I get it: When you're selling a home, you're don't want to pour any extra money into it. But here's why you, as a seller, should invest in a home inspection.
The negotiation process is hard enough. You think you've found an interested buyer, you think you've settled on a price, and then the buyer hires their own home inspector, who gives them 100 different reasons to drive the price down.
That second round of bargaining prolongs the sale and frustrates sellers who feel as though they're losing money in the process. If you, as a seller, have the home inspected at the moment it's put on the market, you'll avoid those nasty little second-round surprises. And that's not all.
A home inspection puts all your cards on the table and facilitates an open, honest negotiation. While home inspection exceeds the legal requirements for disclosure, if you're confident in the condition of the home and the price you're asking, the inspection aids in open communication. Plus, it puts prospective buyers at ease: They know you're not trying to hide anything.
Trust and confidence are a big part of any deal, especially a multi-thousand-dollar home purchase. If there are issues with the home you're trying to sell, a prospective buyer will find them sooner or later--and if they find them through their own home inspection, they'll be more suspicious of your communication overall. That suspicion hinders your sale.
But if you start the selling process by providing a thorough home inspection report, you'll only attract serious buyers who are more likely to pursue the purchase. Plus, you won't have to endure the heartbreak of a second round of post-inspection negotiations.