There are certainly a number of things you can do to make your listing more attractive than the other homes it’s competing against for limited buyers.  Assuming you have already addressed price and condition—which we’ve covered in this space before—you may want to consider getting a pre-inspection of your home. 

 

When a property goes under contract, 75-80 percent of buyers hire a home inspector to give the house a thorough once-over to make sure there are no hidden problems.  If the inspector finds a major problem or even if he simply describes a minor issue in a way that seems major to the potential buyers, the inspection can quickly turn into a deal killer. 

 

As a seller, you can mitigate such dangers by ordering your own home inspection before putting your house on the market.  Here are some of the benefits of doing this:

 

·        Limit surprises after your home is under contract.  If your pre-inspection uncovers a problem, you have the opportunity to fix it before it can kill a deal or at least disclose it to potential buyers on the front end, taking away the surprise factor that can cause emotional reactions from buyers.

·        Both parties gain valuable peace of mind which makes for a smoother transaction.  You and the buyer can both relax knowing that the house has already been given a clean bill of health.

Give buyers a positive impression of you and your home.  A pre-inspection shows potential purchasers that you have nothing to hide and you’re willing to go out of your way to make sure you’re selling a home that’s in good shape.