Here are some advantages of a Move-In Certified™ sellers inspection:
- The sellers can assist the inspector during the inspection, something that is not normally done during the buyer’s inspection.
- The sellers and agent are alerted to any immediate safety issues discovered before other agents and potential buyers tour the home, and any issues or repairs can be resolved ahead of time, without rushing, which will help the home show better.
- The sellers are given an opportunity to dispute or clarify any misstatements in the report before it’s generated for distribution.
- The inspection report helps the sellers see their home through the eyes of an unbiased third party, thus making them more realistic about the asking price.
- A Move-In Certified™ inspection report can be used as a marketing tool to help sell the home, both at an open house and online, where the report is hosted at FetchReport.com.
- Move-In Certified™ yard signs draw more interest and attract potential buyers.
- A Move-In Certified™ sellers inspection may encourage a buyer to waive their own inspection contingency.
- Deals are less likely to fall apart, the way they sometimes do when a buyer's inspection unexpectedly reveals problems at the last minute.
There are also some disadvantages of a sellers inspection:
- You will now need to disclose many of the issues found during the inspection, whether you choose to fix them or not.
- Just because you've had a Move-In Certified™ pre-listing inspection done, doesn't mean the buyers won't hire there own inspector, who could possibly find other issues. A home inspection is not technically exhaustive.
- A Move-In Certified™ sellers inspection may reveal issues that the buyer's inspector could miss, like structural issues, mold, water damage or evidence of rodents/pests. The more you know, the more you need to disclose or repair.
Still not sure if a pre-listing sellers inspection is right for you. I do offer a 1-hour pre-listing walk-through, which could alert you to many issues that a home inspector may find. This will allow you to make necessary repairs so that the property will show better while on the market and during the buyer's home inspection.