PRE-LISTING HOME INSPECTION

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What is a Pre-Listing Inspection?

A pre-listing home inspection uncovers potential surprises that could derail the sale of your house.
Pre-listing inspections (also known as seller inspections) have become increasingly popular in recent years. Traditionally, the buyer was responsible for paying for the inspection after the offer had been accepted.  However, seller inspections can also allow the buyer to obtain a clearer picture of the home which identifies all the problems and pitfalls before they actually make an offer.  Disclosing any issues upfront will eliminate the need for any conditional offers. The parties can agree to everything before the listing goes on the market which minimizes the liability for everyone involved.  Additionally, if the home is found to be in better condition than what was originally thought, the price can be modified to reflect this.  A pre-listing home inspection could also allow the seller to conduct the repairs ahead of time which could be more cost-effective than having to pay a buyer’s contractor to do the work. A pre-listing home inspection can also disclose potential defects that could derail the real estate transaction.

If you’re ready to sell your home and want to ensure the sale process will go smoothly and efficiently, you should consider a pre-listing home inspection. Pre-listing inspections may eventually become the norm, but the significance of having a home inspection conducted as part of the home sales process cannot be understated. It protects all parties involved by providing invaluable information so that educated, informed decisions can be made.

Seller inspections protects all parties involved by providing invaluable information so that educated, informed decisions can be made.

Benefits to the Seller, Buyer and Agent

The inspection report provides the buyers with an independent, unbiased opinion from a third party, which they can then rely on before making their purchasing decisions.

Convenience

The seller can schedule the inspection at his or her convenience.

Save Time

Seller inspections can reduce the need for last minute renegotiations.

Unbiased

The inspection report provides the seller with an independent, unbiased opinion from a third party.

Marketing Tool

Once issues have been rectified, the agents can utilize the report as a marketing tool that can help sell the home.

Incentive

Online reports often tempt prospective buyers to view the home.

Fast Transaction

The reports might encourage buyers to waive their inspection contingencies.

Save Money

The buyer will save on the costs of an inspection as the agent or the seller will pay for it.

Competitive

A seller inspection discloses problems in advance, allowing the seller the time to shop around for competitive contractors who can make the repairs.

A seller inspection provides full disclosure to the buyer, therefore making it easier to gain their trust and confidence.

Deals will be less likely to fall apart, the way they often do, when buyer's inspections unexpectedly reveal last-minute problems.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any questions about pre-listing home inspection please be sure to contact us.

Can the seller have a role in the pre-listing inspection?

The seller can actually assist the inspector with the pre-listing inspection.  The seller can also have the inspector remedy any misstatements that were produced in the report before the report is actually distributed.  The buyer normally does not have a role in most buyer inspections.

Don't seller inspections make deals fall through by obliging sellers to reveal any defects the buyers may not have known about?

Any defect that is serious enough to kill the deal is most likely going to be revealed ultimately anyway.  It is better to identify the issues in advance, before they can ruin the transaction.

Won’t pre-selling inspections create more fears and uncertainties in the buyer?

On the contrary, pre-listing inspections will alleviate fears in prospective buyers.  They will give the buyer a clearer picture of what they’re actually falling into.  Many buyers are afraid of potential pitfalls that they may encounter in the purchase of a new home.  With a pre-listing inspection, the seller can provide full disclosure to the buyer, thereby eliminating any prospective liability for the seller, and, at the same time, allowing the buyer to reach a fairer purchase price by disclosing defects in advance.

What are the benefits to the buyer of having purchasing a home that has had a pre-listing inspection?

Well, the obvious benefit to the buyer is having the advantage of having any defects disclosed ahead of time, before the parties actually agree on a purchase price.  Additionally, if the seller does a prelisting inspection, it can save the buyer on closing costs, as it can avoid the need for the buyer to do a separate, independent inspection.

Can the seller have a role in the pre-listing inspection?

The seller can actually assist the inspector with the pre-listing inspection.  The seller can also have the inspector remedy any misstatements that were produced in the report before the report is actually distributed.  The buyer normally does not have a role in most buyer inspections.

Don’t pre-listing inspections ruin the chances of a successful deal being made between the parties?

No, actually, pre-listing inspections help the deal go more smoothly.  By identifying problematic areas in advance, the parties are able to address and rectify any issues before agreeing on the final purchase price.  By fixing the issues in advance, the seller can then rely on a more accurate selling price, and the buyer has the assurance of knowing there won’t be any pitfalls in the near future.

If the seller hires the inspector, won’t the pre-inspection report be biased?

Actually, no, it won’t be.  Inspectors are independent, third-party who are entrusted with providing unbiased opinions.  Nonetheless, a buyer may choose to hire their own inspector to conduct an inspection on their behalf.

Can I choose my home inspector?

Sellers can choose a qualified inspector from my our approved list of inspectors instead of being at the mercy of the buyer’s inspector.