Should You Get a Pre-Listing Inspection?


    Are pre-listing inspections important for home sellers?

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    Is a pre-listing inspection, or getting your home inspected before you put it on the market, truly important for your home sale?

    My answer to that question is very firm: Maybe.

    If there are a lot of unknowns about your home—if it’s an older home, you bought it a long time ago, or you haven’t had a lot of work done—then it might be a good idea to do a pre-inspection before you list it.

    However, it’s not as useful as you might think it would be. All that really matters is the buyer’s inspection because no matter what you do, the buyer’s inspector is still going to find something when they go through your home.

     

    In the end, the buyer’s inspection is all that matters.

     

    For example, I once had a house go under contract, and the inspector that come through said that the air conditioning unit needed to be replaced to the tune of $4,000 or $5,000. That deal fell apart. When another buyer came through and went under contract, their inspector said that there was about $3,000 worth of siding repairs that needed to be done.

    The first inspector didn’t mention the siding and the second inspector didn’t mention the air conditioning; they both found two radically different, expensive items in their inspections. You don’t want to wind up in a situation where you’ve found something and fixed it, thinking that it’s all over—it isn’t.

    If you have any questions or would like to talk more about this issue, don’t hesitate to reach out to me. I’d love to help you.

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