Before You List Your Home…

A while back I wrote about our walk-through inspection option – a popular, cost saving alternative to a traditional inspection for buyers who are purchasing a rental, foreclosure, commercial property, or house being sold as is and who are concerned primarily with major defects rather than every tiny detail that would normally be included in a full report.

Walk-throughs are extremely popular among buyers of such properties… and for good reason, but a walk-through is every bit as beneficial if you’re looking to sell your home. In fact, I would argue that for most potential sellers a pre-listing walk-through should be a no-brainer!

As an inspection chapter president, I make it a priority to constantly stay up-to-date on industry trends, not only in our region, but across the country. One thing I’ve discovered is that the “normal” way of doing things varies somewhat dramatically from one area to the next – even within the same state. In some areas it’s fairly normal for sellers to have their home inspected prior to listing, but in most (like ours) the seller usually lists without an inspection and hopes that the buyer’s inspection doesn’t uncover any major (and potentially costly) surprises.

It goes without saying that any seller would rather be in the know than in the dark regarding an inspection of their home. Without a pre-listing inspection, the seller is likely to feel good after getting a reasonable offer only to suddenly feel very nervous when it’s time for the inspection. After all, an inspection is one of the only steps in the process that could be a deal killer IF enough concerning defects are uncovered. I’ve seen incredibly nervous sellers countless times, and it’s no surprise. One seller recently told me he couldn’t sleep the night before our inspection because, despite maintaining his home impeccably, “it was the fear of the unknown.”

But what if there was a way to make the “unknown,” known? What if you could go into the selling process with little or no fear, knowing that you’ve already been made aware of and dealt with any major issues that could hinder an otherwise smooth sale? You may think, “That obviously sounds great, but what is this going to cost me!?”

The answer: not much! …especially when you consider the peace of mind you get from having your home thoroughly inspected and any major defects dealt with before you try to sell! At the time of this article, our current pre-listing walk-through price for a typical home below 2,500 sf is only $150. That’s less than half the cost of a regular inspection on a similarly sized home! And to date, every seller we’ve done a pre-listing walk-through for has been thrilled they had it done and has had a much more smooth and stress-free selling process. Needless to say, the buyers of those sellers’ homes were also very relieved to know that an inspection had already been completed and the more concerning issues repaired.

When you consider the stress of selling your home, the many benefits of having a pre-listing walk-through clearly outweigh its low cost. Remember that nervous seller who couldn’t sleep? I asked him how valuable a pre-listing walk-through would have been to him had he known about it, and without hesitation he said, “Priceless!”

We’ve designed this option to give you peace of mind as you prepare to sell, and I strongly encourage you to take full advantage of a pre-listing walk-through, whether with us or another inspector in your area. Pre-listing walk-throughs should be much more common, and I invite you to help us promote this as the new norm in order to help buyers, sellers and their agents experience a more smooth and less stressful experience!

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DIY Series – Home Safety 101

Home safety should be a top priority for us all, yet few people know what the recommended safety guidelines are, and they exist for good reason. Do you know much about the different types of smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors, where they should be located throughout your home, the advanced modern features that some possess, and how they are best configured? Do you know the guidelines for GFCI outlets, handrails and guardrails, fire separation and mechanical door safety features in attached garages? What about egress (emergency exit/rescue) guidelines?

These answers and more are included in this MUST WATCH video that I strongly encourage you to watch fully to ensure you and your family are safe!

DIY Series – Electrical!

Do you know how electricity actually works to power your home? Do you feel comfortable with basic wiring, diagnosing electrical problems and performing (safely!) simple repairs on your own?

In this episode of the DIY series we go over these topics, as well as some fascinating facts about electricity that you’ll hopefully find not only interesting but very helpful! Check out the video below to learn more…

DIY Series – Caulking!

Interior caulking is a job you definitely don’t want to have to pay a professional to do, but if you don’t know much about the many different types of sealants or best practices for applying them you’ll probably end up with a big mess and an even bigger headache!

In this DIY episode we go over common types of caulks, their properties and intended uses, tricks to a clean and professional grade installation, and more.

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DIY Series – Power Saws!

Are you familiar with the most common types of power saws, and do you feel completely comfortable using them? Power saws are a must for many DIY home projects, but many people don’t know much beyond the basics.

In this video, we go over the most common types of power saws, their uses, how to operate them safely and more.

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