The Benefits of a Pre-Listing Home Inspection

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If you are planning on selling your home soon, then you are likely already prepared for the fact that you will need to have your home inspected during the sales process. In fact, most homebuyers will request an inspection to see if a home has any major problems as well as to satisfy their lender who may require a home inspection. However, not many homeowners consider having their home inspected before putting it on the market, yet there are many reasons that you should consider doing so. Here are a few of the benefits homeowners can gain by getting their home inspected before putting it on the market rather than waiting for a prospective buyer to request an inspection.

Reassure Buyers

Buying a home can be an extremely stressful experience for people as buyers do not know what to expect. Even a home that looks nice can have problems hiding, and not all sellers are willing to be upfront about these issues. By having your home inspected before listing your home, and providing potential buyers with the results of this inspection, you show buyers that you are an open book. While they likely will still want to do their own follow-up inspection, they may feel more comfortable placing an offer after seeing how honest you have been.

Reduce Your Stress

When a buyer requests an inspection, this can cause a great deal of stress for homeowners. Even if you think that you have done what you can to take care of your home, there is no way of knowing what problems might be hiding in your home. By choosing to have a pre-inspection done, you do not have to wait through this nerve-wracking process when a potential sale is on the line. A pre-inspection helps you to know where you stand so that you won’t be surprised later.

Save Money

Not only can a pre-inspection reduce your stress, but it can also help save you money in the long-run. If something serious comes up during a home inspection that a buyer has requested, you may not have much time to fix the problem. You may either have to significantly reduce the price of the home, or you will have to have the problem fixed quickly, which could cost a premium. Having your home inspected before you list it gives you time to consider your options, set aside money for repairs, and research the best contractor for the job if a problem is found, which can help to save you money.

Contact us to learn more about the benefits of having your home inspected before it goes on the market.