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Most real estate agents will offer a few tips to the seller before listing a home on the market. Declutter, paint neutral colors, clean off the counters, keep the yard picked up. Just a few things to make the home show better.

A good consultation with a licensed home inspector will highlight area’s where improvements are needed, limiting surprises when you do get an offer. There is no such thing as a perfect house. If there are issues raised that need further evaluation, this can be done before the home is listed, rather than in the middle of a potentially high-stress negotiation.

The seller will have control over when, if and how repairs are addressed. Maybe you fix things yourself, or your neighbor or brother in law knows how? As long as it’s done properly and working correctly at the buyer’s inspection, there’s no reason to write it up. Working correctly is very important!

Deals are less likely to fall through, resulting in happy sellers and happy agents! A pre-listing consultation with a licensed home inspector is the way to get the issues out in the open before they become a negotiating nightmare.

Before you put your house on the market, find out what needs to be done to get it “show room ready” so you can make a great first impression to prospective buyers.
Meet with a home inspector for a pre-listing consultation before you list your home.