Home Inspector for Sellers
Pre-Sale Home Inspections…
There is a growing trend in this market for homeowners to have their home inspected before they have a buyer. There are so many homes on the market today it just makes good sense to eliminate as many potential concerns that may give the buyer a reason to change their mind and back out of a deal!
Pre-sale inspections offer the seller two main advantages. First it gives the seller time to find acceptable and affordable remedies prior to showing their property. Secondly, it gives the seller a glimpse into the future of the sale.
Without a pre-sale inspection, the seller should anticipate issues to arise from the homebuyers inspection. Buyers often use these issues to negotiate a lower price or get major work done on the home. These negotiations may slow down the process and may even kill the deal. If you hire Kenny Stepp, he will identify the deficiencies, if any, and provide a report that includes photos and cost to repair estimates. I will also highlight the homes assets and provide you with a list of maintenance improvements that can enhance the home’s appearance and marketability. Step by Stepp Home Inspections also offers a Pre-Sale Structural and Major System Inspection. This is sort of an abbreviated type of inspection that covers only the major systems or the big things at a reduced price – call 804-218-7837 for more details.
Discounts offered for package deals (A Pre-Sale inspection followed later with a Pre-purchase inspection) – Asked about deals on two inspections!
ADVANTAGES OF AN INSPECTION PRIOR TO LISTING YOUR HOME
1. Property Usually Sells Faster
2. Tips For Seller to Show House Better
3. Longer Reaction Time for Repairs
4. Less Chance for Hang-ups at Settlement
5. Reduces Listing Errors
6. Reduced Liability For Seller and Agents
7. Helps Get Top Dollar
8. Suggested Replacement Costs
9. Helps Reduce Agents Post-Sell Work
10. Tax Break for Seller
11. Helps Recover Work/Replacement Costs
12. Inspector Talks with Seller Directly
13. Can Use the Inspection Report as a Positive Selling Tool
14. Gives the Seller and Their Realtor More Control Over the Selling Process
*Frequently Asked Questions*
*Should I have my home inspected before putting it on the market?*
Only if you want to sell your home in less time, with fewer hassles, and with more money left in your pocket.
*How will my home really look to buyers and their inspectors?*
Home inspections purchased by buyers invariably turn up unpleasant surprises that can cost sellers much more money and grief than necessary.
What if you could eliminate those surprises and their negative impact?
*Maybe the buyers won’t discover some of the uncomfortable things I know about my home.*
In today’s market, most buyers will hire inspectors to go through your house with a fine tooth comb. Believe me; it’s much more embarrassing to allow buyers to pay to discover all those little unpleasant facts about your house than it is to tell them everything possible upfront. Being upfront and proactive in the disclosure of your home’s conditions actually makes your house seem “better”, “safer”, and less “scary” than other homes.
*Why should I pay for a home inspector to look at my house if the buyers are probably going to
pay for one, anyway?*
If you wait for the buyers to discover imperfections in your home, they will probably use the information in their inspection report to ask for
adjustments in the negotiated purchase price, or ask you to make repairs that will end up costing you much more than they would have if you still
had the time to shop around and be in control with your own decisions.
Unfortunately, buyers seem to become much more adamant and demanding about what they want when they feel they’re in control.
*Will buyers still obtain their own home inspection even if I present them with a thorough report, upfront?*
Many good Realtors® will still recommend that their buying clients obtain their own home inspections, even if a thorough and professionally done report is made available by the sellers.
However, we find that many buyers will decide not to spend their money on further home inspections when they feel comfortable with the one presented
to them when they first inquire about your house.
*What if the home inspector I hire I have done upfront uncovers property conditions that make my home less attractive?*
That’s actually the most important reason to have an inspection done preemptively! The early inspection gives you a better chance to stay in
control of information your buyers will otherwise discover eventually, anyway.
When a “pre-marketing” inspection is done, the sellers have a chance to see their homes through the eyes of prospective buyers. If certain negative
aspects are discovered through the inspection process, the sellers have a chance to take some meaningful steps to market their home in a much more
positive light. Here are several ways to take advantage of early inspection information:
1) Certain problems can be eliminated through repair or replacement without the buyers ever needing to know about them. When this strategy is
appropriate, the report can ethically be revised to reflect only the new conditions.
2) If sellers feel that most buyers would ask for certain repairs or upgrades, they can have the work done before showing the home and then
attach receipts to the appropriate pages of the report. (This strategy goes a long way towards smoothing the negotiating process.)
3) Sellers can choose to leave certain imperfections stand as they are, awaiting the buyer’s response. Even this strategy keeps the sellers in
control, as the negotiated purchase price will be firm, with the disclosed information already taken into account.
*What if a buyer’s inspector finds additional problems?*
Every home inspector has a slightly different perspective. It’s entirely possible that other home inspectors will report some issues that were not
included in your final listing inspection report. That’s to be expected. However, if those issues are significant and should have been discovered
and reported by us, we’ll address them in a fair and ethical manner, the same as we would for any of our clients. (After all, we have a
responsibility to inspect and report professionally under our industry guidelines and state guidelines.
*How do I schedule a Pre-Marketing Home Inspection?*
It is a piece of cake. Just call us at either: Central Va. (804) 897-7200 or Tidewater (757) 354-4182