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Home Inspection Guide For Buyers and Sellers . Of Special Interest To Home Sellers



- Are you planning to put your house on the market?.
- Do you want to sell it faster?.
- Would you like to get top dollar?.
- Are you interested in reducing negotiating time?.
- Do you want to protect yourself from potential lawsuits?.

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photo For these and other reasons, a home inspection is a prudent first step in the process of selling your home. You, as the seller, must present the most saleable property possible. A home inspection report will reveal the current condition of your house with specific evaluations of more than 400 items, and guide you toward enhancing the value and marketability of your property.
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Most problems in a house are minor and can be rectified easily and inexpensively; chipped paint, doors or windows that stick, an air conditioner that wheezes, a filter that is dirty, etc. Such shortcomings are overlooked by sellers who have lived with them for years, but they are focused on by buyers. If the perceived problems do not derail the sale, they nevertheless provide grounds for price negotiation.

Not only does the pre-sale inspection enable you to attend to problems before the house is put on the market, it also removes any questions about the condition of your home for you and a potential home buyer. Buyers are positively influenced by a professionally produced home inspection report, which improves the speed, price, and likelihood of a sale.

photoSome home sellers elect not to correct every defect reflected in the inspection report. Instead, they acknowledge the defects to buyers and explain that the asking price has been adjusted to reflect the estimated cost of repairs. Such candor tends to shorten negotiation time because buyers have fewer objections that could thwart a sale. In addition to facilitating the sale of a home, an inspection helps the homeowner comply with full-disclosure real estate laws that are being enacted by more and more states. By focusing on the condition of your property, you are less likely to overlook a defect or material fact for which you later could be held liable. In recent years, home buyers have been more inclined to file lawsuits against sellers involving allegations of misrepresentation, negligence, and fraud. Some judgments against sellers have been severe, even when the omission of facts was unintentional.



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This home inspection guide has been reproduced from the booklet entitled "Home Inspection Guide For Buyers and Sellers". This information was prepared jointly by the American Homeowners Association (AHA) and AmeriSpec, Inc. Authorization to re-print this information on this web site has been granted by AmeriSpec Home Inspection Service (in Plymouth, Michigan). Information and photographs cannot be used, copied or reproduced for use on another web site without permission and/or authorization. All html coding, layout and original graphics are Copyright 1996 - Steve Hatfield - and may not be used, copied or reproduced on another web site. Steve Hatfield makes no guarantees or warranties as to the information provided herein. A link to AmeriSpec Home Inspection Service in Plymouth, Michigan may be found on this web sites links page under "Detroit Area Links."

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