How a Pre-Listing inspection can help you sell your home faster and for more money.
Many sellers believe that a home inspection should be paid for by a potential buyer prior to the sale. In reality, buyer inspections often result in a reduced offer, and sometimes scare buyers off altogether. Pre-listing inspections set realistic expectations and prevent surprises that result in costly 11th hour re-negotiations.
Home sellers are turning to new strategies to sell quickly and at the right price hiring inspectors before they put their homes on the market.
Liz Moore, an expert Real Estate broker and small business person of the year in Newport News, Va., says her firm pays for a pre-listing home inspection for all her sellers. It’s fair to say that is the reason our listings sell 30% faster than the market average, she says. And early anecdotal evidence suggests that inspected houses consistently sell for a few thousand dollars more.
The buyer has the upper hand when they have a home inspection, says Coldwell Banker consumer specialist and agent Jessica Edwards. If you are willing to do a pre-listing home inspection ahead of time, you give the control back to the seller.
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9 Benefits of a Pre-Listing Certified Pre-Owned Home Inspection:
- Helps you accurately price the home, which reduces time on market
- Pre-Listings inspections are likely to sell homes faster and for more money
- Prevents unexpected issues from delaying or derailing a sale later on
- Gives you time to get reasonable priced contractors or make repairs yourself
- Advantage inspections highlight positive aspects of a home for added selling points
- It may alert you of items of immediate concern (e.g. structural problem, etc).
- Professional reports help your home stand out among other properties
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