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Passing Inspection Prepairing to Sell Your Condo

You're ready to sell your condo, and you're a little worried about that mold problem in the bathroom or the noisy pipes or the water stain under the bedroom window. Anyone seriously shopping for your unit will hire a home inspector to check the place out before the sale closes. Should you worry about what the inspector might find?

The little construction defects that you've learned to accommodate over the years suddenly become in-your-face issues when it's time to move and sell your property. Who'd have thought that dryer vent hose with the questionable installation would become a point of contention in price negotiations?

Who needs these extra problems when you're already stressed out, in the process of moving to a new home?

To lower the stress factor, it may be prudent to be pre-emptive. One New England inspector reports that some sellers do take a proactive approach. Until a few years ago, states Joe Rizzo, president of Tiger Home Inspections of Braintree, Massachusetts, "we did a lot of seller's inspections… to find out what would come up and avoid surprises" that might quash a sale. During the real estate boom that peaked over a year ago, however, properties in less-than-perfect condition were selling for inflated prices and sellers weren't so worried about fixing things up to close a sale.

Inspections ordered by the seller dropped off during the boom, Rizzo relates, but they may be more popular now that it's become a buyer's market. With buyers looking at more inventory, sellers must research every detail about their property, for a firm foundation on which to negotiate pricing.

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