Home Seller’s Inspection
In today’s environment sellers who have a pre-listing inspection
Have a distinct advantage in the selling process.
Why have pre-listing home inspections?
Traditionally the buyer and seller negotiate the terms of the sale and agree on price. At the buyers pre-purchase home inspection the buyer learn about the home’s condition. In the traditional buyer’s pre-purchase home inspection often leads to 11th hour renegotiation or even loss of the sale. The real estate sales professionals are in an awkward spot, because they have already sold the home. Now they have to tell the seller that the buyer wants a lower price. The sales process has to start over again, or the deal falls apart. Neither side is happy.
How do YOU gain an advantage over the buyer?
YOU have a United Inspections pre-listing home inspection.
These are the advantages you will have with our pre-listing home inspection report:
- There will be fewer if any surprises for you when your buyer comes back to you with their inspection report or a list of issues and concerns ready to NEGOTIATE.
- The pre-inspection report has a price range of each component or piece of equipment that needs replacing. This information gives you an upper hand in NEGOTIATION. For example; when the buyer asks for $10,000 for a new roof you will know have a realistic range for the replacement of your roof.
Help with your Marketing
If you take the Sellers Edge Package you can use the pre sale inspection as part of your marketing campaign. A United Inspection Consultants home seller’s inspection is a powerful tool. It can help your home sell more quickly and easily.
A United Inspection Consultants home Pre-listing inspection will help the buyer, seller, and real estate professionals.
When the condition of the home is disclosed at the beginning of the home showing process there are no surprises. It is as simple as that.
Prospective buyers can confidently make an offer, with no need for an inspection to be done after the terms are negotiated. Your inspection is protected for 90 days with house insurance policy purchased from Home Warranty by United Inspection Consultants.
Finding out about the condition of the house after the buyer and seller negotiate the terms of the sale and agree on a price is backward.
Why would anyone agree to purchase a home before they know what shape it is in?
Many if not all buyers want an inspection.
Sellers understand that there will be an inspection, and it may cause a problem. Rather than sit by and desperately hope for the best, sellers can control the situation with a United Inspection Consultants pre-listing home inspection.
MORE Benefits of a Home Seller’s Inspection:
- Everyone knows the condition of the home, and there are no 11th hour surprises.
- No home is perfect and a good inspection report will provide that perspective.
- If there are issues raised that need a second opinion or further evaluation that can happen before the house is listed, rather than in the middle of a high stress negotiation.
- Sellers can make improvements or reflect the condition in the listing price. (We prefer the latter.)
- Buyers are more comfortable making an offer, because they know what they are getting.
- In competitive situations, prospective buyers may not make an offer because they are not able to get an inspection, or the odds are high that the money spent on an inspection will be wasted. A seller’s inspection may allow more potential buyers to make an offer.
OFTEN ASKED QUESTIONS
Should the seller fix any conditions identified in the inspection?
They are welcome to, but we recommend they do not. Here is why:
- The seller has to go through the process of finding and hiring a contractor, live through the project and any delays, pay the contractor, etc.
- Getting work done is an inconvenience and slows down the process of getting the home sold. Most people want to get on with it once they have decided to sell their home.
- The seller will be motivated by price rather than quality of work. The quality of work may not be good, leading to more delays and expenses.
- The seller may lose a buyer by doing the work. The buyer may be looking for a home with a high quality, energy efficient furnace. If the seller has o replace a furnace when leaving the home, the new furnace is likely to be a basic model.
- Here is another example – A buyer may be looking for a home with a wood roof, for example. A worn-out asphalt shingle roof can be replaced with wood. But if the seller has just put a new asphalt roof on, it is not cost effective to rip off a brand new roof.
- If the house condition is reflected in the list price, the buyer and seller are both in good shape. The seller receives fair price for their home. The buyer pays a fair price and has the option to make whatever improvements suit their needs. And almost every buyer make changes to their new home anyway, so it works out well.
What if the buyer still wants their own inspection?
That is perfect. Two pairs of eyes are better than one. And when the buyer sees that the reports are substantially aligned, their confidence in the home, the seller and the process goes up. By the way, since home inspections are sampling exercises, and no two inspectors will take the same samples, some variation in the reports is normal.
Is the inspection different when it is done for a seller?
We perform the same great inspection for home buyers and sellers, plus we offer sellers three report presentation options.
You receive our traditional, elegantly simple report that includes:
- A fully qualified professional analysis of the property.
- As experts, we offer a valuable and confidential, written inspection report on the condition of the property. New York State Home Inspection Licensing law requires that all home inspection be confidential to the inspector’s client. The client however can share the inspection with whomever they want to.
- A summary page with key findings
- Explanations, implications, and recommendations for EACH condition we find.
- You can call us for advice for as long as you own the house
- OH! With time recommendations. The report tells when to implement the recommendation and with whom.
Basic Seller’s Package
One set of the Summary Pages from the report in PDF format that can be shared with prospective buyers. The report highlights positive attributes and the major findings of the inspection.
Summary Page Headings
In Satisfactory Condition
Not In Satisfactory Condition
Safety issue or concern,
Major repair needed at this time
Repair or replacement is needed at this time
The summary pages have photographs.
Premium Seller’s Package
This package includes all of the above plus 50 high quality print copies of the Summary Pages from the report, one full color bound copy of the complete inspection report.
What about the Buyer?
Are the home buyers at a disadvantage because they did not participate in the inspection process? We strongly recommend an Onsite Review of the inspection and report with the buyer and the inspector who performed the original inspection. He can explain the report and provide valuable advice on home maintenance. There is an additional fee for this service.
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