For Sellers: Have a Pre-Market Home Inspection

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams West Sound Realty

 Most of the Sellers I have had the pleasure of representing have had tremendous “pride of ownership” in their home. Most of them have lived in their residence for a long period of time (these days, 5 years is a long time!). 

When you live in a home for an extended period, you begin to loose your objectivity about the house. The longer you live there, the less you see the imperfections, however slight or significant they may be. 

One of the things I typically counsel my Sellers is to have a pre-marketing home inspection performed on their house. This helps to identify any issues prior to putting the house up for sale. If something significant arises, my Sellers then have adequate time to make repairs, using their own choice of contractor or repairperson, negotiating a good price, and making sure the corrections are done right. This is a much better approach than waiting for the Buyer’s inspector to find the same issue; the Buyer getting to select the contractor; the Seller paying for this contractor; and rushing to get the work completed before closing. 

When we put the house up for sale, we put a copy of the inspection report in the home book, and detail any repairs that were made, along with copies of the receipts from the contractor/repairperson.

For the minimal cost of hiring a licensed, professional inspector, Sellers can eliminate a lot of the hassle and stress that many times occurs in the home selling process. 

Rich Jacobson,

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Timothy Butterworth
Taking a break - Portland, OR
This is wonderful advice to share with every seller. It will also help bring in a better dollar amount in the end if the buyers are not going around seeing all the nickle and dime issues.
Sep 26, 2006 02:56 AM #1
Bob Pavey
RE/MAX Hometown - Aventura, FL
Rich I have done it both ways usually you still have an inspection done by buyers who find additional items
Sep 26, 2006 06:34 AM #2
Linda Davis
RE/MAX Realty Group - Gales Ferry, CT
Good blog! This is especially important in today's market.  Buyers are not so willing to accept things as they once were.  I'm finding that without a pre-inspection, it is like negotiating all over again unless you have the rare problem free house. 
Sep 26, 2006 06:37 AM #3
Tony Marriott
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Associate Broker, REALTOR
When we list a home, we always have it immediately inspected by a licensed home inspector.  We don't want any surprises during the Buyer inspection period.
Oct 08, 2006 09:56 AM #4
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