Do I need a home inspector?

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While not required, getting a home inspector to inspect your property before you list it could be beneficial.

Why you should get your inspected before listing

1. Buyers will see your home as a "open book'

If you get your home inspected before listing, it shows you are serious about selling your home and that you are willing to work with the buyers on closing the deal as quickly as possible. It will also show them that your asking price is set right as you are being upfront about the property. All of this can give potential buyers peace of mind and confidence.

2. It can save you money in the long run

As a seller you want to ensure that you sell your property as fast as possible, at the right price and with a inspection before listing you will get a heads-up if there are problems a potential buyer will likely want repaired. A home that is in the best possible condition will fetch a better asking price and potential buyers looking for a move-in ready home will be more likely to make an offer.

Another benefit is that a pre-inspection will let buyers know about any repairs they will need to make and by disclosing all known issues upfront, you're protecting yourself against claims the buyer might make later — which sometimes result in lawsuits.

If you leave the inspection up to the buyer and problems are uncovered during this stage, buyers might use this as an opportunity to negotiate a lower offer or they might even not want to go through with the sale.

3. It can highlight your home’s assets

An inspection might be able to give your home the competitive edge in a tough market. Upgrades and renovations might be a selling point between your home and a very similar home that still needs to be upgraded.