ADVANTAGES FOR EVERYONE!
REAL ESTATE AGENTS:
- Receive the inspection reports faster and can share them with repair contractors to get estimates faster.
- Download, read and print the reports easily.
- Provide potential buyers a link (from the pages on their website that promote a particular property) to access all the home’s reports for seller inspection marketing purposes.
CLIENTS (BUYER OR SELLER:)
- Clients can receive the inspection reports faster and can provide others with access.
- Clients can download, read and print the reports easily.
- Sellers can provide potential buyers a link to access all the home’s reports for seller inspection marketing purposes.
- Potential buyers can access past inspection reports when considering whether or not to tour a home.
- Clients enjoy added value (in terms of third party discount coupons and gift certificates*) found in reports uploaded to FetchReport.com.
INFORMATION ON SELLER PAID INSPECTIONS:
Seller inspections (sometimes referred to as pre-listing inspections) are becoming more popular because they virtually eliminate all the pitfalls and hassles associated with waiting to do the home inspection until a buyer is found. In many ways, waiting to schedule the inspection until after a home goes under agreement is too late. Seller inspections are arranged and paid for by the seller, usually just before the home goes on the market. The seller is the inspector’s client. The inspector works for the seller and generates a report for the seller. The seller then typically makes multiple copies of the report and shares them with potential buyers who tour the home for sale. Seller inspections are a benefit to all parties in a real estate transaction. They are a win-win-win-win situation
- The seller can choose a certified InterNACHI inspector rather than be at the mercy of the buyer’s choice of inspector.
- The seller can schedule the inspections at the seller’s convenience.
- It might alert the seller to any items of immediate concern, such as radon gas or active termite infestation.
- The seller can assist the inspector during the inspection, something normally not done during a buyer’s inspection.
- The seller can have the inspector correct any misstatements in the inspection report before it is generated.
- The report can help the seller realistically price the home if problems exist.
- The report can help the seller substantiate a higher asking price if problems don’t exist or have been corrected.
- A seller inspection reveals problems ahead of time, which:
- might make the home show better.
- gives the seller time to make repairs and shop for competitive contractors.
- permits the seller to attach repair estimates or paid invoices to the inspection report.
- removes over-inflated buyer-procured estimates from the negotiation table.
- The report might alert the seller to any immediate safety issues found, before agents and visitors tour the home.
- The report provides a third-party, unbiased opinion to offer to potential buyers.
- A seller inspection permits a clean home inspection report to be used as a marketing tool.
- A seller inspection is the ultimate gesture in forthrightness on the part of the seller.
- The report might relieve a prospective buyer’s unfounded suspicions, before they walk away.
- A seller inspection lightens negotiations and 11th-hour re-negotiations.
- The report might encourage the buyer to waive the inspection contingency.
- The deal is less likely to fall apart, the way they often do, when a buyer’s inspection unexpectedly reveals a last-minute problem.
- The report provides full-disclosure protection from future legal claims.
- The inspection is done already.
- The inspection is paid for by the seller.
- The report provides a more accurate third-party view of the condition of the home prior to making an offer.
- A seller inspection eliminates surprise defects.
- Problems are corrected, or at least acknowledged, prior to making an offer on the home.
- A seller inspection reduces the need for negotiations and 11th-hour re-negotiations.
- The report might assist in acquiring financing.
- A seller inspection allows the buyer to sweeten the offer without increasing the offering price by waiving inspections.