How to Inspect a Renovation Before Listing It for Sale
A pre-listing inspection is paid for by the current owner or seller of the home, but it’s a necessary step if you’re listing a renovated home for sale. Why would you have your home renovation inspected before you list it on the market? In short, inspecting your home can help catch potential problems early on to have a smoother sales process.
It’s easy to miss a lot of the wear and tear that’s normal in a house that’s been livening in for several years or even decades. These small things add up. Cleaning and fixing up these small repairs and renovations will not only boost the value of your home, but it will also lead to better results when selling. However, don’t trust that your renovations are perfect. It’s always best to get a second, trusted opinion.
In this guide, we’ll talk about why you should inspect your home before you list it for sale. In addition, we’ll cover the best steps to take to inspect your home or renovation before listing it for sale.
Why Inspect Your Renovation?
If you’ve been working on improving your home for a while, it’s easy to think it’s ready for the housing market. You’ve put in a lot of care to make sure all of your updates and upgrades are perfect, what else could you need to do before listing your house?
Think of it this way. One of the biggest fears for new sellers is that once the buyer does their own inspection of the home, something will be discovered about the condition of the house that will potentially ruin the sale. This is something that does happen, and it’s especially common for renovated homes which are likely to have some things overlooked.
As the seller, you don’t have to wait around for the buyer to conduct their own inspection. You can do your own inspection with a professional to determine just what condition your home is in. This way, there will be no surprises when it’s time for your buyer to do their own inspection.
Doing your own home inspection before you list your home has a lot of benefits:
- You know what to expect. Because you know exactly what condition your home is in, you can be upfront with buyers and avoid surprises.
- It’s less stressful. There are no “what ifs” about the condition of your home. You don’t have to worry that something will go wrong with your sale as far as the condition of your home is concerned.
- Pricing is simpler. It’s easier to price your home accurately now that you know the exact condition.
- You have time to make repairs. More importantly, you now have time to make repairs and boost the value and condition of your home before it hits the market.
Now that you know why a home inspection can be a great idea before listing your home, let’s discuss how to proceed with your inspection after a renovation.
Steps to a Successful Pre-Listing Inspection
If you’ve never sourced an inspection on your own, it can be a confusing process. Your real estate agent will be a helpful resource during this process, and they can likely recommend a respected local home inspector. From there, schedule a time for them to meet you at your property to conduct the inspection.
Be mindful of any recent renovations. Be upfront with these changes and any other challenges you’ve experienced with the home to your inspector. This is an area they’ll want to spend extra time.
There are some known repairs that many inspectors recommend before you list your home. Talk to your inspector about whether any of these would be a good idea for your home in particular.
- Fresh paint
- Exterior refresh
- Kitchen appliances
- Bathroom fixtures
- A/C and Heating System
Choosing to perform a home inspection before you list your home as for sale is a proactive way to ensure your home sale is successful. There’s a lot of stress that comes into selling your home. You never know what the buyer might discover about your property.
By doing an inspection on your renovation, you know exactly how your home stacks up against other homes in your market. You’re then in a position to make positive improvements and repairs before your home hits the market.