“Have my house inspected before I sell it? Why would I do that?” is the typical response when a real estate agent or other housing expert suggests a seller hire a professional home inspector to come take a detailed look at their home and property before it’s “on the market.”
So why would a seller consider having their home inspected? First, it sets the seller apart from others. Since most sellers don’t or won’t do this, it communicates to potential buyers that– with this house– there’s nothing to hide. It’s a goodwill gesture and helps build trust and respect between sellers and buyers. If there’s one thing buyers crave, it’s the feeling that they’re not getting “taken for a ride.” Face it– we all want others to be honest with us. A home inspection is an honest assessment of a home.
Not only does a “pre-inspection” help make a potential buyer feel more confident about a place, but it also may save the seller money in the long run. The average person doesn’t know too much about their own home beyond what they can easily see. A home inspection, though, delves deeper, exposing any minor or major issues. Think of this like a doctor’s check-up. If there are any problems that need attention, it’s better to know about them and deal with them up front rather than surprisingly find out about them later on. Having issues fixed before offering a home for sale can help make it sell faster. Furthermore, whether or not fixes are done, disclosing issues to a buyer can protect the seller from lawsuits. Also, without the inspection, suppose the buyer discovers a problem the buyer didn’t know about– then the seller will likely have to lower the price. The sale could be delayed or even terminated. Thus, it’s better to know as much information about the house before it’s available for sale.
Finally, sellers should consider having their homes inspected simply to highlight any assets. For example, an inspector may point out the best assets of the home, such as a high-quality, non-leaking roof, that the seller can then use to further “talk up” the place.