Avoid renegotiations with a pre-listing inspection

Most problems in a house are minor and can be rectified easily and inexpensively, including chipped paint, an air conditioner that wheezes or doors and windows that stick. Such shortcomings are overlooked by sellers that have lived with them for years, but they are focused on by buyers. If the perceived problems do not derail the sale, they nevertheless provide grounds for price negotiation.

A pre-listing inspection is a prudent step in the process of selling your home. As a seller, it's ideal to present the most saleable home possible. A pre-listing inspection can do that by revealing your home's current condition and guide you toward enhancing the value and marketability of your home.

Not only does a pre-listing inspection enable a home seller to attend to the problems before the home is put on the market, but it removes any questions from the home seller about the condition of the home. Some sellers elect not to correct every issue found in the report. Instead, they acknowledge the issues to the buyer and explain that the asking price has been adjusted to reflect the estimated cost of repairs. Such forthrightness tends to shorten the negotiation process

Both parties will greatly benefit from a professionally produced home inspection report. It improves the speed, the price and the likelihood of a sale.

More information on the benefits of a pre-listing inspection are available online at www.amerispec.ca.

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Carol Ireland

Carol Ireland

Sales Representative
CENTURY 21 Millennium Inc., Brokerage*
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