Home Buyers and Sellers rely on the neighborhood knowledge of their realtor but may not have any knowledge or appreciation of the myriad of intricacies of the real estate transaction. Home research, locating a mortgage lender, coordinating tours, putting in offers, assisting with home inspections and repairs, conducting a final walkthrough, and closing are the broad services that Realtors provide to home buyers. For Home Sellers, the realtor determines pricing, they stage the home, put it on the market, schedule showings and open houses, purchase marketing, negotiate repairs, verify the appraisal, and schedule and attend closing. Most people will never realize that a real estate agent works all day, especially on the weekends, and always on the clock. Therefore, as a Home Inspector it is my obligation and promise to provide the technical information necessary to support the transaction seamlessly in support of and coordination with the Realtor.
When I ask Realtors about their biggest challenges, invariably I will hear many of the same answers: low inventory, expansion of their sphere of referrals, online competition from listing portals, adapting to technological trends, costly digital lead generation, and implementing data base/marketing automation. Some of the other challenges Real Estate agents are facing include the effects on the industry by rising mortgage rates, market volatility, shifting political climates, and environmental change during a global pandemic.
We’re intimately aware that a Home Inspection can make or break a sale. All defects identified by a home inspector should be clearly, calmly and logically presented recognizing there are common and customary solutions to virtually any inspection defect. How, what, and when the information in a Home Inspection is presented assists the Realtor in helping his or her client navigate the inspection and subsequent negotiations that are occasionally required. If the Home Inspection findings seem to exaggerate a problem, and the Seller brings in experts to re-evaluate the home, working with reputable, skilled, professionals may protect the successful closing of the transaction and avoid alienating the buyer. Reputable Realtors associate with experienced certified inspectors that consistently provide an unbiased third-party evaluation of properties and recognizes it is always in the best interests of the homeowner to use that trusted professional.
Continuing and furthering relationships with realtors is the most crucial requirement of our home inspection company to succeed. Forming trusting relationships with reputable realtors that offer the same trust and respect in return can be extremely beneficial to the transactions that they pursue together. JCS Inspections will take the time to provide a succinct detailed report as well as additional information, technical support, and answer any questions after the inspection.
Our reports also include the Repair Request Builder allowing our real estate partners to quickly select which of our recommendations to include in a custom report to send to the listing agent. The Realtor’s experience is invaluable for putting concerns into perspective and helping clients decide what they should or should not accept. We provide an HTML and PDF document that includes the description and pictures of any selected defect that is needed to support negotiating either a requested credit amount or a lower purchase price to cover repair costs.
Regarding Seller’s Pre-Listing Inspections
Eventually, your buyers are going to conduct an inspection. You may as well know what they are going to find by getting there first. Having an inspection performed ahead of time helps in many other ways, such as:
- It allows you to see your home through the eyes of a critical and neutral third party.
- It alerts you to immediate safety issues before agents and visitors tour your home.
- It may alert you to items of immediate concern, such as radon gas or active termite infestation.
- It permits you to make repairs ahead of time so that …
- Defects won’t become negotiating stumbling blocks later.
- There is no delay in obtaining the Use and Occupancy Permit.
- You have the time to get reasonably priced contractors or make the repairs yourself, if qualified.
- It helps you to price your home realistically.
- It may relieve prospects’ concerns and suspicions.
- It may encourage the buyer to waive his inspection contingency.
- It reduces your liability by adding professional supporting documentation to your disclosure statement.
Move-In Certified® yard signs are free and provided, if requested, and will attract potential buyers touring homes in your neighborhood and is the ultimate gesture in forthrightness on your part
Most homebuyers have put all their funds – and possibly their parents’ and family’s savings – into down payments and may not have the resources to handle unexpected repairs.
A Home Inspection is vital. Home buyers are treated unfairly when they find themselves in heated bidding wars and feel the pressure to keep their offer competitive by foregoing an inspection which denies them of the information necessary to make informed decisions about the biggest financial commitment of their lives. These homebuyers are denied the most BASIC due diligence afforded by a professional home inspection.
Realtors assist Buyers in gaining a clear understanding of all aspects of a property as they guide them through the complex transaction process. JCS Inspections is committed to supporting the Realtor throughout the sales process by providing the accurate, honest, and thorough information needed by the Buyer to make critical valuation decisions.
If you are presently purchasing a home, JCS extends to you all the best throughout that process and enjoying homeownership. We’re neighbors, so please connect with us for home maintenance information that can assist you in taking good care of your new home and the investment that you have made, free of charge
For most homeowners, selling is a rare event. Wise sellers disclose everything they can based upon their intimate knowledge of the home and by obtaining a pre-listing inspection. Pre-listing inspections help avoid last-minute discoveries of hidden or unanticipated defects that can lead to delays, or possibly de-railing the deal altogether. It is always in the seller’s best interest to discover, disclose, and address unknown issues and adjust the valuation accordingly prior to listing. It also protects the seller from over-inflated buyer-procured repair estimates, reduces the liability of full disclosure, and generally makes the home more attractive to prospective buyers. Informing your prospects of any negatives along with repair options and associated cost, early in the negotiations, frees up the seller and realtor to emphasize the positives aspects and features of the home and optimize the net return of the sale.
Realtors provide countless services, and we highly recommend using a real estate professional to keep everything straight. Few sellers know all the details required and associated with the sale of a home or an appreciation for the amount of work involved. Realtors have experience working with home inspectors and interpreting inspection reports, acquiring repair estimates, arranging repairs, price negotiations, and resolving disputes. When considering all the hours and expertise that real estate professionals spend on the details necessary to sell a home they’re an absolute bargain!
Consider having your home inspected before you even list it. A seller’s Inspection alerts you to any defects or problems with your home so that you can address them before prospective buyers discover them. Avoid 11th-hour negotiations and delays and justify your full asking price by having your home pre-inspected, allowing you to take the time you need to obtain reasonable repair estimates.
An InterNACHI Move-In Certified® home designation means that the seller can confirm that there are no major systems in need of immediate repair or replacement, no known safety hazards, and shows prospective buyers that you are dealing in good faith
Home Maintenance Inspections
The home is the most valuable asset that people possess. Responsible owners should keep their home in the best condition possible in order to protect their investment – not unlike scheduling annual physicals or automotive maintenance. We also often neglect to consider the many risks to health and safety associated with a lack of maintenance from mold, mildew, fire, electrocution, carbon monoxide, flammable gases, and more. While home maintenance is very straight forward, many homeowners just have not been provided adequate information and do not know how to perform this important responsibility.
According to the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI), homeowners should have their homes inspected annually. And if that seems a little too often for you, try to at least order a maintenance inspection every 3-5 years. It’s vital to stay on top of the aging systems and structural components to make sure you know when it’s time to do maintenance or replace anything that’s broken, especially if your home is older.
Home inspections provide unbiased guidance in addressing routine maintenance issues before they become large problems that are expensive to repair, or worse, health and safety risks to your family. In addition to the written report, checklists, and photos that result from a Home Maintenance Inspection, your certified professional home inspector will help you devise an annual maintenance plan that will keep your family safe and your home in top condition to enjoy for years to come.