In addition to serving Westchester, Rockland, Orange and Putnam counties, our home inspectors provide home inspections in Ardsley, Beacon, Blooming Grove, Brewster, Briarcliff Manor, Bronxville, Buchanan, Central Valley, Chester, Cold Spring, Cornwall, Cortlandt Manor, Croton on Hudson, Dobbs Ferry, Elmsford, Fishkill, Fort Montgomery, Goshen, Harriman, Harrison, Hartsdale, Hastings on Hudson, Haverstraw, Highland Falls, Highland Mills, Hillburn, Hopewell Junction, Jefferson Valley, Larchmont, Maybrook, Middletown, Monroe, Montgomery, Mount Kisco, Nanuet, New Rochelle, New Windsor, Nyack, Orangeburg, Ossining, Peekskill, Putnam Valley, Rye, Scarsdale, Sloatsburg, Somers, Stony Brook, Stony Point, Suffern, Tappan, Tarrytown, Thiells, Tuckahoe, Tuxedo Park, Vails Gate, Walden, Wappingers Falls, Warwick, Washingonville, West Haverstraw, West Nyack, White Plains, Yonkers, Yorktown Heights.
Q. Don't seller inspections kill deals by forcing sellers to disclose defects they otherwise wouldn't have known about? A. Any defect that is material enough to kill a real estate transaction is likely going to be uncovered eventually anyway. It is best to discover the problem ahead of time, before it can kill the deal. Q. Isn't a home inspector's liability increased by having his/her report seen by potential buyers? A. No. There is no liability in having your seller permit someone who doesn't buy the property see your report. And there is less liability in having a buyer rely on your old report when the buyer is not your client (and has been warned not to rely on your report) than it is to work directly for the buyer and have him be entitled to rely on your report.
Q. Don't seller inspections take too much energy to sell to make them profitable for the inspector? A. Perhaps, but not when the inspector takes into account the marketing benefit of having a samples of his/her product (the report) passed out to agents and potential buyers who are looking to buy now in the inspector's own local market, not to mention the seller who is likely moving locally and is in need of an inspector, plus the additional chance of re-inspection work that is generated for the inspector.
Q. A newer home in good condition doesn't need an inspection anyway. Why should the seller have one done? A. Unlike real estate agents, whose job is to market properties for their sellers, inspectors produce objective reports. If the property is truly in great shape, the inspection report becomes a pseudo-marketing piece, with the added benefit of having been generated by an impartial party.
Q. Don't seller inspections and re-inspections reduce the number of buyer inspections needed in the marketplace? A. No. Although every inspection job an InterNACHI member catches upstream is one his/her competitors might not get, especially if the buyer waives his/her inspection and/or the seller hires the same inspector to inspect the home s/he is buying, the number of inspections performed by the industry as a whole is increased by seller inspections.
Common Myths of a Pre-Listing inspection
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. Seller inspections are arranged and paid for by the seller, usually just before the home goes on the market. 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 Veritas Engineering and Inspection as a certified inspector, not 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 means: The home will show better.
It gives the seller time to make repairs and shop for competitive contractors.
It permits the seller to attach repair estimates or paid invoices to the inspection report.
It 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.
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Advantages of a Pre-Listing inspection
A Pre-Listing Inspection would be performed by the owner of a home in preparation of listing a home for sale. The inspection itself would be as comprehensive as a Home Buyers Inspection, but the report would only include deficiencies found during the inspection. The advantage of getting a Pre-Listing Inspection for home owners preparing to sell is to identify issues that may arise after the prospective buyer's home inspection, which can cause re-negotiations, costly time-sensitive repairs, or even the deal to fall through.
A follow-up inspection and report can be prepared after any repairs are made. This follow-up inspection report is great to use as a marketing tool because it shows what great condition the home is in and that there are no major issues with the home or it's major systems. The follow-up inspection and report would be an additional $200.
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