What is a Pre-Listing Home Inspection?
A pre-listing home inspection is an examination of a property by a professional home inspector before listing the property. It is an opportunity for the seller to identify and address any issues with the property as needed.
Why is a Pre-Listing Home Inspection Important?
A pre-listing home inspection can provide numerous benefits for both the seller and the buyer.
For the seller, a pre-listing home inspection can:
- Help identify and address any potential issues with the property before it is put on the market, which can help save time and money in the long run.
- Provide a better understanding of the condition of the property, which can help the seller set a fair and accurate price for the home.
- Help the seller make any necessary repairs or improvements before listing the property, which can increase the chances of a successful sale and a higher sale price.
For the buyer, a pre-listing home inspection can:
- Change the tone of the negotiations. The Buyer is more likely to feel that the seller is playing heads up ball. Meaning being honest and open.
- This can result in a higher sale price, faster sale, less chaos after an offer has been accepted. All good stuff
- It is the is the exact same inspection that would be done if the buyer had the inspection done. It includes:
- The foundation, framing, and structural components of the home
- The roof, gutters, and flashing
- The electrical, plumbing, and heating/cooling systems
- The exterior walls, doors, and windows
- The interior walls, floors, and ceilings
- The appliances, fixtures, and finishes
- The the crawlspace and attic
The inspector will also check for any visible signs of pest infestations, mold, or water damage.
How Do I Prepare for the Inspection?
There are several steps you can take to prepare for inspection:
- Make sure all appliances, fixtures, and systems are in good working order and easily accessible for the inspector.
- Clear clutter and debris from the property, especially in areas where the inspector will need to access, such as the attic and crawl space.
- Clean rain gutters and downspouts
- Fix any visible issues or damages, such as leaky faucets or holes in walls.
- Replace burned out light bulbs and non-functioning smoke detectors
- Make sure pets are secured or removed during the inspection.
How Do I Choose a Home Inspector?
When choosing a home inspector, it is important to select a qualified and reputable professional. Here are a few things to consider:
- Look for an inspector who is licensed and insured. 5 TIPS TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT HOME INSPECTOR
- Check for any professional certifications or memberships, such as those offered by the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) or the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI).
- Read online reviews and ask for referrals from friends or real estate agents.
- Consider the inspector’s experience and expertise, as well as their communication style and professionalism.
What Happens After the Pre-Listing Home Inspection?
After the inspection, the seller will receive a report detailing the inspector’s findings and recommendations. The seller can repair certain items in the report as they wish. Also, this report can be shared with the buyer to show what was found and what was fixed.
A pre-listing inspection is a big deal. Homes with Pre Listing Inspections usually sell for more, faster, with less hassle.
Give us a call if you have questions or would like us to set up an inspection for your property. We love talking to our clients.