Pricing your home at the correct value can be quite a hassle. You don’t want to lose any money, but you don’t want to scare off potential buyers, either. One of the main factors that influence the price is the shape of your home, its appliances, and of its main systems. While you cannot be expected to perform a professional check-up of everything in your house, there are several types of house inspections that you can book to that end.
Types of House Inspections Recommended for Sellers
Having your home inspected before listing it helps you with more than setting a fair price. You will also gain peace of mind and confidence during all negotiations. Plus, letting your potential buyers know that you already performed a house inspection will boost their confidence in you.
Take a look at the most common types of house inspections for sellers. Choose the one that suits your needs best and put your house on the market carefree:
1. Full Home Inspection
This is ideal for both sellers and buyers. The full home inspection is an overview of all the mechanical and structural components in your home.
From structural integrity and foundation status to electrical systems checkup and appliances review, the inspector will take a look at anything that could be malfunctioning or in need of repair/replacement.
At the end of the full home inspection you will receive a very detailed report (around 40 pages), complete with photos and recommendations. Afterwards, you can decide if you want to make the repairs on your own or lower the price of your home so the buyer can make them.
2. Major Systems Inspection
Even if you haven’t had any issues recently, you never can know when problems in your home’s major systems will start to root. Such an inspection is designed to protect both you and the buyer from unpleasant surprises.
The inspector will take a close look at your roof and attic, as well as at your electrical, plumbing, and heating and cooling systems. In other words, all the systems that can generate massive expenses unless repaired in due time will be carefully evaluated. A comprehensive report with photos and recommendations will be written.
This type of home inspection isn’t just ideal for people who prepare to sell or buy a home. It is also advisable that homeowners book such an inspection for their peace of mind. Identifying a major system problem can save you tens of thousands of dollars in repair or replacement costs.
3. Verbal Consultation
If you are very confident that all the systems in your home work perfectly and/or if they are all relatively new, then a verbal consultation might be all you need.
For this type of inspection, no written report will be presented to the seller. Instead, the inspector will take a close look at all the system in the house and have a lengthy discussion with you about what you can improve in order to get a higher price.
A verbal consultation isn’t just meant to help you identify systems that need repairs or systems that need to be replaced altogether. A savvy inspector can also make recommendations about small improvements that can boost your property’s value. For instance, you can learn about making your home more energy-efficient. Low utility bills are always a great selling point!
Not sure which of these house inspections is right for you? We can always help you with professional advice. Get in touch with us, tell us a little bit about your property and your expectations and we will come up with the best way for you to get the best possible price for it!