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Getting ready to sell your home can be a stressful ordeal. From finding the right real estate agent to bringing in potential buyers, selling your home can sometimes be overwhelming. If you are concerned about any issues that may hamper a potential deal, being proactive about prepping your house for sale can save you a lot of headaches down the road.

Most buyers will want to have a professional inspection done before closing on the deal to make sure that there are no major problems with the property. Wise home sellers will often take advantage of the time prior to putting their home on the market to have a pre-inspection done.

The process is the same whether it’s done by the owners or the buyers, and the results can give you a timely heads-up about any potential problems. It will be up to you what you want to address as far as repairs are concerned, but having a pre-inspection done will help you to set a fair market price before you hang out the for-sale sign.

An exterior inspection can help you find any problems that can affect your home’s curb appeal. You will want to have your home in the best possible cosmetic condition before you sell to get the best price. First impressions are critical for closing the deal quickly.

A pre-inspection will allow you to deal transparently with your broker and a potential buyers, leaving no room for unpleasant surprises prior to the sale. Letting your buyers know that you have taken the time and care to have your home inspected can help build confidence and trust.

Avoid lowball offers by being able to fairly price your home based on the results of an inspection. Take the time to remedy any issues that could be deal breakers and save yourself time and lost money by staying ahead of the game.

When you are booking a pre-inspection, you always want to use the professionals. Make sure that the inspection will be covering all of the basic aspects of your home and property for a fair assessment. A full inspection should include the following:

Basic Structure

  • Includes your foundation and any settling or support issues in the home

Exterior

  • Inspection of all exterior building materials, including siding, paneling and brick

Roofing

  • A full roof inspection should tell you how many years are left on your current roof before replacement is needed. You should have your drainage and eaves systems inspected for functionality as well

Plumbing

  • All house plumbing including septic systems should be fully inspected for code regulations and deterioration

Electrical

Heating & Cooling

  • Your furnace or full HVAC unit should be inspected for age, wear and efficiency

Interior

  • All interior ceilings, walls, moldings and floors should be inspected for wear or damage