Get your home pre-inspected to avoid surprises

When it comes to real estate transactions, typically the buyer gets the home inspected to see if everything’s in good working order, or not. A home inspection includes an examination of the foundation and basement, roof, attic, heating and water systems, electrical and plumbing systems, as well as the general condition of the structure itself. An inspector will look for poor construction practices and make note of any repairs that might be required or any general maintenance issues.

However, here’s a tip: sellers should consider getting their homes “pre-inspected” to avoid any surprises.

Imagine if you’ve lived in the same house for decades, and then decide to move. During all those years, things could have happened behind the walls that you don’t know about. Before putting your house on the market, hiring a Registered Home Inspector is a smart idea that can save you money, time, and headaches in the long run.

Troy Trudgeon, owner of A Buyer’s Choice Home Inspections – Edmonton NE, is one of Edmonton’s most trusted and reliable home inspectors. He says, “Time and again, I uncover issues with a home that the seller was completely unaware of. These last-minute discoveries can lead to sales delays, added expenses, and can even derail a deal altogether.”

Trudgeon advises sellers to take care of issues with the home before they become a problem in negotiating a deal.

According to Trudgeon, home inspectors in Alberta are required to be licensed, bonded, and insured. The licensing requirement sets the inspector as a neutral, third-party investigator. Whether the inspector is hired by a buyer or a seller, the same inspection is done on the home and includes the same information. Home inspectors are not on anybody’s side and are bound by their license and code of ethics to report unbiased and factual information.

Sellers are getting pre-inspections these days because it affects the listing price.

“Evidence shows that homes that are pre-inspected prior to listing, on average, sell 30% more quickly and for more money,” says Trudgeon. “A pre-sales inspection allows the seller to identify a more accurate selling price. It also identifies any remedial work that needs to be done. The seller can then deal with any defects, or safety issues, or marginal issues in the home and greatly eliminate much of the back-and-forth negotiating that typically takes place during the final few days of a real estate sale.”

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