Another tool for helping evaluate a home is the Seller's Property Disclosure. This document is filled out by the sellers, and relates everything they know about the property to date, from roof leaks to code violations, from pest problems to appliance functionality. It is not required to transfer the property, but it is always recommended. Buyers will expect to receive this document, and sellers refusing to fill it out will raise eyebrows. In addition, it can help jog a seller's memory about past problems or repairs that they may unintentionally neglect to mention. While they are not legally required to fill out the SPD, they are required to disclose material facts about the property, and not doing so may result in big legal trouble down the line should something serious go wrong for the new homeowners.
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There are companies that will do an inspection and then certify the home with a home warranty. This can be just the thing to give a buyer some peace of mind for the near future. Home warranties start around $300 for about a year, and there are several different packages covering a variety of items and systems in the home. Offering a home warranty in your listing tells buyers that you are good about maintenance and sets a positive tone for negotiations.
One thing to note about getting the home pre-inspected. Once you are aware of material facts about the property, you are required to disclose them to potential buyers. If you find that there is some settling happening due to improper drainage, or that the furnace is on its last legs, you have to tell whether or not you plan on rectifying the issue. However, it's likely going to come up at some point anyway, so I always advocate for being the first to know.
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