Pre-Sale Home Inspections vs Home Staging

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Real Estate Agent with Century21 Trident Realty NSREC# 9421

Pre-Sale home inspections; a great idea.  I would highly recommend any client to get a home inspection done before placing their property on the market. I wish I was qualified to do them, what a great tie in for a full service home staging company. 

Here's my beef.  I did recommend a client get a home inspection done because they were concerned about putting their home on the market with a few things wrong with the house.  Then, they didn't call me.  After thinking about it... why would they?  Wouldn't an inspector tell them where to best spend their money to realize their earning potential and send them to the negotiation table confident they will get the best deal as does staging? 

With staging still being a new concept, one that targets the emotional side of the purchasing process, I can understand why a client would be convinced a pre-sale home inspection would be money well spent.  It is a tangible, logical approach and an acccepted practice in the real estate industry.

Is it possible to partner up with a professional home inspector or are they competitors? 

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Gil Garcia
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I think that you can partner up with an inspector, in my opinion there is no competion at all.

Jun 14, 2007 10:14 PM #1
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Tina, I don't see the competition, either, I actually thought when I read your post that it would be a great marketing tool.  I'm curious to see what others think about it....but I think it's a great idea.
Jun 15, 2007 08:51 AM #2
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Becky Fields Home Staging and ReDesign
Becky Fields Home Staging and ReDesign - Tracy, CA

I actually took a home inspection course because I wanted to find out what home inspectors look for and how this information would benefit sellers.  This was a way I could differentiate myself from other Staging services. 

During my room by room consultation, I tell homeowners what needs to be repaired or renovated.  I do not do a full home inspection (electrical, plumbing, attic, basement, etc.), I do more of the cosmetic things that buyers might see as deferred maintanence. (missing outlet covers, broken towel bars, missing closet doors, loose toilet). 

Home inspectors can tell seller's what needs to be fixed but they can't tell/show sellers how to market their home as a stager does.  To me, home staging is about the packaging (making a house look it's best for marketing) whereas a home inspection is about the product. (making sure the house IS its best for sale)

A home inspection before a house goes on the market is a great idea but usually the inspection is paid for by the buyers after an offer is made.  Sellers may not want this expense when they put the house on the market although it makes sense to know what might be "wrong" with the house before it becomes a negotiating tool for buyers once they placed an offer.

Becky Fields Home Staging and ReDesign

Jun 15, 2007 11:13 AM #3
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Tina, 

I have been thinking about this well.  I think it is very wise for the seller to have their home inspected before they list!  What if they think their house is just fine, go buy their next dream home, stage there old one, get a great offer subject to inspection, find out there is a major problem, might take months to get trades to fix it etc.  Then the deal falls through for everyone!  How sad is that?

I have read blogs about people who presented "false" presale inspections, and that is an issue as well. 

In a nut shell, the seller should really be making sure what they have to sell is in top notch condition, functionally, and esthetically!  It just makes sense.  Get all your ducks in a row, then list it.  It will make the whole process easier for everyone.

As a buyer, it would of course be wise, to verify the pre-sale inspection, and/or have another independent inspector do an inspection on your behalf.  Buyer beware, Always!

I have thought to take a course on home inspection as well, still might look into it.  Staging and inspection are compatible, not competitors.

 

Jun 15, 2007 11:48 AM #4
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Becky Fields Home Staging and ReDesign - Tracy, CA

I did not say a pre-sale home inpection was a bad idea nor did I say a home inspector is my competition.  I took the course (16 weeks) and although I chose not to get my certification, all I would need to do is complete a physical home inspection with my teacher and I can become a certified home inspector in the state of California. 

Although I took the course, paid my money and took the final exam, I choose not to become a home inspector because I wanted the information to differentiate myself from my competition (other stagers in my area) and to benefit my clients. Oh and my insurance would be much higher than staging insurance.

Becky Fields Home Staging and ReDesign

Jun 15, 2007 11:57 AM #5
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Hey Becky,

I am not sure, how my comment sounds? 

I will have to go back and read it.  I am not in any disagreement with anything you said!  I think it is brilliant that you took such a course.  Smart thinking if you ask me. I was actually trying to agree with you!  Just trying to let Tina know that I think inspectors are more friend than foe.

The more knowledge you have in your arsenal the better.   I would take the course, only to see what they are looking for etc.  So that I might better improve my own consultations.  I am so not interested in the plumbing, electrical foundation etc.  :-)))))))))

Jun 15, 2007 12:13 PM #6
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Becky Fields Home Staging and ReDesign - Tracy, CA

Joelle,

Sorry,  my comment was not directed at you.  You just happen to be on top mine. (think we posted at the same time)

I would recommend taking the course.  I was one of four women taking the course and it was very interesting. (yeah I wasn't interested in the electrical, plumbing and foundation stuff either)

The other thing I do is have one on one with home appraiser to see what they are looking for when they appraise a home. (let's me tell homeowners where to spend their renovating money)

My original post and point was, it's a great idea but not all sellers may want to fork over the money.  Heck, it's hard enough to get them to use a stager but in no way is a home inspector competition.

Becky Fields Home Staging and ReDesign

Jun 15, 2007 12:27 PM #7
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Hello active rainers,

I took a course that was very comprehensive through the Canadian Home Builders Association of British Columbia  It was several weeks long, very intensive, it went through all the systems in a house, the building code, the law regarding liens etc. At the end of each section there was an intensive exam. There were 36 of us , 4 women.  It has been very useful You have a designation of a Registered Housing Professional which if I had continued leads to Canadian Building Professional . Itis similar to an apprentice building under a mentor ,with the designation. I did not go that far but the information that I learned has been incredible--- and I can pass information along to a client with a proviso that they ALWAYS  hire a Home Inspector approved by the B.C. government.. Also, the building code is always changing, by law the inspector must keep up with these changes. 

As a  Professional in the Real Estate Industry , the more understanding of the business and how things work the more you can bring to the table. But with any study you must do the work to carry that designation.

 Cheers,

Marilynn Currie Inside & Out: Creighton House Staging

 

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