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Seller Inspection: Streamlining Your Real Estate Transaction
Seller inspections (sometimes referred to as pre-listing inspections) are becoming more popular because they virtually eliminate all
the pitfalls and hassles associated with waiting to do the home inspection until a buyer is found.
In many ways, waiting to schedule
the inspection until after a home goes under agreement is too late. Seller inspections are arranged and paid for by you seller,
usually just before the home goes on the market. The inspector works for the you and generates a report for the you. You
then typically makes multiple copies of the report and shares them with potential buyers who tour the home for sale. Seller inspections
are a benefit to all parties in a real estate transaction. They are a win-win-win-win situation.
Advantages to you the Seller:
- You can choose a certified InterNACHI inspector rather than be at the mercy of the buyer's choice
- You can schedule the inspections at the seller's convenience.
- It might alert the you to any items of immediate
concern, such as an incorrectly installed geyser, mould or active termite infestation.
- You can assist the inspector during
the inspection, something normally not done during a buyer's inspection.
- You can have the inspector correct any misstatements
in the inspection report before it is generated.
- The report can help you realistically price the home if problems exist.
report can help you substantiate a higher asking price if problems don't exist or have been corrected.
A seller inspection reveals
problems ahead of time, which:
- might make the home show better.
- gives you time to make repairs and shop for competitive contractors.
- permits you
to attach repair estimates or paid invoices to the inspection report.
- removes over-inflated buyer-procured estimates from the negotiation
- the report might alert you to any immediate safety issues found, before agents and visitors tour the home.
- the report provides
a third-party, unbiased opinion to offer to potential buyers.
- a seller inspection permits a clean home inspection report to be
used as a marketing tool.
- a seller inspection is the ultimate gesture in forthrightness on the part of the yourself.
- the report
might relieve a prospective buyer's unfounded suspicions, before they walk away.
- a seller inspection lightens negotiations and
- the report might encourage the buyer to waive the inspection contingency.
- the deal is less likely to fall
apart, the way they often do, when a buyer's inspection unexpectedly reveals a last-minute problem.
- the report provides full-disclosure
protection from future legal claims.
Advantages to the Real Estate Agent:
- Agents can recommend certified InterNACHI inspectors, as
opposed to being at the mercy of buyer's choices in inspectors.
- Sellers can schedule the inspections at seller's convenience, with
little effort on the part of agents.
- Sellers can assist inspectors during the inspections, something normally not done during buyers'
- Sellers can have inspectors correct any misstatements in the reports before they are generated.
- The reports help sellers
see their homes through the eyes of a critical third-party, thus making sellers more realistic about asking price.
- Agents are alerted
to any immediate safety issues found, before other agents and potential buyers tour the home.
- Repairs made ahead of time might make
homes show better.
- Reports hosted online entice potential buyers to tour the homes.
- The reports provide third-party, unbiased opinions
to offer to potential buyers.
- Clean reports can be used as marketing tools to help sell the homes.
- The reports might relieve prospective
buyers' unfounded suspicions, before they walk away.
- Seller inspections eliminate "buyer's remorse" that sometimes occurs just after
- Seller inspections reduce the need for negotiations and 11th-hour re-negotiations.
- Seller inspections relieve the agent
of having to hurriedly procure repair estimates or schedule repairs.
- The reports might encourage buyers to waive their inspection contingencies.
are less likely to fall apart, the way they often do, when buyer's inspections unexpectedly reveal last-minute problems.
- Reports provide
full-disclosure protection from future legal claims.
Advantages to the Home Buyer:
- The inspection is done already.
- The inspection is
paid for by the seller.
- The report provides a more accurate third-party view of the condition of the home prior to making an offer.
seller inspection eliminates surprise defects.
- Problems are corrected, or at least acknowledged, prior to making an offer on the home.
seller inspection reduces the need for negotiations and 11th-hour re-negotiations.
- The report might assist in acquiring financing.
seller inspection allows the buyer to sweeten the offer without increasing the offering price by waiving inspections.
are in the market to sell a home, enlist my services as a professional IterNACHI certified home inspector to look at the
property before listing your house for sale. Reports provide full-disclosure protection from future legal claims and eliminates
the surprise of discovered defects after the marketing of your house has started.
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