Everything You Need to Know about Getting Your Home Inspected Before Selling

Everything You Need to Know about Getting Your Home Inspected Before Selling

Nob Hill is an affluent and historic neighborhood in San Francisco, California. Home to the iconic Grace Cathedral and the revered cable cars museum, this neighborhood is a gem for sophisticated living. With its steep hills, stunning architecture, and breathtaking 360 city views, Nob Hill is a sought-after community with luxury housing options. Locals enjoy fantastic restaurants, shopping centers, and nightlife spots, making it a perfect place to enjoy life.

Before you decide to sell your home, a pre-listing home inspection can set you up for success. A home inspection is a thorough examination of your property’s condition performed by a qualified professional. It evaluates the home’s roof, foundation, plumbing, electrical system, heating and cooling, and other essential components. 

Benefits of a home inspection before selling

Sellers may opt out of a pre-listing inspection because they feel buyers will pay for the examination and do not want to delay listing their home. However, home inspections are not just for buyers; sellers can schedule pre-listing home inspections to avoid any problems and feel confident in their homes.

Gain control of the sale

When you blindly list your home for sale without understanding its condition, you set yourself up for surprises, stress, and setbacks. Sellers can be confident about their home, its value, and what it offers buyers when they conduct a home inspection before selling. Knowledge is power, and when selling your property, you want to have all the information available to use to your advantage. You can take charge of negotiations knowing your home is in excellent condition.

Identify issues early in the process

It is a sinking feeling to be in the middle of negotiations and find out your home has significant issues like water damage, an unstable foundation, or faulty wiring. Facing these challenges amid negotiations puts sellers at a disadvantage because you have to make quick decisions about fixing issues or selling for a lower price. With a pre-listing inspection, you can find out what needs attention and take time to prepare your home properly. Making necessary changes before selling may also add value to your home and work as a marketing tool to attract more buyers.

Increase buyer confidence

A pre-listing inspection is one marketing strategy that can be effective in slow markets or a market with limited buyers. You can showcase your home’s condition and let buyers know you have invested in your property. Buyers are willing to commit to a property they know needs minimal repairs and may even choose to forgo their own inspection to move through the negotiation process quickly.

Streamline the selling process

If you handle all the home preparation, like inspection and renovations, before listing, you can move through the process with minimal surprises and delays. It is better to know what is ahead than to deal with problems at the last minute with pressure from buyers. You can list your home easily and confidently, knowing you will have a seamless negotiation process and can move forward without issues.

Drawbacks of a home inspection before selling

While home inspections before selling have many advantages, some disadvantages should be considered before deciding what makes sense for your property and selling circumstances.

Additional cost

Home inspections can cost between $200-$500, depending on the size of your home and its unique amenities. You may also choose to have additional services like a pool inspection that can increase the service fee. It is an additional upfront cost to selling your home that some sellers find unnecessary for their needs.

Delay listing

If you are ready to sell your home or are under time constraints, you may just want to list your home and find a buyer. Planning a pre-listing inspection does delay listing your home because it takes time to schedule an inspection. If your home has issues that need to be resolved, you may choose to renovate or consult a professional to improve your home’s condition.

You must disclose issues

Once you conduct a pre-listing inspection, if you have unfavorable results, you may be required to disclose information to buyers. Issues that impact the value or desirability of your home must be discussed during negotiations. For example, if you learn that your home’s foundation is cracked and requires work but choose not to fix it before selling, you must tell buyers about the issue. Undesirable repairs can be costly and dissuade buyers, even if you lower your asking price.

Is a home inspection right for you?

A home inspection before selling is not required, and it may not be the right choice for every seller. If your home has recently undergone extensive renovations with a licensed contractor or is a new build, you may not need a home inspection. If you have any doubts about your home, it is worth scheduling a pre-listing inspection and knowing whether your home is ready for sale.

Questions about home inspections

Find out more about a home inspection with these common questions.

How do I schedule a home inspection?

One option is to speak with your real estate agent, who can help you find a reputable home inspector in your area. You can also search online for local home inspection companies and read reviews from past customers. Once you have found an inspector, you can call with specific questions about your property and set an inspection date.

How can I prepare my home for inspection?

When preparing for a home inspection, take care of any basic maintenance tasks such as changing air filters or replacing light bulbs. It is also a good idea to declutter and deep clean the home to make it easier for the inspector to access important areas. Make sure that all utilities are turned on and pilot lights are lit, as the inspector will need to check the functionality of appliances and systems such as the HVAC and water heater.

Find a local agent to sell your home

If you are ready to sell your home, finding a local agent to guide you through the process can be a game-changer. They can help you find a reputable home inspector and educate you on the local market, what buyers want, and best practices for preparing your home.

Victoria Stewart is a Nob Hill real estate agent committed to client interests and advocating for client needs from beginning to end. Victoria is experienced with luxury properties and is a top agent with keen marketing and negotiation skills. Contact her to learn more about selling your home and what to expect.

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