Why Get a Home Inspection ?
Sellers A In-Spex Home Inspection Prior To Listing Your Home May Result In Getting Top Dollar For Your Home.
One of the main reasons a home sale transaction can fall apart, is the inspection. This happens when something unanticipated is discovered during the buyers' inspections of the property, and the buyers and sellers can't agree on a remedy. Why wait for the buyer's inspector to find unknown defects (issues), hire your own inspector first. With the obtained knowledge you will be in the drivers seat. Simply disclose the deficiencies upfront, therefore eliminating stressful last minute negotiations.
A seller's report is not meant to replace buyer's inspections. It's to uncover defects in advance so that the buyer's inspections don't become deal-breakers.
Eventually your buyers are going to conduct an inspection. You may as well know what they are going to find by getting there first. Having an inspection performed ahead of time helps in many other ways:
- It allows you to see your home through the eyes of a neutral third-party.
- It helps you to price your home realistically.
- It permits you to make repairs ahead of time so that defects won't become stumbling blocks to a negotiation.
- You have time to get reasonably priced contractors or make the repairs yourself, if qualified.
- It may alert you of items of immediate personal concern.
- It may relieve a prospective buyer's concerns and suspicions.
- It reduces your liability by adding professional supporting documentation to your disclosure statement.
- Alerts you to immediate safety issues before agents and visitors tour your home.
- Simply disclose the found deficiencies up front, eliminating stressful, last minute negotiations.If you are selling a home, youll get the highest price in the shortest time, if your home is in top condition. Almost all sales contracts include the condition that the contract is contingent upon completion of a satisfactory inspection. This is known as the inspection contingency. Buyers will insist on a professional home inspection performed by an inspector they will hire. If the buyers inspector finds a problem, it can cause the buyer to get cold feet and the deal can often fall through. At best, surprise problems uncovered by the buyers inspector will cause delays in closing, and usually you will have to pay for repairs at the last minute, or take a lower price on your home.
Its better to pay for your own inspection before putting your home on the market. Having a pre-listing inspection done will make the wholesale process easier. Present any items as is and reflected in the purchase price. Otherwise, you can count on the buyer's inspector finding them at the worst possible time, causing delays, and costing you more money.
One of the key benefits of having the inspection done early is that if there are any problems discovered that need to be repaired, you can have the repairs done on your own terms, on your own schedule. When a problem isn't found until the buyer has an inspection performed, the deal you've worked so hard to get done may fall apart unless you act quickly to get the repairs done, or you may have to take a lower price in order to keep the deal moving. In either case you will almost certainly have more headache and spend more money than if you had known about the problem and had it repaired before negotiations began. You could save thousands by simply being able to shop around and get competitive bids from contractors rather than being forced into paying for a rush job at the last minute. Another area where you can save money is in having flexibility to choose the materials used in repairs. Sales contracts usually specify repairs must be made using materials of comparable quality. By identifying needed repairs early, you will have the option to save money by using less expensive materials for the repairs.
You can also benefit from simply offering certain items as is. Often you can negotiate with a buyer to accept items in the current condition by stipulating that they are reflected in the purchase price. But that same buyer may walk away from the deal if the conditions come as a surprise, after an offer has already been made. If the home is inspected before the house goes on the market you will be aware of the condition of the house before an offer is made. There won't be any surprises and the deal is far less likely to fall apart. It takes a lot of effort to get a sales agreement signed in the first place. If the inspection turns up problems, the buyer will want to negotiate a new deal and that second sales agreement is usually even harder to get done than the first one.
By having a pre-listing inspection done you can identify problems early. Then either correct them or present them as is, assuring that the first offer you accept can move quickly and smoothly to closing without delays or costly surprises.That perfect new home may look great but as a professional home inspector I will help you identify potential problems. Many older homes today have problems areas that are not disclosed, such as; aluminum wiring, vermiculite insulation and galvanized plumbing.
Identifying a major problem does not necessarily mean you will lose that home, most sellers when confronted with the evidence of a major concern or defect will correct that deficiency at their own expense. Our detailed Home Inspection ensures that it is the Home Owner, and not you the Buyer who will bear this financial responsibility.
Even your local building inspection department misses deficiencies that should have been addressed during the construction phase inspections. Some examples are: missing ice and water shield on roofs, joist hangers missing nails, improper height of steps, holes in joists too close to edges and missing insulation in areas of attic. Hiring a professional home inspector may permit you to avoid paying for these deficiencies to be repaired or rectified.
Our detailed inspection report, complete with pictures of every deficiency and maintenance issue, can give you a heads up on what may be required today, and in the future. Save money by discovering and addressing deficiencies and problems before they become an expensive repair or require replacement.