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Should You Get A Seller Home Inspection Before Placing The Home on The Market?


​​​​​​​As a home seller should hire a home inspector before placing your home on the market. You’re probably thinking like most sellers in the Columbia, South Carolina real estate market, why bother getting a home inspection if the buyer is will simply get their own.


Eventually, your buyers are going to conduct an inspection. You may as well know what they are going to find by getting their first. Having an inspection performed before putting the home on the market helps in many other ways such as:



  • It allows you to see your home through the eyes of a critical and neutral third party.
  • It alerts you to immediate safety issues before agents and visitors tour your home.
  • It may alert you to items of immediate concern, such as radon gas or active termite infestation.
  • It permits you to make repairs ahead of time so that ...
  • Defects won't become negotiating stumbling blocks later.
  • There is no delay in obtaining the Use and Occupancy Permit.
  • You have the time to get reasonably priced contractors or make the repairs yourself, if qualified.
  • It helps you to price your home realistically.
  • It may relieve prospects' concerns and suspicions.
  • It may encourage the buyer to waive his inspection contingency.
  • It reduces your liability by adding professional supporting documentation to your disclosure statement.


Never hire an inspector who is not a member of InterNACHI, which provides the most trusted and rigorous training for inspectors in the industry. Copies of the inspection report, along with receipts for any repairs should be made available to potential buyers.


Once You have the report, the next decision you will have to make is when to correct the problems identified by your home inspector. Making certain repairs makes sense particularly if they are relatively inexpensive or small. However, for larger and major repairs you may also consider prioritizing which repairs to make before placing your home on the market. Which ultimately results in having few problems with the home. Therefore if you’ve remedied most of the problems, then you’ve shortened the list considerably. If you’re in the market for seller home inspection in Columbia, South Carolina give the folks at S&J Home Inspections a call (803) 261-4768 to schedule your seller home inspection. 


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