Should home sellers get a pre-home inspection?
Is it wise to have a pre-home inspection before you list your house for sale? That’s a tricky question. In years past, pre-home inspections were certainly a good choice for home sellers, and though much has changed about the market recently, I believe that still holds true today. Many buyers won’t put an offer on a home before they’re sure of its condition. Here are two key reasons why homeowners in today’s market should consider a pre-home inspection:
1. It lets you know the value of your home. Since you’ll already know what repairs will need to be made beforehand, your negotiating position as a seller will be much stronger. Plus, if you did accept an offer that’s contingent on a home inspection, you’ll already have it. For around $350, a pre-home inspection is one of the best investments you could make.
2. Consider the buyer’s perspective. If you were a buyer looking at two or three homes and one already had a home inspection professionally done, how would you feel about the other two homes that didn’t?
Over the years, I’ve seen many home inspection reports, from one-page summaries to detailed, 100-page packets with videos included; not all home inspections are the same. Be cautious about what you read in the report, as well as the qualifications of the home inspector.
If you would like me to recommend a few qualified inspectors we’ve worked with in the past or you have any questions about real estate, please feel free to reach out to me.