection performed. Knowledge is Power and Money. All homes have strengths, unfortunately many have weaknesses that frequently the seller is not aware of. We help you determine which ones are serious and need immediate attention and which ones can wait. The more you know about your home, the more you will be prepared for negotiations because eventually, a prospective buyer is going to have an inspector of their choice conduct an inspection of your house. You might as well get a “heads up” on what they’re going to find.
Here are several reasons a pre-listing inspection can help:
1. It allows you to see your home through the eyes of a third-party. That information can help you price your house more realistically.
2. It permits you to make repairs ahead of time so that defects don’t become negotiating stumbling blocks later. A pre-listing inspection gives the seller an edge… a leg up in today’s competitive buyer’s market.
3. You have the time to get reasonably priced contractors or make the repairs yourself. The major motivation is to head off demands for costly price reductions from buyers. It’s cheaper to fix it than to negotiate the price down. On average, for every $1 of identified repairs, the buyer would be looking for double that in price reduction.
4. It may relieve prospect’s concerns and suspicions.
5. It reduces your liability by adding professional supporting documentation to your disclosure statement.
6. Alerts you to immediate safety issues before agents and visitors tour your home.
7. Taking care of these problems ahead of time will greatly reduce the amount of work needed after a professional home inspection has been conducted. It will also make your home show better while on the real estate market.
Copies of the inspection report along with receipts for any repairs should be made available to potential buyers.
We hope this information will help you get your home prepared for the real estate market.
INTERIOR CHECK LIST
– Grout or Seal Around Tubs, Showers, and Faucets
– Repair Leaking Stems on Sinks, Lavatories and Bath Fixtures
– Replace Missing Light Fixtures or Fixtures With No Light Bulbs
– Repair Leaking Lavatory and Sink Drains
– Replace Switch and Plug Covers That Are Broken or Missing
– Tighten Loose Ceiling Fan Blades
– Replace or Clean Defective Cook Top Elements or Dirty Gas Cooking Eye
– Tighten Toilets That Have a Loose Connection to the Floor/Thank
– Adjust or Replace Door Striker Plates
– Repair Broken Windows
EXTERIOR CHECK LIST
– Seal and Secure Open Fascia Boards and Soffits
– Secure Loose Gutters and Down Spouts
– Repair Obvious Roof Problems Noticeable From the Ground Level
– Replace Rotted Trim Boards ~ Do Not Fill Large Rotted Areas With Caulk
– Seal Exposed Wood With Paint
– Replace or Repair Rotted or Damaged Garage Door Panels
– Remove Soil Above Brick Line ~ Water Should Flow Away From the Structure
– Replace Broken Sprinkler Heads
– Replace Missing Screens or Make Repairs as Needed
– Repair Leaking Valve Stems on Water Faucets