17 Reasons Why You Should Have A Pre-listing Home Inspections

If you are ready to sell your home and want to ensure a smooth transaction, you may want to consider having a pre-listing home inspection. The most valuable aspect of the pre-listing inspection is that it streamlines the real estate sale process and gives peace of mind for everyone involved.

 Pre-listing inspections can potentially shorten the length of the process by dealing with any obstacles immediately before they can interfere or derail a potential sale. Here are 17 reasons why you absolutely should have a pre-listing home inspection before putting your home on the market.

Seller Benefits of Having A Pre-listing Home Inspection:

  • The seller can choose a certified InterNACHI inspector rather than be at the mercy of the buyer's choice of inspector.
  • The seller can schedule the inspections at the seller's convenience.
  • It might alert the seller to any items of immediate concern, such as radon gas or active termite infestation.
  • The seller can assist the inspector during the inspection, something normally not done during a buyer's inspection.
  • The seller can have the inspector correct any misstatements in the inspection report before it is generated.
  • The report can help the seller realistically price the home if problems exist.
  • The report can help the seller substantiate a higher asking price if problems don't exist or have been corrected.A seller inspection reveals problems ahead of time, which:
    • gives the seller time to make repairs and shop for competitive contractors.
    • permits the seller to attach repair estimates or paid invoices to the inspection report.
    • removes over-inflated buyer-procured estimates from the negotiation table.

  • The report might alert the seller to any immediate safety issues found, before agents
          and visitors tour the home.
  • The report provides a third-party, unbiased opinion to offer to potential buyers.
  • A seller inspection permits a clean home inspection report to be used as a marketing tool.
  • A seller inspection is an ultimate gesture in forthrightness on the part of the seller.
  • The report might relieve a prospective buyer's unfounded suspicions before they walk away.
  • A seller inspection lightens negotiations and 11th-hour re-negotiations.
  • The report might encourage the buyer to waive the inspection contingency.
  • The deal is less likely to fall apart, the way they often do, when a buyer's inspection unexpectedly reveals a last-minute problem.
  • The report provides full-disclosure protection from future legal claims.
  • If you are ready to place your home on the market, we highly recommend getting a seller pre-listing home inspection. Have questions about seller inspections? Contact Tim Rupon from S&J Home Inspections.Tim is InterNACHI-certified and has extensive knowledge and experience in the residential inspection industry. RBI: #2627