Preparing Your Home for the Market: Part 2

We’re here with part two of our series on getting your home ready to sell. Today, you’ll learn how pre-inspections help home sellers.

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Recently, we gave you a few tips about how to prepare your home for the market if you want to sell in the next year. You can see the full post here. Today, we want to focus on another important aspect of preparing your home for the market: the pre-inspection. 

We recommend ordering a pre-inspection about a month before selling your home. Hire a home inspector to take a look at your home so that you know about any issues before listing your property. When homeowners order a pre-inspection and offer a home warranty, buyers feel safe. They feel that the home has been well taken care of and that it’s move-in ready. 

A pre-inspection gives confidence to potential buyers.

When you get the report back from the home inspector, make sure that you fix the smaller items on the list. We recommend that you fix anything that costs less than $500, like adjusting a leaky faucet or putting a GFCI in your kitchen. 

If there are problems with some big ticket items in your home, give us a call and we can help you out. Recently, one of our clients got their home pre-inspected and the inspector told them that the roof needed to be replaced. It was at the end of its life expectancy and would have cost $10,000 to $15,000 to replace. 

The sellers did not want to fix the roof. Instead, they took care of all the little nitpicky things the inspector found and disclosed that the roof needed to be fixed to everyone who looked at the home. They also offered a home warranty. They wound up getting a wonderful offer, and when the buyers ordered their own home inspection, the only issue they found was the roof, which they already knew about. That made the buyers happy and the sellers were able to move on to their next home. 

As you can see, a pre-inspection is a great way to make potential buyers feel at ease. If you have any questions, just give us a call or send us an email. We would be happy to help you!