The home that you are about to put on the market looks fantastic on the outside. But don’t be fooled, because there may be one or more shortcomings beneath the façade that might eventually hinder the home selling process, even in today’s Seller market.
Realtor Judi Wright is pleased to provide this helpful reminder, and hopes that you will consider a home inspection prior to listing your property with her.
Don’t be tempted to skip the home inspection just because your property looks good, and your desire is to save money. Buying a home is a crucial investment for any buyer, and you should prepare to ensure that everything is in order once it hits the market. This is your opportunity to take a preemptive step that may save you time and money in the long run.
Simply put, it is better for the home inspector that you hire before you list to look below the surface than it is for the prospective buyer’s inspector. They may discover structural damage, foundation issues, plumbing problems, cracked siding, or a leaky roof, mold or mildew, insufficient insulation, and problems with door movement, just to name a few. In today’s market when buyers are often paying top dollar for a home, they often have higher expectations.
If you don’t have an inspection before listing your home and the buyer’s inspector reports some critical issues, that buyer has a significant amount of leverage in any negotiations. They may ask for what you consider an unfair amount to repair the fault, or they could take advantage of their option period and opt out of the purchase altogether, then you have to put your home back on the market and start all over.
After your home inspector identifies any deficiencies, and you repair whatever is needed, your home sale will proceed as smoothly as possible. In fact, it will impress the buyer that you took the initiative to fix any potential problems before they fell in love with your property.
The cost of a home inspection varies, but is well worth the outlay of money because it can bring you peace of mind, or – in a worst case scenario — save you a significant amount of money in the long run.
When you hire a home inspector, be certain to ask them how long they have been in business, whether they specialize in residential inspections, and whether you can attend the inspection – better yet, ask Judi Wright for recommendations of licensed inspectors she or her company recommend.
Realtor Judi Wright hopes that this information will enhance your home listing and selling experience. Please be sure to Email Judi at [email protected] or call her at (214) 597-2985 if you are in the market for a new home, or are looking to sell your current property.