There is a lot of frustration associated with selling a home in today’s real estate market. Prices of homes are down, there’s the mortgage crunch, and there are a lot of homes on the market as well. Home buyers are definitely in the driver’s seat.
“But one easy and inexpensive thing the home seller can do to get their house sold quicker, with less hassle and often times for more money is to get an inspection on the home before they list it for sale,” Hank Jaworowski of Precision Home Inspection of America said. "It’s much better for the home seller to understand the issues with the house and deal with them before the buyers arrive in order to increase the chances of the sale moving forward.”
“Potential home buyers want to purchase a home that is in great shape, no matter the age of the home,” Jaworowski said. There is one secret all home sellers need to know; home buyers make their decision to purchase a home based on emotion and then justify their decision with logic. And another thing is equally true: home buyers can fall out of love with a home just as quickly as they fell in love with it. So why allow a buyer’s inspector to develop a laundry list of issues with the home and potentially jeopardizing the sale of the property? That’s why having an inspection on the home before you put the house on the market makes complete sense.
A Pre-Listing Home Inspection will not only reveal the issues the seller needs to be aware of, but it gives the seller time to obtain multiple bids for the work that needs to be done and to select the best contractors at the best price. At that point the seller can either fix the items or negotiate the price with estimates that they have gotten.
Best of all, having the inspection done before showing the home will make the home more marketable; in better condition for viewing, and help the seller attain the maximum selling price.
“The intent of my Pre-Listing Inspection is not to find the $200 problems; it is to find the $2000 problems. These are the things that affect people’s decision to purchase,” Jaworowski said. These types of problems are generally unknown to the seller and they can be deal breakers.
A home inspection done by an independent professional home inspector, who has no stake in the sale of the home, is a thorough, in-depth visual evaluation of the structure and operating components of the home. It includes such components as landscaping effects on the foundation, structural components, roofing, chimneys, gutters and downspouts, siding and trim, attics, plumbing, electrical, heating, interior rooms, and the condition of the basement or crawl space.
“I understand that a seller doesn’t want to hear any bad news. Jaworowski said. But they have to realize that no home is perfect, and as soon as they understand that, they are on the way to making their home more marketable. Remember, making your home the most marketable it can be should be your number one goal. That’s why I recommend having a Pre-Listing Inspection done upfront.”
Hank Jaworowski is co-owner of Precision Home Inspection of America, is located in Smithtown, Long Island, New York and you can visit his website at http://www.longislandhomeinspection.org. All inspections are done by either Hank Jaworowski, a former home remodeling professional and author of “Don’t Let Anyone Work On Your Home ………Until You read This Book” or Lee Jaworowski, a licensed professional engineer. They offer a variety of inspection services and serve Suffolk County, Nassau County, Queens, Bronx, Brooklyn, Staten Island, Manhattan and areas located outside of New York City.