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Home Seller Inspections...
Streamlining Real Estate Transactions.

Seller inspections (sometimes referred to as pre-listing inspections) are becoming more popular because they virtually eliminate all the pitfalls and hassles associated with waiting to do the inspections until a buyer is found.  In many ways, waiting to schedule inspection until a buyer's offer is made is too late.  Seller inspections are arranged and paid for by the seller, usually just before the home goes on the market.  The seller is the inspector's client.  The inspector works for the seller and generates a report for the seller.  The seller then typically makes multiple copies of the report and shares them with potential buyers that tour the home for sale.  Seller inspections are a benefit to all parties in a real estate transaction.  They are a win-win-win-win. 

Advantages to the seller:

bulletThe seller can choose a certified NACHI inspector rather than be at the mercy of the buyer's choice of inspector.
bulletThe seller can schedule the inspections at the seller's convenience.
bulletIt might alert the seller of any items of immediate personal concern, such as radon gas or active termite infestation.
bulletThe seller can assist the inspector during the inspection, something normally not done during a buyer's inspection.
bulletThe seller can have inspector correct any misstatements in the inspection report before it is generated.
bulletThe report can help the seller realistically price the home if problems exist.
bulletThe report can help the seller substantiate a higher asking price if problems don't exist or have been corrected.
bulletA seller inspection reveals problems ahead of time which:
bulletmight make the home show better.
bulletgives the seller time to make repairs and shop for competitive contractors.
bulletpermits the seller to attach repair estimates or paid invoices to the inspection report.
bulletremoves over-inflated buyer procured estimates from the negotiation table.
bulletThe report might alert the seller to any immediate safety issues found, before agents and visitors tour the home.
bulletThe report provides a third-party, unbiased opinion to offer to potential buyers.
bulletA seller inspection permits a clean home inspection report to be used as a marketing tool.
bulletA seller inspection is the ultimate gesture in forthrightness on the part of the seller.
bulletThe report might relieve a prospective buyer's unfounded suspicions, before they walk away.
bulletA seller inspection lightens negotiations and 11th-hour renegotiations.
bulletThe report might encourage the buyer to waive the inspection contingency.
bulletThe deal is less likely to fall apart the way they often do when a buyer's inspection unexpectedly reveals a problem, last minute.
bulletThe report provides full-disclosure protection from future legal claims.

Advantages to the real estate agent:

bulletAgents can recommend certified NACHI inspectors as opposed to being at the mercy of buyer's choices in inspectors.
bulletSellers can schedule the inspections at seller's convenience with little effort on the part of agents.
bulletSellers can assist inspectors during the inspections, something normally not done during buyer's inspections.
bulletSellers can have inspectors correct any misstatements in the reports before they are generated.
bulletReports help sellers see their homes through the eyes of a critical, third-party, thus making sellers more realistic about asking price.
bulletAgents are alerted to any immediate safety issues found, before other agents and potential buyers tour the home.
bulletRepairs made ahead of time might make homes show better.
bulletThe reports provide third-party, unbiased opinions to offer to potential buyers.
bulletClean reports can be used as marketing tools to help sell the homes.
bulletReports might relieve prospective buyer's unfounded suspicions, before they walk away.
bulletSeller inspections eliminate buyer's remorse that sometimes occurs just after an inspection.
bulletSeller inspections reduce the need for negotiations and 11th-hour renegotiations.
bulletSeller inspections relieve the agent of having to hurriedly procure repair estimates or schedule repairs.
bulletThe reports might encourage buyers to waive their own inspection.
bulletDeals are less likely to fall apart the way they often do when buyer's inspections unexpectedly reveal problems, last minute. 
bulletReports provide full-disclosure protection from future legal claims.

Advantages to the home buyer:

bulletThe inspection is done already.
bulletThe report provides a more accurate, third-party view of the condition of the home prior to making an offer.
bulletA seller inspection eliminates surprise defects.
bulletProblems are corrected or at least acknowledged prior to making an offer on the home.
bulletA seller inspection reduces the need for negotiations and 11th-hour renegotiations.
bulletThe report might assist in acquiring financing.
bulletA seller inspection allows the buyer to sweeten the offer without increasing the offering price by waiving inspections.

Common myths about seller inspections:

Q.  Don't seller inspections kill deals by forcing sellers to disclose defects they otherwise wouldn't have known about?
A.  Any defect that is material enough to kill a real estate transaction is likely going to be uncovered eventually anyway.  It is best to discover the problem ahead of time, before it can kill the deal.
Q.  A newer home in good condition doesn't need an inspection anyway.  Why should the seller have one done?
A.  Unlike real estate agents whose job it is to market properties for their sellers, inspectors produce objective reports.  If the property is truly in great shape the inspection report becomes a pseudo marketing piece with the added benefit of having been generated by an impartial party. 


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We provide home inspections in all of Charlotte, Waxhaw, Gastonia, Belmont, Clover, York, Lake Wylie, Spartanburg, Greenville, Pineville, Matthews, Weddington, Lake Norman, Indian Trail, Concord, Cornelius, Mooresville, Mint Hill, Fort Mill, Rock Hill, Indian Land, Lancaster, Chester, Gaffney, and the surrounding areas in SC & NC. We do home inspections in Sun City Carolina Lakes, Fort Mill, SC.


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