To be fair, here at Parkwood, we do love inspections, but that’s not the only reason we would recommend a pre-listing inspection! It may be a seller’s market right now, but that can change rather quickly, and you may need a way to make your home stand out from the rest. That is where a pre-listing inspection can be incredibly useful.
Ensure Proper Pricing of Home
Having your home inspected before you put it on the market is important for many reasons. One of the top reasons is to make sure that your home is priced fairly and priced to sell. If a home is overpriced, it can sit on the market longer than other comparable properties. Obtaining a pre-listing inspection can help you identify things in the home that may need to be repaired. If you, as a seller, do not have the means or desire to fix these problems, pricing your home to reflect the defects can save you time, negotiations, and headaches throughout the process.
Identifying Potential Issues
Another great reason to get an inspection is to identify any potential issues that could pop up on a buyer’s inspection report and address them. When is the last time you were in your attic or crawlspace? Buying a home is such a large investment, and getting an inspection that has many issues, whether just cosmetic or serious, can scare buyers away from a transaction. Getting ahead of problem areas before listing your home could make all the difference in getting an offer or not.
Can Save You Money and Negotiation Time
If you do choose to repair any items found in your pre-listing inspection, you can potentially save yourself money by obtaining quotes from more than one contractor. Even if you decide that you do not wish to repair any items, having various quotes on hand for buyers can save time by cutting down on the back and forth of negotiating. This can especially be valuable if a buyer is asking for seller allowances at closing. Doing your own research will ensure that you are not offering too much or too little for these allowances.
A Sign of Transparency
Last, but absolutely not least, having an inspection report available for potential buyers instills a level of trust. It shows that you are not trying to hide anything, and this can truly go a long way. Being transparent with people who are interested in your home can make them more confident about moving forward with buying your home.
It may seem like it is not too important to obtain a pre-listing inspection. I mean, the buyer will be ordering their own inspection, why should you, right? Well, again, knowing what problems that are lurking in your home before you list it can facilitate a smoother transaction for all of the reasons stated above. Ready to schedule your pre-listing appointment? Give us a call today at (336) 804-4456 or (984) 212-6993.