When you’re selling a duplex, triplex or fourplex in Silicon Valley, it may make sense to have the property inspected for pests – and to get a roof inspection done – before you put it on the market. Here’s what you need to know.

Should You Pay for a Termite Inspection Before You Sell a Duplex, Triplex or Fourplex?

Many sellers prefer to hire a professional and have their properties inspected for termites (and sometimes other pests) before listing the home for sale. The reason is simple: It’s a marketing tool. You can let prospective buyers know that the property has already been inspected and cleared by a professional – and that’s one less thing the buyer has to worry about.

On another note, if you suspect that the property is infested, it’s in your best interest to have it inspected before you put it on the market. Many real estate deals fall through after inspections – and that’s the last thing you want.

Should You Pay for a Roof Inspection Before Selling an Investment Property?

Like pest inspections, roof inspections can be a valuable tool for sellers. When you have a professional inspect the roof on your duplex, triplex or fourplex before you put it on the market, you’ll know exactly what needs attention – or, if you don’t intend to make repairs, you’ll know how to price the property accordingly.

The good news? Most roofing companies offer a free roof inspection once a year. You can call a professional roofing contractor to your property, get an estimate for repairs, and decide whether you want to hire the company yourself or adjust your sales price to reflect the need for repairs, upgrades or replacements.