Navigating the real estate market is often a complex and nerve-wracking process, especially when it comes to inspections. Typically, inspections occur after an offer has been accepted. In some cases, the sellers do a pre-listing inspection. This pre-cautionary inspection could lead to identifying any problems beforehand, fostering transparency, and streamlining the closing process.

Let’s explore the benefits that pre-listing inspections offer to Chicago homeowners.

What are the Benefits of Pre-Listing Inspections? 

The seller can ward off any issues that would otherwise come up during the inspection. Hopefully, the buyer’s inspection won’t reveal further issues and result in a clean inspection. The buyer can rest assured that he or she is getting a home in good, sound condition.

Increases Buyer Trust

The home-buying process is often unchartered territory. Taking action to squelch any inspection issues early will help to diminish unexpected surprises.

Your pre-listing inspection could uncover necessary repairs. However, you will have the advantage of dealing with them on your own terms rather than having the pressure of completing them before closing.

What Kind of Issues May Come Up in My Chicago Home?

Chicago’s extreme weather — from freezing winters to humid summers — can significantly impact homes. Your home may have damage you don’t know about. Common damage issues for Chicago homes include:

  • Foundational Cracks: Freezing and thawing cause soil to expand and contract leading to cracks in your foundation.
  • Mold and Mildew: Humidity, stormy weather, and possible foundational cracks increase the risk that water will seep into your home and cause mold and mildew.
  • Poor Insulation: Poor insulation can make energy bills rise and create an uncomfortable atmosphere in the home.

A pre-listing inspection may turn up disappointing results for a Chicago homeowner, but it’s better to know. It will allow you to get ahead of the game with repairs and enjoy a less stressful closing process.

Home Pre-Listing Inspection Report

What Resources Are Available to Sellers Considering Pre-Listing Inspections?

Sellers considering pre-listing inspections may want to check out:

  • The American Society of Home Inspectors allows you to search for inspectors in Chicago and throughout the country.
  • The Chicago Association of Realtors provides information on the Chicago real estate market including a directory of qualified inspectors.

Work with Your Agent on Your Pre-Listing Inspection

Unsure whether a pre-listing inspection is worth your while? Your real estate agent will help you decide. They will also help you find a qualified inspector and help you determine the next steps so you can make repairs before listing your home for sale.

I am a real estate agent you can trust. My years of industry experience provide unique insight into the buying and selling process. I will ensure you get the highest values when you decide to sell.

Contact me when you are ready to move on in your real estate journey.

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