* If there'd been a pre-list inspection, he'd still have them in a row.
Don't let vermiculite, or anything else turn your ducks around.
The overall condition of a property didn't always have such a big impact upon a deal however in recent years, especially in major centres across Canada today Realtors are working more closely with home owners, to sell homes quickly while maintaining higher sales prices. The single most effective method applied is Realtors encouraging sellers to get a home inspection before they list their homes for sale.
A pre-listing home inspection—one that is paid for by the seller or in some instances by the selling agent before a house is put on the market—plays a large part in a buyer's decision to buy. It signals openness about the shape of the house and omits the possibility of unpleasant surprises that could potentially slow the sales transactions and bring the price down. In addition, Realtors who require or recommend pre-listing home inspections give their clients' homes a marketing edge.
These inspections also give the discriminating buyer upfront information on the condition of the home, and in some cases, a preemptive seller's inspection means that repairs, such as a dripping faucet or roof leaks, will likely be fixed. The report also signifies to buyers that the sellers made all efforts to sell the house and cared about selling to somebody who was going to be satisfied with the condition of the home and the repairs made to it. With their own report, sellers can choose, for example, to spend a few hundred dollars fixing a faulty electrical problem that might otherwise result in a claim for thousands off the home price.
Some of the multiple benefits of recommending that a seller conduct a pre-listing home inspection include the financial advantage for home sellers to make important repairs. Should a buyer request a specific repair as part of the sale agreement, the seller could easily be placed in the position of having that repair done at the last minute at a higher cost. Alternatively, if that buyer opted to negotiate the price downward due to a repair left undone, they may face typical decreases such as for every $1 of identified repairs, buyers ask at least double or triple that in a price reduction.
Savvy home sellers who, for example, learn through home inspection that portions of the roof need repair may opt to repair that section immediately. Paying $1,000 for a repair is far more enticing than reducing the asking price by $5,000 or more. Buyers typically expect a $2 to $3 price discount for every $1 worth of defects turned up by their inspector.
Most buyers think that buying a home is going to be a lengthy, complicated, and stressful process potentially lasting for months. The pre-listing home inspection reduces the stress inherent in such a major transaction as all parties quickly gain a thorough knowledge of the home through a full written home inspection report.
It also reduces time spent on the negotiation process, as all information on the home is given upfront to the buyer. This limits the potential of any surprises and tells to the buyer that problems may have been found and were repaired so the house is in the best condition possible.
Pre-listing home inspections are no longer a rarity; instead, they're becoming a valuable part of any seller's marketing. In some markets it's estimated that the number of home owners choosing to conduct a pre-listing home inspection has increased to 85% in the last one to two years.
Sellers or Realtors who pay for a pre-listing home inspection know it's a small price to pay - average cost is $450 for a check list covering over 1,500 items in a home. The result is that they're more prepared to sell the home quickly for the highest valuation and that home buyers are more receptive to enter into a sale because they feel comfortable with all the information on the home's condition being disclosed upfront.
Gil Strachan is a professional home inspector, representing Electrospec Home Inspection Services in east-central Ontario since 1994.