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Prepping your home for sale isn’t just about cleaning, staging and prettying it up. In order to get top dollar you need to understand your home’s flaws. Pointing them out to buyers, in advance, may sound backwards, but doing so will actually help you seal the deal.

Helping to get your buyers through the process

If you want to sell your home for the best price and do that quickly and with confidence, have your home inspected before you put it on the market.

Set the best price

Home inspections by third-party, state-certified experts usually are paid for by the buyer after he or she has made an offer on a home. Paying for your own home inspection, as a seller, before listing your home has tremendous advantages. The first is that it allows you to uncover any major repairs or upgrades needed so that you can not only address them but also use that information to set the most accurate sales price. Once your home is in tip-top shape as a result of making any inspection-recommended changes, you’ll have increased your home’s value, which will give you a leg up in marketing and selling your home.

Boost buyer confidence

Nothing gives buyers more peace of mind than knowing that everything in a potential home is safe, working and up to code. Pre-sale inspections make that possible, so if you have an inspection completed before putting your home on the market, make sure to give the inspection report to potential buyers. That information will increase their confidence in the home and their trust in you.

Be proactive and save time

The third advantage of pre-sale inspections is speed. It’s faster to sell a home with a pre-sale inspection than without one. Consider the alternative. If a seller didn’t have the home inspected before listing it, buyers might make an offer, hire their own inspector and then be potentially blindsided by problems with the home. If major repairs were needed, that would take more time, and the buyers could walk away. On the other hand, a pre-sale inspection would give sellers the chance to find and correct any issues before buyers ever saw the home.

The more information available to the buyer, the better

Even when sellers pay for an inspection before listing, buyers could request a second inspection after making an offer, but don’t worry. The buyers are just doing their due diligence, and an additional inspection most likely will confirm the findings from the first. That affirmation means buyers will have fewer concerns and be more likely to buy your home.

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