Seller inspections (sometimes referred to as pre-listing inspections) are becoming popular because they essentially eliminate all of the pitfalls and hassles associated with waiting to have a home inspection conducted until a buyer is found. In many ways, waiting to schedule the inspection until after a home goes under agreement is too late. Seller inspections are arranged and paid for by the seller, usually just before the home goes on the market. The seller is the inspector’s client, and the inspector works for the seller and generates a report for the seller. The seller will then typically make multiple copies of the report and share them with potential buyer(s) who tour the home for sale. Seller inspections are a benefit to all parties in a real estate transaction, making sure that the buying and selling process move along at a quicker pace.
Why Should I do a Pre-Listing Inspection?
- You can have us, a certified InterNACHI inspection company, do the inspection, rather than be at the mercy of the buyer’s choice of inspector.
- You can schedule the inspection with me at your convenience.
- I might be able to alert you to any items of immediate concern, such as radon gas or active termite infestation.
- You can assist me during the inspection, something normally not done during a buyer’s inspection.
- You can help me correct any misstatements in my inspection report before I generate it.
- The report can help you realistically price your home if problems exist.
- The report can help you substantiate a higher asking price if problems don’t exist or have been corrected.
- My report will reveal problems ahead of time, which:
- might make your home show better.
- gives you time to make repairs and shop for competitive contractors.
- permits you to attach repair estimates or paid invoices to the inspection report.
- removes over-inflated buyer-procured estimates from any future negotiations.
- My report might alert you to any immediate safety issues found, before agents and visitors tour the home.
- My report provides a third-party, unbiased opinion to offer to your potential buyers.
- A seller inspection permits a clean home inspection report to be used as a marketing tool.
- A seller inspection is the ultimate gesture in forthrightness on your part.
- My report might relieve prospective buyers’ unfounded suspicions, before they walk away from your home.
- A seller inspection lightens negotiations and 11th-hour re-negotiations.
- My report might encourage your buyer to waive the inspection contingency.
- Your deal is less likely to fall apart, the way they often do, when a buyer’s inspection unexpectedly reveals a last-minute problem.
- My report provides you with full-disclosure protection from future legal claims.