If you are planning to sell your home now or in the future, one thing you should strongly consider is doing a pre-listing home inspection. Issues revealed during a buyer’s home inspection are among the most common reasons for buyers to cancel their purchase contract. By assessing the current condition of your home prior to listing it, you will have the option to remedy issues discovered in advance of showing your home or, alternately, share them with potential buyers upfront so they are fully aware.

Follow these suggested steps to use a pre-listing inspection to your advantage. First get references and hire an experienced professional home inspector. Following your home inspection, carefully review the report and associated photos to determine which issues should be managed. Then contract with qualified repair contractors to correct the problems. When this process is handled as a pre-listing preparation project, you won’t be “under the gun” to make decisions with little time and forethought unlike the common situation that occurs during a contract inspection contingency period. When buyers have access to detailed reports including the associated annotated measures taken to correct problems, many confidently move forward with less stress or trepidation in the path to a success closing.

Therefore, once any necessary repairs are completed, you’ll be able to confidently list your home knowing that unexpected items are unlikely to surface during any future home inspection.  Be sure to share with buyers that your home was pre-inspected and provide a copy of the home inspection to interested parties with documentation of any repairs made in response to the  report or, alternately, have your report updated after work has concluded. Moreover, don’t be surprised if your report and repair documents lead to a buyer waiving their home inspection entirely.

Should conditions surface that you choose not to repair, disclose these items to prospective buyers despite the possibility that this could deter them. Then use the realistic assessment of the property’s condition to your benefit by pricing your home appropriately to reflect its condition. Additionally, by providing this information to potential buyers, surprises will be minimized increasing the odds of a trouble-free contract phase without a buyer request for repair cost reimbursement or a price adjustment to compensate them for these issues.

Typically, home inspections are significant source of anxiety for many home sellers … but they don’t have to be. A pre-listing home inspection increases seller control of this aspect of the sale and neutralizes many issues that can cause contract failures. So consider a pre-listing home inspection to sell at top dollar with less stress and in a shorter period of time. For additional ideas regarding preparing your home for sale, the selling process or moving tips, please contact me today for a consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have, and/or help you determine the value of your home.



Allyson Hoffman, ABR, ACRE, CDPE, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, SFR, SRES
RE/MAX Villager
Serving Chicago's North Shore, North and Northwest Suburbs
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