If you’re a real estate investor who is considering selling a property in the current market you’ve likely done a bit of homework at this stage.  Either that or you’ve noticed that homes in the area have been selling at a faster pace than normal and when you looked up the “days on market” count yourinspecting your own property assumptions were correct. Because this isn’t your first flip, you know that it’s time to start dressing up the property and preparing it for market.

Successful real estate investors know the importance of street appeal. With a “For Sale” sign in the front yard planted in front of a nice-looking home with a manicured lawn and a fresh coat of paint is a sure-fire way to slow down traffic and snarl a few accidental looky-loos. And when other agents see the listing and first drive up to the property, you want the appearance to not only confirm but exceed expectations. But appearances simply pique interest, a serious buyer will make a more thorough inspection. In fact, a serious buyer will order a professional home inspection, independent of your own Seller’s Property Disclosure. What will the inspector find?

One way to find out is to hire a property inspection on your own before you ever place the home on the market, especially if it’s been three or four years since you’ve had the home thoroughly looked at. Once you receive your inspection report, if there are any issues that need to be resolved, resolve them. If there are any issues that need to be entered into your Seller’s Property Disclosure, enter them all.

When a serious buyer receives an inspection report of their own and it matches the items listed in our Disclosure, that gives the buyer confidence the property is exactly as it appears.