Certified Home Inspections of Valparaiso provides residential property inspections for clients in Porter, Lake, and Laporte counties and highly recommends “Pre-Listing” home inspections to current homeowners preparing to sell. Many homeowners call to inquire about and request our “pre-listing inspection”, which was created to uncover defects for the seller before the house is listed for sale on the MLS. Certified Home Inspection’s top priority is to thoroughly inspect the home, inform the property owner of it’s condition, and make recommendations to help alleviate any surprise delays and/or unforeseen deal-breakers before any prospective buyers come to view the house and possibly make an offer to buy.
Choosing to perform a pre-listing home inspection will expose the home’s defects early on in the selling process, allowing the homeowner an ample opportunity to remedy the issues in a timely manner. The seller has the option to provide prospective buyers with the home inspection results and documentation proving the repairs were successfully completed by licensed contractors. Offering the report to prospective buyers is a great indication of honesty, transparency, and provides helpful information with regards to the condition of the home.
Many issues discovered by our home inspectors are categorized as “Major Concerns” and do have a large impact on the selling and negotiating process. Uncovering the issues early, before the house is listed for sale, and making repairs beforehand is pro-active and will provide the seller and prospective buyer peace of mind throughout the process. In addition, the buyers are free to hire an inspection company of their choice if they feel unsure about the findings of the pre-listing inspection.
Certified Home Inspections has experienced many property transactions fall through after an offer has been accepted. Mostly, buyers become frustrated with the home inspection findings and aren’t prepared to finance the unexpected repairs found during the inspection so close to closing. We recommend the homeowners call Certified out to perform a “Pre-Listing Home Inspection” prior to listing the house, hire licensed contractors to perform all repairs discovered by the inspector, and offer the inspection report to every interested buyer that comes to view the property.