This is definitely a question that most home sellers ask before listing their homes. Although not required, a home inspection before listing is a smart move to eliminate surprises when you place your home on market.
What is a pre-listing inspection?
This is simply a comprehensive inspection of your home by a professional. It helps discover damages that might exist, the maintenance or repair issues required before you list your home for sale.
It may seem like it is unnecessary to have a pre-listing inspection, however, there are many reasons why you should go for it.
- You get to understand the condition of your home
- Ability to do repairs in advance; you get to discover defects and decide to fix them in time.
- The buyer may accept the results; this simply means that the buyer might decide that the inspection is sufficient for them.
- Gain credibility and trust; the best way to sell a home quickly and efficiently is to have the buyer trust you and your agent.
- Increased competitiveness; if your home is one of the only homes that has a pre-listing inspection, it makes your home listing more competitive with buyers.
- Saves time; you won’t have to worry about a lot of negotiating once the buyer does their own inspection.
What is covered during a pre-listing home inspection?
Just like a buyer’s home inspection, a pre-listing home inspector checks for major systems, mechanicals, windows and doors, signs of water damage, molds and cracks. It may also include well water testing, lead paint testing etc.