Why a Pre-listing Inspection?
Eventually your buyers are going to conduct an inspection. A smart seller finds out what to expect by getting there first. Having your own professional inspection performed ahead of time:
- allows you to see your home through the eyes of a critical third-party;
- helps you to price your home realistically;
- permits you to make repairs ahead of time so defects won’t become negotiating stumbling blocks;
- prevents any delay in obtaining the Use and Occupancy permit;
- provides time to get reasonably-priced contractors or make the repairs yourself, if qualified;
- may relieve a prospective buyer’s concerns or suspicions, possibly encouraging the buyer to waive the inspection contingency;
- reduces your liability by adding professional supporting documentation to your disclosure statement; and
- may alert you to items of immediate personal concern, such as radon gas or active termite infestation, and to immediate safety issues before agents and visitors tour your home.
Copies of the inspection report, along with receipts for any repairs, should be made available to potential buyers.