Give Your Lake Granbury Home a Pre-Inspection

Greg & Dawn Willis
Published on May 18, 2013

Give Your Lake Granbury Home a Pre-Inspection

If you are readying your home for sale this summer, one tactic to set your property apart from other Granbury real estate listings is to order a pre-inspection. If you’re not familiar with the term, a pre-inspection is a less detailed, less expensive visual inspection designed to report major conditions certain to be noted in the final home inspection. Why add this extra expense? Won’t buyers ultimately get their own inspection?

Yes, they will. But the purpose is not to replace a final inspection, It is to attract more offers and hasten a final sale by minimizing re-negotiation. It helps you to minimize distractions, which always have a way of complicating the sale process.

Picture yourself as a prospective buyer. Hood County listings which headline the availability of a pre-inspection report automatically seem to be offered by someone who is proud of their property’s condition and unafraid of what the final inspection will reveal. To skittish prospective buyers, it serves to lessen the “fear of the unknown” that can make buyers hesitate before writing an offer. If there were a formula, it would look something like:

Eliminating objections = Attracting more offers!

Pre-inspected listings let you document major conditions that have either been addressed or left for the future owner to remediate as he or she sees fit. By noting how your asking price includes precise dollar allowances for named conditions, you display openness and conviction in the basis for your pricing. Local listings, written after a pre-inspection, are a lot more likely minimize last minute re-negotiation. If you have ever been asked at the last minute to knock off $20k from an accepted offer, you know the value of that.

It is worth noting that any serious defects that a pre-inspection identify must be disclosed, for better or for worse. But fear of a major discovery shouldn’t dissuade you since any major defect will certainly be discovered by the buyer’s inspector. The old saying applies: “Knowledge is power.” I recommend calling Greg Lewis at 817-279-9953. He is a top notch inspector and he will do you a great job!

If you plan to add your own property to the local Granbury real estate market any time this year, my job is to see that it brings you top dollar. Contact me today to talk over the way we will get that done!