Selling Your Palm Harbor Florida Home? Have A Home Inspection NOW!

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Real Estate Agent with Charles Rutenberg Realty NAR 274504721

Selling your Palm Harbor Florida home? Then have a home inspection NOW! Your home inspector will check everything from the roof down to the basement (if you live in an area that has basements). You will know what needs attention if you want to get top dollar for your home.

Barbara-Jo's Beach Blog,ClearwaterFloridaRealEstateBlog.comYou aren't intested in getting top dollar? You just want to sell? Well even in this case, be sure that your buyer is going to have the home inspected and what is found may have to be addressed if you are going to make it to the closing table.

Inspecting your home now will make you aware of any major problems so you can take care of them in advance. There is nothing like the feeling you get knowing that there are no surprises coming when the buyer's home inspector starts crawling around in all of the spaces in your home.

It only makes sense to prepare your home properly and hire a certified, licensed home inspector to do the job. A home inspection saves headaches down the road and paves your way to a smooth closing.


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Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi & Corinna Birgit Cromartie
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Laura - indeed, a home inspection is SO important and often not done until the buyer does it.

Barbara - thanks!

May 16, 2012 01:31 PM #3
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Michael Jacobs
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Pasadena, CA
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Barbara Jo -- I am a strong proponent of sellers doing all home inspections upfront if at all feasible.   When this is combined with ordering the preliminary title report, completing all disclosures along with the proper presentation and pricing a seller is in a much better position when an offer(s) come in.   

May 17, 2012 12:09 AM #4
Rainmaker
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Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Call 631-805-4400 (c)
Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo & Home Sale Specialists

Barbara-Jo, Although we agree, we rarely see this happening here. Homeowners take the attitude if they find something wrong only then will I fix it!

May 17, 2012 02:28 AM #5
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Gabe Sanders
the BlueWater Realty team specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

It's a smart thing to do.  Otherwise, the seller will still have to deal with making the repairs later, or at least paying for them.

May 17, 2012 04:42 AM #6
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Michael - If only ALL owners would do this, it would make the sale go so much smoother!

Larry and Sheila - We don't see it happening down here enough either..............

Gabe - I try to convince sellers of that. Some understand but unfortunately, most fight the idea of spending money................

May 17, 2012 05:56 AM #7
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Kevin B. Tolbert PA Team
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What part of Florida are you in with a basement?  Must be over a sinkhole.

May 17, 2012 02:10 PM #8
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

This is good advice for sellers. There will not be any surprises later.

May 18, 2012 01:59 PM #9
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Kevin - None down here but I do know some homes up in the panhandle DO have basements.

Absolutely, Gita and the closing will go smoothly.

May 19, 2012 07:50 AM #10
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Bill Fields
Bill Fields Learning Systems - Treasure Island, FL

Great advice. Are you using a certified pre-owned home concept with your home inspections? It really helps.

May 27, 2012 08:22 AM #11
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Thanks for commenting, Bill

May 27, 2012 02:36 PM #12
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Jack Fleming
Weichert, Realtors - Wayne, PA
I always suggest it to sellers. Most don't heed the advice. I think would be a good law in my area. It would help sell homes. It might take some of the unknowns out of the process. I was going through a SPD with a buyer yesterday. The kept asking me if I thought the sellers were being truthful. I must be naive. I think everyone tells the truth.
May 27, 2012 03:37 PM #13
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Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
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Good point about having the home inspection completed in advance.  Thanks for the post.

May 27, 2012 06:22 PM #14
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Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
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Not only would a "pre-inspection" alert the sellers to any problems - it would make them less expensive and less of a hassle to repair.

If you're in a hurry before a closing you have less time to get bids and referrals and choose the best contractor.

May 27, 2012 09:38 PM #15
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Jack - Yes, it would be wonderful if everyone was truthful but not completing the Seller's Disclosure truthfully down in Florida can lead to a lawsuit.

Gene - You are welcome!

Marte - I do wish people would listen to our advice, it would make the entire process smoother!

May 28, 2012 07:15 AM #16
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Stephanie/Bob The Ruiz/Miller Team
Keller Williams Cornerstone Realty - Ocala, FL
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Hi Barbara-Jo, I have heard the flip side.  That a pre-inspection may make you and seller liable for more disclosure than otherwise required.

May 28, 2012 09:21 AM #17
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Bob - Well since the buyer is going to have an inspection, you might as well get the major things taken care of since they will need to be done down the road!

May 28, 2012 02:24 PM #18
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DeeDee Riley
Lyon Real Estate - El Dorado Hills CA - El Dorado Hills, CA
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Barbara Jo,

Excellent information for sellers!  And you've said it very well.....being prepared and taking away suprises makes the transaction go much smoother!

May 29, 2012 12:42 PM #19
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Indeed it does, DeeDee!

May 29, 2012 01:20 PM #20
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clara Hahn
AgentOwned Realty - Mount Pleasant, SC

I agree with Marte, it saves time, once you have a contract you want to close in 30 days most of the time and then sellers will have to take whomever they can find in a hurry to do whatever it needs. If a simple repairs takes two weeks to complete, you just "lost" two weeks As for disclosing, you might as well have it up front, because if it comes up later, at the buyers inspection, they  will wonder if you were trying to hide it. It is a lot easier for a buyer to deal with it, if they know it ahead of time rather than finding out in the midst of getting ready for closing.

May 31, 2012 02:37 PM #21
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Absolutely, Clara, everything HAS TO BE disclosed anyway and you are helping yourself by getting things ready for the next person NOW. Thanks for commenting.

Jun 01, 2012 07:10 AM #22
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