A pre-listing home inspection can identify areas of concern prior to the home going on the market, even in today’s market conditions. Some of the many advantages of a pre-listing inspection include:
- Upfront knowledge of the home’s condition can lead to cleaner offers and smoother transactions and get you to closing faster.
- Sellers can decide what repairs, updates or replacements they want to make prior to listing their home. This can mean both a better listing price and more interested buyers.
- If the sellers opt to sell “as-is” the pre-listing inspection report is a great marketing tool that builds buyer trust through transparency, which reflects well on you.
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With inventory at or near all-time lows, many homes are selling “as is” and moving quickly. In this seller’s market, is a pre-listing home inspection still a good idea? The short answer is “Yes.” Here’s why:
- Homes with a pre-listing inspection sell for more
- Get to closing faster
- Fully understand the home before listing
- Gain seller confidence that they’re getting the best price
- Create buyer trust through transparency about the home’s condition.
Pillar To Post Home Inspectors truly understands the challenges and opportunities this kind of market creates. As North America’s leading home inspection company, we have been ensuring confident home ownership for over 25 years. We are here to help.
In today’s red-hot real estate market, many homes are selling “as is” and moving quickly. As North America’s leading home inspection company, Pillar To Post understands the challenges this kind of market creates and we are here to help with:
- Short-notice home inspections
- Day After Closing/Settlement inspections.
With a Pillar To Post home inspection, your clients will gain peace of mind about the home’s condition and safety, and be assured that major issues have been disclosed. Even after the sale has closed, a home inspection will help ensure confident home ownership.
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The charms of living in an older home can be many – history, style, craftsmanship, quirks. But maintenance can be tricky and expensive, especially if certain systems and features have been neglected over the years.
- Energy inefficiency is probably the number one issue with older homes. New windows can be very expensive, but will contribute immensely to reduced energy use and lower heating and cooling costs. Replacement windows are available in several styles and at different price points, so finding ones that suit the look of an older home is easier than ever.
- Poor insulation wastes energy and money, and makes living in the home uncomfortable. The most important area to insulate is the attic, but walls and floors above ventilated crawlspaces should also be insulated if possible.
- Check old water pipes to identify the material and determine if they need to be replaced. Some older materials such as galvanized steel, iron, and even lead are still in use today even though new construction doesn’t allow them. Replacement options include copper and CPVC piping.
- Outdated electrical systems are often found in older homes and may not only be dangerous, they can make the house uninsurable in some situations. Even if no danger is present, we use much more electricity in our homes today and the capacity of older systems may be inadequate. Only a qualified electrician should attempt any repairs or updates to a home’s electrical system.
With careful maintenance and a nod to history, older homes can be comfortable, stylish, and even energy efficient in the right hands.