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Getting "Ready For Showtime" - Part 3

In the previous entry in this series:


Getting Ready for Showtime! Part 2 of a series


I addressed the first two items on the list of the various things to do to get "Ready for Showtime" presented in  the post  Getting Ready for Showtime! Part 1 of a series 




Next up is Home Inspection a.k.a. "Prelisting Inspection".


Yes, the savvy Buyer will order one for themselves, so why should a Seller pay for one up front?



Simple answer - while a "tour of the property" may reveal areas / items to be addressed by the Seller getting the property "Ready for Showtime" - it won't reveal any "hidden" issues that might surface on a Buyer's Home Inspection that may result in a request for repairs.


By the Seller having a home inspection, and becoming aware of any issues, they have some options:


1. Address the issue before going Active - disclose the issue and the repair.


2. Disclose the issue in contract negotiations and have the Buyer agree that the issue will not be addressed by the Seller - the issue is "As Is". 


3. Some other variation - offer a "credit" to the Buyer so the Buyer can address the issue after closing, should they choose to do so.


Case in Point:  One of our Sellers chose to have a Pre-Listing Inspection, which revealed dry rot in the patio roof.  They chose Option 2 (above) and thereby saved themselves far more than the cost of the inspection.


We believe in "avoiding surprises" as much as possible - so we always recommend a Prelisting Inspection.  In fact, if the Seller does choose to perform a Pre-Listing Inspection, we will reimburse them for the expense at Close of Escrow providing they List, Sell and Close with us representing them.


It's just one of the many benefits of choosing  Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty to represent you in the Sale of your Arizona Home!



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About the Authors - Updated 2018

If you are considering a Traditional or Short Sale of your home in Phoenix, Scottsdale or any location in Maricopa County Arizona, you owe it to yourself to talk with Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty to determine whether Tony and Suzanne Marriott are the best real estate Brokers in the Phoenix and Scottsdale metropolitan area to help you with the Successful Sale of your home.

Tony and Suzanne have personally Listed, Sold and Closed more than a hundred Short Sales with the highest list to close rate in the Phoenix Metro Area!

Tony Marriott - Chief Executive Officer - Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Suzanne Marriott - Chief Learning Officer - Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Associate Brokers, REALTORS
Haven Express
Keller Williams Arizona Realty


What a perfect post and great ideas that you've shared. And I love how you're linking them.

Some funky stuff going on technically on AR this morning, so not sure how much is getting 'seen' and reported.

Posted by Mimi Foster, Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor (Falcon Property Solutions) almost 4 years ago

Thanks for the kind words Mimi Foster - and thanks for stopping by with a comment!

Posted by Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers, Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty (Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area) almost 4 years ago

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