Should I Have a Home Inspection Before I Sell My House?

Electrical BBQMost homeowners are not fully aware of the true condition of the major systems of their own house.

Unless you are trained in the construction and maintenance trades (and sometimes even if you are), it is quite likely that there are important things you don’t know about your own home. Inspectors are specially trained to ferret these things out. It is not uncommon for a seller to be caught off guard when the buyer’s inspector determines that the roof, though not leaking, is at the end of its life or is damaged. Or that there are electrical safety hazards. Or the plumbing is leaking and no one noticed. Or there are structural problems, etc.

So why not head it off at the pass? The sale transaction could go much more smoothly if you have already had a full investigation of your own home by a reliable neutral third party, and you are willing to disclose this to your buyers. Your credibility just jumped up several notches. The buyer is comfortable knowing you are not hiding anything. And the last minute surprises and drama are kept to a minimum. An inspection is a very small investment with a large return when it comes to the sale of the home. You might even find ways to increase your home’s value that you didn’t think of.

On the other hand, if there is nothing really wrong with your home, you now have an inspection report that will back you up.

Don’t get me wrong, I like drama – but only on TV and in the movies. You don’t need it when you are selling your house!

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