There are ways to handle home inspection issues for sellers so both sides win. While there are times when inspection issues do create insurmountable problems, this is a rare occurrence. Why is it, then, that so many contracts fail due to home inspection issues?
Going On The Market For Sale
We start with where it begins – when you put you home on the market for sale. You’ve removed clutter, staged it, manicured your exterior and hired cleaners. I bring in professionals to do photos, a video tour, a floor plan and create brochures plus a website for your house.
Most people think you’re ready to go now. Not really because you haven’t considered your home’s condition.
How A Home Inspector Looks At Things
Buyers evaluate the condition of a house through their home inspection. Most sellers live in the house fixing things when something breaks. That’s not how a home inspector sees things. Inspectors will fail something even if it’s working simply because it’s older.
As a result, when an owner receives a buyer’s home inspection requests (sometimes the inspection report too), it’s often a shock and personally insulting. You are upset and angry. The buyer is demanding because that wonderful house they were buying is reduced to a money pit.
Do you think this is a good atmosphere for negotiating to a fair place for both sides? It’s not of course.
Avoid Inspection Issues for Sellers
This is why I always recommend a pre-listing home inspection. You’ll catch issues that you can fix now and fix for less. Since fixing is often less than what a buyer imagines and/or demands you save a lot by doing this.
Home Warranties also pay for themselves. Because home inspectors fail, for example, a furnace that’s working but old, you need this. A home warranty costs a fraction of the cost of a new furnace. Warranties are how you win by giving your buyer protection and peace of mind.
Preparation is the key to a successful house sale. Sellers prepare best with a pre-listing inspection and home warranty. You prepared how the house shows with cleaning, organizing, staging etc. Prepare how the home’s condition displays with a pre-listing inspection and a home warranty. This is exactly how you win with home inspection issues.
If you need advice on this, the names of good home inspectors or want a home warranty brochure, just text or call me at 201-741-8490