Why Sellers Should Have a Pest Inspection Before Listing

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By The REALFX Group – Texas & Denise Donovan

Why Sellers Should Have a Pest Inspection Before Listing

 

Could you be living with a pest problem?

 

What happens when you pass the problem along to a potential buyer?

 

Homeowners want to get optimal value for their investment.

 

But this is less likely to happen if a pest issue has been unaddressed by a seller.

 

It can cause detours and delays during the home selling process.

 

Don’t surprise your buyers with a pest problem and potentially lose out on a sale!

 

Understand more about why early pest inspections prior to listing may be the best choice for sellers and potential buyers.

 

Significant Damage Hiding in a Home

 

Some pests can eat away at the structure of a home or hide in wall voids.

 

Termites can make meals of support beams and other wood structures, furniture and heirlooms.

 

Rodents can cause environmental degradation and cause severe damage to many parts of your home. [Attics, electrical, yards, storage areas and vehicles in garages].

 

Bed bugs can lie hidden in wall voids, behind baseboards or under carpet tacks.

 

Unfortunately, much of this damage isn’t visible to you.

 

This can lead to safety issues and decrease a home’s value.

 

This subjects the new buyer to potential financial outlay that may cause a lawsuit.

 

Sellers Tips

 

If your thinking about listing your home, here are some tips.

 

Have regular inspections and take care of pest problems when they present themselves.

 

This helps to avoid spending money on repairs after damage has occured.

 

Those who don’t, may find a costly problem during a home inspection.

 

This can cause you to accept a significant cut in the asking price.

 

Remember, that it is important for buyers and sellers to work together.

 

Addressing issues before a listing can make for less stress and fewer delays later on when it comes time to sell.

 

 Pest Inspections Just Makes Sense

 

Don’t allow a pest problem come back to “bite” you!

 

In some states, a seller may not be required by law to obtain a pest inspection.

 

However, depending upon the home’s condition a buyers lender might demand a pest report.

 

When discussing the market, a seller’s market makes it likely a buyer may waive home inspection contingencies to close on a home.

 

Buyer Beware

 

A pest inspection becomes more important in buyer’s market.

 

This is where there may be several offers pending.

 

If a pest inspection is not required or requested, a seller may choose to forgo the extra inspection.

 

For example, a clear pest report could become a selling point and a benefit for a buyer.

 

As is beneficial with other inspection reports, buyers will appreciate a clear pest report.

 

Serious pest problems can cost a pretty penny so do your due diligence.

 

Sellers have little control of the report when buyers initiate the pest inspection.

 

And in some areas, such as California, it becomes part of the public record.

 

Therefore, it is wise for sellers to have a pest inspection done before listing their homes.

 

The Well-Positioned Seller

 

Asking price is one of the important factors that may drive traffic and lead to multiple offers on a property.

 

It’s better to be aware of any pest problems that can deter potential buyers from a sale or reduce the value of a home.

 

Inspections are generally affordable and range from $50 to $200, depending on the location.

 

Learn more about how useful a pest inspection can be for sellers and speak with an agent for more information on local professionals today.

 

We’re always here to help!

 

The REALFX Group – Texas