Sellers Pre-listing Inspection

A Pre-Listing Home Inspection or a Seller Inspection are becoming much more popular in the current real estate environment. Once you have a Pre-Listing Inspection done you can make copies available to potential. This has the effect of putting potential buyers at ease by letting them know that any outstanding issues have been taken care of. Having a Pre-Listing Inspection done can speed up the closing process by avoiding unknown repairs that need to be completed before the home can be sold. All in all having a Pre-Listing Home Inspection done becomes a win for all parties involved.

Advantages to the Seller:
  • 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:

    • might make the home show better.

    • 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 the 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.

Advantages to the Home Buyer:
  • The inspection is done already.

  • The inspection is paid for by the seller.

  • The report provides a more accurate third-party view of the condition of the home prior to making an offer.

  • A seller inspection eliminates surprise defects.

  • Problems are corrected, or at least acknowledged, prior to making an offer on the home.

  • A seller inspection reduces the need for negotiations and 11th-hour re-negotiations.

  • The report might assist in acquiring financing.

  • A seller inspection allows the buyer to sweeten the offer without increasing the offering price by waiving inspections.

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