Below are a few reasons why getting a pre-listing inspection will help improve the time of sale and selling price of your home.
1) A pre-listing inspection can be used as a marketing tool that will aid the promotion of your property above others for sale in your area, which could lead to a faster sale in a market that is already far saturated with homes.
2) Feedback from an inspection will give you an idea of what repairs will be needed before the listing of the home. The Real Estate Agent of choice will be able to analyze the list of items found, and suggest to you what the buyer will generally ask to have repaired before sale.
3) Many times the owner is able to get the cost of repairs back in the selling price since, there is much less of a negotiating tool by buyers after you have set your listing price.
4) Honesty - Just knowing you are selling someone a well maintained and safe property should make the selling process less stressful. Imagine selling something that you know is defective or in need of repair and someone were to get seriously injured or worse from something you knew that was deemed unsafe before sale.
Recently a study was done in the area surrounding Madison, Wisconsin. Homes that were inspected before listing and suggested repairs were made sold faster, 35 days faster to be exact and far closer to the asking price than those not inspected. Average cost of in inspection in the Madison area for an average home; $225-$350 but sell for maybe $4500 more.