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Saturday, November 20, 2010

Home Seller Tip: Home Inspections Prior to Listing Your House for Sale

I always recommend an inspection prior to listing an older home - not to save the buyer an inspection but rather to address any unknown issues, sort of like a physical exam before starting a strenuous fitness program.

Most sellers understand that the buyers will probably have an inspection done after they have found a house they want to buy and have negotiated a contract. 

Inspections by the buyer is a critical step in the real estate purchase.   Inspections can very easily become a deal breaker.   

If your home is more than a few years old there may be some hidden issues.  Some, if not most, of these issues  may be minor and can be taken care of by the owner.  Or some may require a service call by an appropriate professional. 

Why not take care of these potential “deal killers” early on?   A clean inspection report can be a plus in the marketing process – especially if your home is an older home.

Even if there are no "deal breakers" sometimes the "little" things may result in the buyer asking for concessions (read that as price cuts) in order to proceed with the deal.

You may know your home is in top notch condition but your buyers may not!  A pre-listing home inspection will give you and the prospective buyers more confidence.

If you are considering selling your Brevard County Florida home, let me know.  I would be happy to discuss the process and how we can help you!

Gary L. Waters PLLC, Florida licensed real estate agent, Century 21 Baytree Realty, Rockledge, Florida.

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