Pre-Listing Home Inspections in Frederick, Maryland
Deciding to sell your home can be stressful experience. Even before the “For Sale” sign goes up, there are many decisions to make. One of those decisions should be to hire a Home Inspector to give you a thorough, unbiased assessment of your home’s condition, so you won’t be surprised by what a buyer’s inspector finds.
Why Should I hire an Inspector Before I list my home?
Today’s housing market is highly competitive. Buyers are more cautious than ever about the condition of a potential new home. You can head off many of their objections by having a home inspection of your own prior to listing the property. Issues such as dirty furnaces, loose toilets and leaky faucets can be fixed before a buyer’s inspector can come along and flag them as defects.
What if my Realtor Discourages Pre-Listing Inspections?
Some realtors may discourage such a practice, since any defect uncovered by the home inspector becomes an issue that must be disclosed in the sales contract. That’s true. However, your potential buyer will almost certainly bring in their own home inspector, and once that inspector has uncovered defects, you will be legally obliged to disclose those defects anyway. So why not deal with them before such a situation can occur?
What can I expect in a Pre-Listing Inspection?
Our pre-listing inspection includes a thorough examination of all the systems in your home, just like a home inspection for a real estate transaction. At the end of the inspection, you will receive the full report, along with a summary page that can be used as a “to do” list for getting your home ready for sale. You can then choose to either address the issues, or to disclose the issues and make adjustments in the selling price that reflect the work required.
How will a Pre-Listing Inspection help sell my home?
The advantage of having a pre-listing inspection is that you won’t be spending time and money marketing a house with unknown defects. Buyers will also appreciate knowing that you are aware of the condition of the home and are not trying to hide anything. Your buyer is going to look at your house from two perspectives: emotional and analytical. The emotional side is mentally placing furniture, thinking about paint colors, and where to hang the artwork. The analytical side is paying attention to loose railings, the age of the furnace and whether there are water stains in the basement. While Realtors may suggest addressing the appearance of your home prior to listing, most have no home inspection training, so usually cannot adequately evaluate the condition of the property.