One of the most important events in selling your Oakland home is to have it inspected before the sale, so that both you, and the future buyers, know it's condition-both structurally and functionally.  Many future negotiations will revolve around the home inspection, so it is important that it be done correctly and efficiently.   

I am going to suggest that the most efficient time to have this home inspection is just before your put your home on the market.  While this may be a bit concerning to some sellers because of what may result, it really makes sense in many, if not most, cases.  Why?  Because knowing your issues ahead of time puts you in control of the direction that will be taken.  Here is why:

a. It puts you in control of what you can or cannot afford to fix.  You will have the full picture, and that allows you to decide what you will and will not negotiate down the road.

b. It allows you to select the inspector, rather than relying on the reports of the buyer's inspector that you may not know. 

c. It puts you in full charge of the repairs that you choose to make.  You research and supervise your own contractors, and set the financial limits that you can afford.   

d. Lastly, you will have a home that will be in better repair ,and more attractive, to show potential buyers, which is always a good thing, compared to just waiting to see what develops in a future inspection.

Minimize surprises, and maximize benefits by having an early home inspection. 


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