For Home Sellers
   Although it is common practice for home buyers to get an inspection of the home that they are planning to purchase, there are also many advantages for the home Sellers to have their home inspected before putting it on the market.  This is especially true in this current "challenging" market for home sellers.  Particularly at this time, anything that a home seller can do to set themselves apart from other sellers is important and can reap real benefits.  It can pay off in having your home on the market for less time, as well as getting the price that you want.
   The biggest mistake that most Home Sellers make is waiting for the Buyer's Home Inspection to assess the condition of their home.  One of the main reasons that home purchase transactions fall apart is due to defects and/or issues that are discovered during the course of the buyer's home inspection.  Why wait until the last minute to see what issues may come up in a buyer's inspection that may become stumbling blocks just before going to settlement.  Why not become proactive, and allow Peace of Mind Home Inspections to assist you in discovering and understanding the true condition of your home in advance, and thus help you turn your home into a buyer friendly home.

Pre-Listing/Pre-Selling Home Inspections

   Eventually your buyer is going to conduct an inspection of your home. You may as well know what they are going to find first, by conducting your own pre-listing/pre-selling inspection. Conducting your own pre-listing inspection ahead of time helps in many ways:  

It allows you, the seller, to select a qualified inspector of your choice, rather than be at the mercy of the buyer's inspector.  
It allows you to schedule the inspection at your convenience. 
It allows you to see your home through the eyes of a critical, unbiased third party.  
It alerts you to any immediate safety issues before agents and visitors tour your home, as well as for your own safety.    
It permits you to make any necessary or desired repairs ahead of time, and at your pace, so that defects won't become negotiating stumbling blocks later, at the last minute.   
It gives you the time to get your own, reasonably priced contractors, or make any repairs yourself, if qualified. 
It may help the home to show better, after you have completed any repairs or upgrades. 
It helps you to price your home realistically, based on a true understanding of the condition of your home, and after repairs are made, may help substantiate a higher price. 
It is the ultimate gesture of openness and forthrightness on your part, and may help to relieve prospective buyers concerns and suspicions.   
It reduces your liability by adding professional supporting documentation to your disclosure statement.  
It helps lighten negotiations and 11th-hour re-negotiations, so the deal is less likely to fall apart at the last minute, the way they sometimes do when a buyer's inspection unexpectedly reveals a problem.    
   All in all, it should make it easier and quicker to sell your home, and perhaps even get a better price for it.  This certainly should make you happy!  The buyer should be happy, as well, if the purchase can proceed to closing without a lot of complications.  It's a win-win situation for everyone concerned.

   Of course, to assist with marketing, copies of the inspection report along with receipts for any repairs should be made available to potential buyers.  Home sellers who want even more of a marketing edge, can also participate in the Move In Certified program.  To be a part of this program, first the inspection is done by Peace of Mind Home Inspections, then the home seller agrees to correct/repair all of the significant and safety issues that are discovered during the inspection.  The home seller then confirms or certifies  that all repairs have been made either by providing invoices/documentation from repair people or perhaps a re-inspection report.  The inspection report will be posted at MoveInCertified.com for any potential buyer to see.  I will also place an attractive sign on your front yard identifying the home as Move In Certified and directing people to the web site to view the report.                          
    Peace of Mind Home Inspections highly recommends that all home sellers get pre-selling inspections.  Call Mark today 301-514-8243 to schedule your inspection.
For more Help in Selling your Home, go to "Preparing Your Home for the Sale". 

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