Avoid Surprises — Get a Pre-Sale Home Inspection

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Getting your home inspected before you put it up for sale makes a lot of sense. Too many people make the mistake of assuming their house is in excellent condition just because they've lived in it for a long time. The knowledge you gain from a pre-sale inspection can virtually eliminate all the hassles a buyer's home inspection causes. If you know what the defects are early on, you decide which ones you will fix.

You can take your time comparing repair estimates. Knowing the defects also helps you substantiate your asking price. You are less likely to have a deal that falls through because a home inspector finds a problem. In the end, a complete and formal disclosure report minimizes renegotiations between the buyer and the seller.