Sellers Pre-inspection

Before you decide to place your Gual home on the market, take a more proactive approach and allow me to assist you in getting your home to stand out in the crowd amongst other homes in this competitive market. You may as well find out (now) what the Buyers Home Inspector is going to find, by getting Massachusetts Home Inspections in there first. I'll give you a better understanding of your existing conditions which may be discovered by the Buyer's Inspector. I'll educate you on the present physical condition of your home and identify those problem areas and safety issues that need your attention now. I'll identify those crucial areas that typical home buyers tend to negotiate over and expensive items that usually make a Real Estate sale fall apart. Upgrading or fixing these issues will prevent any problems from occurring at the "eleventh hour" before the transaction closes.

My inspection is going to be your insurance policy for a smooth and speedy transaction and it will assist you in obtaining full list price for your home. It also shows good faith in carrying out the disclosure requirements. It communicates to the Buyer that you (the Seller) are willing to disclose all shortcomings, thereby paving the way for smoother, more agreeable negotiations.

You will then go over my findings and have plenty of time to make the repairs and improvements on your own terms and budget, with plenty of time to spare. Knowing about the problem now will save you thousands by simply being able to shop around and get competitive bids from contractors rather than being forced into paying for a rush job at the last minute. Upgrading and repairing those defects now will put the house in better selling condition and prevent Buyers from negotiating over every little issue. It also reduces negotiable items in the sale and shows prospective Buyers you've shown initiative in trying to avoid sticking points.


If you do not plan on repairing defects for the sale, consider contacting reputable contractors (in your area) to provide you with their repair estimates for any significant defects that are noted in your inspection report. Inexperienced home Buyers often have no idea how much it will cost to replace a roof, remove asbestos from their heating system or treat for Termites. Fear of the unknown is intimidating, so enclose all reasonable estimates in your Pre-Sale inspection report. This may absolutely assuage the Buyer's concern.

After preparing your home, you can now sit back, relax and enjoy reduced liability and less negotiating because fewer problems will be discovered by the Buyer's Inspector. A proactive disclosure, in many cases, is met with appreciation on the part of the prospective Buyer; and it's not likely to kill the deal. If you disclose certain defective items "as is" and stipulating that they are reflected in the purchase price, Buyers become aware of the condition of the house before an offer is even made. There will not be any surprises and the deal is far from falling apart. If the problem is unveiled later, however, prospective Buyers are likely to think that you tried to deceive them. Most of the time, you had no prior knowledge that the problem even existed. You should have all the information needed to help make your selling transaction less frustrating and to function more smoothly.

Lastly, pre-inspections protect the safety of both the Seller and the Buyer. I could, in fact, uncover a potential disaster waiting for the first opportunity to strike. Since you are likely to remain in the home for a period of time during the transaction process, the discovery of such a problem benefits everyone -- Seller and Buyer. And the sooner the problem is discovered, the less expensive it is (for you) to repair.

If you would consider Gual Home Inspections to assist you in turning your home into a Buyer friendly home, you won't regret it. With a Pre-Listing inspection, you'll see the smoothest transaction that anyone could ever experience. I guarantee that you'll see a big improvement in the transaction process over other home sales and all parties involved will experience a worry-free and smooth sale. At Massachusetts Home Inspections, I believe that presentation is enormously important. Buying a home is one of life's most important purchases and how the house looks and feels is crucial.

Having a Pre-Listing Inspection performed ahead of time helps in many ways:

  • It allows you to see your home through the eyes of a critical third-party.
  • It helps you to price your home realistically.
  • It permits you to make repairs ahead of time so that defects don't become negotiating stumbling blocks later.
  • There's no delay in obtaining the Use and Occupancy permit.
  • You'll have plenty of time to get reasonably priced contractors or yourself (if qualified) to pull permits and make needed repairs.
  • It may encourage the buyer to waive the inspection contingency.
  • It will alert you of items of immediate personal concern, such as active termite infestation or structural deficiencies.
  • It may relieve prospect's concerns and suspicions.
  • It greatly reduces your liability by adding professional supporting documentation to your disclosure statement and alerting you to immediate safety issues before agents and visitors tour your listing.

Resolving home inspection issues can be contentious and even a deal-breaker, but well-informed buyers and sellers are more likely to coast into a much smoother closing. Everyone involved in the sale will benefit from your PRE-LISTING INSPECTION.

The Seller:

  • Will help protect Seller from the failure to disclose known
  • Gives the Seller a chance to correct problems or reflect them
   in the asking price
  • Prevents last-minute re-negotiations for unknown defects
  • Assures the sale will progress smoothly towards the closing

The Buyer:

  • Discloses up front, any major problems with the property
  • Prevents having to find another home due to unknown
  defects that arise
  • Gives confidence that their decision to purchase the property was the right one
  • Provides a guide on future expenses in owning the property

The Sales Agent:

  • Prevents a sale from falling apart at the last minute
  • Reduces the amount of negotiations that will take place between buyer and Seller
  • Assures the agent that the property condition has been properly disclosed, thereby reducing chances of litigation later on
  • Prevents having to sell the Buyer a second time because of unknown defects

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