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As a real estate agent in Gilroy, I know that pre-listing inspections are an important step in the selling process. If you're looking to sell your home in Gilroy or Morgan Hill, conducting inspections before listing your home can help you attract more potential buyers and receive higher offers.
By conducting inspections before listing, you can identify and address any issues with your property before they become a problem during the negotiation process. This includes issues like different structural components, land disputes, or easements, as well as insurance claims affecting the property in the past five years. By disclosing this information upfront, you can potentially avoid losing buyers who may choose to waive their inspection contingency if they had the opportunity to review the disclosures and inspection reports.
Now, let's discuss the pros and cons of conducting inspections up front. One noteworthy aspect to consider is that the seller, rather than the buyer, is responsible for covering the inspection costs. However, the benefits often outweigh this cost. By conducting inspections before listing, you can attract more potential buyers and receive higher offers with fewer contingencies.
When it comes to the types of inspections that are recommended, the two most common inspections are the whole house inspection and a pest inspection. It is also common to see a separate roof inspection if the roof is older. If there's a swimming pool and a spa, there should be an additional pool inspection to inspect all components of the swimming pool, like the filtering system, the motor, and the heating system if there is one. For properties with septic systems and private wells, a well inspection is essential. This includes assessing water production, inspecting electrical components, and conducting water quality tests. Septic inspections involve evaluating the septic tank and leach field, with the option to pump the tank for a thorough examination. Local regulations may also mandate specific inspections, such as sewer lateral pipe assessments in certain jurisdictions.
Lastly, let's talk about costs. A standard home inspection can range from $400 to $600, while pest inspections typically cost between $200 and $300. Roof and pool inspections fall within the same price range.
In conclusion, if you're looking to sell your home in Gilroy or Morgan Hill, conducting pre-listing inspections can help you attract more potential buyers and receive higher offers. As a Gilroy Realtor, I highly recommend that you consider this step before listing your home for sale. For more information about homes for sale in Gilroy or Morgan Hill, please feel free to contact me.