When you are prepping your homeowner on the sale process, there is a checklist of things to do—create and sign the listing contract, prep the home for listing photos, and determine the asking price. One thing to add to your checklist is having a pre-listing home inspection done.
Homebuyers will most likely opt to conduct a home inspection before they complete the purchase of a home. A pre-listing inspection can help you better prepare your homeowner for possible negotiation tactics or to use as a marketing tool. Avoid the issues a home inspection can surprise you with by getting a pre-listing home inspection done.
A pre-listing inspection is the same quality and extensive inspection a buyer has done—only conducted by the seller before they put the home up for sale. This provides the seller with two possible advantages. The first is a clean inspection to provide to potential buyers and entice more bids on your home. The second is uncovering any issues and then taking care of them before a buyer can use them as leverage or cancel their contract.
The asking price is usually based on several factors, such as the home’s size, location, age, visible condition, and current real estate market factors. By opting for a pre-listing inspection, you can affirm the condition of the home, note upgraded features, and prepare for any defects—either in the asking price or by having the homeowner handle the repairs in advance of the sale.
Not all home inspections find issues; many homes are given a clean bill of health, so to speak. You can use this clean report to provide to prospective buyers—it reflects confidence in your asking price and home description. It also can remove concerns new buyers may have about having to deal with repairs shortly after moving in.
When weighing the pros and cons of a pre-listing inspection, the benefits of getting one greatly outweigh the costs of getting a pre-listing inspection (or the costs that could occur down the line if you don’t get one and are blindsided by the buyer’s inspection). By opting for a pre-listing inspection, you are taking the steps to be a prepared selling agent. With a pre-listing inspection, you will be in control of how to handle what the report shows rather than being at the mercy of the buyer.
AcuSystem Inspections provides pre-listing home inspections to sellers throughout Central Florida, from coast to coast. Sellers looking for a pre-listing inspection in Tampa and throughout Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Hernando, Polk, and Manatee Counties all the way to Orlando and Orange County and Osceola, Charlotte, Citrus, Hardee, Lake, Highlands, Sumter, and Sarasota Counties can rely on the reputable service of AcuSystems.