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Presale Inspections

Presale Inspections

People often live in their home for years, even decades and are absolutely certain they know their house and all its flaws; this is seldom true in our experience.

An experienced home inspector sees a property from an objective perspective with years of construction knowledge, specialized defect recognition training and practical experience.

Why get a presale inspection?

A pre-sale home inspection best serve the interests of all parties involved, but particularly benefits the “Seller”.

  • Seller Has More Leverage
  • Fewer Surprises
  • Less Litigation
  • Less re-negotiations
  • Higher Sales price

Protection from unknown costs

A presale inspection can protect the seller from serious problems that result from non-disclosure. Almost all homes have defects that the buyer will want repaired.

Fear of those unknown costs will almost certainly lead to last minute negotiation.

Knowing the condition of the home prior to marketing gives the seller an opportunity to address certain repair issues in the way they choose, and to hire the contractors of their choice providing legitimate receipts for services or repairs.

A key advantage is flexibility and how best to respond to various repair issues given the specific circumstance of the seller. They may choose to repair the items, some of the items or none of the items.

The Inspection Serves
3 Basic Purposes

The client becomes familiar with any major problems that should be considered prior to final negotiations.
1
The inspection gives the seller knowledge of required maintenance needs.
2
Once armed with this knowledge you can feel more secure for your selling negotiations.
3

Plan to attend the inspection

Be prepared to ask questions

The inspector is working for you.

He will answer any question or discuss any concerns you may have.

You are recommended to attend the inspection. Please be aware that a typical inspection lasts for 2 – 4 hours depending on the size, complexity and/or the age of the property.

During the inspection process the inspector will periodically stop to inform you about a specific item that may need attention.

During the inspection you will be asked to absorb a lot of information and make important decisions in a relatively short period time. This will include a written report, checklist, photographs, and what the inspector himself mentions during the inspection process.

When the seller has an accurate and unbiased assessment of the home and its condition they are more likely to price it effectively and receive realistic offers.

It can also significantly reduce the chances of the deal falling apart during the final negotiations. Addressing faulty items through active acknowledgement is encouraging to buyers as they like to perceive the sellers as forthright.