Why should I get a pre-list inspection?

Why should I get a pre-list inspection?


Let’s start with the obvious question…


What is a prelist inspection?

A prelist inspection or seller’s home inspection happens before you list with your real estate brokerage. An inspector goes through your home and checks to see any repairs, major or minor, which might affect the sale of your home.


Many of these repairs may be small jobs that you can complete over a weekend, but if there are larger ones, this inspection offers you a choice. You can choose to fix them yourself or take the needed repairs into consideration when pricing your home with your real estate agent. This can be advantage when negotiating your home’s selling price. You know what your home is worth and there aren’t any nasty surprises when the buyer’s home inspector comes knocking.


It is more important to do an inspection if your home is older and especially in rural areas, however, newer constructions may still apply. It can happen that tradesmen overlook some details, minor steps and finishes that would not commonly be caught by an untrained homeowner during the pre-delivery inspections. Example can include roofing anomalies, exterior caulking, or maybe building code violations unknown to the common consumer. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.


What will the prelist inspection look at?

The prelist inspection will look at the overall state of your home, inside and out. The inspector will visually examine your home’s structure including the roof, all its systems (plumbing, mechanical, etc.) and may even give you an estimate on how much the repair costs might run you. It is important however to note, that this is a visual inspection of your home. There can be problems hidden behind walls and under floors that no one could possibly know about. Inspectors are trained to look for tell-tale signs of problems, but they don’t have x-ray vision.


This is a great way to prepare for the sale of your home, making the transaction go smoothly. Talk to your Realtor to see if they recommend you doing a prelist inspection.


Here at Exit Realty Matrix, the cost of your prelist inspection is refunded to you upon the sale of your home when listed with us. It’s a win-win! Talk to one of our agents for more details.

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