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Brought to you by Lake Oswego Principal Broker Mike Hall, The Hasson Company - LAKE OSWEGO REAL ESTATE INSIDER -

Lake Oswego Principal Broker Mike Hall, Hasson Company Realtors - LAKE OSWEGO REAL ESTATE INSIDER While it's not super common in the market, for the past several years, we've had conversations with our selling clients about the wisdom of proactively having an inspection before selling. There's no one-size-fits-all, but there are a few compelling reasons to inspect early.

Pre-inspecting and addressing anything significant also let you demonstrate to the buyer that the big issues are handled, the home is in good shape, and you're selling it as-is, without discussion about minor or maintenance items. It lets you define the scope and set the tone. Marketing a home in this way keeps you from having to go on the defensive later.

The most common reason a sale fails is having a surprise during inspection. Most owners never go down in their crawlspace, up in their attic, or open their electrical panel. It's no surprise that there are inspection surprises! Knowledge is power and gives you the opportunity to take action. It also lets you show initiative as an owner, giving the buyer confidence in a home that's been well cared for.

When a sale goes through on the first try with the first buyer, the outcome is almost always best for you as the seller. Having a failed deal and going back to the market often requires a price reduction or having to explain things, which isn't the optimal tone for a seller to be in.

Mike Hall

The Hasson Company

15400 SW Boones Ferry Road

Lake Oswego

503-341-5915

www.mikehall.hasson.com

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