Home Seller FAQs: What’s a Pre-Listing Inspection… And Do I Need One?

We’re back with more answers to frequently asked questions from home sellers! Today let’s talk about pre-listing inspections. Do you know what they entail… And should you have one?

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What is a pre-listing inspection?

A pre-listing inspection is conducted before putting a home on the market in order to identify any potential issues with the home, with the end result being a written report stating the condition of the home. Just like a home inspection paid for by the potential buyer, this inspection evaluates the overall state of repair of the home and identifies any problem areas. The National Association of Home Inspectors uses a 1,600 point list, but the main components are:

  • Grounds
  • Structure
  • Roof
  • Exterior
  • Windows, doors, and trim
  • Interior rooms
  • Kitchen
  • Bathrooms
  • Plumbing
  • Electrical

What are the benefits for the seller of having a pre-listing inspection performed?

You may be wondering why a seller would go to the trouble of having an inspection performed when that usually falls to the potential buyer towards the end of the sales cycle. And there’s your answer! The point of conducting a pre-listing inspection is to identify issues before you and a buyer have gone through the whole sales process, only for them to find something in the home inspection report that kills the deal. A pre-listing inspection can help you address any major issues before your home ever goes on the market, making your property more attractive to buyers, or it can inform your decision-making process when it comes to setting a price. It also shortens the sales process by allowing potential buyers to know up-front what they’re getting into. No one ends up wasting the other’s time and everyone goes into the deal with the necessary facts.

If you’re ready to put your home on the real estate market in Woodstock, Kennesaw, Acworth, Canton, Marietta, Alpharetta, or elsewhere in the north Atlanta area, get in touch with us at The Premier Group today!

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